Europe

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 »

Behind Turkey’s Roaring

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Turkey’s refusal to submit flight plans for its military airplanes is consistent with its doctrine of preemptive strike when the time is ripe. Turkey’s doctrine developed from the fact that not only it went unpunished for a number of rogue actions that it perpetrated against Greek interests especially after it joined NATO, but it was additionally rewarded for the same ... Read More »

UK e-Borders programme unable to help track immigration

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Ministers admit £500m scheme, which took 10 years to develop, cannot replace existing methods of estimating net migration The Home Office’s £500m e-Borders programme, which is designed to check everybody coming in and out of Britain and has taken more than 10 years to develop, cannot be used to estimate immigration, ministers have admitted. They told MPs on the public ... Read More »

Spanish town ‘Kill Jews’ will vote to change its name

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Madrid: It is a name that locals admit is not really fit for the modern age. And now the mayor of the small Spanish town of Castrillo Matajudios – which means Castrillo Kill Jews in English – has said residents will get the opportunity to vote on a name change. Nowadays when people hear Castrillo Matajudios they go, ‘What a ... Read More »

John Underkoffler: Pointing to the future of UI

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http://www.ted.com Minority Report science adviser and inventor John Underkoffler demos g-speak — the real-life version of the film’s eye-popping, tai chi-meets-cyberspace computer interface. Is this how tomorrow’s computers will be controlled? TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives ... Read More »

Cumbrian nuclear dump ‘virtually certain’ to be eroded by rising sea levels

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One million cubic metres of waste near Sellafield are housed at a site that was a mistake, admits Environment Agency – Jump to comments (480) Britain’s nuclear dump is virtually certain to be eroded by rising sea levels and to contaminate the Cumbrian coast with large amounts of radioactive waste, according to an internal document released by the Environment Agency ... Read More »

Forgotten Ottoman legacy: Armenian intellectuals

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The Young Turks and the Young Ottomans are the most popular Ottoman intellectuals. Namık Kemal, İbrahim Şinasi, Ziya Paşa and Abdullah Cevdet are renowned intellectuals who are considered Young Turks. These are names we are familiar with; however, there are also some leading figures most of us do not remember: Ottoman-Armenian intellectuals. One of these intellectuals attempted to translate the ... Read More »