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What is it like to live next to a prison?

In the Victorian town of Ararat, sandwiched between Ballarat and the Wimmera in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, it can seem like every second person you meet either works at the prison or has a family member who does. Jane Cowan ABC While Werribee residents have protested against the decision to build a youth detention centre, in Ararat you are hard pressed to find anyone willing to say a bad word about the jail that has been part of ... Read More »

Are Soas students right to ‘decolonise’ their minds from western philosophers?

Outraged headlines erupted when students launched a campaign to challenge the great western philosophers. We went to the source of dissent – London’s School of Oriental and African Studies – to investigate Kenan Malik The Guardian “They Kant be serious!”, spluttered the Daily Mail headline in its most McEnroe-ish tone. “PC students demand white… Are Soas students… Read More »

Netanyahu Scuttled Secret 2016 Peace Push With Arab Leaders

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined a peace proposal presented by then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a secret summit in 2016 with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi in Aqaba, Jordan, according to a… Naomi Zeveloff  Forward The proposal included the recognition of Israel as a… Netanyahu Scuttled Secret… Read More »

Germany’s center-left takes poll lead for first time in decade

SPD surge follows pick of former European Parliament president Schulz as its candidate. BJARKE SMITH-MEYER Politico Germany’s Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) have slumped to second place in an opinion poll conducted by the Emnid institute, putting the Social Democrats (SPD) in the top spot for the… The SPD’s climb comes after the… Germany’s center-left… Read More »

‘Last Night in Sweden’? Trump’s Remark Baffles a Nation

LONDON — Swedes reacted with confusion, anger and ridicule on Sunday to a vague remark by President Trump that suggested that something terrible had occurred in their… SEWELL CHAN  The New York Times During a campaign-style rally on Saturday in Florida, Mr. Trump issued a sharp if discursive attack on refugee policies in Europe, ticking off a list of places that have been hit by… ‘Last Night in… Read More »

Mosul assault: Iraq troops make headway against IS

Iraqi government forces have seized several villages as they move towards an assault on the last area held by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul. BBC Hundreds of military vehicles, backed by air power, rolled across the desert towards IS positions early on Sunday. The progress on Sunday in the… Mosul assault: Iraq… Read More »

In Times Square, Protesters Take To The Streets To Say ‘I Am Muslim Too’

At a rally in New York City’s Times Square on Sunday, protesters filled three city blocks to express solidarity with Muslims. Kat Chow npr The crowd gathered to speak out against President Trump’s executive order — now on hold after a unanimous federal appeals court decision — banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Organized by the… In Times Square… Read More »

Second independence referendum ‘weeks from being called’

A prominent Scottish independence campaign group has launched a new fundraising drive as it expects a second referendum to be held in May or September next year.. Paul Ward The Scotsman 200 Voices: find out more about the people who have shaped Scotland Business for Scotland, which focused on the economic case for independence, said it is getting “back in full campaign mode” for a… Second independence referendum… Read More »

US carrier group patrols in tense South China Sea

A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway and concerns it could become a flashpoint under the… Hurriyet Reuters China’s Foreign Ministry on Feb. 15 warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty in the… The U.S. navy said the… US carrier group… Read More »

Global ‘fish wars’ could break out as climate change and rising nationalism fuel competition for world’s oceans

Conflicts like the infamous Cod Wars between the UK and Iceland could erupt across the globe unless countries co-operate to manage stocks effectively, expert warns. Ian Johnston Independent The twin threats of climate change and growing nationalism could lead to an outbreak of conflicts over fish stocks – like the infamous Cod Wars between the UK and Iceland – that could threaten the Global ‘fish wars… Read More »

Brazil tops league of non-EU students in Ireland

Many students coming for language courses with Chinese citizens second largest group Marie O’Halloran The Irish Times More Brazilians than any other nationality outside the EU come to Ireland to study, according to the latest data. Figures from the Department of Justice show that Brazil tops the league for the… Brazil tops league… Read More »

Britain attempts to brand journalists as spies

The UK government is considering new laws that target journalists who obtain or share state secrets. Jim Killock Al Jazeera News British journalists could be treated as spies, and given up to 14 years in prison for handling state secrets, if proposals by the UK’s Law Commission become law. In 2015, the Commission… Britain attempts to… Read More »

Hello, again, Dolly

Twenty years ago the world met the first adult clone, a sheep called Dolly. Her legacy lives on.. The Economist IN THE summer of 1996 Karen Mycock, a cell biologist, was attending a wedding in the Scottish highlands. Returning to her hotel to change her hat, she found a fax pushed under her door.. It said: “She’s been born and… Hello, again, Dolly… Read More »