Culture

Turkey Builds Mega-Mosque in U.S., Blocks Churches in Turkey

As yet another enormous mosque has opened in the U.S. (funded by the Turkish government), Christians in Turkey are waiting for the day when Turkish state authorities will allow them freely to build or use their churches and safely pray inside them. In… Source: Turkey Builds Mega-Mosque in U.S., Blocks Churches in Turkey Read More »

When WADA goes rogue: how the anti-doping agency got it wrong

The World Anti-Doping Authority’s failed handling of the Meldonium affair has sown doubts about he way anti-doping is prosecuted and the science it is claimed to be built on, writes Tracey Holmes… Source: When WADA goes rogue: how the anti-doping agency got it wrong – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

If You Don’t Pay These Taxes, Expect a Troupe of Drummers at Your Door

Indian city aims to shame evaders by making a din; payments come quickly. THANE, India—For five years, real-estate developer Prahul Sawant ignored government orders to pay his taxes. Then the drummers showed up, beating their instruments and demanding he cough up the cash. Neighbors leaned out windows and gawked… Source: If You Don’t Pay These Taxes, Expect a Troupe of Drummers at Your Door – WSJ Read More »

Gang-gang: Scores of lanterns to illuminate Peace Vigil

Today’s column is about to natter about the looming annual Anzac Day eve Canberra Peace Vigil. But surely one of the problems with peace vigils, a sceptic might say (even a leftie, bleeding heart, militarism-deploring sceptic like this columnist) is that they do nothing to thaw the frost in the hearts of truculent, war-like leaders… Source: Gang-gang: Scores of lanterns to illuminate Peace Vigil Read More »

Poverty Isn’t Just About Money, Especially for Blacks and Hispanics

Staying poor isn’t just a matter of having too little money—it’s about a series of unstable circumstances that build upon each other.. It’s true that poverty affects people of all races, genders, and nationalities, but it’s also true that poverty—especially deep, persistent, intergenerational… Source: Poverty Isn’t Just About Money, Especially for Blacks and Hispanics – The Atlantic Read More »

Why we should honour the humanity of every person who dies in custody

It’s now 25 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody tabled its final report. The anniversary will undoubtedly be marked by analysis and commentary, as well as reflections on statistics, key trends and issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander… Source: Why we should honour the humanity of every person who dies in custody Read More »

What happened to Nigeria’s lost girls

“WHAT’S your name? Is that the name your parents recognise? Where were you taken from?” Those are the chilling words uttered by an unseen man behind the camera in a video of the Nigerian schoolgirls who vanished exactly two years ago… Source: What happened to Nigeria’s lost girls Read More »

These incredibly creepy mass graves were just unearthed in Greece

Two mass graves have been unearthed in the Falirikon Delta region of southern Athens, containing the skeletons of 80 young men, many shackled at the hands and feet, and dated to between 675 and 650 BC. Judging by their less-than-restful corpses, archaeologists have suggested that… Source: These incredibly creepy mass graves were just unearthed in Greece – ScienceAlert Read More »

How ‘tough on crime’ politics flouts death-in-custody recommendations

Whatever might be said about its successes and failures, it’s clear that 25 years after the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody tabled its final report, Australia has become much less compassionate, more punitive and more ready to blame individuals for their alleged… Source: How ‘tough on crime’ politics flouts death-in-custody recommendations Read More »

The role of white privilege in the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga

You can’t fault a mother for trying. When Sally Faulkner learned that her Lebanese ex-husband, Ali Elamine, had no intention of returning their two children to Australia from Lebanon, where he had ostensibly taken them for a holiday, she would have known her chances of getting them back legally… Source: The role of white privilege in the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga Read More »

My daddy’s rich and my Lamborghini’s good-looking

Canada has become a top destination for China’s 1 per centers. From 2005 to 2012, at least 37,000 Chinese millionaires became permanent residents of British Columbia, where they’re blamed for a real estate price surge… Source: My daddy’s rich and my Lamborghini’s good-looking Read More »

Comment: How many guns is too many guns?

Something is broken in our firearm laws when people are allowed to build up their own private arsenals. By David Shoebridge * How many guns is too many guns? It’s not just an academic question. In NSW, the extent of gun ownership tells us something about how the gun… Source: Comment: How many guns is too many guns? | SBS News Read More »

Ancient shopping lists throw new light on Bible’s composition

Evidence of widespread literacy around 600 BC in mundane requests for wine and flour. Eliashib, the quartermaster of the remote desert fortress, received his instructions in writing – notes inscribed in ink on pottery asking for provisions to be sent to forces in… Source: Ancient shopping lists throw new light on Bible’s composition Read More »

The dark side of Guardian comments

As part of a series into the rising global phenomenon of online harassment, the Guardian commissioned research into the 70m comments left on its site since 2006 and discovered that of the ten most abused writers eight are women, and the two men are black… Source: The dark side of Guardian comments | Technology | The Guardian Read More »