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The First Step

Australian news doesn't get a lot of coverage in the U.S., but it catches my eye when it does; I lived there for only four months, but I fell fully in love with the country. And this is absolutely wonderful news. Kevin Rudd, the new prime minister who replaced John Howard (I am refraining from making rude remarks about Howard; let's just say I was certainly no fan of his), has formally apologized for the treatment of Australia's indigenous people (that's just one possible link; there are so many).

"We today take this first step by acknowledging the past and laying claim to a future that embraces all Australians."

There's a fantastic multimedia piece on the event here.