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Chelsea Manning: Ex-army leaker to run for US senate

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Chelsea Manning, the former US intelligence analyst who was jailed for leaking classified documents, is seeking the Democratic Party nomination to run for the US senate in Maryland. BBC In 2013 Manning was sentenced to 35 years after being found guilty of 20 charges, including espionage. But former US President Barack Obama commuted her sentence. The 30-year-old, who was born Bradley Manning, will challenge Democratic Senator Ben Cardin for the nomination. The former US soldier moved to Maryland after being ... Read More »

‘Every day I am crushed’: the stateless man held without trial by Australia for eight years

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A UN body says Said Imasi should be released and compensated. But he still faces a potentially limitless detention Ben Doherty The Guardian Said Imasi is a man without a past: a man, it seems, without a future. He doesn’t know where he was born, or when. He has few documents to demonstrate who he is or where he comes from. He believes, but cannot prove, he was born in Spain’s Canary Islands, to a mother from Western Sahara – ... Read More »

None but the Lonely Heart

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fortyfivedownstairs recital blurb: Melbourne-born Greek-Cypriot Australian soprano, Christiana Aloneftis, is coming home to perform with one of Australia’s finest collaborative pianists, David Barnard, an eclectic and exciting program of Debussy, Donizetti, Verdi, Rimsky-korsakov, Dvořák, Rachmaninoff and much more. Currently based in Paris, the young soprano has been described by Joyce DiDonato (The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall) as having ‘an exceptionally warm, expressive soprano voice…. She performs with poise and graceful, nuanced phrasing’. None but the Lonely Heart, is a ... Read More »

Erdogan says Turkey will crush Kurdish militia in Afrin

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey’s military incursion in northern Syria’s Idlib province would crush Kurdish militia forces that control the neighboring region of… Reuters Staff The Kurdish YPG militia said Turkish forces inside Syria fired shells into Afrin on Saturday, but no one was wounded. Turkish troops entered Idlib three months ago after an agreement with Russia and Iran for the three countries to try to reduce fighting between pro-Syrian government forces and rebel ... Read More »

From Siberia to Crimea: The Revenge of History in U.S.-Russian Relations

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One is tempted to conclude that the Washington foreign-policy establishment has learned little over the past century Lyle J. Goldstein The National Interest Strolling the cavernous and well-appointed halls of Russia’s carefully renovated Central Naval Museum [Центральный Военно-морской Музей] near the Neva River in St. Petersburg, one can find an assortment of interesting artifacts, not least the small skiff in which Peter the Great learned to sail more than three centuries ago now. Among the many captured battle standards from Sweden, Turkey ... Read More »

A New American Leader Rises in ISIS

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A two-year investigation identifies one of the very few Americans in the Islamic State’s upper ranks—and sheds light on the dynamics of radicalization Seamus Hughes, Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, and Bennett Clifford The Atlantic The clues are out there, if you know where to look. Scattered across far-flung corners of the internet, there is evidence that Zulfi Hoxha, the son of an Albanian-American pizza-shop owner from New Jersey, had sinister plans. First there’s the defunct Twitter profile, which at one point engaged ... Read More »

African states demand Trump apologise for racist remark

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The African group of ambassadors to the United Nations has demanded an apology from Donald Trump, after the US president reportedly aimed a racist remark at some Caribbean nations and Africa. AlJazeera Trump criticised immigration to his country from El Salvador, Haiti and the African continent, by calling the group “shithole countries” at a meeting with Congress members at the White House on Thursday, according to US media. “The African Union mission to the UN is extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist ... Read More »

The Daily Grind of Recycling

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Warm feelings about saving the planet have given way to the drudgery of sorting and rinsing and nagging from the government. Stephen L. Carter Bloomberg The other day, I had an epiphany: If recycling were not required by law, I probably wouldn’t bother. Okay, I’m a horrible person. But bear with me. In the wake of a blizzard, I was rolling the huge town-provided recycling bin to the curb for pickup. Downhill. Through the snow. On a steep driveway, imprecisely plowed. ... Read More »

We need to put a greater value on virtues in a virtual world

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This year marks a turning point in our national story. The several thousand Australians who will graduate into adulthood will be among the first adults to have been born in the 21st century, around the time when we giddily welcomed the new millennium. Jun Tong The Age They may even live to inhale the rarefied air of the 22nd century, barring surprises from mushroom-shaped clouds. How do we prepare our young to thrive in this new world? We are convinced ... Read More »

India has 600 million young people – and they’re set to change our world

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This new generation is motivated: it combines the cultural values of the traditional Asian family with the life goals of the American teenager Ian Jack The Guardian An illuminating and sometimes alarming book, Dreamers: How Young Indians Are Changing the World, is published this month. About 600 million people, more than half India’s population, are under 25 years old; no country has more young people. “No matter how poorly placed they find themselves now,” writes the book’s author, Delhi journalist Snigdha ... Read More »

Deadly ‘long-lost disease’ diphtheria rages through Rohingya camps

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In a makeshift bamboo clinic, small children struggle to draw breath through surgical masks, victims of a forgotten but deadly disease that has torn through the teeming Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. UKHIA, Bangladesh Hurriyet Diphtheria had been all but eradicated in Bangladesh until last year, when more than 650,000 Rohingya poured across the border fleeing a bloody military crackdown in neighboring Myanmar. Packed into an area meant for a much smaller number of refugees and with little sanitation or ... Read More »

China’s record US trade surplus leaves Trump trumped

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The US president will hate the figures after saying he is getting ‘much tougher’ on the world’s second largest economy Gordon Watts Asia Times Whichever way you look at it, the latest trade figures from China will make uncomfortable bedtime reading for Donald Trump. In yuan or dollar terms, the numbers are dripping with red ink, which will fail to amuse the US President. Official data released by the General Administration of Customs on Friday showed that China’s trade surplus ... Read More »

Meet the theologian who helped MLK see the value of nonviolence

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After this last tumultuous year of political rancor and racial animus, many people could well be asking what can sustain them over the next coming days: How do they make the space for self-care alongside a constant call to activism? Paul Harvey The Conversation Or, how do they turn off their phones, when there are more calls to be made and focus instead on inward cultivation? As a historian of American race and religion, I have studied how figures in ... Read More »

Money for nothing: is Finland’s universal basic income trial too good to be true?

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Europe’s first national experiment in giving citizens free cash has attracted huge media attention But one year in, what does this project really hope to prove? Jon Henley in Helsinki The Guardian One year on from its launch, the world remains fascinated by Finland’s groundbreaking universal basic income trial: Europe’s first national, government-backed experiment in giving citizens free cash. In January 2017, the Nordic nation began paying a random but mandatory sample of 2,000 unemployed people aged 25 to 58 a monthly ... Read More »

Trump calls Haiti a ‘shithole’as Haitians remember anniversary of devastating earthquake that killed thousands

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On the day Haitians everywhere remembered the thousands of lives lost and the devastation caused by the earthquake eight years ago, President Donald Trump delivered another blow to the country, reportedly calling it a “shithole.” Beatrice Dupuy Newsweek The remark, the latest disparaging comment from the president about Haiti, did not fall on deaf ears. Haitians and Haitian Americans were once again outraged by the president who had reportedly once said Haitians “all have AIDS.” Haitian government officials Friday said the president’s comments reflected ... Read More »

Essays On Air: Journeys to the underworld – Greek myth, film and American anxiety

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A central convention of Greek mythological narratives is katabasis, the hero’s journey to the underworld or land of the dead – and it’s a theme modern directors return to again and again. Sunanda Creagh Paul Salmond The Conversation That’s what we’re exploring today on our first episode of Essays On Air, a new podcast from The Conversation. It’s the audio version of our Friday essays, where we bring you the best and most beautiful writing from Australian researchers. In this ... Read More »