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MONA’s David Walsh defends ‘slaughter’ art show, says public outrage good for business, Tas economy

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David Walsh, millionaire founder of Tasmania’s acclaimed Museum of Old and New Art, responds to the controversy surrounding an upcoming performance a… James Dunlevie ABC Walsh suggested the backlash to a three-hour “installation” directed by Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch, titled 150 Action, had served his purposes and “spiked a… The work is described by MONA as “a… MONA’s David Walsh… Read More »

Facebook shares brain-control ambitions

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Facebook says it is working on technology to allow us to control computers directly with our… Dave Lee  BBC It is developing “silent speech” software to allow people to type at a rate of 100 words per minute, it… The project, in its early stages, will require new technology to detect brainwaves without needing invasive… “We are not talking about decoding your random thoughts,” assured… Facebook shares brain… Read More »

Out of Taiwan

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Legislator Kolas Yotaka and academic David Blundell will give talks on Saturday about Taiwan’s impact on Austronesian language and culture and… Noah Buchan Taipei Times David Blundell will give a lecture on Saturday titled “Taiwan roots of the Austronesian Language and Culture,” at the Legislative Yuan, sharing the… Blundell, a professor at National Chengchi University who has been… Out of… Read More »

This ancient building material could fuel a future infrastructure boom

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Last month, Bangladesh’s capital city became home to the world’s first cell tower constructed entirely out of bamboo — proof that emerging… Nyshka Chandran CNBC Developed by Malaysian infrastructure services firm edotco and the Bangladesh University of Engineering, the tower took just 12 days to build, versus… Bamboo boasts a low carbon footprint as it… This ancient building… Read More »

Secret aid worker: we’ve lost our humanity to jargon and statistics

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Aid workers are referred to as humanitarians, but acronyms and infantalising policies mean that is not a worthy description of our… Secret aid worker The Guardian I can’t stand it when people refer to my work as humanitarian Any humanity has long disappeared from the aid and development… Somewhere along the way, with our technical jargon, sophisticated statistical… Secret aid worker… Read More »

‘Need to protect interest in Exclusive Economic Zone’

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CM also appeals for steps to safeguard fishermen from attack by Sri Lankan… TAMIL NADU The Hindu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Monday urged that the Indian fishermen must be protected from attacks (by Sri Lankan Navy) and called for safeguarding the maritime interests of the… Speaking at an event on board INS Chennai , which was dedicated to the… ‘Need to protect… Read More »

Italy may have a struggling economy but its people are the healthiest in the world

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The Italian economy may not be in great shape, but Italians certainly are, according to a ranking of the world’s healthiest nations. Rosamond Hutt World Economic Forum The Bloomberg Global Health Index ranks Italy top of 163 countries, followed by Iceland, Switzerland, Singapore and Australia. While Italian babies can expect to live into their eighties, at the other end of the scale in Sierra Leone, life expectancy is just… Italy may have… Read More »

Minister: Watch over EEZ

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IT is imperative to stay alert and keep a close watch over our exclusive economic zone (EEZ), says Minister for Fisheries Semi… Alisi Vucago Fiji Times He said monitoring our territorial waters was imperative to not only monitor illegal fishing, but also other activities including the trafficking of drugs and… “We need to plan for the future and secure our expansion in… Minister: Watch over… Read More »

How Western civilisation could collapse

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Some possible precipitating factors are already in place How the West reacts to them will determine the world’s future, says Rachel Nuwer. Rachel Nuwer BBC The political economist Benjamin Friedman once compared modern Western society to a stable bicycle whose wheels are kept spinning by economic growth. Should that forward… How Western civilisation… Read More »

Why Don’t All Jobs Matter?

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President Trump is still promising to bring back coal jobs. But the underlying reasons for coal employment’s decline — automation, falling electricity demand, cheap… Paul Krugman The New York Times Meanwhile, last week the Treasury Department officially (and correctly) declined to name China as a currency… So will the Trump administration ever do anything substantive to bring back mining and… Why Don’t All… Read More »

Why We Are on Hunger Strike in Israel’s Prisons

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HADARIM PRISON, Israel — Having spent the last 15 years in an Israeli prison, I have been both a witness to and a victim of Israel’s illegal system of mass arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of Palestinian… Marwan Barghouti The New York Times After exhausting all other options, I decided there was no choice but to resist these abuses by going on a… Some 1,000 Palestinian prisoners have decided to take part in… Why We Are… Read More »

Uncertain road ahead as Erdoğan claims victory

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ISTANBUL — It was a nail-biting count, beginning with a large “Yes” lead gradually erased as a “No” result inched closer as the… ZIA WEISE Politico Yet in the end, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan narrowly emerged as the winner of Turkey’s referendum, at least according to his own declaration — and… As the president’s supporters swarmed the streets in celebration, opposition parties said they would contest the… Uncertain road ahead… Read More »

The Kantorowicz Conundrum

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At bottom, Ernst Kantorowicz was an imperious mandarin who viewed the passions of the vulgar multitude, whether in Germany or the… Jacob Heilbrunn The National Interest IN 1954, George F. Kennan was completing his two-volume history Russia Leaves the War at the Institute for Advanced Study in… One evening he met with Ernst Kantorowicz, a German medievalist who had fled the Nazi regime, to discuss his… The Kantorowicz… Read More »

Tories claim SNP misled public on currency ahead of IndyRef

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SNP ministers have been accused of misleading the public on their independence currency plans after newly-released Scottish… Tom Peterkin The Scotsman The documents, made public under freedom of information legislation, outlined the government’s plans to create a multi… The SNP campaigned for independence on the… Tories claim SNP… Read More »

Doctors will have right to refuse assisted death requests under planned reforms

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Doctors will have the right to refuse to help terminally ill patients who wish to die provided they don’t obstruct people from seeking… Farrah Tomazin The Age In a high-level report to be considered by cabinet, an expert panel is set to recommend allowing doctors to hold a “conscientious… But medical clinicians who are willing to help patients end their life may be… Doctors will have… Read More »

Hollywood ‘Classic Love Story’ Does Double Duty as Armenian Genocide Whitewash

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‘WHAT REALLY HAPPENED’ A tale of two WWI love-triangle war films out within a month of each other—the first serving as Turkish propaganda, the second telling the… Michael Daly The Daily Beast Ben Kingsley and Josh Hartnett and Hera Hilmar surely would not have signed on to star in The Ottoman Lieutenant if they even imagined they… And screenwriter Jeff Stockwell—who is by every indication a very decent person—says that… Hollywood ‘Classic Love… Read More »