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Asia TOPA patron Carrillo Gantner on why Anglo-Saxon Australia is history

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Paul Keating was wrong about our place in the world, says the man behind our latest act of cultural… Lindy Percival The Age “We should have gone to an Asian restaurant,” Carrillo Gantner quips, as we sit down to talk about his role in Melbourne’s newest… The Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (aka… Asia TOPA patron… Read More »

Elon Musk offers to fix Australian power network in 100 days

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Elon Musk, boss of electric car firm Tesla, says he can help solve South Australia’s power crisis within 100 days – and if not he’ll do it for… BBC The offer follows a series of blackouts in the… On Thursday, Tesla executive Lyndon Rive had said the company could install 100-300 megawatt hours of… Elon Musk offers… Read More »

Turkey: The Return of the Sultan

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On April 16, Turks will vote in a national referendum that will, if successful, give President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan increased powers over parliament, the judiciary, and other parts of the… Christopher de Bellaigue The New York Review of Books The offices of head of government and head of state will be unified in the… To many Western observers, this… Turkey: The Return… Read More »

Why you think you’re right, even when you’re wrong

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Are you a soldier or a scout? Your answer to this question, says decision-making expert Julia Galef, could determine how clearly you see the world. Julia Galef Imagine for a moment you’re a soldier in the heat of battle — perhaps a Roman foot soldier, medieval archer or Zulu warrior. IdeasTED Regardless of your time and place, some things are probably constant. Your adrenaline is elevated, and your actions stem from your deeply ingrained reflexes, reflexes that are rooted in ... Read More »

DNA confirms Aboriginal people have a long-lasting connection to country

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Members of the Stolen Generations may finally find a way back to their country, thanks to new research that reveals differences in Aboriginal DNA can be linked to specific… DANI COOPER ABC The discovery is based on analysis of mitochondrial DNA found in hair samples taken from Aboriginal people during expeditions run between 1928 and the… DNA confirms Aboriginal… Read More »

Google’s Eric Schmidt: ‘Big data is so powerful that nation-states will fight’ over it

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If big data really is the “new oil,” does that mean countries will fight over… Rob Price Business Insider  This is what Eric Schmidt, chairman of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, suggested in a speech at the company’s Google Cloud Next conference on… “I think that big data is so powerful that nation-states will fight over how… Google’s Eric Schmidt… Read More »

Look on my works, ye mighty … Ozymandias statue found in mud

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Archaeologists believe eight-metre statue found in Cairo slum is of Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt in 13th… Reuters in Cairo The Guardian Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found an eight-metre (26ft) statue submerged in groundwater in a Cairo slum that they say probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled… Look on my… Read More »

Dying robots and failing hope: Fukushima clean-up falters six years after tsunami

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Exploration work inside the nuclear plant’s failed reactors has barely begun, with the scale of the task described as ‘almost beyond comprehension’ Justin McCurry at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant The Guardian Barely a fifth of the way into their mission, the engineers monitoring the Scorpion’s progress conceded defeat. With a… Dying robots and… Read More »

‘But what about the railways …?’ ​​The myth of Britain’s gifts to India

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Apologists for empire like to claim that the British brought democracy, the rule of law and trains to India. Shashi Tharoor The Guardian Isn’t it a bit rich to oppress, torture and imprison a people for 200 years, then take credit for benefits that were entirely accidental? Many modern apologists for British colonial rule in India no… ‘But what about… Read More »

Women who inspire

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Three remarkable and distinguished women are raising awareness and taking action for gender equality on the occasion of International Women’s… Panos Apostolou SBS “Food For Thought Network” and its president Varvara Ioannou invited the National Congress of Australia’s first Peoples’ Chairwoman, consultant… Women who… Read More »

Rwanda Rugby: Sport helps heal wounds in ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’

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(CNN) – Kamanda Tharcisse’s voice is barely a whisper as he recalls the events of the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Matt Majendie CNN An estimated one million people were killed during a 100-day period, among them Tharcisse’s father and two brothers. Aged 13, he… Rwanda Rugby: Sport… Read More »

WikiLeaks says it releases files on ‘CIA’s cyber spying tools’

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Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks published on March 7 what it said were thousands of pages of internal Central Intelligence Agency discussions about hacking techniques used over several years, renewing concerns about the… Hurriyet The discussion transcripts showed that CIA hackers could get into Apple Inc. iPhones, Google Inc. Android devices and… WikiLeaks says it… Read More »

What the WA election campaign says about One Nation’s future

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Days out from the WA election, there are two big questions: Will One Nation hold a balance of power in the WA senate, and what has the campaign told us about the… James Purtill ABC Who wins the election looks… Leaked internal Liberal polling suggests the party will lose government in a… What the WA… Read More »

Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War: a 2400-year-old text that explains Trump

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Forget modern dystopian novels. Greek history offers a far better guide to today’s US… Mark Thomas The Age Donald Trump has provoked an unlikely boom in a few market niches: for the makers of red baseball caps, among late-night comedians, and for those who own the royalties to dystopian… George Orwell’s 1984 has… Thucydides’ History of… Read More »

If you want to support refugee women on Nauru, let us speak

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I escaped a violent husband and father in Iran to come to a country which claims to uphold women’s rights. Mina Taherkhani The Guardian All I have experienced is terror and panic. I am Mina Taherkhani. I’m 35 years old. I escaped from violence to seek peace and freedom. I’ve been in the detention centre in Nauru for… If you want… Read More »

TURKEY: Reverse Regime Change, Replacing Secularism with Sultanism

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Since 2002, the Republic of Turkey has been ruled by the Justice and Development Party (or AKP), founded Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and… Dr Can Erimtan 21st Century Wire At first, Erdoğan and his henchmen appeared to respect the rule of law and the political traditions established by Mustafa Kemal… The economic boom of the early AKP years and the… TURKEY: Reverse Regime… Read More »