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Modern Confidential: Digital Privacy Today

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The notion of personal privacy in a digital society may be out of date. The Wheeler Centre While many of us say we still want it, we willingly share our data – and dislike paying to protect it. Governments and online businesses covet our personal information. Modern Confidential: Digital… Presented in partnership with Liberty Victoria, and the City of Melbourne as part of Knowledge Week. Read More »

How Le Pen could win

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She needs to reassure conservatives and discourage leftists from voting. NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico PARIS — Marine Le Pen needs a perfect political storm to help her win the French presidency on Sunday. She aims to provoke it by kicking up rage at her centrist rival, discouraging leftists from voting and winning over millions of disappointed conservatives by convincing them that her plans for the European Union are less worrying than they might… How Le Pen… Read More »

The Metamorphosis

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In A Nutshell You don’t get your last name turned into a synonym for deeply disturbed alienation unless you write some pretty messed-up stuff. And The Metamorphosis is considered to be about as Kafkaesque as Kafka gets. Franz Kafka … that’s a compliment. A really huge one. The Metamorphosis is a story about a man, Gregor Samsa, who wakes up as a gigantic, incredibly disgusting bug. Gregor’s totally abrupt and unexplained transformation is juxtaposed with a… The Metamorphosis… Read More »

Tony Blair set to return to UK politics to ‘fight Brexit’

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Former British prime minister Tony Blair said on May 1 that he was plunging back into domestic politics in order to fight against Brexit. Hurriyet Blair, who led the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007, will not be standing in the June 8 general election. But he said he wanted to build a movement to shape the policy debate as Britain starts its negotiations to leave the EU Blair, 63… Tony Blair set… Read More »

Barack Obama’s $400,000 speaking fees reveal what few want to admit

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His mission was never racial or economic justice. It’s time we stop pretending it was Steven W Thrasher The Guardian he reason many of us have been critical of Barack Obama’s outrageous $400,000 speaking fee is that it robs us of a fantasy: that sooner or later, the first black president was going to use… That Obama’s project was or ever would be racial and economic justice was… Barack Obama’s $400,000… Read More »

New Hamas policy document ‘aims to soften image’

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The Palestinian militant group Hamas has published a new policy document – the first since its founding charter. BBC It declares for the first time a willingness to accept an interim Palestinian state within pre-1967 boundaries, without recognising Israel. It also says Hamas’s struggle is not with Jews but with “occupying Zionist aggressors”. The 1988 charter was condemned for its anti-Jewish… New Hamas policy… Read More »

Debate on future of work needs a focus on happiness

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If you’re reading this on a Monday, chances are you’ve just begun your working week. Editorial The Age Did you approach the week ahead with enthusiasm, or is the knot in your stomach already starting to form? Given most of us spend such a large part of our lives at work it’s instructive to learn that most of our satisfaction with our… Debate on future… Read More »

Picasso’s weapon against fascism: Why “Guernica” is the greatest of all war paintings

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80 years after Franco’s forces led a terror bombing of civilians, Picasso’s painting of the horror still works Noah Charney Flipboard Salon On April 26, 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, a swarm of fighter planes attacked the Basque town of Guernica, killing hundreds of civilians. The town was an important strategic center for the Republican forces, who were fighting against the Nationalist forces, the… Picasso’s weapon against… Read More »

Kim Dalton accuses ABC TV of shifting funds from Australian content

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Former ABC TV head says lack of transparency, more than budget cuts, is to blame for neglect of local drama, and Indigenous, documentary and… Amanda Meade The Guardian The ABC’s budget for local drama, Indigenous, documentary and children’s TV has been quietly shrinking since 2013 as management siphons off millions of dollars into other areas of the… In an essay published on Monday Dalton said ABC management and boards were… Kim Dalton accuses… Read More »

Will Trump release the missing JFK files?

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Unless the president intervenes, we’ll soon know more secrets about the Kennedy… PHILIP SHENON Politico The nation’s conspiracy-theorist-in-chief is facing a momentous… Will President Donald Trump allow the public to see a trove of thousands of long-secret government files about the event that, more than any other in modern American history, has fueled… The answer must come within… Will Trump release… Read More »

Michael Heseltine: ‘Signing article 50 is the worst decision we’ve made’

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Lord Michael Heseltine, 84, the senior politician and businessman, reflects on what he owes his dyslexia, his fears over Brexit and why he has no plans to… Tim Adams The Guardian At my age there is no such thing as a good winter. There is a wonderful day in mid-March when you feel the sun on your back for the first time, and it straightens… I was no good at games and the only time I came top of the ... Read More »

Legal battles over, controversial doco The Opposition finally gets home debut

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It began as a student film project but soon morphed into something much larger – including an unexpected and bruising legal battle. Karl Quinn The Age Dame Carol Kidu didn’t recognise the young Australian woman who said she wanted to make a film about her life in New… But she has no trouble remembering Hollie Fifer now. It’s amazing how an ugly legal battle can jog the… Legal battles over… Read More »

Love triangle trivializes more important theme in “The Promise”

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The Armenian Genocide is a curiously unexplored moment in our modern history, cinematically speaking. By Lindsey Bahr The Associated Press The Berkshire Eagle That fact alone makes director and co-writer Terry George’s “The Promise ” intriguing enough. Historical fiction generally has it over documentaries in inspiring mass interest, especially when actors as appealing as Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale and… Love triangle trivializes… Read More »

Turkish authorities block Wikipedia without giving reason

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Turkey has blocked all access inside the country to the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia. BBC Officials said “an administrative measure” had been taken, but gave no reason why. Turkish media said authorities had asked Wikipedia to remove content by writers “supporting terror”. Turkey has temporarily blocked social media sites including Facebook and Twitter in the past, usually following protests or … Turkish authorities block… Read More »

The Lioness in Winter

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Dianne Feinstein survived childhood abuse, assassination attempts, and a brutal fight with the CIA. Now it’s time to take on Trump. GAIL SHEEHY Mother Jones The senator from California looked like someone had punched the wind out of… On an unseasonably cold January 10, the tense first day of hearings about President Donald Trump’s nomination of Jeff Sessions as attorney general, Dianne… The Lioness in… Read More »

Pope Francis in Egypt in push for ‘fraternity’

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Pope Francis landed in the Egyptian capital on April 28 to promote “unity and fraternity” with Muslims and Christians, who have suffered a series of jihadist… Hurriyet The visit is a “voyage of unity and fraternity,” the pontiff told reporters before he disembarked in Cairo airport to be greeted by Catholic priests and Egyptian Prime Minister Sharif… It is “less than two days but very intense,” he… Pope Francis in… Read More »