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China and the US commit to ratifying Paris climate deal

New York: In a striking declaration that the world is finally ready to change its polluted ways, global leaders gathered at the United Nations headquarters here to sign the historic Paris climate accord, an agreement that is seen as the blueprint for rescuing the planet. The question is whether the plan will work… Source: China and the US commit to ratifying Paris climate deal Read More »

When we mourn the passing of Prince but not 500 migrants, we have to ask: have we lost all sense of perspective?

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Has something gone adrift within the moral compass of our ‘news’ reporting? Robert Fisk @indyvoices In the past week, 64 Afghans have been killed in the largest bomb to have exploded in Kabul in 15 years. At least 340 were wounded. The Taliban set off their explosives at the very wall of the ‘elite’ security force – watch out for that word ‘elite’ – which was supposed to protect the capital. Whole families were annihilated. No autopsies for them… Source: ... Read More »

‘The Lost Book of Moses’ is a mystery of biblical proportions

Decades before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, did a Jerusalem antiquities dealer really find a first draft of the Bible? The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 by Bedouin shepherds catalyzed a… Source: ‘The Lost Book of Moses’ is a mystery of biblical proportions – CSMonitor.com Read More »

Nine Years Later Kythera Museum Up ‘n’ Running

It took nine years to get the Archaeological Museum on the island of Kythera back in shape and at noon on May 7, Culture Minister Aristides Baltas will hand it over to the public… Source: Nine Years Later Kythera Museum Up ‘n’ Running – GTP Headlines Read More »

A Scarborough ‘shoaldown’: An opportunity to push back against Beijing

Over the last few weeks any lingering doubts have surely been erased when it comes to China’s so-called ‘intentions’ in the South China Sea. There is clearly only one goal, a single strategic… Source: A Scarborough ‘shoaldown’: An opportunity to push back against Beijing – Asia Times Read More »

The Post-Imperial Moment

Vulgar, populist anarchy will define the twenty-first century. IN 1935, the anti-Nazi writer and Austrian-Jewish intellectual Joseph Roth published a story, “The Bust of the Emperor,” about an elderly count at the chaotic fringe of the former Habsburg Empire who refused to think of himself… Source: The Post-Imperial Moment | The National Interest Read More »

Talking Point: Freedom of conscience threatened by monumental changes

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DOES Christianity oppose personal autonomy and human rights? Columnist and lawyer Greg Barns thinks so. He wrote a recent article “Powerful religious groups oppose personal freedoms” (Mercury, April 4), suggesting church opposition to euthanasia laws and same-sex marriage were examples of this anti-freedom bent…. Source: Talking Point: Freedom of conscience threatened by monumental changes | The Mercury Read More »

Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them ‘state property’Express

TURKEY’S Islamist government has stepped up its war on Christianity by seizing all the churches in one city and declaring them state property. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken control of six churches in the war-torn southeastern city of Diyarbakir in his latest move to squash freedom of speech and… Source: Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them ‘state property’ | World | News | Daily Express Read More »

Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani tells of the horrors of Manus Island: out of sight, out of mind

Instead of being imprisoned and harassed, deserving detainees should be welcomed and granted asylum in Australia. His name is Behrouz Boochani. He was born in Ilam city in west Iran on July 23, 1983. He graduated from Tarbiat Madares University in Tehran with a masters degree in political… Source: Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani tells of the horrors of Manus Island: out of sight, out of mind Read More »

Guantanamo shrinking but Obama goal of closing prison still elusive

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GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Observed from behind a one-way mirror and heavy chain-link fence, a handful of bearded detainees in baggy t-shirts mill around inside a communal cellblock at the Guantanamo Bay military prison, vastly outnumbered by U.S. troops guarding them… Source: Guantanamo shrinking but Obama goal of closing prison still elusive – World | The Star Online Read More »

Polar opposite: The Irishman who spent 18 months living in Antarctica

100 years after Tom Crean’s voyage, Donegal man Danny McFadden returns from a year-and-a-half living on Rothera research station and visiting the South Pole. Arriving in South Georgia, I can only imagine what Tom Crean and the rest of the crew of the James Caird felt when they made landfall on this bleak and… Source: Polar opposite: The Irishman who spent 18 months living in Antarctica Read More »

Beautiful 2,200-year-old mosaics discovered in ancient Greek city

In the ancient Greek City, Zeugma, which is located in today’s Turkey, unbelievable mosaics were uncovered,  dating back to the 2nd century BC, but incredibly… Source: Beautiful 2,200-year-old mosaics discovered in ancient Greek city Read More »

Shakespeare: who put those thoughts in his head?

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Today everybody reads Shakespeare. But what books did he read? Jonathan Bate on the writers who shaped the world’s greatest playwright – and the three books the Bard would pick for Desert Island Discs. What did Shakespeare believe? We can only guess. He left neither a diary nor a philosophical treatise… Source: Shakespeare: who put those thoughts in his head? | Culture | The Guardian Read More »

Menuhin: 100 facts to celebrate his centenary

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Friday 22 April is the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin’s birth. His biographer has compiled for us a list of 100 facts about the great musician and his musical legacy. 1. Yehudi Menuhin, born in New York City on April 22, 1916, was a US violinist, later also a conductor, teacher, impresario and supporter of human rights… Source: Menuhin: 100 facts to celebrate his centenary | Music | The Guardian Read More »

The Merry Wives of Windsor review: Lively production of one of the Bard’s sillier romps

According to theatre legend, Shakespeare wrote The Merry Wives of Windsor in a rush at the command of Elizabeth herself. The Virgin Queen couldn’t get enough of Falstaff, the fat rogue knight from Henry IV, and wanted to see him in love. The resulting spinoff proved a highly contrived farce. Its minor character names – Shallow… Source: The Merry Wives of Windsor review: Lively production of one of the Bard’s sillier romps Read More »

What does depression feel like? Trust me – you really don’t want to know

Darker than grief, an implosion of the self, a sheet of ice: no matter how you describe it, this is a terrifying state to be trapped in. This is Depression Awareness Week, so it must be hoped that during this seven-day period more people will become more aware of a condition that… Source: What does depression feel like? Trust me – you really don’t want to know | Tim Lott | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »