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Defending free speech on college campuses

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Free expression is not faring well on American college campuses these days. In some places, the problem is students taking grave offense at opinions that merit only minor umbrage or none at all. In others, it’s official speech codes that chill discussion. In still others, it’s administrators so intent on preventing sexual harassment that they avoid open discussion of gender-related matters… Source: Defending free speech on college campuses – Chicago Tribune Read More »

Smoking during pregnancy alters baby’s DNA

Pregnant mothers who smoke chemically alter the DNA in their unborn babies, mirroring patterns seen in adult tobacco users, scientists have discovered. In one of the largest studies of its kind, international researchers analysed the DNA of more than 6000 mothers from around the world and their newborn children. Mothers were questioned about their smoking habits and the results showed that children of the 13 per cent of women who smoked daily throughout most of their pregnancy had DNA modified ... Read More »

Azerbaijan opens probe against prominent writer

Azerbaijan has opened a criminal case against a prominent author who has been a target of a state-approved intimidation campaign after publishing a novel he says was intended to build bridges with arch-foe Armenia… Source: Azerbaijan opens probe against prominent writer – CAUCASUS Read More »

The Chinese want to buy more American companies — and we should let them

Instead of being a threat to U.S. security, it’s the best way to reduce tensions… Zachary Karabell is the head of global strategy at Envestnet, a financial services firm, and the author of “The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World.” China was poised to make its largest-ever investment in the United States this past week, after the Chinese insurance group Angbang topped Marriott in a… Source: The Chinese want to buy more American companies ... Read More »

Legal Aid Act has denied justice to the most vulnerable. It must be reviewed

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Every day, our members and the people we support see the impact of the measures implemented in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act. We believe the legal aid reforms have had a severe impact on the ability of vulnerable people to access justice since they came into effect on 1 April 2013. We… Source: Legal Aid Act has denied justice to the most vulnerable. It must be reviewed | Letters | Law | The Guardian Read More »

Kenya to honor Muslim hero who protected Christian bus passengers

Muslim teacher Salah Farah stood in the way as Islamist militants stormed his bus in Kenya in December — refusing their demands to split from the Christian passengers and instead taking a bullet that would later kill him. Now, three months after the attack, Farah will be honored posthumously by Kenya for his act of courage… Source: Kenya to honor Muslim hero who protected Christian bus passengers | Fox News Read More »

CDC Chief: Zika is coming. To fully protect Americans we must have the funds we need

At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention we’ve learned to expect the unexpected the unexpected – but the ongoing Zika outbreak has caused dangers from a mosquito bite no one imagined: birth defects. It’s been more than 50 years since we’ve seen a birth defect linked to a virus – and never before have we… Source: CDC Chief: Zika is coming. To fully protect Americans we must have the funds we need | Fox News Read More »

Scottish filmmaker warns nation ‘punching below its weight’

A LEADING Scottish filmmaker has warned the country’s screen industry is “punching below its weight”, having lost any sense of identity and is shunned by politicians. Andrew Macdonald – who produced The Last King of Scotland, The Beach, Sunshine on Leith, 28 Days Later and Trainspotting – said Scotland was now lagging way behind… Source: Scottish filmmaker warns nation ‘punching below its weight’ – The Scotsman Read More »

I don’t believe Captain Cook discovered Australia either, but unis can’t tell students what to think

A battle of ideas about Indigenous Australia in an open democracy founded on free speech isn’t helped by forced orthodoxy or group think.. I don’t believe Captain Cook discovered Australia. How can I? People were standing on the shore as he weighed… Source: I don’t believe Captain Cook discovered Australia either, but unis can’t tell students what to think | Stan Grant | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Exploiting Disorder

al-Qaeda and the Islamic State The Islamic State (IS), al-Qaeda-linked groups, Boko Haram and other extremist move­ments are protagonists in today’s deadliest crises, complicating efforts to end them. They have exploited wars, state collapse and geopolitical upheaval in… Source: Exploiting Disorder Read More »

A New Mental Health System? Interview with Jim van Os

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With one of the highest mental health spending rates in Europe, the Netherlands is undergoing a dramatic rethinking of how to provide mental healthcare, a rethinking now gaining momentum throughout the region. In a recent interview with Dr. van Os on Madness Radio — one of the most prestigious scientists in the world, in the top 1% of most-cited researchers, and… Source: A New Mental Health System? Interview with Jim van Os – Mad In America Read More »

Theatre needs quotas to address ‘deliberate and shocking discrimination’ against women

Theatre companies should enforce gender quotas to address “deliberate and shocking discrimination” against women, according to one of Australia’s leading playwrights… Source: Theatre needs quotas to address ‘deliberate and shocking discrimination’ against women Read More »

We ignore the debt at our peril

This article appears in the March 28, 2016 issue of National Review. Writing in this space five years ago, I made the controversial prediction that the rating of U.S. government debt would soon be downgraded. In August of that year, Standard & Poor’s duly obliged. I revisited the topic in November 2011 and argued that the U.S. would probably not regain its stain-free AAA rating anytime soon: The history of downgrades is that they endure. At this writing, the U.S. ... Read More »

It’s Impossible to Beat ISIS With Erdoğan in Power

This article first appeared on the American Enterprise Institute site. Turkey’s authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is in Washington to participate in a conference regarding strategies to defeat the Islamic State militant group (ISIS). That’s like inviting Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to a conference about fighting anti-Semitism… Source: It’s Impossible to Beat ISIS With Erdoğan in Power Read More »

Aboriginal Justice Agency seeks High Court appeal to set safeguards around police powers

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The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) today sought permission from the High Court to appeal a Northern Territory decision concerning police powers of ‘protective custody’. NAAJA’s principal lawyer, Jonathon Hunyor, said that in the Northern Territory, the protective custody powers are used approximately 10,000 times each year, with over 90 percent of the people locked up being Aboriginal. “Locking drunk people up cannot simply become routine. Standards should be in place to ensure police turn their mind to other ... Read More »

Why Australia lies to itself about its Indigenous history

Debate about Aboriginal history in Australia always descends into hysteria because it bruises our misplaced national pride. Every country has its weirdness, its reflex points that trigger spontaneous, uncontrolled actions that look almost comically irrational to the observer. It’s the kind of thing you can only… Source: Why Australia lies to itself about its Indigenous history Read More »