The mysterious ‘Planet Nine’ might be causing the whole solar system to wobble

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Astronomers can’t see “Planet Nine.” But it makes its presence known. By Sarah Kaplan The massive hypothetical object, which supposedly looms at the edge of our solar system, has been invoked to explain the strange clustering of objects in the Kuiper belt and the unusual way they orbit the Sun. Now Planet Nine predictors Konstantin Batygin and… The mysterious ‘Planet… Read More »

China May Be Rising, But America Is Not in Retreat

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Cold War–era Asia was a dangerous and often bloody place. Rajan Menon But its alignments were predictable and its problems readily identifiable. No longer. SEEN IN historical perspective, a… China May Be… Read More »

Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton: How Trump Exposed Americans’ Divisions

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Trump is a seriously flawed candidate who has one great virtue: he has forced American politics to look itself in the face Daniel McCarthy What new outrage would Donald Trump serve up at the final presidential debate? For over a… Donald Trump vs… Read More »

Australia’s Stranded Refugee Prisoners

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Four years ago, the government of Australia set out to stop migrants and refugees from reaching its shores by boat. By THE EDITORIAL BOARD  It came up with a ruthlessly efficient policy under which people found at sea were sent to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea or to the nation of Nauru, each a tiny island in the Pacific, ostensibly the… Australia’s Stranded Refugee… Read More »

For peace we must find ways of living together, says Hürriyet chairwoman

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Finding ways to live together is the key to achieving global peace, Hürriyet chairwoman and Aydın Doğan Foundation Vice President Vuslat Doğan Sabancı said on Oct. 20, speaking at a panel on Islamophobia organized by the Doğan Group in Washington. Doğan Sabancı delivered the opening speech of the panel titled “Islamophobia: Overcoming Myths and Engaging in a… For peace we… Read More »

Sturgeon unveils indyref2 vote plan `before Brexit’

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Nicola Sturgeon has today unveiled the Scottish Government’s plans for a second independence referendum which would take place “before the UK leaves the EU” in just over two years. By SCOTT MACNAB The draft Bill proposes that Scots will again be asked “Should Scotland be an Independent Country?” as happened in… Sturgeon unveils indyref2… Read More »

Argentina: hundreds of thousands of women set to protest against violence

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Organizers urge women to stop work and other activities for an hour in Wednesday ‘women’s strike’ following rape and torture of a 16-year-old girl Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires Hundreds of thousands of women in Argentina are expected to join a… Argentina: hundreds of… Read More »

Fishing is worth more than jobs and profits to Australia’s coastal towns

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Many of the iconic coastal villages of Australia have a close association with professional fishing. In New South Wales, towns up and down the coast historically supported fishing fleets which supplied the seafood needs of locals, Sydney and the broader state community. Michelle Voyer  Alistair McIlgorm Kate Barclay  But the NSW fishing industry has changed significantly in the past 30 years, in response to a… Fishing is worth… Read More »

US and Ecuador deny conspiring to take Julian Assange offline

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US says claims John Kerry asked Ecuador to block internet access to prevent WikiLeaks impacting election are ‘simply untrue’ Esther Addley The governments of the US and Ecuador have denied that they conspired to silence Julian Assange, after the… US and Ecuador… Read More »

As a nation would we ever sink so low as to check refugees’ teeth?

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Britain’s preoccupation with a handful of children from Calais masks the abject shirking of our humanitarian duties on the European stage Hugh Muir What do we see each morning, post-Brexit vote, when we look in the… As a nation… Read More »

As a Briton, I hang my head in shame. We must return the Parthenon marbles

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Now Amal Clooney has reignited the debate over the Parthenon’s crowning glory, it’s time we rectified a historic wrong. Helena Smith Reunite these ancient sculptures with their home Almost every day I take a walk around the… As a Briton, I… Read More »

Jacqui Lambie demands pre-emptive pardons for Australians accused of war crimes

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Former soldier-turned-independent senator Jacqui Lambie is demanding a pre-emptive pardon for any defence personnel accused of war crimes against the Taliban or Islamic State. By Defence reporter Andrew Greene Her call comes a week after the ABC revealed a secretive Defence review of Australia’s special forces has begun hearing allegations of… Jacqui Lambie demands… Read More »

Three Elements of Great Community Engagement Campaigns

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All businesses and organisations can increase community engagement through effective campaigns, writes Mike Davis, founder of Purposeful.    In today’s crowded and competitive market, innovative tactics are needed to separate from the pack and optimise engagement with a community of givers. Whether you are a… Three Elements of… Read More »

Amy Goodman showed us the perils of standing up to the fossil fuel industry

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The rights of activists and journalists are under threat wherever communities challenge Big Oil – in North Dakota and beyond May Boeve For far too long, the world had been ignoring the North Dakota anti-pipelines protests. Then the… Amy Goodman showed… Read More »

Scientists investigate death of 10,000 endangered ‘scrotum’ frogs in Peru

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Researchers and campaigners suspect pollution killed the rare Titicaca water frogs that are endemic to the famous lake and derive their nickname from their wrinkly skin Dan Collyns in Lima Scientists are investigating the mysterious deaths of at least 10,000 endangered frogs, in a river which leads into South America’s most famous lake on… Scientists investigate death… Read More »

Widodo backs castration for sex crimes

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo has defended the use of chemical castration to wipe out sex crimes including pedophilia. AAP “Our constitution respects human rights but when it comes to sexual crimes there is no compromise. We are strong and we will be very firm. We will hand out the… Widodo backs castration… Read More »