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Malawi’s albinos at risk of ‘total extinction,’ U.N. warns

Malawi’s albinos are at risk of “total extinction” amid escalating attacks against them for their body parts, the United Nations warned. Albinism is a genetic condition that leads to little or no pigment in the eyes, skin and hair. The southern African nation has about 10,000 albinos, according to the U.N… Source: Malawi’s albinos at risk of ‘total extinction,’ U.N. warns – CNN.com Read More »

John RWD Jones obituary

Human rights lawyer who helped ensure justice for some of the most demonised defendants.. The human rights barrister John RWD Jones devoted himself to helping those in peril in the courts. He was a leading architect of the nascent system of… Source: John RWD Jones obituary | Law | The Guardian Read More »

Germany to start trials over Syrian war crimes, as refugee influx brings suspects into country

Germany will this week start its first war crimes trial over Syrian atrocities, as a mass refugee influx brings suspects into the country. Aria L., a 21-year-old German national and suspected jihadist, posted on Facebook photos of himself posing next to two decapitated heads in Syria — and his case is not the only one from the war-torn country to occupy German justice… Source: Germany to start trials over Syrian war crimes, as refugee influx brings suspects into country – ... Read More »

How Norway Dispels the Private vs Public Sector Myth

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A strong state capable of building infrastructure is not enough. It must also be an inclusive state. David Sloan Wilson and Sigrun Aasland Economics It’s no secret that the Scandinavian nations are doing something right. They consistently lead the world in measures of happiness and quality of life. Political guru Francis Fukuyama called the search for the good society “getting to Denmark”. Even The Economist magazine featured a goofy looking Viking on its cover with the headline “The Next Supermodel”. How ... Read More »

Eva Orner on Chasing Asylum: ‘Every whistleblower that I interviewed wept’

New film features shocking footage from within offshore detention centres. ‘I wanted to make a film that would shame Australia’, the film-maker says. Australia’s current refugee policy has been informed by a succession of prime ministers, and four of them have a part to play in the development of Chasing Asylum: a stunning new documentary directed by Eva Orner… Source: Eva Orner on Chasing Asylum: ‘Every whistleblower that I interviewed wept’ | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Breda O’Brien: It’s complicated – our relationship with Catholicism

We may not choose to actively support something – but heaven help anyone who tries to say that we are not entitled to it. ‘It’s complicated’ is a Facebook relationship status, denoting anything from a relationship on the rocks to one that doesn’t fit standard parameters, but is working relatively well… Source: Breda O’Brien: It’s complicated – our relationship with Catholicism Read More »

Elephant summit: Kenya sets fire to huge ivory stockpile

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sets fire to a huge stockpile of ivory in an effort to show his country’s commitment to saving Africa’s elephants, but the move has its critics. More than 100 tonnes of ivory was stacked up in pyres in Nairobi National Park where it is expected to burn for several days… Source: Elephant summit: Kenya sets fire to huge ivory stockpile – BBC News Read More »

Hope burns bright for Indian tigers

Tiger, tiger burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? So wrote William Blake, who lived from 1757 to 1827. But Blake could not have… Source: Hope burns bright for Indian tigers – Asia Times Read More »

Tony Blair courted Chinese leaders for Saudi prince’s oil firm

Tony Blair obtained a “blessing” from Chinese leaders for a company owned by a Saudi prince to do business in China as part of an arrangement that paid the former UK prime minister’s firm £41,000 a month and a 2% commission on any multimillion-pound contracts he helped to secure… Source: Tony Blair courted Chinese leaders for Saudi prince’s oil firm | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

Chasing Asylum first look review – asylum seeker documentary is vital and gut-wrenching

This viscerally intense exposé of Australia’s asylum seeker policy will make audiences feel like a brick smashed to pieces with a sledgehammer. If the debate about asylum seekers attempting to come to Australia has made your heart a little heavy over the years, be prepared for it to feel like a brick smashed to pieces with a… Source: Chasing Asylum first look review – asylum seeker documentary is vital and gut-wrenching | Film | The Guardian Read More »

The Kremlin Is Entrenching Itself

Traditional opposition in Russia, negligibly small and weak, is no longer a target of the Kremlin’s designs. Putin is now dealing with challenges that are invisible to the naked eye… Source: The Kremlin Is Entrenching Itself | Wilson Center Read More »

Who’s downloading pirated papers? Everyone

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In rich and poor countries, researchers turn to the Sci-Hub website. John Bohannon AAAS Just as spring arrived last month in Iran, Meysam Rahimi sat down at his university computer and immediately ran into a problem: how to get the scientific papers he needed. He had to write up a research proposal for his engineering Ph.D. at… Who’s downloading pirated… Read More »

The war on elephants

How the very existence of Africa’s elephants is threatened by poachers, traffickers and Asia’s appetite for ivory. WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES Bloated and eerily upright the large adult elephant was still standing where it had been killed – just next to the stream – its face hacked off… Source: BBC News – The war on elephants Read More »

Islamic State fails to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka

After three decades of war with a local terrorist group, the island nation was beginning to enjoy peace and normalcy when the Syrian crisis erupted drawing some Sri Lankan Muslim youth to the conflict zone. Colombo responded quickly by joining hands with civil and religious groups to educate people about the danger of joining extremists groups like the… Source: Islamic State fails to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka – Asia Times Read More »

On Passover, Israel and “Demographic Threats”

The weeklong Jewish festival of Passover is coming to a close, but like many Jews around the world I’m still digesting the myriad questions, answers and discussions that ensued as we retold the biblical story of the Exodus at our seder. While it’s a story our community returns to over and over again, I’m continually astonished at… Source: On Passover, Israel and “Demographic Threats” Read More »

Libya: The story of the conflict explained

The conflict in Libya is a scramble for power and wealth.. In 1951, Libya became a unified independent country within its current borders. Initially, it started as a federal monarchy made up of three distinct regions; Tripolitania, Cyrenaica and Fezzan, each with its own regional government and legislative body alongside a main central government and parliament… Source: Libya: The story of the conflict explained – AJE News Read More »