Australia

After years of eluding justice, notorious Chilean torturer Adriana Rivas has finally been arrested and her extradition request by the Chilean state accepted by Australian authorities.

Aboriginal children are currently being removed at five times the rate they were in 1997, the year when the Bringing Them Home report was brought down by the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families.

TJ Hickey’s mother Gail Hickey led a march through Redfern to NSW parliament on the 15th anniversary of TJ’s death on February 14.

School students went on strike outside Labor leader Bill Shorten’s Melbourne office on February 8.

Refugee rights activists protested outside Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Cronulla office on February 9.

Palestine solidarity activists protested outside Eurovision’s Australia Decides event on the Gold Coast on February 11.

Free West Papua campaigners rallied in several cities on February 12.

John Passant takes a look at franking credits and explains what all the fuss is about.

About 500 protesters rallied outside federal parliament on February 12 under the slogan "Stop Adani - Climate action now!" 

Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet
By Yasha Levine
Icon Books, £14.99

As accusations continue to swirl through social media around foreign meddling in Britain’s Brexit referendum and the last US election, Yasha Levine’s Surveillance Valley is a timely intervention in revealing how undermining democracy has always been the modus operandi of the internet since its inception.

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