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Ex-owner of Hitler house sues Austria for expropriating the building

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The former owner of the house where Adolf Hitler was born has launched a legal battle against the Austrian government for expropriating the building, a court official said Tuesday. French Press Agency Daily Sabah The state seized the dilapidated building in the northern town of Braunau in December after MPs approved an expropriation law specifically aimed at the controversial property. The move came after… Ex-owner of Hitler… Read More »

Pope Francis: You cannot reject refugees and call yourself a Christian

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Pope Francis condemned the hypocrisy from Christians who are merciless to refugees and people of other faiths, addressing a gathering of a pilgrimage of Catholics and Lutherans from Germany, reports Catholic News Service. Kenneth Lipp U.S. Uncut Francis rebuked “the contradiction of those who want to… “This is not… Pope Francis: You… Read More »

Why Abortion Kills A Person Even If You Don’t Think The Unborn Are People Yet

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When I was 21, someone stole my coat. George Fields The Federalist At that moment, I became an ardent supporter of the pro-life movement. You might say that I have… Why Abortion Kills A… Read More »

First human-pig embryos open route to growing transplant organs in chimeras

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Scientists have grown the first human-pig hybrid embryos and taken them a third of the way through pregnancy inside a… Marcus Strom The Age Geneticists at the Salk Institute in California hope this research will pave the way to grow fully-functioning human transplant organs inside hybrid… First human-pig… Read More »

How the Women of the Mormon Church Came to Embrace Polygamy

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A HOUSE FULL OF FEMALES Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870 By Laurel Thatcher Ulrich By BEVERLY GAGE The New York Times Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is a historian’s historian. For more than three decades, she has dazzled her profession with archival discoveries, creative spark and an ability to see “history” where it… Her most… How the Women… Read More »

Trump is the U.S.’s first Latin American president

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In his first week in power, President Trump has ruled by fiat and tweet, following through on many campaign promises most people had assumed were too absurd or extreme to ever… By Ishaan Tharoor The Washington Post A temporary Muslim ban of some sort is set to come into effect, and the White House is seeking funding to… Trump is the… Read More »

“I couldn’t sleep at night. Had I sent them home to their deaths?” – An ex-asylum officer tells all

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Some of the details described below may be upsetting. I worked for the UK Border Agency (UKBA) for 10 years, three of which were spent reviewing asylum applications.. BBC It was my job to review the cases of people coming to Britain in fear of their lives, and work out whether they were telling the truth or not… “I couldn’t sleep… Read More »

The Guardian view on Australia Day: change the date

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26 January – a day that marks the beginning of Indigenous dispossession – is the wrong day for national… Editorial The Guardian Respectful debate is the best way to a solution that will allow all Australians to join the… Mick Dodson explained succinctly why he… The Guardian view… Read More »

A Match Made in Hell: The Budding Bromance of Trump and Erdogan

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Can two power-hungry egomaniacs forge a lasting alliance? Much depends on an extradition request, and whether Trump will continue the alliance with Syria’s… By Anna Lekas Miller The Nation Istanbul— “Your organization is terrible,” Donald Trump shouted at a CNN reporter at his January 11 news conference. “You are fake… A Match Made… Read More »

“I couldn’t sleep at night. Had I sent them home to their deaths?” – An ex-asylum officer tells all

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Some of the details described below may be upsetting I worked for the UK Border Agency (UKBA) for 10 years, three of which were spent reviewing asylum… BBC It was my job to review the cases of people coming to Britain in fear of their lives, and work out whether they were telling the truth or… “I couldn’t sleep… Read More »

Sales of George Orwell’s 1984 surge after Kellyanne Conway’s ‘alternative facts’

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Comments made by Donald Trump’s adviser have been compared to the classic dystopian novel, pushing it to become the sixth best-selling book on… Guardian staff The Guardian Sales of George Orwell’s dystopian drama 1984 have soared after Kellyanne Conway, adviser to the reality-TV-star-turned-president, Donald Trump, used the… Sales of George… Read More »

Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse – but the rest of the world isn’t listening

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It’s a little before three on a sunny Friday afternoon and Laugardalur Park, near central Reykjavik, looks practically… Emma Young – Mosaic ABC There’s an occasional adult with a pushchair, but the park’s surrounded by apartment blocks and houses, and school’s out – so where are all the… Walking with me are… Iceland knows how… Read More »

Varmakalai – the ‘deadly’ art that’s dying

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Considered the ‘master’ of martial arts, varmakalai uses ‘vital spots,’ or pressure points, both to hurt and to heal. Its practitioners in southern India guard its secrets closely, even as the practice dwindles Anusha Venkat Asia Times A simple stroke of a trained finger can be lethal, according to practitioners of Varmakalai, which translates into English as “art of vital points.” Targeted at the right spot, or… Varmakalai – the ‘deadly’ art… Read More »

SPECIAL FEATURE: As The Guns Fall Silent: Women And The War In Yemen

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Women’s rights forms another frontier in war-torn Yemen, writes Pat Griffiths in this special New Matilda feature. Pat Griffiths New Matilda BOMBS fall on Yemen. They have done so… SPECIAL FEATURE: As The Guns Fall… Read More »

We must rescue Van Gogh from becoming a pop culture cliche

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Loving Vincent is a corny new biopic made from 62,450 hack oil paintings in Van Gogh’s style – and is an insult to the human struggle in his original works Jonathan Jones The Guardian Vincent van Gogh is peculiarly cursed to be travestied, misunderstood and reduced to a kitsch parody of himself. Look at the art section in… We must rescue Van Gogh from… Read More »

JFK’s Daughter Caroline Kennedy Just Made A Historical Career Announcement – Get Ready

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Up until the Trump administration took over the White House just a couple days ago, Caroline Kennedy was the American Ambassador to Japan… Pearson McKinney Bipartisan Report When Trump gained control, Kennedy was sent packing, returning to civilian life in the states… There was no one appointed to take over the… JFK’s Daughter Caroline… Read More »