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When Breath Becomes Air: A Young Neurosurgeon Examines the Meaning of Life as He Faces His Death

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“When you come to one of the many moments in life where you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world…” Maria Popova Brain Pickings All life is lived in the shadow of its own finitude, of which we are always aware — an awareness we systematically blunt through the… But when this finitude is… When Breath Becomes… Read More »

What Vietnam Can Offer America

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U.S. policy must achieve a U.S.-Vietnam alliance that can neutralize Chinese primacy in Southeast Asia. Alexander Vuving The National Interest When Vietnamese prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc travels to the United States later this month, he will be the first national leader from Southeast Asia and the third from an Asian—but not Middle Eastern—country after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and… Although this does not mean that Vietnam is the… What Vietnam Can… Read More »

Father of abuse victims Anthony Foster

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Tributes are pouring in for Anthony Foster who became a tireless and high-profile advocate for child sexual abuse victims after his daughters were raped by a priest. Melissa Cunningham The Age Mr Foster, 64, died after suffering a stroke on Friday evening. He rose to national prominence after he publicly accused Cardinal George Pell of stalling the family’s compensation claim against the Catholic Church when he… Father of abuse… Read More »

Constitutional recognition still open for discussion, Aboriginal leader Pat Dodson says

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Aboriginal leader and federal Labor frontbencher Pat Dodson has cautioned the Government not to “abandon” the work it has already done on constitutional recognition after yesterday’s Uluru… By political reporters Dan Conifer and Stephen Dziedzic  ABC After three days of talks in central Australia, indigenous leaders yesterday released the Uluru Statement of the… The delegates rejected “simple acknowledgement” in the constitution, instead calling for a… Constitutional recognition still… Read More »

US to test first ICBM interceptor as tensions with North Korea reach boiling point

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THE US is set to perform an unprecedented test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) interceptor amid heightened tensions with nuke… Fraser Moore Express In the first test of its kind, the US Missile Defence Agency announced it would fire a Ground-based Midcourse Defence (GMD) interceptor from a military base in… Its target will be a custom-made missile resembling an ICBM fired from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, in the middle of the Pacific US to test… Read More »

Duterte makes rape ‘joke’ for martial law troops

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Philippines’ president reassures soldiers who might be accused of committing abuses under Mindanao island martial law. Al Jazeera Source: News agencies President Rodrigo Duterte joked on Friday that soldiers could rape up to three women, as he reassured them of his full support under his newly-declared martial law in… Duterte made the comments in jest during a speech to soldiers on Mindanao island, where he imposed military rule law on Tuesday to… Duterte makes rape… Read More »

Odyssey Project

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The Odyssey Project is an attempt to challenge the hostile discourse surrounding migrants, the Odyssey Project is a documentary following four humanitarian aid workers as they trace one of the main migration routes into Europe. Odyssey Project – Trailer/Appeal from Odyssey Project on Vimeo. We’ll be stopping off at key points and engaging locals population and refugee community through workshops, discussions and performances at “Routes Festivals”, piloted on events we’ve already run in Serbia. Project Description Whilst there are more ... Read More »

“The Responsibility of Intellectuals”: An Exchange

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The following private correspondence took place after the publication of Noam Chomsky’s essay in the February 23 issue of The New York Review: George Steiner, reply by Noam Chomsky Dear Professor Chomsky, I write to express my admiration for your lucid and compelling essay in the New York Review of Books. This piece will mean a great deal to all who share your worry and to many who are now beginning to learn how vital that worry is to our ... Read More »

UK achieves solar power record as temperatures soar

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A record amount of solar power was generated on Friday as Britain basked in sunshine and temperatures of up to 28C, the National Grid has said. BBC It said 8.7 gigawatts (GW) had been generated at lunchtime, representing 24.3% of total generation across the UK. The level tops the previous record of 8.48GW set on 10 May. Duncan Burt, head of control room operations at National Grid, called it the “beginning of a new era”… UK achieves solar… Read More »

Listening to the heart: what now for Indigenous recognition after the Uluru summit?

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Delegates at the First Nations Constitutional Convention at Uluru have issued a powerful “statement from the heart”. Harry Hobbs The Conversation They called for the establishment of a “First Nations Voice” enshrined in the Australian Constitution, and a commission to progress treaty-making between governments and Indigenous people. The Uluru statement reflects long-held Indigenous aspirations. But, in… Listening to the… Read More »

Russia Has One Super ‘Cannon’ That Can Kill Cities

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Russia maintains just one active battalion of eight 2S4s in service, with over four hundred in reserve. Sebastien Roblin The National Interest In 2000, Tyulpans played a prominent role in the siege of Grozny in the second Chechen war, systematically “leveling” the city from afar according to one analyst. 127 targets were reported destroyed by Daredevil laser-guided rounds. All together the Russian army claims to have… Russia Has One… Read More »

U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed In

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WASHINGTON — Despite repeated efforts by President Trump to curtail refugee resettlements, the State Department this week quietly lifted the department’s restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United… GARDINER HARRIS  The New York Times The result could be a near doubling of refugees entering the country, from about 830 people a week in the first three weeks of this month to well over 1,500 people per week by next month, according to… Quietly Lifts Limit… Read More »

Japan’s Path to Constitutional Amendment

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The steps Shinzo Abe must take to achieve constitutional revision, and the political implications. Michael MacArthur Bosack The Diplomat The destination is set: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unequivocally announced his desire to achieve constitutional amendment by 2020. His proposed amendment: a new paragraph in Article 9 that validates the existence of the Japan Self-Defense Force (SDF). To that end, Abe has… Japan’s Path to… Read More »

Belgrade authorities demolish illegal mosque ahead of Ramadan

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BELGRADE: Local authorities demolished an illegal mosque on the outskirts of Belgrade after Serbian police secured the area in a pre-dawn action on Friday, ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, despite protests by local Muslims and… Reuters Arab News The construction of a two-story mosque without a minaret in the Zemun Polje neighborhood started in 2014 even though the authorities had refused to grant it a… On Thursday, the authorities attempted the… Belgrade authorities demolish… Read More »

Adelaide couple to live on the same food rations as a Syrian refugee

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An Adelaide couple has agreed to live on the same food rations as a Syrian refugee as part of a national fundraiser to highlight the plight of those in camps. Brett Williamson ABC Willunga’s Nic and Jarrad Newbold said the gravity of the situation hit them when their rations arrived. “When I opened the box and looked into it I thought, what on Earth have I got myself into?” Nic said. “I think we waste more food than that [in ... Read More »

Defying Empire: National Gallery of Australia’s Indigenous Triennial paints unvarnished history

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“It just says it all on the bottle. Not to be taken. Power to remove.” A portrait of his grandmother, whom he never met, sits between depictions of cleaning products White King and Vanish in Blak Douglas’ triptych. Debbie Cuthbertson The Age On the floor in front of them lies a series of highly polished stickers scanned from a tin of floor polish, bearing the name “Piccaninny” and… Defying Empire: National… Read More »