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Sweden truck attack tests ideas of inclusion and openness

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London: Stockholm has joined an awful, growing list Nice, Berlin, London. Nick Miller WAtoday The details change but the weapon, the screams, the terror are the… As always, it is important to remember there are limits to what we know, and that most are assuming much… At the time of writing it is strongly likely, though not certain, this was a,,, Sweden truck attack… Read More »

The US Provided Cover for the Saudi Starvation Strategy in Yemen

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As Yemen’s population has teetered on the brink of mass starvation in recent months, the United States has played a crucial role in enabling the… Gareth Porter Truthout Both the Obama and Trump administrations have prioritized the US’s alliance with the Saudis and their Gulf allies over the… Although the UN agencies have offered no public estimate of the… The US Provided… Read More »

Eta disarms: French police secure weapons near Bayonne

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Police in France have begun to make safe eight caches of weapons handed over by Basque separatist group… BBC At a ceremony in Bayonne on Saturday, Eta passed details of the sites to the authorities in a move signalling the end of the last insurgency in… Eta killed more than 800 people in some 40 years of violence as it sought to carve out an independent country straddling Spain and… Eta disarms: French… Read More »

End the discrimination against English, pleads law student

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An English student seeking to settle in Scotland as a lawyer says she is suffering “discrimination” at the… Scott MacNab The Scotsman Rebecca Jeynes (inset) is now calling on MSPs in a Holyrood petition to back her call for a change in approach in… The 21-year-old is set to graduate in Scots law at… End the discrimination… Read More »

Dalai Lama’s rapturous welcome at Buddhist monastery

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The Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said the only way for the world to confront terror attacks is through greater contact… BBC He was speaking to the BBC in the wake of the Brussels… He also spoke about the challenges faced by the Tibetan movement, especially with increasing Chinese pressure on Western countries to… Dalai Lama’s rapturous… Read More »

Palestinian activist’s Australian visa cancelled on eve of speaking tour

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Government says there is a risk people may react adversely to Bassem Tamimi’s presence, and his views on the Middle… Christopher Knaus The Guardian The federal government has cancelled the visa of an outspoken Palestinian activist on the eve of his Australian speaking tour… The activist, Bassem Tamimi, was due to board a plane this week to begin his… Palestinian activist’s Australian… Read More »

State’s brand of neutrality has become obsolete

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World View: Irish ‘neutrality’ is intensely ideological, a luxury and a bit of a… Patrick Smyth The Irish Times When EU leaders met in Rome last month to mark the union’s 60th birthday and respond to Brexit with an optimistic declaration on its… The “taking into account” is diplomatic code for “none of the above refers to, or imposes any obligations on… Since the Nice Treaty in… State’s brand of… Read More »

Canada was briefed on and ‘fully supports’ U.S. missile strikes against Syria: PM

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U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis told Canada that Syria was responsible for gas… Peter Zimonjic John Paul Tasker CBC News Canada was briefed in advance of the U.S. missile strike on an airbase in western Syria that the U.S. says was used by… During question period in the House of Commons on Friday, Trudeau said Canada was informed about the… Trudeau said U.S. Secretary of… Canada was briefed… Read More »

The National: three galleries and 48 artists adds up to mostly lacklustre affair

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One wonders if The National: New Australian Art is intended as a subtle riposte to the National Gallery of Victoria’s Melbourne Now… “No navel gazing here in Sydney – we’re bringing you art from all over the… John McDonald The Sydney Morning Herald The NGV’s bright idea may have been predicated on Melburnian self-esteem but final attendances topped… I’ll be surprised if The National does anywhere near as well, even though it’s… The National: three… Read More »

For the First Time, Metropolitan Museum Will Display Indigenous Art in Its American Wing

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With a major promised gift of 91 works of Native American art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will now include indigenous art in its… Allison Meier Hyperallergic Yesterday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced a promised gift of 91 Native American artworks from collectors… The donation succeeds 20 objects the Dikers have given to the… For the First… Read More »

The obscure religion that shaped the West

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It has influenced Star Wars and Game of Thrones – and characters as diverse as Voltaire, Nietzsche and… Joobin Bekhrad BBC So what is Zoroastrianism? Joobin Bekhrad finds out. Talk of ‘us’ and ‘them’ has long dominated Iran-related politics in the… At the same time, Christianity has frequently been used to define the identity and values of the US and Europe, as well as to contrast those values with those of a… Yet, a brief glance at an… The obscure ... Read More »

Banks Join NFP Job Programs to Help Refugees

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Two major Australian banks are pushing their social responsibility activities into assisting refugees into work – and while one is celebrating a… Pb Welfare not-for-profit the Brotherhood of St Laurence and ANZ are celebrating a 10 year partnership which has supported 170 people from refugee and… Brotherhood executive director Tony Nicholson said the… Banks Join NFP… Read More »

Mafia of the Poor: Gang Violence and Extortion in Central America

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Central American gangs are responsible for brutal acts of violence, abuse of women and forced displacement of… ICG Governments must go beyond punitive measures and address the social and economic roots of gang culture, tackle extortion schemes and… Executive Summary Born in the aftermath of civil war and… Mafia of the… Read More »

Why you shouldn’t take the kids out of school to go on holidays

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Irish schools unlikely to object too forcefully over kids missing week or… Mark Hilliard The Irish Times Bringing your children to a supermarket to add up prices, examine ingredients and understand the value of money has educational merit but you are unlikely to let them miss… Some parents argue that going on holiday during term time can be… Why you shouldn’t… Read More »

Britons expected to send 235m items of clothing to landfill this spring

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Study finds three-quarters of consumers throw away rather than recycle or donate unwanted… Rebecca Smithers Consumer affairs correspondent The Guardian A predicted 235m items of Britons’ unwanted clothing are expected to end up in landfill unnecessarily this spring, according to new… Three-quarters of consumers admit to binning their discarded garments, usually because they do not realise that worn-out or… Britons expected to… Read More »

Aung San Suu Kyi: No ethnic cleansing of Myanmar Muslim minority

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Aung San Suu Kyi has denied there is ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, despite widespread reports… BBC In an exclusive interview with the BBC, the Nobel peace prize winner acknowledged problems in Rakhine state, where most… But she said ethnic cleansing was “too strong” a term to… Aung San Suu… Read More »