Antigone now: Greek tragedy is the debate we have to have

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When you hear the words Greek tragedy, you might think of white masks, or even the ongoing economic crisis – ancient drama and modern depravity in its most enticing form. These first impressions may seem simple, but within them lays a theatrical form that refuses to die. The Conversation – Christine Lambrianidis, Playwright and theatre researcher at Monash University Maybe ... Read More »

The family who built a cafe just for their son

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A cafe in the Philippines is giving disabled people in the area a chance to succeed in life and break down stigma in the process. BBC - By Aurora Almendral Manila, Philippines Jose Canoy was 12 when his family realised that he would no longer do well in school. He has autism, and his family began to understand that, unlike ... Read More »

When Success Leads to Failure

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The pressure to achieve academically is a crime against learning TheAtlantic Jessica Lahey I’ve known the mother sitting in front of me at this parent-teacher conference for years, and we have been through a lot together. I have taught three of her children, and I like to think we’ve even become friends during our time together. She’s a conscientious mother ... Read More »

Why you shouldn’t tell children they can be whatever they want

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Instead of telling children they are special and can be superstars, we should emphasise self-control and hard work The Guardian – Tim Lott I return here to one of my favourite themes – the gap between reality and expectation for children. This is prompted by an excellent article in the online magazine, Aeon, headlined You Can Do It Baby – ... Read More »

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 »