Culture

Bangladesh activist Nazimuddin Samad hacked to death

The murder is the latest incident of aggression against secular bloggers and activists in the Muslim-majority country. A law student who posted pro-atheism comments on social media has been murdered, Bangladeshi police said, in the latest incident in a series of killings of secular activists and bloggers in the country… Source: Bangladesh activist Nazimuddin Samad hacked to death – AJE News Read More »

Historic land rights settlement ‘too late’ for many traditional owners

The big regret when one of the country’s longest-running and most hard-fought Aboriginal land claims moved close to settlement on Wednesday was that so many of the land owners had not lived to witness history being made. Almost four decades after lodging a claim for a huge tract of land on the Cox Peninsula, west of Darwin, surviving traditional owners joined with politicians to announce the terms for settlement… Source: Historic land rights settlement ‘too late’ for many traditional owners Read More »

Donald Trump and the Borderers

The Republican front-runner’s appeal seems rooted in a distinctive political culture—born in the British borderlands, and still flourishing in America’s southern highlands. Imagine a successful presidential candidate whose political style was “characterized by intensely personal leadership, charismatic appeals to his… Source: Donald Trump and the Borderers – The Atlantic Read More »

Web app helps public transport users decide whether they should pay their myki fine

Public transport users in Victoria caught without a valid myki ticket can now turn to their phone for instant advice. A new mobile-friendly website, mykifines.org.au, helps users decide whether to pay an on-the-spot penalty fare when confronted by a ticket inspector… Source: Web app helps public transport users decide whether they should pay their myki fine – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Inside the abandoned city of Pripyat, 30 years after Chernobyl – in pictures

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Tens of thousands were evacuated from the neighbouring city of Pripyat following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. Lynn Hilton visits the deserted city – and finds homes, schools and a fairground left to decay… Source: Inside the abandoned city of Pripyat, 30 years after Chernobyl – in pictures | Cities | The Guardian Read More »

Illegal faith schools pose no physical threat to children, claims Jewish leader

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Illegal Jewish faith schools may have operated with the tacit approval of the authorities because there was no space for their pupils in local state secondaries, the President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews has claimed. Jonathan Arkush stressed he did not “condone” illegal schools, but said there was no “serious evidence of mistreatment of children” despite claims of physical abuse, substandard education and school days of up to 14 hours… Source: Illegal faith schools pose no physical ... Read More »

When it comes to crime, Indigenous Australians and African Americans deserve a ‘sentencing discount’

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Except in cases of violent crime, the most disadvantaged and overrepresented offenders in the court system should automatically receive a reduction in sentencing. Sentencing criminals involves the deliberate infliction of suffering and pain. There are many ways of determining how much hardship should be… Source: When it comes to crime, Indigenous Australians and African Americans deserve a ‘sentencing discount’ | Mirko Bagaric | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Female chief in Malawi breaks up 850 child marriages and sends girls back to school

‘ Theresa Kachindamoto, the senior chief in the Dedza District of Central Malawi, wields power over close to 900,000 people… and she’s not afraid to use her authority to help the women and girls in her district. In the past three years, she has annulled more than 850 child marriages, sent hundreds of young women back to school to continue their education, and made strides to abolish cleansing… Source: Female chief in Malawi breaks up 850 child marriages and sends ... Read More »

Freedom of religion starts at home, Mr. Erdogan

The April 1 Metro article “A new community spirit” was right to highlight the controversy surrounding Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s participation in the opening of the Diyanet Center of America. But there’s another point to be made. The freedom of religion enshrined in the U.S… Source: Freedom of religion starts at home, Mr. Erdogan – The Washington Post Read More »

Cities for Everyone

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Remember when Ted Cruz tried to take Donald Trump down by accusing him of having “New York values”? It didn’t work, of course, mainly because it addressed the wrong form of hatred. Mr. Cruz was trying to associate his rival with social liberalism — but among Republican voters distaste for, say, gay… Source: Cities for Everyone – The New York Times Read More »

Why Are Christians Leaving the Holy Land?

People who reflexively blame the wrong party for criminal acts are either misinformed or disingenuous. The sad truth is that in the Palestinian territories, Christians are forced to live like dhimmis — second-class citizens who survive largely by the… Source: Why Are Christians Leaving the Holy Land? Read More »

Russia, Turkey to Build Monuments Honoring Each Other’s Fallen Soldiers

The Turkish government has agreed to restore the historic San Stefano Russian monument in Istanbul, Hurriyet Daily News reported.. According to the newspaper, the Turkish parliament’s national defense commission said it would build the monument to commemorate fallen Russian soldiers in return for the… Source: Russia, Turkey to Build Monuments Honoring Each Other’s Fallen Soldiers Read More »

Cutting the climbing chains at Uluru

Despite the cutting of safety chains and the ongoing protests of traditional landowners, tourists continue to climb Uluru. Now the call has gone out to Malcolm Turnbull to enforce respect of the rock.. Each year thousands of people climb Uluru. Some take sweaty selfies at the top, proud at having “conquered” the landform. Some sit and… Source: Cutting the climbing chains at Uluru | The Saturday Paper Read More »

Turkey’s president comes to Maryland to celebrate Turkish center’s opening

Two decades of praying, planning and building came to fruition Saturday as thousands from across the country and beyond gathered to celebrate the official opening of a $110 million facility in suburban Maryland designed to support and honor Turks and those of the Muslim faith living in the United States… Source: Turkey’s president comes to Maryland to celebrate Turkish center’s opening – The Washington Post Read More »

How 13 years of poverty drove this CPA’s accounting career

From refugee to CPA, Denis Yengi has overcome extraordinary obstacles to achieve success.. By Louise McCabe and Stephen Craft Denis Yengi has faced struggles most of us couldn’t begin to imagine. His happy childhood in South Sudan ended abruptly at age seven, when he and his family were forced to flee the… Source: INTHEBLACK – How 13 years of poverty drove this CPA’s accounting career Read More »

I don’t believe Captain Cook discovered Australia either, but unis can’t tell students what to think

A battle of ideas about Indigenous Australia in an open democracy founded on free speech isn’t helped by forced orthodoxy or group think.. I don’t believe Captain Cook discovered Australia. How can I? People were standing on the shore as he weighed… Source: I don’t believe Captain Cook discovered Australia either, but unis can’t tell students what to think | Stan Grant | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »