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Bologna zerstört unsere akademische Bildung

Die Erkenntnissuche war gestern. Heute geht es an deutschen Universitäten eher um den Kompetenzerwerb. Die Hochschulen drohen zu Berufsschulen zu werden und bringen das duale System zum Kollaps. “Der Forschung – Der Lehre – Der Bildung”, diese Widmung haben die Gründer der Universität Hamburg vor fast hundert Jahren auf das Portal des Hauptgebäudes schreiben lassen. Sie wussten, was die Aufgabe einer Universität ... Read More »

Hey Good Lookin’

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Brain scans show that mathematicians register degrees of beauty when shown formulas When I heard soprano Lianna Levine sing Handel’s cantata Mi palpita il cor (“I feel my heart beating”), tears fell from my eyes. My friend’s voice was so beautiful, so pure, so impassioned, that my own heart was filled with happiness. I did not realize it then, but ... Read More »

Neville Wran’s urban legacy a blight on Sydney

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”We have lost a great mate,” ran the headlines. No doubt it’s true. But Neville Wran’s death, sandwiched as it was between our two defining acronyms, ICAC and ANZAC, should also remind us just what mate culture has cost Australia, Sydney in particular. I often find myself explaining to foreign friends the nuances of the word mate. How tentacled it ... Read More »

Australia unmoved by UN criticism of asylum seeker policy amid accusations of fresh abuses

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Australia’s immigration minister dismissed on Wednesday United Nations’ criticism of its asylum seeker policy, even as fresh evidence emerged of abuses at one of its detention centers in Papua New Guinea. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison hit back after the regional representative for UN refugee agency UNHCR said that Australia’s policy of sending asylum seekers to third countries for lengthy detention ... Read More »

PM Erdoğan stresses ‘shared pain’ in statement on Armenian issue

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Turkey has issued a first-ever statement offering condolences to the descendants of slain Ottoman Armenians just a day before of 99th anniversary of the mass killings of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire during World War I. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan highlighted the “shared pain” endured during the 1915 events in a historic statement April 23 on ... Read More »

Robb Fast-Tracks UAE Uranium Deal

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The Federal Government has signed another uranium export deal with a dubious overseas partner – and without inspecting the country’s facilities. We need an independent inquiry, writes Dave Sweeney In a move that marks the first time Australia uranium would be sold to the Middle East, Trade Minister Andrew Robb is fast-tracking a nuclear cooperation agreement with the United Arab ... Read More »

Humanists hit back in faith debate as Dominic Grieve calls them ‘deluded’

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British Humanist Association accuses attorney general of trying to turn debate over faith into ‘war of words about religion’ The British Humanist Association has hit back at the attorney general, Dominic Grieve, who described humanists and atheists as deluded after they criticised David Cameron for asserting that Britain was a Christian country. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Grieve ... Read More »

Asylum seeker boat turn-back questions going unanswered by Government, says UNHCR

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The United Nations refugee agency has asked Australia to prove it is not breaching the Refugee Convention with its policy of turning back asylum seeker boats. Speaking in Jakarta, the UNHCR’s regional representative says the Australian Government has not responded to the UN’s concerns about the policies. The request for information was made in January. UNHCR regional representative James Lynch ... Read More »