Arts & Culture

It’s a fallacy that all Australians have access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene

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Nations are gathering in New York this week to discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to improve health, wealth and well-being for countries both rich and poor. Nina Lansbury Hall Cindy Shannon Paul Jagals The Conversation As a developed nation, it might be assumed that Australia will easily meet these new goals at home – including goal number 6, to… But the unpalatable truth is… It’s a fallacy… Read More »

Finland Will Become The First Country In The World To Get Rid of All School Subjects

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The huge changes will involve the removal of school subjects from the curriculum. Jess Murray Enlightened Consciousness  A revolution is coming for schools in Finland in the form of a destruction of all formal school subjects. The head of the Department of Education in Helsinki, Marjo Kyllonen, has announced that he believes that the way children are taught now is based of a style that was a benefit to students in the beginnings of the… Finland Will Become… Read More »

A Zen master reveals the giveaway signs of a toxic person and the most powerful way to deal with them

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We’ve all come across toxic people before. You know, the type of person that can be manipulative, judgmental and inconsiderate of anyone’s feelings. Hack Spirit It can hard to deal with these people, especially if you’re forced to every single day. That’s why I thought the advice below from a Zen master on Reddit was quite remarkable. But first, let’s define what a… A Zen master… Read More »

Supporting people in crisis a real privilege

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This week is National Volunteer Week, an annual celebration to acknowledge the contribution of Australia’s volunteers. Adrian Momber The West Australian I have been one of Lifeline WA’s volunteer crisis supporters for nearly two years. The reason I volunteered was that I grew up understanding and supporting my mother, who had bipolar disorder and had attempted suicide more than once, and I always intended to… Supporting people in… Read More »

Police in Turkey raid publisher’s offices, confiscate 2,000 books

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Police in Turkey raided the offices of Belge Publishing in Istanbul and confiscated 2,000 books, reported Turkish language media. KOMNEWS The prominent independent publisher, set up 40 years ago by writer-journalist Ragip Zarakolu and his late wife human rights advocate Aysenur Zarakolu, and known for publishing controversial and critical books, was raided by a team of anti… According to reports, the… Police in Turkey… Read More »

After Seeing These +15 Maps You’ll Never Look At The World The Same

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The reason why certain countries looks bigger or smaller than others is because of something called the Mercator Projection. Bored Panda  Putting a 3D planet on a two-dimensional map was something of a challenge for early cartographers and so a Flemish geographer and cartographer named Gerardus Mercator came up with a solution. In 1569 he designed a… After Seeing These… Read More »

Saudi king orders that women no longer need a man’s permission to travel, study or make police complaints

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Saudi Arabia to give women more control over their life choices by relaxing male guardian system is welcomed as another small step for women in the kingdom. GulfInsider Saudi Arabia is well known to be one of the world’s most gender-segregated nations, where women live under the supervision of a male guardian, cannot drive, and must wear head-to… Women need approval from a… Saudi king orders… Read More »

Australia’s grand mufti wins defamation case over News Corp articles

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Media group consents to judgment as part of settlement with Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, after paper said he had not condemned Paris attacks Christopher Knaus The Guardian Australia’s grand mufti has won a defamation case over News Corp articles depicting him as an “unwise” monkey and asserting he had failed to condemn the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. News Corp consented to the judgment as part of a confidential… Australia’s grand mufti… Read More »

The 100 most innovative universities in Europe 2017

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KU Leuven tops Reuters’ 2017 ranking of the strongest institutions for advancing science and inventing new technologies. Ellie Bothwell Source: iStock KU Leuven, Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge have topped a new ranking of Europe’s most innovative universities. The Belgian institution again takes pole position in Reuters’ second annual ranking of Europe’s Most Innovative Universities in part due to… The 100 most… Read More »

Modern Confidential: Digital Privacy Today

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The notion of personal privacy in a digital society may be out of date. The Wheeler Centre While many of us say we still want it, we willingly share our data – and dislike paying to protect it. Governments and online businesses covet our personal information. Modern Confidential: Digital… Presented in partnership with Liberty Victoria, and the City of Melbourne as part of Knowledge Week. Read More »

Picasso’s weapon against fascism: Why “Guernica” is the greatest of all war paintings

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80 years after Franco’s forces led a terror bombing of civilians, Picasso’s painting of the horror still works Noah Charney Flipboard Salon On April 26, 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, a swarm of fighter planes attacked the Basque town of Guernica, killing hundreds of civilians. The town was an important strategic center for the Republican forces, who were fighting against the Nationalist forces, the… Picasso’s weapon against… Read More »

Kim Dalton accuses ABC TV of shifting funds from Australian content

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Former ABC TV head says lack of transparency, more than budget cuts, is to blame for neglect of local drama, and Indigenous, documentary and… Amanda Meade The Guardian The ABC’s budget for local drama, Indigenous, documentary and children’s TV has been quietly shrinking since 2013 as management siphons off millions of dollars into other areas of the… In an essay published on Monday Dalton said ABC management and boards were… Kim Dalton accuses… Read More »

Legal battles over, controversial doco The Opposition finally gets home debut

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It began as a student film project but soon morphed into something much larger – including an unexpected and bruising legal battle. Karl Quinn The Age Dame Carol Kidu didn’t recognise the young Australian woman who said she wanted to make a film about her life in New… But she has no trouble remembering Hollie Fifer now. It’s amazing how an ugly legal battle can jog the… Legal battles over… Read More »

Love triangle trivializes more important theme in “The Promise”

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The Armenian Genocide is a curiously unexplored moment in our modern history, cinematically speaking. By Lindsey Bahr The Associated Press The Berkshire Eagle That fact alone makes director and co-writer Terry George’s “The Promise ” intriguing enough. Historical fiction generally has it over documentaries in inspiring mass interest, especially when actors as appealing as Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale and… Love triangle trivializes… Read More »

Pope Francis in Egypt in push for ‘fraternity’

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Pope Francis landed in the Egyptian capital on April 28 to promote “unity and fraternity” with Muslims and Christians, who have suffered a series of jihadist… Hurriyet The visit is a “voyage of unity and fraternity,” the pontiff told reporters before he disembarked in Cairo airport to be greeted by Catholic priests and Egyptian Prime Minister Sharif… It is “less than two days but very intense,” he… Pope Francis in… Read More »

This Is a Poem That Heals Fish: An Almost Unbearably Wonderful Picture-Book About How Poetry Works Its Magic

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“A poem … is when you are in love and have the sky in your mouth.” Maria Popova Brain Pickings “Poetry can break open locked chambers of possibility, restore numbed zones to feeling, recharge desire,” Adrienne Rich wrote in contemplating the cultural power of poetry. But what is a poem, really, and what exactly is its use? Every once in a while, you stumble upon something so lovely, so… This Is a… Read More »