Culture

Recognising cultural differences is not racism

Australians would rather celebrate their similarities than discuss what sets them apart – and that’s dangerous. Comparing cultural traits in these politically correct times can elicit rebukes, but brushing over the differences can be even more costly. With more than a million migrants welcomed into… Source: Recognising cultural differences is not racism Read More »

Two Muslim families entrusted with care of holy Christian site for centuries

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Jerusalem (CNN)The key to one of Christianity’s holiest sites is held by a Muslim family, and it has been for centuries. By Oren Liebermann, CNN This is more than just tradition. It is the very essence of Jerusalem, part of what makes the Old City’s cultural and religious history so special. We meet Adeeb Joudeh at the Jaffa Gate to the… * Two Muslim families… Read More »

Economy rests on Christian foundations

I can’t think why, but Easter always reminds me of Christianity. Not, of course, that Christianity has anything to do with the grubby, materialist world of economics. Or does it? Australia is the most unbelieving it has ever been, with the most recent census saying that only 61 per cent people identify themselves as even nominally Christian… Source: Economy rests on Christian foundations Read More »

This is why Finland has the best schools

The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, “Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just about the opposite of what we are doing in the United States.”. Following his recommendation, I enrolled my seven-year-old son in a primary school in Joensuu. Finland, which is about as far east as you can go in the European Union before you… Source: This is why Finland has the best schools Read More »

Japanese history textbooks come under fire

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By Todd Crowell TOKYO China and South Korea have both officially protested new history textbooks that emphasize Japan’s control over disputed islands — yet another irritant in Tokyo’s relations with its near neighbors. The new textbooks designated for first- and second-year high school students, which… Source: Japanese history textbooks come under fire Read More »

‘You play football with your head, and your legs are there to help you’: Johan Cruyff in quotes

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The Dutch legend, who has died at the age of 68, came up with – and inspired – some of football’s most famous quotes. Cruyff on football “If I wanted you to understand it, I would have explained it better.” “Jack [Charlton] makes out he is not really interested in football, and tells the world he’s going… Source: ‘You play football with your head, and your legs are there to help you’: Johan Cruyff in quotes | Football | The ... Read More »

In the Face of Terrorism, Why it’s More Important Than Ever to Travel

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I woke up yesterday to the news that Brussels just suffered a massive terrorist attack, leaving upwards of 30 people dead and 200 people… Paige Smith The Huffington Post I felt a piercing sadness, I was horrified, and yet I wasn’t… I wasn’t shocked because this devastating news comes just over three months after the world was rocked by ghastly ISIS terrorist attacks in… In the Face… Read More »

Narcissism Is Increasing. So You’re Not So Special.

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In the Greek myth, Narcissus falls in love with his reflection. Sure sounds like Instagram… Source: Narcissism Is Increasing. So You’re Not So Special. – The New York Times Read More »

How to overtake cyclists – the video all drivers should watch

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The Highway code requires vehicles to give cyclists at least as much space as a car – but many cars endanger lives by ignoring this. Chris Boardman features in a new YouTube video that aims to help change that Carlton Reid  The Guardian “Socialism,” wrote the 1970s Chilean politician José Viera Gallo, “can only arrive by bicycle.” That’s why Jeremy Corbyn cycles everywhere. And come the revolution, prime minister Corbyn will see to it that this land of ours will ... Read More »

How to Live Wisely

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Imagine you are Dean for a Day. What is one actionable change you would implement to enhance the college experience on campus? RICHARD J. LIGHT The New York Times I have asked students this question for years. The answers can be eye-opening. A few years ago, the responses began to move away from “tweak the history course” or “change the… How to Live… Read More »

The history of British slave ownership has been buried: now its scale can be revealed

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A new BBC documentary tells how a trove of documents lays bare the names of Britain’s 46,000 slave owners, including relatives of Gladstone and… The Guardian The Observer David Olusoga The past has a disconcerting habit of bursting, uninvited and unwelcome, into the… This year history gate-crashed modern America in… The history of… Read More »

How 1,000 years of Arabic scholarship advanced scientific debate – in pictures

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From the 9th to the 19th centuries, scholars and scribes used Arabic as a lingua franca to debate scientific ideas. Claire Shaw The Guardian Arabic-speaking scholars translated classical Greek, Persian and even Sanskrit texts on topics such as medicine, mathematics and astronomy. These scholars went far beyond translation and preservation and fostered a unique and vibrant scientific culture within the Arabic-speaking… How 1,000 years… Read More »

Sharia 101: a user’s guide for Jacqui La

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Dear Ms Lambie, I believe you may be having some difficulties with the meaning of Sharia law. Let me see if I can help… Jamila Hussain The Sydney Morning Herald The word Sharia in Arabic means a path or a way and is basically a pathway for Muslims to follow to live their lives in accordance with… It is broader than the usual Western concept of law as it includes religious duties such as prayer and… Sharia 101: a… Read More »

Asian Gambling Addiction

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“We have this saying in Chinese: if you don’t gamble, you don’t know how lucky you are.” —Anonymous Chinese gambler This strong belief in luck, fate, or fortune is part of the driving force behind Asians and gambling. Sam Louie MA, LMHC Psychology Today It’s no coincidence there is such a high proportion of Asians gambling and the deep cultural factors which not only encourage gambling but discourage seeking help when it becomes compulsive or addictive. Research shows Asians in the ... Read More »

Alek Wek: ‘You don’t have to go with the crowd’

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As a teenager, Alek Wek shook up the fashion world – and inspired, among others, a young Lupita… Sali Hughes The Guardian The Sudanese supermodel tells Sali Hughes why quirky is… Alek Wek was 19 when she was approached by a model scout from a top London agency at a fair in Crystal Palace… Her mother, she remembers, was horrified, thinking her… Alek Wek: ‘You… Read More »

Denmark bans kosher and halal slaughter as minister says ‘animal rights come before religion’

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New law, denounced as ‘anti-Semitism’ by Jewish leaders, comes after country controversially slaughtered a giraffe in public and fed him to lions Adam Withnall Independent Denmark’s government has brought in a ban on the religious slaughter of animals for the production of halal and kosher meat, after years of campaigning from welfare activists. The change to the law, announced last week and effective as of yesterday, has been called “anti-Semitism” by Jewish leaders and “a clear interference in religious freedom” ... Read More »