History hangs heavily in the struggle against evil

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Jan Kozielewski was always tormented by his inability to stop the Holocaust. “I hated humanity,” he blurted after the nightmare ended. “The Lord assigned me a role – to speak and write during the war when, as it seemed, it might help. It did not.” The Sydney Morning Herald – Vic Alhadeff * The extraordinary story of Jan Karski, as ... Read More »

The poignant tale behind TV’s boy wonder Thomas Frith

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The floor is strewn with boy detritus: a skateboarding T-shirt, train timetables, back issues of The Beano comic. Discarded on the table, between Diabolical Sudoku and some Terry Pratchett novels, is a well-thumbed copy of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century. The Canberra Times – Judith Woods Have you read it, I ask the bedroom’s occupant, dubiously; the only ... Read More »

“Ottomans Were The First to Reach The Moon,” says Turkish President

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Istanbul| Ottomans were the first to walk on the surface of the moon, not Neil Armstrong, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, yesterday, during an iftar (fast-breaking) dinner hosted by the Turkish Green Crescent. World Order Report - by Barbara Johnson Mr. Erdoğan claimed that Muslim explorers reached the Moon more than 300 years before the beginning of the Appolo program, vowing to build a mosque “in the ... 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 »

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 »

Millions across India, world take part in Yoga Day exercises

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Millions of yoga enthusiasts bent and twisted their bodies in complex postures across India and much of the world on June 21 to mark the first International Yoga Day. NEW DELHI – The Associated Press – Hurriyet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had lobbied the U.N. to declare June 21 as the global Yoga Day, spread his mat among ... Read More »

Classics for the people – why we should all learn from the ancient Greeks

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The dazzling thought-world of the Greeks gave us our ideas of democracy and happiness. Yet learning classics tends to be restricted to the privileged few. It’s time for ‘elitist dinosaurs’ to embrace a citizens’ classics for all The Guardian - Edith Hall Just how special were the ancient Greeks? Was there really a Greek “miracle”? The question has become painfully ... Read More »

The Confederate Flag Is a Racist Symbol of a Failed Rebellion. It’s Not a Debate.

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There are white Southerners who venerate their Confederate ancestors as heroes, even patriots. One of mine was a deserter. I wish he hadn’t fought at all. The Huffington Post – Ben Hallman , Senior Editor for Projects & Investigations My great-great grandfather was conscripted into the Confederate Navy and assigned to a ship guarding Mobile Bay, in Alabama. In August 1864, ... Read More »

800 Years Later, We Owe Magna Carta Vigilance

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The values outlined in the historic document will always come under threat. It’s only a vigilant and engaged citizenry that can defend them, writes President of the Law Society of Western Australia Matthew Keogh. New Matilda – By Matthew Keogh Magna Carta: many reference the 800 year old document, but few understand it. It may seem strange that an agreement between a ... Read More »

Limba armãneascã

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“No language is rude that can boast polite writers.” Audrey Beardsley Dean Kalimniou To no small degree, I owe my existence to my late grandmother’s knowledge of the Vlach tongue and in particular, its southern, Pindean dialect. Once she acquired this facility, it exposed her to a concatenation of circumstances that led ultimately, I would argue, to my corporeal manifestation ... Read More »