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The Secret History Of Australian Whiteness

What the hell does it mean for a person to be white?

Historically, it’s a question that has been difficult to answer. But it’s also a question that has defined where a person is allowed to live, eat, and work. Race is a social construct, but when it comes to countries like the United States and Australia, being “white” has sometimes meant the difference between being allowed to emigrate to those countries or not.

Australia's Secret History As A White Utopia, Complete With Slavery

Australia’s history is not a secret to most Australians, but you might not know some of the finer details and it may come as a shock to the rest of the world. Today, the majority of Australians take pride in being part of a multicultural, multi-ethnic society. But much like the United States, Australia has a brutally racist history.

Google Will Match Your Donations Towards The European Refugee Crisis

Europe is currently facing a migrant and refugee crisis pretty much unprecedented in modern times: Families fleeing war-torn states are making harrowing journeys across land and sea, risking their lives, often without any guaranteed salvation at the end. There’s lots that you can already do to help, but stepping up to the plate to bolster efforts is Google.

Facebook Is Working With Germany To Fight Anti-Refugee Content

Facebook has vowed to help the German government clamp down on hate speech and xenophobia relating to refugees.

Drone Footage Shows Massive New Border Fence Between Hungary And Serbia

Hungarian police are erecting a 175km razor wire fence along the border between Hungary and Serbia. This depressing video from Drone Media Studio shows how the beautiful countryside is being destroyed — literally and figuratively — by anti-immigration policies.

X-Ray Photos Reveal Child Being Smuggled Was Hidden Inside A Suitcase 

This is crazy. An eight-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast was being smuggled into Spain while being hidden inside a suitcase. Apparently, the boy’s father had paid a 19-year-old girl to carry the boy in the luggage from Morocco to neighbouring Ceuta, a Spanish city in Africa. This was a bad plan that could have ended horribly for everyone.

This Floating Barge City Is The Most Far-Flung Immigration Solution Yet

Immigration reform is a huge issue in countries like Australia and the United States. We’ve seen a bevy of realistic proposals for dealing with a system that many describe as “broken”. But Blueseed, a group of entrepreneurs aiming to build a floating city off the US west coast to house foreign tech workers who can’t obtain visas, is definitely the wildest.

Weddings Via Skype Are On The Rise -- Along With Questions Of Consent

You’ve been dreaming of this day your entire life. You and your one true love will be joining your eternal souls in the resplendent, holy matrimony of… a Google+ hangout. Scenes like this used to be pretty rare (and usually involved deployed military members), but as the New York Times points out, proxy weddings via internet have become increasingly common — and increasingly controversial with the questions of immigrant marriage fraud and legitimate consent at the forefront.

Australian Government Employees Are Pirating Movies And Porn Via BitTorrent

Stealing office supplies is one thing, but using the office internet connection to download pirated movies, music and porn is something entirely different, especially if you’re a member of the Australian Public Service. Here are just a few people we caught downloading copyrighted material using State and Federal government connections. There’s everything from movies to porn on this list.

UK Customs Confuses Wikipedia And WikiLeaks

Is it flattering to have people mistake you for Julian Assange? That’s what happened to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, who confused UK border controls when they thought the Wikipedia man was notorious international man of mystery Assange.

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