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‘Worse things in store’: Steaming hot world sets more temperature records

The Earth sizzled in March with the most unusually warm month in history as average land surface temperatures easily exceeded levels deemed by scientists to constitute dangerous climate change. The abnormal weather has continued into April as the most powerful tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Indian Ocean dumped rain at rates reaching 300 mm an hour, and Australian scientists declared the worst coral bleaching event… Source: ‘Worse things in store’: Steaming hot world sets more temperature records Read More »

Why won’t the government recognise Isis atrocities as genocide? I have a hunch

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The barbarous treatment of Iraq and Syria’s religious minorities should be called what it is. Our relationship with Turkey shouldn’t even come into it. Sawsan is a middle-aged Syrian woman from al-Hammidiya, which is just north of the Lebanese border. She describes how her nephew was crucified… Source: Why won’t the government recognise Isis atrocities as genocide? I have a hunch | Giles Fraser | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Islamophobia & Anti Muslim Discrimination in Australia – Aisha’s Story

Aisha’s story of life in Australia amid a climate of Islamophobia and fear about terrorism. “It is vital that we have frank conversations about why terrorist groups are so alluring.” Source: Islamophobia & Anti Muslim Discrimination in Australia – Aisha’s Story Read More »

Obama in Saudi Arabia on fence-mending visit

U.S. President Barack Obama held talks with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on April 20 as he began a two-day visit hoping to ease tensions with the historic U.S. ally. Riyadh and its Sunni Arab Gulf allies have bristled at what they see as Washington’s tilt toward regional rival Iran after Tehran’s landmark nuclear deal with world powers… Source: Obama in Saudi Arabia on fence-mending visit – MIDEAST Read More »

Serbian prime minister plans new privatisation push after election

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NOVI PAZAR, Serbia (Reuters) – Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic plans a new push to privatise loss-making state firms if he wins Sunday’s election and will do everything needed to secure IMF approval for his economic policies, he told Reuters in an interview. Croft… Source: Serbian prime minister plans new privatisation push after election – World | The Star Online Read More »

Feminism in the spotlight as Indonesia celebrates Kartini Day

On April 21, Indonesian school girls will don the kebaya – a traditional blouse-dress costume – and firms will offer discounts to females, as the nation pays tribute to the woman widely regarded as its first feminist… Source: Feminism in the spotlight as Indonesia celebrates Kartini Day Read More »

The plebiscite requires decency

OPINION  |  Barney Zwartz  Eternity #68 April 2016 Australia is heading for trouble with a capital T, which rhymes with P, which stands for plebiscite (with apologies to The Music Man). The national temperature is rising, and the angry words are increasing, even though we don’t have a date or a question or much certainty … Source: The plebiscite requires decency Read More »

Malawi empowers children to fight sexual abuse

Rape is Malawi’s most reported crime. Ujamaa initiative is helping schoolkids defend themselves against perpetrators. Chimoya, Malawi –  Small fists fly towards throats, knees jerk from under pinafore dress hems up to groin level and two-pronged fingers shoot for the… Source: Malawi empowers children to fight sexual abuse – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Saudi Arabia looks for anchor as it inches toward defeat in Yemen

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman’s recent visit to Egypt, although aimed at cultivating Turkey and Egypt into a strategic alliance, has taken place at a time when things look really bad for it in Yemen. Never has the need for actualizing the paper-army, the coalition of 39 countries, been felt as badly as today. On the one hand, the… Source: Saudi Arabia looks for anchor as it inches toward defeat in Yemen – Asia Times Read More »

Yehudi Menuhin, The Violin of the Century

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Filmed at home, in Greece, Yehudi Menuhin tells the story of his life, which is the musical history of the century. To leaf through Yehudi Menuhin’s photo album is to cover the musical history of an entire century. He tells us about his life, filmed in his… Source: Yehudi Menuhin, The Violin of the Century | Medici Read More »

Why Turkey Is Building Mosques Around The World

A recently inaugurated mega-mosque near Washington D.C. is one of many the Turkish government has built in an effort to extend its influence and tout a moderate model of Islam. -Analysis- ANKARA — President Barack Obama’s decision not to attend the April 2 inauguration of a new mosque near Washington D.C. might have spoild the party a bit. The event was… Source: Why Turkey Is Building Mosques Around The World Read More »

Bangalored: death of a dream

Once upon a time, possibly around two, definitely three decades ago, Bangalore was a charming little town. It was known as the pensioners’ paradise because it was a tiny town with quaint cottages and pretty bungalows surrounded by lovely gardens. And the weather was perfect…. Source: Bangalored: death of a dream — New Internationalist Read More »

Nato raises ‘justified concern’ that Isil is plotting nuclear attack on Britain

Isil terrorists are plotting to carry out biological and nuclear attacks on Britain and Europe, EU and Nato security chiefs have warned. There is a “justified concern” that Islamist fanatics in Syria and Iraq  are… Source: Nato raises ‘justified concern’ that Isil is plotting nuclear attack on Britain Read More »

The thrilling beauty of unfinished art

Some artworks are left incomplete by accident; others by design. They can be thrilling, insightful – and even more exciting than a finished work, writes Alastair Sooke. It is one of the grisliest scenes in Western art: Marsyas, a satyr from Greek mythology, who rashly challenged the god… Source: BBC – Culture – The thrilling beauty of unfinished art Read More »

Money laundering fears over Bendigo Bank operations on Nauru

Fears over money laundering and the risk of financing of terrorism has prompted calls for Bendigo Bank to abandon any dealings with the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru. Bendigo Bank is the only bank with a presence on the island, which Australia relies on as a crucial part of its refugee policy… Source: Money laundering fears over Bendigo Bank operations on Nauru Read More »

The Guardian view on Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment: a tragedy and a scandal

Editorial: Nothing is clear in Brazil’s murky political crisis, except that the country will suffer the consequences for a long time to come.. Ever since Stefan Zweig, writing in 1941, dubbed it “the land of the future”, Brazil has been reproached for failing to live up to the promise that its size, its… Source: The Guardian view on Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment: a tragedy and a scandal | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »