Arts & Culture

Can Religion and Science Coexist?

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A new book by the evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne tackles arguments that the two institutions are compatible. The Atlantic Jeffrey Tayler In May 1988, a 13-year-old girl named Ashley King was admitted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital by court order. She had a tumor on her leg—an osteogenic sarcoma—that, writes Jerry Coyne in his book Faith Versus Fact, was “larger than ... Read More »

Cancer patient becomes Colombia’s first legal euthanasia case

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A 79-year old Colombian man has become the first person in the country to die legally by euthanasia. BBC – Ovidio Gonzalez was suffering from terminal throat cancer and said he had been suffering unbearable pain. Colombia’s Catholic Church has said euthanasia is morally unacceptable and it has threatened to close its hospitals across the country. Colombia is one of ... Read More »

Sir Nicholas Winton, rescuer of 669 Jewish children during the Holocaust, dead at 106

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“Who’s helping the children?” Emily Langer That was the question that Nicholas Winton, a 29-year-old English stockbroker, asked when he found himself in Prague in 1938. As war loomed in Europe, humanitarian groups had initiated efforts to aid Jews, political refugees and other groups endangered by Hitler’s advancing threat. But Winton found no such effort under way specifically for the ... Read More »

Slaves in their own words: Recordings of a lost world

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The 13th amendment abolishing slavery was passed 150 years ago. Thanks to the Library of Congress, the voices of some of those who were emancipated can now be heard The Telegraph - By David Millward, US Correspondent Around four million slaves were freed at the end of the American Civil War in 1865. Over the generations their stories have been ... Read More »

The Status of the Status Quo at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade

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ICG – Middle East Report N°159 – This report is also available in: Hebrew EXECUTIVE SUMMARY With the Muslim holy month of Ramadan underway and Jewish high holidays soon to follow, tensions have started to rise, if only slightly, at the Holy Esplanade – the Temple Mount (har habayit) to Jews, the Noble Sanctuary (al-haram al-sharif) to Muslims. In mid-2014, ... Read More »

US Ambassador John Berry welcomes same-sex marriage Supreme Court decision

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US Supreme Court enshrines same-sex marriage An elated US Ambassador to Australia John Berry declared it a proud day to be an American and lauded Australia’s leadership on equality after the US Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage was legal in all 50 states. The Canberra Times - Matthew Raggatt, Reporter at The Canberra Times The first openly gay US Ambassador ... Read More »

Archaeologists digging in search of common people

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In Angkor Wat research, the focus has long been on temples and high society. A new project there is taking a different approach, laying the foundation for a new understanding of the iconic empire. The Phnom Penh Post – Brent Crane A team excavating a dirt mound at Angkor Wat is hoping to shed light on one of the enduring ... Read More »

Deutsche Welle’s Bobs award honors online activists

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Raif Badawi, a 31-year-old Saudi blogger and the creator of the website Free Saudi Liberals, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and flogged in public 50 times simply for blogging about free speech. Sevil Erkuş – BONN Hurriyet He has 950 more lashes, which have been postponed due to Badawi’s poor health. The Saudi blogger was arrested in June ... Read More »

Buddhists and Catholics travel to the Vatican to talk about the ‘mystery of life’

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Representatives from the Buddhist and Catholic communities in the US are holding an interreligious dialogue this week near Rome and will meet with Pope Francis today. The five-day meeting, which began on Tuesday is on the subject of ‘Suffering, Liberation and Fraternity’. Christian Today - Lucinda Borkett-Jones The 46 American representatives have gathered at the headquarters of the Focolare movement ... Read More »