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Myanmar stumbles on path to democracy under Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi - arab news

Yangon: For decades Myanmar’s people dreamed of democracy, but a year into office Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government is struggling to revive a sluggish economy and shake off the vestiges of the still powerful military. Agence France Presse Aarab News Swept into power on a wave of optimism and hatred of the generals who ruled for 50 years, Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) vowed to boost prosperity and end decades of bloody civil war. But while “The… ... Read More »

ECJ’s immoral, unjust ruling against Muslim women

Daily Sabah

The rise of anti-Islamic sentiment and xenophobia has unfortunately become increasingly widespread in Europe. Esra Karatas Alpay Daily Sabah Recent events have proved that intolerance and racism have become accepted forms of behavior against minorities – even on open public display. Two weeks ago… ECJ’s immoral, unjust… Read More »

A dramatic comeback for Europe

Asia Times

The Dutch are famous for building dykes that hold back the tides and storms sweeping across the Atlantic. Anatole Kaletsky Asia Times Have the Dutch now done it again, holding back the wave of populist politics that seemed to be threatening Europe after last year’s Brexit referendum and Donald Trump’s victory in the United States? The unexpectedly weak… A dramatic comeback… Read More »

God and the problem of sincere disbelief

Atheism - ABC

It’s a cliche, really. Michael Collett ABC The beginning of the end for my Christian faith was getting an unbelieving girlfriend in my late teens. But it’s not… God and the… Read More »

A One Nation senator claims race-hate speech laws stop ‘decent’ people speaking out against Muslim criminals.

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Malcolm Roberts says Australian Islamists are the real beneficiaries of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, comparing restrictions on race-hate speech to “Stalinist… SBS Source: AAP “If your Muslim Sudanese neighbour is engaging in female genital mutilation or your Syrian Muslim cafe owner is a terrorist building a bomb or… A One Nation… Read More »

Brexit, no sector left unscathed

A photo-illustration shows a European Union (EU) flag as it burns near Manchester, northern England on March 25, 2017, ahead of the British government's planned triggering of Article 50 tomorrow.
British Prime Minister Theresa May will send a letter to EU President Donald Tusk with Britain's formal departure notification on Wednesday, opening up a two-year negotiating window before Britain actually leaves the bloc in 2019. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

How Britain’s withdrawal from the EU will affect every policy area from fisheries to transport. Politico Brexit threatens to wreak havoc in many of Europe’s biggest sectors, throwing doubt on everything from fish supplies to greenhouse gas-cutting measures to student exchange programs. While British Prime… Brexit, no sector… Read More »

Scientists Who Want To Study Climate Engineering Shun Trump

Climate - NPR

President Trump issued a sweeping executive order on Tuesday that will begin to undo a slew of government efforts to fight global warming. Nell Greenfieldboyce npr Among those worrying and watching to see how the executive order plays out are scientists who actually are in favor of exploring bold interventions to artificially cool the climate. Just a year ago… Scientists Who Want… Read More »

How the rubber ducky became a potent protest symbol

Rubber ducky symbol

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic was in Moscow when protesters carrying images of a yellow rubber duck marched against top-level corruption. Leonid Bershidsky Brisbane Times What he saw was a global ducky conspiracy. “I don’t believe… How the rubber… Read More »

Brexit kick-off: a historic day for the EU anticlockwise

May - European Sting

The beginning of the two-year negotiations is about to begin as UK submits today the letter to the EU today informing the latter about the decision of the British people to leave the bloc. Chris Anyfantis European Sting However, it is still too early to say whether a deal will be reached within the timeframe that is set in Article 50 since two years is a very short time when dealing with such a very complex agreement. Financial markets haven’t… ... Read More »

What the ‘female’ traffic light response reveals about how society views women

Traffick lights - IA

The reaction to Melbourne’s installation of dress-wearing symbols on traffic lights was an ugly revelation of how society views the feminine, writes Siobhan Simper. Siobhan Simper Independent Australia IF YOU’VE been online at all in the past month, you can’t have missed it: the seemingly endless debate over the decision to install ten pedestrian crossings depicting figures wearing a dress in Melbourne. The Committee for… What the ‘female’… Read More »

Aboriginal cultural heritage: The high costs of preservation

The Weekly Times

THE decision in a Seymour court last week to impose a hefty fine on a Wahring farmer for knowingly harming Aboriginal cultural heritage is a lesson for all. The Weekly Times Alan James Tweddle was hit with a $20,000 fine for extracting sand from a quarry on his property that had been deemed an Aboriginal site. This is the… Aboriginal cultural heritage… Read More »

Education Doesn’t Solve the Gender Pay Gap

Gender pay gap - Atlantic

For women in professions that require advanced degrees, such as dentists and physicians, discrepancies in pay are becoming harder to explain. Bourree Lam The Atlantic In recent decades, women have been making significant headway in becoming dentists, doctors, and lawyers—professions which require a significant amount of education and postgraduate training. According to some… Education Doesn’t Solve… Read More »

The populist drift of the French election campaign

Elections - Al Jazeera

French presidential candidates are using populist distractions to avoid discussing actual policy plans. Remi Piet Al Jazeera News So far, the French electoral season has offered nothing more than a sorry display of politics. Instead of being… The populist drift… Read More »

With its nuclear weapons ban debate, the UN further demonstrates its irrelevance

UN - AEI

Leave it to the United Nations to unite the world’s great powers behind President Trump. Marc A. Thiessen AEI The Washington Post reports: The United States, Britain, France and other major powers protested on Monday as the United Nations began work on what backers said would be a binding prohibition on nuclear weapons…. The proposed ban… With its nuclear… Read More »

Why you should mostly trust what science tells you

Science - bbc

Scientists often change their minds or make mistakes, so why is it a good idea to believe what they say? Adam Becker BBC News Science writer and astrophysicist Adam Becker explains how science really works to BBC Earth’s Michael Marshall and Melissa Hogenboom, with help from the animators at Pomona Pictures. Join over six… Why you should… Read More »

How to make an Internet of Intelligent Things work for Africa

Africa - The Conversation

Late in 2016 Senegal’s Banque Regionale De Marches announced the launch of the eCFA Franc; a cryptocurrency for the countries of the West African Monetary Union – Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Togo and Guinea-Bissau. Martin Hall The Conversation This and similar innovations mark the coming of age of a new generation of applications – an Internet of Intelligent Things – that could provide a new infrastructure for economic development across Africa. The Internet of… How to ... Read More »