Arts & Culture

How to find the centre of Canada

When we discovered our nation’s geographic middle was not where everyone thought it was, we had to go there. The spirit of Canada guided every step.. By Meagan Campbell I’m standing on Arctic tundra at the exact centre of Canada, wearing a stranger’s jacket, bearing a pebble from Parliament and whooping with glee with a helicopter pilot, a videographer, two Inuit guides and a dog named Diesel. Amid a metropolis of mosquitoes, I dig a Canadian flag into the moss ... Read More »

Racism is not human nature. A work of fiction can help us understand that

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Pauline Hanson’s racist vitriol is legitimised by commentators who urge us to listen to her. My new book When Michael Met Mina looks at other ways to dismantle racism.. The sheer weight of racist legacy and entrenched Islamophobic narratives was made clear to me all too often while researching Islamophobia, racism and multiculturalism in Australia… Source: Racism is not human nature. A work of fiction can help us understand that | Randa Abdel-Fattah | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Why Are American Jews Abandoning Israel?

The price of assimilation has been Jewish identity.. Dov Waxman, Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016) 328 pp., $29.95. ON APRIL 19, three days before this year’s start of Passover, the Jewish holiday celebrating the Israelites’ exodus from bondage in ancient Egypt, six protestors were arrested at the Boston office of AIPAC, “America’s pro-Israel lobby.” They had chained themselves to a mock Seder table. Their group, IfNotNow, claims to “seek an American ... Read More »

Amazon is quietly eliminating list prices

Amazon is quietly changing how it entices people to buy… Source: Amazon is quietly eliminating list prices Read More »

Free Ebooks: These Five Freedom Philosophers Will Liberate Your Mind

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We at FEE are happy to present the Essential series, five free ebooks collecting the key works of five great freedom philosophers: Leonard Read, Ludwig von Mises, Henry Hazlitt, F.A. Hayek, and Frédéric Bastiat. In each of these compact anthologies, you will find a powerful case for liberty. Dan Sanchez  But the ideas within are not mere fodder for debate. Like all great sages, these authors offer true wisdom that can inspire you and benefit you personally in your own life. Here ... Read More »

Perth photographer captures beauty of double rainbow off WA coast

A Perth photographer has captured the rare moment a double rainbow formed over the ocean off Yanchep on Saturday morning.. Bob Ellisdon, owner of Outback Bob Photography, told WAtoday he saw the rainbow forming from his house and rushed to capture the phenomenon… Source: Perth photographer captures beauty of double rainbow off WA coast Read More »

‘I am gay – but I wasn’t born this way’

Is sexuality purely the result of our biology? Brandon Ambrosino argues that simplistic explanations have ignored the fluid, shape-shifting nature of our desires.. By Brandon Ambrosino / Images by Ignacio Lehmann “You can’t be gay.” She was on top of me… Source: BBC – Future – ‘I am gay – but I wasn’t born this way’ Read More »

Creationism Banned From UK Schools

The United Kingdom government has banned the teaching of creationism as a scientific theory in free schools and academies, which are the equivalent of a ‘public’ school in the United State. The move was done in the interests of having a “broad and balanced curriculum,” according to UPI. The remarkable decision was part of a document published on June 9th that laid out new clauses for church academies and stated that creationism is not widely accepted as a scientific theory. ... Read More »

French Australian Preschool’s plea to safeguard its future

The French Australian Preschool is calling on the community to help raise a $1 million shortfall needed to safeguard its future. The privately run preschool and its vast outdoor play area hold 40 years of fond memories for thousands of graduates and 128 current students… Source: French Australian Preschool’s plea to safeguard its future Read More »

Why Every Child Needs To Be A ‘Stretchy Thinker,’ An Interview With Phyl Georgiou, Founder And CEO Of Tiggly

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What is a “stretchy thinker?” I had the opportunity to chat with Phyl Georgiou, Founder and CEO of Tiggly, who talks about this unique term and how it applies to 21st-century learners. 1. Tiggly is a company that is considered within a new line of “TABLET toys.” These toys combine real-world objects with virtual play and mobile applications. Can you tell us about the background story of Tiggly? How and… Source: Why Every Child Needs To Be A ‘Stretchy Thinker,’ ... Read More »

Thoughts on the sociology of Brexit

The geography reflects the economic crisis of the 1970s, not the 2010sIt became clear early on in the night that Leave had extraordinary levels of support in the North East, taking 70% of the votes in Hartlepool and 61% in Sunderland. It subsequently emerged that Wales had voted for Leave… Source: Thoughts on the sociology of Brexit – Political Economy Research Centre Read More »

Sam Neill slams Australia’s offshore ‘concentration camps’

Sam Neill talks wine, politics and Wilderpeople over some fine sashimi with Karl Quinn… Source: Sam Neill slams Australia’s offshore ‘concentration camps’ Read More »

Stolen Generation compensation, scholarship scheme among NSW Parliament recommendations

A New South Wales parliamentary inquiry into the Stolen Generations recommends the state set up a compensation scheme for survivors.. The Upper House committee reviewed the landmark 1997 report Bringing Them Home, which made 50 recommendations including the national apology delivered by former prime minister Kevin Rudd in 2008… Source: Stolen Generation compensation, scholarship scheme among NSW Parliament recommendations – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Mehdi Savari: Actor, Prisoner, And Improbable Star Of Manus Island

Famous throughout the camp and the island, Mehdi’s dramatic skills have provided solace to the men imprisoned in Australia’s detention centre. On the night locals attacked the compound, his reputation may also have saved his life. Behrouz Boochani, a journalist detained on Manus, reports. I had not met him yet. I had only heard… Source: Mehdi Savari: Actor, Prisoner, And Improbable Star Of Manus Island – New Matilda Read More »

‘When you talk, you heal’: Indigenous prison guards to help inmates rehabilitate

Ida Hanley knows she can help Canberra’s Indigenous inmates heal.. Her family, themselves ripped apart by the stolen generations, understand all too well the enduring pain and hurt that follow many Indigenous Australians into jail… Source: ‘When you talk, you heal’: Indigenous prison guards to help inmates rehabilitate Read More »

Refugees around the world can now take online classes for free

Of the myriad troubles that come with being displaced from one’s home country, losing educational credentials may seem small. But it isn’t. Refugees who resettle in other countries often find themselves unable to continue on their previous career path due to a new set of employer standards or skills requirements. The US State Department is posing a solution: online learning… Source: Refugees around the world can now take online classes for free | SBS News Read More »