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Religious Diversity And The Alevi Struggle For Equality In Turkey

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Turkey is a country with diverse beliefs. Its religious diversity, however, is neither acknowledged nor appreciated. Alev Dudek Forbes Instead, the country is portrayed to be homogenous, with a 99.8% Islamic population, a number that is rather more determined by the compulsory note (“Islam”) in government-issued identification documents and the… Religious Diversity And… Read More »

Steinmeier: Pragmatic, assertive, popular

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Frank-Walter Steinmeier is Germany’s next president. The Social Democrat has been a high-ranking politician for almost 20 years and once set his sights on becoming chancellor – but was… Richard A. Fuchs Deutsche Welle On February 12, Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be elected president as the agreed-upon candidate of the CDU, CSU and SPD parties that form the… Steinmeier: Pragmatic, assertive… Read More »

Olympic runners train with amateurs at Ethiopian camp

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A simple Ethiopian athletics camp which is attracting elite runners from around the world has opened its doors to state-run Anadolu… ADDIS ABABA – Anadolu Agency Hurriyet Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah is just one of the top-tier competitors using the facilities at Yaya Africa Athletics Village near the… The athletics village – owned by… Olympic runners train… Read More »

Breaking Up the Family as a Way to Break Up the Mob

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REGGIO CALABRIA, Italy — Fighting the mafia at the very toe of Italy, Roberto Di Bella has seen a lot: children as young as 11 or 12 serving as lookouts during murders, attending drug deals and… Gaia Pianigiani The New York Times But it was the day he charged the younger brother of a minor he had jailed years before that he decided to take a… Breaking Up the… Read More »

China’s transgender Oprah

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The empress of reality television As an army colonel who became a woman, she exemplifies a society in… The Economist CHINA’S favourite chat-show host has had an extraordinary career. Jin Xing was the country’s most successful dancer before becoming a colonel in an army entertainment… He won… China’s transgender… Read More »

Media Sauce: Where’s BLeak when it comes to #FreeSpeech for cartoonists?

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A large number of Australian cartoonists have supported international efforts to get their colleagues out of detention in Malaysia, Turkey and Manus Island but, as Dr Martin Hirst discovered, there’s… Martin Hirst Independent Australia  Where’s #FreeSpeech Bill when we… The Australian’s highly… Media Sauce: Where’s… Read More »

Eva Cox’s wisdom: dare to be difficult

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In a lifetime of pushing the boundaries, from her birth in 1930s Austria and through her postwar life in Australia, the feminist, academic and activist Eva Cox has never shied away from being difficult. David Fanner and Lucy Clark The Guardian Video In fact, she sees it as her duty. ‘Don’t worry about being called difficult. It shows you’re making a difference… We need the stirrers, we need the outsiders, we need the people who change things’ Eva Cox’s wisdom… Read More »

Scores of state lawmakers took trips subsidized by controversial Turkish opposition movement

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Who’s Calling the Shots in State Politics? Gulen groups are connected to U.S. charter school network overseen by legislators Liz Essley Whyte Center for Public Integrity Just why exactly would 151 state legislators from places like Idaho and Texas accept subsidized junkets from a Turkish opposition group now blamed by that… Scores of state… Read More »

Machines Can Replace Millions of Bureaucrats

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When it comes to robots displacing humans from the job market, government bureaucrats are generally not what springs to… Leonid Bershidsky Bloomberg The recent McKinsey report on the future of jobs estimates the automation potential of administrative jobs at just 39 percent, far less than the… And yet the… Machines Can Replace… Read More »

Newton Emerson: Time for the Sinn Féin crocodile to be fed

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Stormont’s veto system has worked so far, but the next generation will expect more… Newton Emerson The Irish Times Broadly speaking, Arlene Foster is correct. Feed the Sinn Féin crocodile and it will just come back for more. Republicans intend to settle for nothing less than a united Ireland, implicitly recognised by … Newton Emerson: Time… Read More »

Václav Havel’s Lessons on How to Create a “Parallel Polis”

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The recent political earthquakes have found us intellectually and emotionally underprepared, even helpless. By Pankaj Mishra The New Yorker None of our usual categories (left, right, liberal, conservative, progressive, reactionary) and perspectives (class, race, gender) seem able to explain how a compulsive liar and serial groper became the world’s most powerful man. Turning away from this unintelligible disaster, many seek enlightenment in literary and philosophical texts from the past, such as Hannah Arendt’s “The Origins of Totalitarianism,” George Orwell’s “1984,” and Sinclair ... Read More »

Quinoa genome could see ‘super-food’ prices tumble

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Scientists have successfully decoded the genome of quinoa, one of the world’s most nutritious but underutilised… Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent BBC The South American grain is a hugely popular “super-food” because it is well balanced and gluten… However, prices for quinoa have rocketed in recent years as demand exceeded… Quinoa genome could… Read More »

Massive ancient undersea landslide discovered off Great Barrier Reef

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Scientists were amazed to find remains of 300,000-year-old sediment slip while conducting 3D mapping of deep sea floor… Australian Associated Press The Guardian Evidence of a massive undersea landslide that took place more than 300,000 years ago has been discovered off the Great Barrier Reef… Massive ancient undersea… Read More »

Frozen out: the US interpreters abandoned on Europe’s border – video

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Jamshid and Mati served the US military as interpreters during the war in Afghanistan, but like many, haven’t been granted visas to emigrate to the… Max Duncan, Alice Aedy and Michael Tait, theguardian.com The Guardian With their lives threatened by the Taliban, they joined the migrants heading for western Europe, only to find themselves trapped in Serbia on the… Frozen out: the… Read More »

Why Not Make Economics a Science?

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Economists have come to rival even journalists and politicians in lack of public… Editorial Board  Bloomberg That might be partly because so many economists seem as interested in journalism and politics as in advancing their… But there’s also a deeper problem: Far from advancing, the science of economics has been… Why Not Make… Read More »

A Quiet Giant of Investing Weighs In on Trump

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He is the most successful and influential investor you have probably never heard… Andrew Ross Sorkin  The New York Times His writings are so coveted and followed by Wall Street that a used copy of a book he wrote several decades ago about investing starts at $795 on Amazon, and a new copy sells for as much as… Perhaps that’s… A Quiet Giant… Read More »