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3.7-billion-year-old fossils may be the oldest signs of life on Earth

Scientists probing a newly exposed, formerly snow-covered outcropping in Greenland claim they have discovered the oldest fossils ever seen, the remnants of microbial mats that lived 3.7 billion years ago. By Joel Achenbach It’s a stunning announcement in a scientific field that is always contentious. But if confirmed, this would push the… Source: 3.7-billion-year-old fossils may be the oldest signs of life on Earth – The Washington Post Read More »

Theresa May shows she wants to be defined by more than just Brexit

Theresa May welcomed the Cabinet to Chequers with this address, just released by Number 10: James Forsyth ‘Thank you very much for coming together today. It’s our first opportunity to meet since the summer recess, but also the first opportunity for us to meet since the fantastic success of the GB Team at the Olympics – absolutely great. And also the Paralympics will be starting very soon, so we wish our Paralympic athletes all the very best and success there ... Read More »

New elephant study shows catastrophic decline in Africa

‘Our living dinosaurs’ There are far fewer African elephants than we thought, study shows By David McKenzie and Ingrid Formanek, CNN Linyanti Swamp, Botswana (CNN)Scanning Botswana’s remote Linyanti swamp from the low flying chopper, elephant ecologist Mike Chase can’t hide the… Source: New elephant study shows catastrophic decline in Africa – CNN.com Read More »

The war on cash | openDemocracy

Banks, governments and fintech evangelists all hail a ‘cashless future’ as both inevitable and good. BRETT SCOTT  But this isn’t a frictionless utopia; it means that banks mediate our lives to an ever-greater extent. Source: The war on cash | openDemocracy Read More »

Bolivia Has Cut Extreme Poverty in Half Since 2006

More than 2 million Bolivians have come out of extreme poverty in the last decade. Bolivia’s economy is on course to grow by 5 percent this year, placing it among the top performers in Latin America. It’s a sign of Bolivia’s rapid economic transformation in South America. Another indicator is… Source: Bolivia Has Cut Extreme Poverty in Half Since 2006 | News | teleSUR English Read More »

The Black Deaths In Custody Hotline That Kicks In After You’ve Been Arrested For No Crime

Two Aboriginal deaths in custody in a month, and yet public debate has been muted not to mention pointless, writes Amy McQuire reports. Last week, there was yet another black death in custody in Australia. A 31-year-old Aboriginal man was found dead in his cell in a Darwin correctional centre. The media release, of… Source: The Black Deaths In Custody Hotline That Kicks In After You’ve Been Arrested For No Crime – New Matilda Read More »

Brittle Uzbekistan Hopes for a Controlled Succession

Uzbekistan will most likely celebrate its 1st September independence day without long-serving President Islam Karimov, marking a potentially dramatic first for this strategic Central Asian country since it broke free of the former Soviet Union 25 years ago. Deirdre Tynan Uzbekistan will most likely celebrate its 1st September independence day without long-serving President Islam Karimov, marking a… Source: Brittle Uzbekistan Hopes for a Controlled Succession | International Crisis Group Read More »

Hillary and the Clinton Foundation: Exemplars of America’s Political Rot

Hillary Clinton may be enjoying a comfortable lead in national polls, but she is far from enjoying a comfortable night’s sleep given the ever-widening maelstrom of scandals engulfing her presidential bid. by ERIC DRAITSER And while Clinton delights in bloviating about a decades-long “vast, right wing conspiracy” against her, the fact is that it’s the Clinton political machine’s long and storied track record of criminality, duplicity, and… Source: Hillary and the Clinton Foundation: Exemplars of America’s Political Rot Read More »

Students use art to advocate for asylum seekers

In the hands of school children the old adage, a picture can speak a thousand words, has been proven once more. Hundreds of students across Victoria have used art to express their views and show support for those seeking asylum in Australia. As part of an art competition, the Saint Vincent de… Source: Students use art to advocate for asylum seekers | SBS News Read More »

Refugee artist detained on Manus Island wins international cartooning award

Cartoonist Rights Network International says Mr Eaten Fish’s work pushes through secrecy surrounding detention centre Helen Davidson An Iranian man currently detained in the Manus Island detention centre has won an international cartooning award for courage… Source: Refugee artist detained on Manus Island wins international cartooning award | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Interview: Michael Kirby, former Justice of the High Court

Emma Alberici speaks with Michael Kirby who has become a high profile critic of a Plebiscite on the issue of same sex marriage. Australian Broadcasting Corporation Reporter: Michael Kirby Transcript EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: As a former High Court judge, Michael Kirby was often called on to interpret and rule on matters regarding Australia’s constitution. Source: Lateline – 26/08/2016: Interview: Michael Kirby, former Justice of the High Court Read More »

Militiaman who became Libya’s oil kingpin

Eastern militiaman’s support for the central government could end the conflict. By ADAM NATHAN  RA’S LANUF, Libya — Ibrahim Jadhran has gone from an alleged car thief imprisoned in Colonel Muammar Qadhafi’s most notorious prison to a warlord in charge of a powerful militia sitting on billions of dollars of oil money. Now he’s one of the… Source: Militiaman who became Libya’s oil kingpin – POLITICO Read More »

“Nobody is ever just a refugee”: Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls for a new way of seeing the global migrant crisis

The Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie called on attendees of the United Nation’s World Humanitarian day last week to rethink the refugee crisis. Lily Kuo “Nobody is ever just a refugee,” said the novelist and non-fiction writer, delivering the keynote address at the event in New York. “Nobody is ever just a single thing. And yet, in the… Source: “Nobody is ever just a refugee”: Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls for a new way of seeing the global migrant ... Read More »

Why is sexual harassment in the AFP systemic? And can the culture be changed?

A report released this week revealed widespread and entrenched sexual harassment and bullying in the ranks of the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Like similar reviews before it, the extent and severity of sexual harassment in the AFP was reported as “shocking”. The problem was also described as “systemic” and requiring significant “cultural reform”. Acknowledging that sexual harassment is an issue that… Source: Why is sexual harassment in the AFP systemic? And can the culture be changed? Read More »