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The Cartoonist Who Makes You Look Twice

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With Boundless, Jillian Tamaki makes a profound case for the primacy of images in storytelling. Rowan Hisayo Buchanan The Atlantic “Boundless” could be Jillian Tamaki’s motto. Over her 14-year career, the cartoonist has consistently leaped in new directions. Whether designing book covers using embroidery, illustrating articles for The New York Times, or creating a… The Cartoonist Who… Read More »

Decoding the music masterpieces: Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor

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Opinion Clara Schumann, the wife of the great composer Robert Schumann, wrote in her diary on May 25, 1854: Liszt sent Robert today a sonata dedicated to him and several other things with a friendly letter to me. But the things are dreadful! The Conversation By Zoltán Szabó, Sydney Conservatorium of Music ABC [Johannes] Brahms played them for me, but they made me utterly wretched … This is nothing but sheer racket — not a single healthy idea, everything confused, ... Read More »

The Search for Security via Answers to Questions on Law, Criminal Justice and Impunity

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A working paper published in connection with the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ in Geneva on 28 June 2017  Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published by Agora Dialogue on 17 June 2017 This working paper addresses issues which are of enormous importance to every citizen of the Republic of Cyprus and of the European Union of which it forms part. In the interests of security, the working paper goes further by raising a substantial number of questions relating to law, criminal justice and impunity. These questions ... Read More »

No justice for slain Myanmar lawyer Ko Ni

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Contributor Bertil Lintner knew intimately the ruling National League for Democracy’s top legal advisor and his plan to enact a more democratic… Bertil Lintner Asia Times Four months since Ko Ni, one of Myanmar’s most prominent and talented lawyers, was assassinated in broad daylight outside Yangon’s airport and local authorities are not any closer to solving the… The gunman, Kyi Lin, was apprehended only because furious taxi drivers parked outside the… No justice for… Read More »

Indian research labs face financial crisis

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India’s 38 premier scientific laboratories are in a budgetary pinch. A jump in expenditures on salaries, pensions, and perks for government employees, recommended by an advisory commission, is leaving little money for… Sanjay Kumar Science The increase in personnel expenses comes on top of a 2015 call by the government for CSIR to raise 30% to 50% of its total budget itself… The stark reality is that “we will be left with no funds to… Indian research labs… Read More »

California Approves Millions for Armenian Museum and Genocide Education

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ANCA-WR Praises State Legislators GLENDALE, Calif.–The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region (ANCA-WR) praised California Legislators for their efforts in securing funding for the Armenian American Museum and… The Armenian Weekly On June 15, the California State Legislature adopted a budget with considerable attention given to the… “The Armenian National Committee of America Western Region (ANCA-WR) is very… California Approves Millions… Read More »

UN agency ranks Australia 39 out of 41 countries for quality education

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Australia has been ranked 39 out of 41 high- and middle-income countries in achieving quality education, in the latest international report to find that the country is falling behind in basic measures of… Pallavi Singhal The Age Only Romania and Turkey were ranked below Australia in education in the latest United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report… The report looks at the performance of 15-year-olds in reading, maths and… UN agency ranks… Read More »

Talking Point: Gun law reform soft on crime, hard on owners

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WHEN someone proposes a solution to a problem that does not exist, you can suspect they have an agenda. Carlo Di Falco Mercury The recent mail-out to Tasmania’s 38,000 shooters about the storage of firearms requirements fall into this category. Last year, the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management released the regulatory impact statement and draft regulations about the… Talking Point: Gun… Read More »

Beyond Blades of Grass

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The other night, mowing my lawn for the first time this spring, I was instantly transported back to my childhood. PAUL BOGARD The New York Times “I love that smell,” I later said to my fiancée, and didn’t have to explain; we were two suburban-raised Minnesota kids for whom the scent of freshly cut grass has long confirmed winter’s end. Like many an American teenager, I had a monopoly on mowing my neighborhood’s lawns, coming… Beyond Blades of… Read More »

Y-chromosomal analysis of Greek Cypriots reveals a primarily common pre-Ottoman paternal ancestry with Turkish Cypriots

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Genetics can provide invaluable information on the ancestry of the current inhabitants of Cyprus PLOS A Y-chromosome analysis was performed to (i) determine paternal ancestry among the Greek Cypriot (GCy) community in the context of the Central and… Our haplotype-based analysis has revealed that GCy and TCy patrilineages derive primarily from a single gene pool and show very close genetic affinity (low genetic differentiation) to Calabrian Italian and… In terms of more recent (past millennium) ancestry, as… Y-chromosomal analysis of… ... Read More »

UN Issues Stark Warning On Pacific Drought Threat

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The United Nations says the looming El Nino threat could impact on more than four million people in the Pacific. FijiSun The UN’s Resident Co-ordinator, Osnat Lubrani, says communities and governments need to prepare now for the extreme weather changes El Niño usually… He says some countries are already implementing or drafting drought plans and the UN is ready to help co-ordinate this and to provide technical… Issues Stark Warning… Read More »

Turkey’s president wants to purge Western words from its language

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Cultural disappropriation A new step in Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s campaign against foreign influences The Economist TURKEY’S president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, responded to last summer’s attempted coup by sacking or suspending 160,000 public servants and arresting 60,000 more. But his latest purge has a… Turkey’s president wants… Read More »

Mexico’s Worsening War without a Name

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The “war on drugs” has morphed into a new rash of killings in Mexico. Froylán Enciso ICG The deadly violence of increasingly well-organised, business-minded criminal groups risks being aggravated by government inaction, corruption and bombastic U.S. rhetoric – exactly what caused the problem in the first place. Murder rates in Mexico have hit a… Mexico’s Worsening War… Read More »

Marine expert warns of climate emergency as fish abandon tropical waters

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Daniel Pauly is calling for a new plan to manage fishing levels as the industry’s expansion combines with global warming Helen Davidson in Darwin The Guardian As climate change pushes marine species towards cooler waters, and the fishing industry expands around the globe, the tropics are emptying out, a leading fisheries expert has warned. The federal government is expected to release its new management plan for… Marine expert warns… Read More »

Ironists of a Vanished Empire

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Edge of Irony: Modernism in the Shadow of the Habsburg Empire by Marjorie Perloff The New York Review University of Chicago Press, 204 pp., $30.00 Marjorie Perloff is one of America’s leading critics of poetry, having spent a long career writing on the work of avant-garde poets from Frank O’Hara to Charles Bernstein. But though she is the author of many books, she wrote in her 2004 memoir, The Vienna Paradox, “when I see [my] name in print…there is always ... Read More »

Is it fair that rich EU countries pay for the development of poorer EU countries?

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Should more money be taken from the rich to give to the poor? However we dress it up, this is arguably the most fundamental issue in any democratic system. Debating Europe It’s even more relevant today as global inequality continues to rise. Yet, as the collapse of the Venezuelan economy illustrates, it’s not exactly straightforward. Things become even more complex when transfers of wealth are taking place across borders, where a sense of national solidarity is not at… Is it fair… Read More »