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Women of Palestine in their Israeli jails

Filmmaker Mai Masri ups the ante in telling the story of Palestinian women in Israeli prisons. In his now legendary painting, Women of Algiers in their Apartment/Femmes d’Alger dans leur appartement (1834, oil on canvas), Eugene Delacroix captured something so provocative, so elemental, about Arab and Muslim women at the height of the… Source: Women of Palestine in their Israeli jails – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Malawi’s albinos at risk of ‘total extinction,’ U.N. warns

Malawi’s albinos are at risk of “total extinction” amid escalating attacks against them for their body parts, the United Nations warned. Albinism is a genetic condition that leads to little or no pigment in the eyes, skin and hair. The southern African nation has about 10,000 albinos, according to the U.N… Source: Malawi’s albinos at risk of ‘total extinction,’ U.N. warns – CNN.com Read More »

Germany to start trials over Syrian war crimes, as refugee influx brings suspects into country

Germany will this week start its first war crimes trial over Syrian atrocities, as a mass refugee influx brings suspects into the country. Aria L., a 21-year-old German national and suspected jihadist, posted on Facebook photos of himself posing next to two decapitated heads in Syria — and his case is not the only one from the war-torn country to occupy German justice… Source: Germany to start trials over Syrian war crimes, as refugee influx brings suspects into country – ... Read More »

Doll therapy halves use of antipsychotics in an ACT dementia care ward

Watching loved ones with dementia slowly fade away is heartbreaking, but the use of doll therapy is emerging as a powerful way to put a sparkle back in patients’ eyes by giving them something to care about and hold close. Some may find the thought a family member or patient caring for an… Source: Doll therapy halves use of antipsychotics in an ACT dementia care ward Read More »

Weasel stops biggest scientific instrument in the world

The Large Hadron Collider – the world’s biggest, most powerful particle accelerator – is going to be out of commission for a few days. Scientists are blaming a weasel. No, they’re not using old-timey slang to accuse their fellow researchers of subterfuge. It was an actual weasel. “The #LHC will be down for at least a week because a weasel chewed into a 66kV transformer near LHCb, causing an LHC-wide power cut. #CERN,” a Tweet from scientist Becky Douglas announced… ... Read More »

Breda O’Brien: It’s complicated – our relationship with Catholicism

We may not choose to actively support something – but heaven help anyone who tries to say that we are not entitled to it. ‘It’s complicated’ is a Facebook relationship status, denoting anything from a relationship on the rocks to one that doesn’t fit standard parameters, but is working relatively well… Source: Breda O’Brien: It’s complicated – our relationship with Catholicism Read More »

Elephant summit: Kenya sets fire to huge ivory stockpile

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sets fire to a huge stockpile of ivory in an effort to show his country’s commitment to saving Africa’s elephants, but the move has its critics. More than 100 tonnes of ivory was stacked up in pyres in Nairobi National Park where it is expected to burn for several days… Source: Elephant summit: Kenya sets fire to huge ivory stockpile – BBC News Read More »

South Africa: Opposition leader warns president to step down

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Fiery South African opposition politician Julius Malema told 40,000 cheering supporters that President Jacob Zuma should step down before the army turns on him because of the corruption allegations against him… Source: South Africa: Opposition leader warns president to step down – Washington Times Read More »

Hope burns bright for Indian tigers

Tiger, tiger burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? So wrote William Blake, who lived from 1757 to 1827. But Blake could not have… Source: Hope burns bright for Indian tigers – Asia Times Read More »

Police seize $100,000 worth of fantasy in raids targeting party drug traffickers

A 14-month investigation into the supply of the party drug fantasy on the Gold Coast has resulted in police seizures of $100,000 worth of the drug.. Police say the dangerous drug, also known as GHB, was responsible for a death at Adelaide’s Stereostonic music festival in December and multiple overdoses in Sydney… Source: Police seize $100,000 worth of fantasy in raids targeting party drug traffickers Read More »

Tony Blair courted Chinese leaders for Saudi prince’s oil firm

Tony Blair obtained a “blessing” from Chinese leaders for a company owned by a Saudi prince to do business in China as part of an arrangement that paid the former UK prime minister’s firm £41,000 a month and a 2% commission on any multimillion-pound contracts he helped to secure… Source: Tony Blair courted Chinese leaders for Saudi prince’s oil firm | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

Morrison’s ruling on Kidman & Co sale redefines the national interest test

In making a preliminary decision on the sale of S. Kidman & Co to a Chinese consortium, the Treasurer Scott Morrison has shed some light on what the government defines as being in the “national interest”. He describes the Chinese bid as being contrary to Australia’s national interest, because… Source: Morrison’s ruling on Kidman & Co sale redefines the national interest test Read More »

Turkey’s Islamic Supremacist Foreign Policy

“We have never been involved in an attack against Turkey … we were never involved in such an action… Davutoglu wants to pave the way for an offensive on Syria and Rojava and cover up Turkey’s relations with the ISIS which is known to the whole world… Source: Turkey’s Islamic Supremacist Foreign Policy Read More »

Why China Won’t Overtake the United States

Economic growth no longer translates as directly into military power as it did in the past. So rather than expecting a rising China to seize the United States’ preeminent position in the global order, everyone should start getting used to a world in which the United States remains the sole superpower for decades to come… Source: Why China Won’t Overtake the United States | Foreign Affairs Read More »