Culture

Arab and Islamic leaders condemn terror plot targeting Makkah’s Grand Mosque

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JEDDAH: Leaders from around the Arab world have condemned a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in Makkah, which Saudi security forces said on Friday they had… Arab News King Salman received a cable from Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, emir of the Kuwait, in which he expressed Kuwait’s strong condemnation of terrorist schemes, which contradict teachings of Islam and all religious and human… Cables were also received from … Arab and Islamic… Read More »

Government can support public interest journalism in Australia – here’s how

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Independent journalism’s importance to healthy democracies is undisputed. Johan Lidberg The Conversation In a time of rising autocratic tendencies around the world, this independent check on power is more needed than ever. This is well illustrated by US President Donald Trump’s disrespect for the balance-of-power doctrine in general and for the US judiciary in… Government can support… Read More »

Ironists of a Vanished Empire

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Edge of Irony: Modernism in the Shadow of the Habsburg Empire by Marjorie Perloff The New York Review University of Chicago Press, 204 pp., $30.00 Marjorie Perloff is one of America’s leading critics of poetry, having spent a long career writing on the work of avant-garde poets from Frank O’Hara to Charles Bernstein. But though she is the author of many books, she wrote in her 2004 memoir, The Vienna Paradox, “when I see [my] name in print…there is always ... Read More »

Too white, too black, or not black enough? This is not a question for others to decide

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Many young First Nations people feel confused about their identity and where they belong. Constantly being questioned about who you are doesn’t help, writes @IndigenousX host Shannan Dodson Shannan Dodson The Guardian Growing up with a last name associated with Aboriginal activism, my identity is often decided for me. In some ways it becomes a validation of my Aboriginality. As I do not fit the stereotypical “mould” of what an… Too white, too… Read More »

Scottish Episcopal Church votes to allow same-sex marriage

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The Scottish Episcopal Church has voted to allow same-sex couples to marry in church. Patrick McPartlin The Scotsman The historic ‘Yes’ vote will see the denomination become the first Anglican Church within the UK to allow gay couples to marry. The majority of the Anglican communion still oppose same-sex marriage. Ahead of the vote, the conservative Anglican group Global Anglican Future Conference said: “If this action is taken it… Scottish Episcopal Church… Read More »

Teaching Humility in an Age of Arrogance

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”Humility” isn’t a word that most academics — or Americans — identify with. Michael Patrick Lynch The Chronicle Review                                             Indeed, if there is a single attitude most closely associated with our culture, it’s the opposite of humility. The defining trait of the age seems to be arrogance — in particular, the kind of arrogance personified by our tweeter in chief; the arrogance of thinking that you know it all and… Teaching Humility in… Read More »

Australia, meet your new prime minister

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Aretha Stewart-Brown is young, driven and won’t apologise for speaking out. ABC News Breakfast By Patrick Wood “I get this all the time, ‘Aretha, you’re so outspoken’ and ‘I can’t believe you’re so confident talking about this stuff’.” “And it’s like, well what did you expect?” The 16-year-old Melbourne student is an increasingly familiar voice in the Indigenous community and in the last year has become an emerging… Australia, meet your… Read More »

After Mabo: Koiki’s Vision For A New Great Society

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Australian journalist Jeff McMullen delivered the following speech to 25th Anniversary Mabo Celebration in Townsville tonight. Jeff McMullen New Matilda As we celebrate the courage and the achievements of Eddie Koiki Mabo we all walk in his determined footsteps in our hope for a brighter future. The Mabo family asked me to paint you a picture of how Australia can offer an example to the… After Mabo: Koiki’s… Read More »

Environment and Forestry Ministry launches book on maritime national parks

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The Environment and Forestry Ministry together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a book called The Magnificent Seven: Indonesia… The Jakarta Post “With the launch of this book, the maritime national parks in Indonesia have to be the center of economic growth for the people who live around the… We want to show the world the beauty of our marine biodiversity,” said Minister Siti…… Environment and Forestry… Read More »

It’s Not Islam That Drives Young Europeans to Jihad, France’s Top Terrorism Expert Explains

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Olivier Roy, one of France’s top experts on Islamic terrorism, tells Haaretz how assailants like Salman Abedi in Manchester turn into ‘new radicals’ who crave… Davide Lerner Haaretz ANKARA – Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a Manchester pop concert this week, started life advantageously enough: to parents who had fled Gadhafi’s Libya for a new life in… But actually it was that kind of dislocation that would send him off kilter two… It’s Not Islam… Read More »

Losing Faith: Why Faith Bandler felt the 1967 referendum’s promise was betrayed

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I met Faith Bandler in 2007. I was making a radio documentary for the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, when an overwhelming majority of Australians voted to change the… RN By Daniel Browning for Awaye! ABC A lead campaigner for the “yes” vote, Faith was a radical in her own way: a socialist with an ASIO file, who with Aboriginal activist Pearl Gibbs and Jessie Street formed the… Her ideas weren’t radical enough for some, particularly after the… Losing ... Read More »

Uluru statement: Aborigines prefer the horizon to the foreground

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Delegates to the Aboriginal constitutional convention probably did themselves, as well as indigenous Australians, a great favour last week by making some perfectly reasonable, but… Jack Waterford Brisbane Times They have given the government an excuse to walk away from a promise to conduct a referendum “recognising” prior… It’s a proposal, like so many gestures on Aboriginal affairs, of some symbolic significance but devoid of any capacity to make an… Uluru statement: Aborigines… Read More »

Pancasila should become subject at school: Association

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Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI) head Unifah Rasyidi has suggested that Indonesia’s state ideology of Pancasila become its own subject at school. Currently, the teaching of Pancasila is fused with civic education in a subject called Pancasila and… The Jakarta Post “Nowadays, we’ve seen the… She further said taking out Pancasila from PPKN was crucial because the… Pancasila should become… Read More »

Uluru summit delivers clear message to Australian lawmakers

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Lawyers and legal academics have weighed in on new calls for constitutional reform to empower Australia’s first peoples as part of the nation’s next serious step towards Indigenous… Melissa Coade Lawyers Weekly A group of Indigenous Australians have issued a statement following three days of meetings at Uluru last week, with many describing it as a national way forward for serious… Two propositions were expressed in the Statement from the Heart to come from the Uluru National… Uluru summit delivers… Read More »

When mosques refuse to bury Muslim terrorists

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The Manchester Central Mosque has declined to be involved in Salman Abedi’s funeral. Yasmeen Serhan The Atlantic SBS The decision is hardly unprecedented. More than a week has passed since 22-year-old Salman Abedi detonated an explosive outside a concert at the Manchester Arena, killing himself and 22 concert-goers and… Still, Abedi’s remains have reportedly not been buried. This carries particular significance for a… When mosques refuse… Read More »

Top universities with the best student-to-staff ratio 2017

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Data from the World University Rankings reveal the top universities with the best student-to-staff ratios Seeta Bhardwa The World University Rankings A lower student-to-staff ratio can help students to cultivate closer relationships with their lecturers, have quicker access to essay feedback, and get involved in… Times Higher Education has created this table to show which universities have the best student-to-staff ratios in the world as a… Top universities with… Read More »