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Nelson Mandela and the Gay Gordons put MoD in a spin, archives reveal

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Defence officials balked at letting Scottish army band perform at ‘blatantly political’ Aberdeen ceremony backing jailed leader Luke Harding A decision by Aberdeen’s Labour council to give Nelson Mandela the freedom of the city caused turmoil inside the Ministry of Defence because of a dance performance by the… Source: Nelson Mandela and the Gay Gordons put MoD in a spin, archives reveal | UK news | The Guardian Read More »

Olympics runner Feyisa Lilesa fails to return to Ethiopia after protest in Rio

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OLYMPIC marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa failed to return to Ethiopia on Monday night despite assurances he would not be punished for his Rio protest over political repression in his country.. An AFP journalist at the airport in Addis Ababa said Lilesa was not on board the plane that landed on Monday night carrying Ethiopia’s Olympics team… Source: Olympics runner Feyisa Lilesa fails to return to Ethiopia after protest in Rio Read More »

I created the burkini to give women freedom, not to take it away

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The burkini does not symbolise Islam, it symbolises leisure and happiness and fitness and health. So who is better, the Taliban or French politicians? Aheda Zanetti When I invented the burkini in early 2004, it was to give women freedom, not to take it away. My niece wanted to play netball but it was… Source: I created the burkini to give women freedom, not to take it away | Aheda Zanetti | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Parliament could force banking inquiry despite hostile Coalition, says Senate clerk

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Exclusive: Key adviser says rare and powerful ‘commission of inquiry’ could be launched without government approval if both houses vote in favour Gabrielle Chan The opposition and minor parties could force a rare and powerful “commission of inquiry” into the banks if the Coalition refuses a royal commission, according to the… Source: Parliament could force banking inquiry despite hostile Coalition, says Senate clerk | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Must you know the details? Why we need a global code on the reporting of violence

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The right for the public to read lurid details of acts of violence that have little direct relevance – and have potential to cause loss of life – is hard to justify Gunvant Patel After each new shooting or stabbing of strangers by a loner male or small group in the west, Islamic State often claims responsibility; sometimes if… Source: Must you know the details? Why we need a global code on the reporting of violence | Gunvant Patel | ... Read More »

Jewish community feels ‘more vulnerable’ under Police Scotland

The organisation representing Scotland’s Jewish communities says its members feel less protected against anti-Semitic attacks since the formation of the national police force. By CHRIS MARSHALL The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) said Jews felt their safety was “not a priority” for Police Scotland and that the “reassurance” offered under legacy forces had disappeared…. Source: Jewish community feels ‘more vulnerable’ under Police Scotland – The Scotsman Read More »

Tory dream of a short, sharp Brexit

The holiday period is over, now Theresa May has to deliver. By TOM MCTAGUE ,CHRISTIAN OLIVER and HANS VON DER BURCHARD  LONDON — Theresa May began the summer reiterating that “Brexit means Brexit.” She will return to work on Wednesday under pressure to explain what British withdrawal will look like. In her absence, a chasm of expectation has opened up between increasingly hardline expectations in… Source: Tory dream of a short, sharp Brexit – POLITICO Read More »

Enough with the world tour: Bring the Summer Olympics back home to Greece

The IOC should create a permanent home for the Summer Olympics in Greece, which could ease the nation’s debt JONATHAN ZIMMERMAN Greek gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias knew just what he needed to do after winning the gold medal in the rings competition at the Olympics last week. “I will be quick because my mom is waiting,” he said, before running off to hug her in the… Source: Enough with the world tour: Bring the Summer Olympics back home to Greece – ... Read More »

Invite Turkey To Leave NATO: Ankara Shares Few Values Or Interests With The West

Turkey’s brief democratic moment is ending. Doug Bandow, Policy analyst, writer The rise of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Development and Justice Party (AKP) in 2002 signaled the collapse of the militarized secular republic created by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The recent failed coup killed the semi-liberal democracy that briefly replaced Kemalism… Source: Invite Turkey To Leave NATO: Ankara Shares Few Values Or Interests With The West Read More »

Why the most resilient farmer cannot continue living on on fast-thinning hope

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Of late we have seen many positive but isolated efforts to upgrade the agriculture sector. By  GEORGE WACHIRA But these efforts may need to be raised to a higher level of national priority and visibility to make the big difference. The prime objectives in agriculture remain urgent jobs delivery, increased grassroots incomes, food security, and… Source: WACHIRA: Why the most resilient farmer cannot continue living on – Opinion and Analysis Read More »

Exactly 500 Years Ago, This Battle Changed the Middle East Forever

Forget Sykes-Picot: the Battle of Marj Dabiq is what drew the modern map. Akhilesh Pillalamarri Five centuries ago, the contours of the modern Middle East were shaped through a series of Ottoman battles. The outcomes of these battles—which shaped the region’s politics, demographics and religious movements—were much more important in the long run than modern phenomena such as the… Source: Exactly 500 Years Ago, This Battle Changed the Middle East Forever | The National Interest Read More »

Why Mulholland Drive is the greatest film since 2000

It puzzles viewers but delights critics. Why has Mulholland Drive topped BBC Culture’s poll of the greatest films of the 21st Century? Luke Buckmaster explains. By Luke Buckmaster Cinema in the early years of the 21st Century has experienced something of an existential crisis. Terms such as ‘TV-like’ or… Source: BBC – Culture – Why Mulholland Drive is the greatest film since 2000 Read More »

London house prices set for post-Brexit fall

Home values will fall for the first time since 2009 next year on economic uncertainty Home values in London will fall for the first time since 2009 next year on economic uncertainty resulting from the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, according to real estate broker Countrywide… Source: London house prices set for post-Brexit fall Read More »

Can Thailand Really Hide a Rebellion?

On Aug. 11 and 12, coordinated bombings and arson attacks in tourist destinations in seven provinces of peninsular Thailand killed four people and injured 35. Originally published in The New York Times No group claimed responsibility, and senior officials of the military government almost immediately decided that the bombings were not acts of terrorism… Source: Can Thailand Really Hide a Rebellion? | International Crisis Group Read More »

Not everyone’s an artist, but all prisoners would benefit from practising art

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Do we want our prisons to produce people who learn from their mistakes and who have bettered themselves, or people further damaged by punishment? The practice of art and the notion of restorative justice and therapeutic jurisprudence in attending to the offending behaviour of convicted… Source: Not everyone’s an artist, but all prisoners would benefit from practising art | Robert Henderson for IndigenousX | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

The price of victory: comparing the cost of Olympic gold to an elite arts prize

The Olympics is almost over now for another four years, and beyond the glorious highs and heartbreaking lows of participants and spectators, there’s the ritual of the cost-benefit wash-up where we calculate the public cost per medal, and collectively wring our hands at the expense of it all. For Australia, that cost will be about A$12 million per medal. This is the… Source: The price of victory: comparing the cost of Olympic gold to an elite arts prize Read More »