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Turkey is sliding into dictatorship

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Turkey’s referendum Recep Tayyip Erdogan is carrying out the harshest crackdown in… The Economist The West must not abandon Turkey… TURKEY matters not just for its size, but also as a bellwether of the political forces shaping the… For centuries it was the seat of a great empire. Today, as a frontier state, it must… Turkey is sliding… Read More »

Nuclear weapons the ‘biggest threat facing humans today’

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THE threat looms large with North Korea celebrating the birthday of Kim Il-sung and Donald Trump poised for a preemptive attack. Here’s how it could look. Debra Killalea News.Com.Au IF a major conflict broke out between superpowers and nuclear warheads were used, the consequences would be catastrophic. In the space of minutes, entire cities would be destroyed and between one and three billion… Nuclear weapons the… Read More »

The Refugee King of Greece

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“No risk, no life,” a teenage migrant told me, before jumping on a freight train. ASHLEY GILBERTSON The New York Times Syrian refugees fish and drink coffee near the Skaramagas refugee camp in the port area of Northern Athens in March. Photographs by Ashley Gilbertson/VII Photo for UNICEF In the village of Ritsona, 50 miles north of Athens, razor wire… The Refugee King… Read More »

A moment that changed me: rejecting the white ‘prettiness’ ideal

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It was on the bus, of all places, that fate decided to throw my internal programming into reverse and free me from racist beauty… Eliza Anyangwe The Guardian It’s 2007, and I’m standing on a platform at London Bridge station willing myself not to stare at people’s… To look would mean to compare, and in the battle for pert posteriors, mine always comes up… A moment that… Read More »

What is the historical evidence that Jesus Christ lived and died?

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Today some claim that Jesus is just an idea, rather than a real historical figure, but there is a good deal of written evidence for his… Dr Simon Gathercole The Guardian How confident can we be that Jesus Christ actually lived? The historical evidence for Jesus of Nazareth is both long-established and… Within a few decades of his supposed lifetime, he is mentioned by Jewish and Roman historians, as well as by dozens of… What is the… Read More »

Trump Administration Must Act To Address The Plight of Christians In The Middle East

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This week, Christians around the world mark the holiest week in their religious calendar, observing the Passion, crucifixion, and… Brian Katulis Elizabeth H. Prodromou The Huffington Post This sober time of reflection and prayer comes in the midst of continued threats to Christians in the Middle East – most recently in the Palm Sunday bombings at two churches in… Over the past decade, some of the oldest Christian communities have… Trump Administration Must… Read More »

CGA to buy devices to protect EEZ

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The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) is to buy thermal imaging devices and drones to boost its efforts in deterring Chinese fishing boats from… Cheng Hung-ta and Jonathan Chin Taipei Times Lee made the announcement at a meeting of the legislature’s Internal Administration Committee, during which lawmakers demanded that the… Lee was reporting to the committee in connection with the… CGA to buy… Read More »

Good Friday essay: Passion plays and the ethics of spectacular violence

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In 1985 Filipino carpenter Ruben Enaje fell three storeys and remarkably, survived. Paul Megna The Conversation To give thanks for this good fortune, he has, for the past 30 Good Fridays, dressed up as Jesus and allowed actors portraying Roman soldiers to nail his hands and feet to a… Passion plays are dramatic renditions of Christ’s arrest, trial, lashing, and… Good Friday essay… Read More »

How to fix the Supreme Court

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The way we choose Supreme Court nominees is broken. Here’s how to fix it. Ezra Klein Vox It’s worth taking a step back to realize just how broken the process for selecting Supreme Court justices… In 2016, Senate Republicans responded to Antonin Scalia’s death by inventing and establishing the absurd faux principle that open seats on the Supreme Court cannot be filled in an… How to fix… Read More »

Mother Of All Bombs: What is it and why is the US now using it to fight Islamic State?

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On Friday, the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) became the largest non-nuclear bomb ever dropped on a battlefield after the US unexpectedly unleashed one on a network of Islamic State targets in Afghanistan. By Steven Viney, staff ABC Observers were almost instantly stunned as… US President Donald Trump was… Mother Of All… Read More »

‘China Matters’

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Book Extract In China Matters: Getting It Right for Australia (LaTrobe University Press), its authors Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson look at the… By Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson By Daily Review The two expert China-watchers take a concise look at modern China, its tensions and contradictions, and pose questions about how it might use its power and influence in a… A major aim of… ‘China Matters… Read More »

An atheist at Greek Easter

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The paradox. I do not believe in god, yet I can never escape him on Πάσχα, Pascha, Pesach or Easter. By Fotis Kapetopoulos Daily Review The bombing of a Coptic church in Egypt last week on Palm Sunday is one more sectarian atrocity in the Middle… However, the considered silence from much of the Left as Christians burn in the Middle East angers… An atheist at… Read More »

Meet Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s army of abstainers

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If the choice is Macron or Le Pen, many leftist supporters would rather not vote at all. NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico LILLE — Three weeks ago, left-wing firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon was an entertaining sideshow in France’s presidential race — fun to watch on TV thanks to his cutthroat speaking style but ultimately no… Nobody is laughing now… Meet Jean-Luc… Read More »

Judge who anonymously trolled people in the comments section of a news sit loses his job

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A CROWN Court judge who used a pseudonym to troll people in the comments section of a news website has been sacked. He says he will appeal the decision. Staff writer, News Corp Australia Network A JUDGE who used a pseudonym to troll people in the comments section of a news website has been sacked. Worse still, Jason Dunn-Shaw was found to have posted abuse on stories about cases in which he was directly involved. Judge who anonymously… Read More »

Instruments of Pain: Conflict and Famine

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For the first time in three decades, four countries, driven by war, verge on… ICG Over coming weeks, Crisis Group will publish special briefings on Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and… Each conflict requires tailored response; all need increased aid and efforts to end the… The last time the UN declared a famine was in 2011, in… Instruments of Pain… Read More »

Politics podcast: Gareth Evans on Australian self-reliance

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In a speech to the National Press Club on Thursday, former Labor foreign minister Gareth Evans lambasted US President Donald… Michelle Grattan  The Conversation Evans described Trump as “manifestly the most ill-informed, under-prepared, ethically challenged and psychologically ill-equipped… Evans, who is chancellor of the Australian National University, was… Politics podcast: Gareth… Read More »