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The Donald Tweets, Journalists Drop All Pretense of Impartiality

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One of the great myths of the mainstream media is the notion of impartiality… that is, journalists not just conducting themselves in public without bias, but being seen to conduct themselves without bias.

Social media has done away with all that. And it turns out we can also thank US president Donald Trump for shining a light on it.

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A ‘Geriatric Dr Evil’ Coal Magnate Is Suing John Oliver For Defamation

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If, like New Matilda, you believe some of the best journalism on the planet is currently being done by a show that has no links to journalism, then you’ll be interested to know that ‘journalist’ is being sued for defamation, in what’s set to be a closely watched trial.

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Finally, A Way For Australians To Assist In An Actual Afghan Victory

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New Matilda never runs press releases… well, almost never. Here’s one that we think is worth a bit of space, from the Afghan Victory Football Club based in Melbourne.

Afghan Victory football club, a soccer team for young refugees, needs financial help to survive. It needs to raise $20,000 – enough to fund the club for a year. It’s also looking for corporate sponsorship for the future, as a more permanent solution.

The Afghan Victory Football Club was created to help Afghani refugee youths in the Dandenong area. This small, community soccer club has positively transformed the lives of over 50 young people. For many, it has become their family.

Young refuges are often placed together to live in community houses; many are students who have lost their parents to conflict, and have few role models to see them through their formative years. Many can grow up isolated and fearful of their future.

The club gives these young people a purpose and helps them to develop confidence, focus, friendship, teamwork and a will to win.

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Zakarya Shojaie, himself a refugee is the founder of the club. For nearly 4 years, he has invested over a third of his own earnings from his manufacturing job to finance the teams.

Zakarya says: “I used to see these kids wandering around Dandenong Plaza and the train station with nothing to do. I thought, no – that’s not good, that’s not fair … to spend their life like this… I feared they may get into drugs and alcohol. So I decided to start the soccer team to get them away from all those things, and to make their future bright… In our first week, we had 25 kids sign up!”

Zakarya has recently been retrenched from his job and can no longer manage to fund the team.

Afghan Victory Football club supports and trains 3 teams; the Men’s Under 17s, Women’s Under 19s and Men’s Under 25s. Both men’s and women’s teams have produced a number of rising stars who have caught the attention of professional state clubs.  

The teams practice two days a week, and play other registered clubs on weekends around Melbourne. They have won several trophies and interstate matches, and the women’s team is the current league champion.

The money raised will go towards supplying nearly 50 members of the club with team jerseys, soccer balls, water and refreshments, venue hire, registration fees, travel and reimbursements for the team’s volunteers for a year.

Exceeding their target would help the team buy an association with a more high-profile club, granting players a pathway to progress further in soccer.

You can access the Afghan Victory’s Crowdfunding page here. And if you want contact details for the club (hint hint to corporates out there), then email New Matilda here and we’ll pass on contact details for you.

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Bill Cosby’s Alleged Victim Count Is So High, Media Have Lost Track Of The Number

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The allegations facing American television star Bill Cosby – that he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman, Andrea Constand, in 2004 – are just that. Allegations.

We’ll know soon enough whether or not they’re true – a Pennsylvania jury has retired to consider three sexual assault charges against the 79-year-old. Each carries a sentence of up to 10 years if proven.

Even so, one of the most shocking aspects of the case is that so many women have leveled almost identical allegations against Cosby that no-one appears to know the actual number of victims who have come forward.

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