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Australian government: Pirates of the Indian Ocean

The Australian government continues to break the law with its actions against asylum seekers.

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The Australian government secretly sent 41 Sri Lankan asylum seekers back to their country [Reuters]

By: Fiona Broom

Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/

As Australia’s conservative federal government falls further in opinion polls, it is increasingly willing to eschew international refugee conventions to cling to the one thing that is winning it support – the illegal and inhumane treatment of asylum seekers.

While the Australian government’s treatment of child refugees and its refusal to release details of asylum seeker boat arrivals and block attempts by journalists to investigate detention facilities earn it little praise internationally, at home it is one of the few things winning the government any favour.

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NIAGARA FALLS (IMAGE)

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Niagara Falls were formed when glaciers receded at the end of the Wisconsin glaciation (the last ice age), and water from the newly formed Great Lakes carved a path through the Niagara Escarpment en route to the Atlantic Ocean. While not exceptionally high, the Niagara Falls are very wide. More than six million cubic feet (168,000 m3) of water falls over the crest line every minute in high flow,[4] and almost four million cubic feet (110,000 m3) on average.

HOW BIG CAN A DROP OF WATER BE?

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We know the saying “Oh, it’s just a drop of water in the ocean.” There is no standard size for a raindrop, but the size tends to be quite small throughout the world except in one place. In Marshall Islands, a country in the Pacific ocean, raindrops can reach half an inch in diameter!