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“The Responsibility of Intellectuals”: An Exchange

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The following private correspondence took place after the publication of Noam Chomsky’s essay in the February 23 issue of The New York Review: George Steiner, reply by Noam Chomsky Dear Professor Chomsky, I write to express my admiration for your lucid and compelling essay in the New York Review of Books. This piece will mean a great deal to all who share your worry and to many who are now beginning to learn how vital that worry is to our ... Read More »

Listening to the heart: what now for Indigenous recognition after the Uluru summit?

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Delegates at the First Nations Constitutional Convention at Uluru have issued a powerful “statement from the heart”. Harry Hobbs The Conversation They called for the establishment of a “First Nations Voice” enshrined in the Australian Constitution, and a commission to progress treaty-making between governments and Indigenous people. The Uluru statement reflects long-held Indigenous aspirations. But, in… Listening to the… Read More »

Russia Has One Super ‘Cannon’ That Can Kill Cities

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Russia maintains just one active battalion of eight 2S4s in service, with over four hundred in reserve. Sebastien Roblin The National Interest In 2000, Tyulpans played a prominent role in the siege of Grozny in the second Chechen war, systematically “leveling” the city from afar according to one analyst. 127 targets were reported destroyed by Daredevil laser-guided rounds. All together the Russian army claims to have… Russia Has One… Read More »

Adelaide couple to live on the same food rations as a Syrian refugee

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An Adelaide couple has agreed to live on the same food rations as a Syrian refugee as part of a national fundraiser to highlight the plight of those in camps. Brett Williamson ABC Willunga’s Nic and Jarrad Newbold said the gravity of the situation hit them when their rations arrived. “When I opened the box and looked into it I thought, what on Earth have I got myself into?” Nic said. “I think we waste more food than that [in ... Read More »

JustGiving is criticised for taking up to £100,000 in fees from money donated to those affected by Manchester blast

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Fundraising website JustGiving has come under fire for taking more than £100,000 in fees from money donated to help those affected by the… Leah Milner For The Daily Mail DailyMail In the hours after the attack, the public rushed to set up donation pages for the victims’ families and a British Red Cross emergency… By last night nearly £2million had been donated via the website to appeals related to the… JustGiving is criticised… Read More »

Violence in central Congo leaves 400,000 children prey to deadly malnutrition – UN

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Even before the recent surge in violence, the central Greater Kasai region was one of the poorest in… Kieran Guilbert | KieranG77 | Thomson Reuters Foundation DAKAR, May 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Spiralling violence in central Democratic Republic of Congo has disrupted farming and shut down health centres, leaving hundreds of thousands of children vulnerable to life-threatening… An insurrection against the… Violence in central… Read More »

Drug Is First to Treat Cancer Based on Genetics, Not Location

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Rewriting Life A change in how cancer is treated means more people will benefit from… Emily Mullin MIT Technology Review In a first for precision medicine, a cancer drug has won regulatory approval based on the genetic characteristic of tumors, rather than their… On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it had approved Keytruda, an immunotherapy, for patients who have genetic glitches in so-called “mismatch… Drug Is First… Read More »

Terrorists see reason in madness of targeting public events

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Islamic extremists hit ‘lifestyle’ targets in the hope of convincing us we face a threat that is as ubiquitous as it is unpredictable Jason Burke  The Guardian In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, a network of young militants formed in London and discussed targets. They did not talk about embassies, army bases or planes. Instead they spoke of attacking “pubs… Terrorists see reason… Read More »

Somalis are fleeing famine — only to find death in a place of refuge

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iN BAIDOA, Somalia — Aftin Noor stepped back from the tiny graves he’d been digging and surveyed his work. Max Bearak  The Washington Post Exhausted, he turned his palms skyward, squinting into the relentless midday sun, and asked God for an answer. “I dug three children’s graves this morning,” said Noor, his voice cracking, his undershirt soaked with sweat. “And I have dug 20 or more this month. Why?” The immediate answer is cholera. The Somalis are fleeing… Read More »

This is how Islamist radicalisation actually happens

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This attack on Manchester is part of a pattern of attacks from the nail bomber in Soho to the attacks in Bali to Paris based on this false totalitarianism that insists they cannot share the… Katherine Brown Independent Radicalisation is described as “everything that happens before the bomb goes off,” ICSR expert Peter… It is an attempt to recognise that terrorists are not born but made. In radicalisation… This is how… Read More »

Hiding in plain sight: how the ‘alt-right’ is weaponizing irony to spread fascism

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Experts say the ‘alt-right’ have stormed mainstream consciousness by using ‘humor’ and ambiguity as tactics to wrong-foot their… Jason Wilson The Guardian Earlier this month, hundreds of “alt-right” protesters occupied the rotunda at Boston Common in the name of free speech. The protest included far-right grouplets old and new – from the Oath Keepers to the… But there were no swastikas or shaved heads in… Hiding in plain… Read More »

Empowering Children to Lead Positive Social Change

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Children have great capacity to affect the lives of those around them, writes Dr Andrea Lemon, CEO and founding co-director of Kids… Andrea Lemon Pb When children are given the skills, responsibility and opportunity to think and act creatively and independently, spectacular things can happen  –  to them, and to their whole… I have just returned from the National Rural Health Conference in Cairns, where Kids Thrive was invited to present the… Empowering Children to… Read More »

Critical call out for O-type blood donors

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The Red Cross Blood Service is urging those with O-Negative and O-Positive blood types to come forward as Australia’s supply falls dangerously… SBS AAP Australia’s reserves of O-type blood have fallen to a dangerously low two-day supply and people with O-Positive and O-Negative blood types are… Eight thousand people are needed over the next two weeks to donate O-type blood to prevent a nationwide blood shortage, the Australian Red… Critical call out… Read More »

Don’t let psychopathic murderers suppress our common humanity

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In the face of horror, let no one distract us from the magnificent facts of our nature: neither the terrorists nor those who demand we lash out George Monbiot  The Guardian It is a blow to the heart: an atrocity whose purpose was to kill and maim as many children and teenagers as possible. No parent, hearing the voices of those still seeking news of their children, could fail to imagine the frantic play of hope and despair, the terrible ... Read More »

Quality journalism is about more than just unearthing scandals and injustice

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With the demise of ABC presenter Mark Colvin a fortnight ago – a journalist of exceptional intelligence and integrity – it’s difficult not to feel that his death marks the… Sarah Gill The Age The end of an era, perhaps. There’s no doubt that the week of Colvin’s passing was a pretty bleak one for Australian journalism. His final days were foreshadowed by a week-long Fairfax strike and the launch of an Australian Senate inquiry into the future of public… ... Read More »

Vic government urged to consider spent convictions scheme

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The Law Institute of Victoria has called on the state government to consider laws that will wipe the criminal record of people who have committed certain ‘low level’ offences, with a… Melissa Coade Lawyers Weekly LIV has backed recommendations for Victoria to introduce a spent convictions scheme in line with other… The practical effect of a spent convictions scheme is to allow a person who has a criminal record of low level offences to have their record ‘wiped… Vic government ... Read More »