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Death by design

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More people than ever are choosing to be cremated, yet crematoriums are often grim places. Dominic Nicholls The Economist Dominic Nicholls talks to the architects trying to change that. The Crematorium Hofheide is situated in the middle of a lake in Holsbeek, Belgium. An elongated core of earth-coloured stone wrapped in a layer of rusty steel, it… Death by… Read More »

Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa, scientists find

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The history of human evolution has been rewritten after scientists discovered that Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa. Sarah Knapton The Telegraph Currently, most experts believe that our human lineage split from apes around seven million years ago in central Africa, where hominids remained for the… But two fossils of an ape-like creature which had human-like teeth have been found in Bulgaria and… Europe was the… Read More »

Lou Reed Creates a List of the 10 Best Records of All Time

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If you want to write, most every writer will tell you, you’ve got to read, read, read, and read. OpenCulture “Read more than you write,” advises Teju Cole. Even great filmmakers like Werner Herzog and Akira Kurasawa cite copious reading as a prerequisite for their primarily visual medium. But what about music? What advice might we hope to receive about the art of writing catchy, memorable, culturally significant… Lou Reed Creates… Read More »

Why Trump’s First Trip Is Focusing on Faith

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Trump’s administration recognizes that ideas and identity still have power, and need to be understood. Alberto M. Fernandez The National Interest Despised by so many among the American political and cultural elite, President Trump paradoxically still has a tremendous opportunity during his first overseas trip to begin to forge a… Given that most media coverage of President Trump is negative, it is no… Why Trump’s First… Read More »

What does ‘reunification’ really mean?

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Introduction Among the many reports to emerge from the House of Commons in recent years, one of the most remarkable is Bad Language: The Use and Abuse of Official Language (hereafter ‘Bad Language’).  This was completed in Westminster in 2009 by the cross-party House of Commons Select Committee on Public Administration. Klearchos A. Kyriakides * Published by Agora Dialogue on 22 May 2017 Bad Language railed against any use of language which ‘can prevent people from understanding the implications of policies’. ... Read More »

Iran’s Rouhani denounces US’ Middle East ignorance

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Iran’s president fires back at Trump’s funding ‘terrorists’ accusation, saying Americans don’t know the region. Source: Reuters news agency Al Jazeera Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday stability could not be achieved in the Middle East without Tehran’s help, responding to criticism from US President Donald Trump who… Trump called for a US alliance with Muslim countries aimed at… Iran’s Rouhani denounces… Read More »

Stockpiles of dead tiger and rhino body parts go up in smoke in Nepal

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The authorities in Nepal have destroyed more than 4,000 animal body parts in an effort to discourage illegal hunting and trading in… Mahesh Acharya BBC Horns of endangered rhinos, and skins of tigers and leopards – including a snow leopard and two clouded leopards – were among exhibits burnt on Monday in Chitwan, south of… Foreign Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat set the… Stockpiles of dead…     Read More »

UN urges Libyan government to shut ‘inhumane’ refugee centres

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Call comes as Libya Quartet meets in Brussels to discuss ways to prevent deadly Mediterranean… Patrick Wintour The Guardian The UN refugee agency has called on the Libyan government in Tripoli to close its refugee detention centres, describing conditions as inhumane and… The call comes as the Libya Quartet meets in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss how to slow the flow of refugees across the Mediterranean from Libya to… UN urges Libyan… Read More »

The 9 best state parks in Arizona

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ARIZONA is home to beautiful and rugged scenery, desert and mountain landscapes, natural bridges and spectacular caves, ancient archaeological sites and old mining towns. Emese Fromm  The 32 state parks were set aside to protect some of these places. Here are nine of them. 1. Tonto Natural Bridge State Park Tonto Natural Bridge is one of the… The 9 best… Read More »

Peter Dutton’s fake war on asylum seekers

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Peter Dutton’s war on “fake refugees” is misleading, based on a false premise and dangerous in that it pre-empts a fair hearing of claims for refugee… Michael Gordon The Sydney Morning Herald The message is that thousands of asylum seekers who arrived on boats in the Labor years have not lodged protection claims because they are not refugees and are intent on taking the… Quite simply, the Minister for… Peter Dutton’s fake… Read More »

CoE Lefkosia Summit: Cyprus and Russia at Centre Stage of European Politics

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On the 19th of May, the Republic of Cyprus successfully completed its six-month term at the helm of the Committee of Foreign Ministers of the Council of Europe. ISF Foreign Ministers, Deputy Foreign Ministers and Permanent Representatives from the rest 46 member states plus observers from the USA, Canada, The Holy See, Mexico, Japan and Israel flocked to the Cypriot capital to pay their respect to the island republic and hand over the chairmanship of the Committee to the Czechs. ... Read More »

Tim Winton’s play Shrine tests writer’s nerves and shines a light on road trauma

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“As a playwright I make a pretty decent novelist,” says Tim Winton. “I don’t have any illusions about that.” Debbie Cuthbertson The Sydney Morning Herald Speaking by phone from Western Australia’s Pilbara region on a bright blue day, the writer – one of Australia’s best-known literary figures – doesn’t sugarcoat his attempts at writing for the stage. “Come on,” I retort. But it’s… Tim Winton’s play… Read More »

Revenge porn legislation a step closer as Government considers criminal, civil penalties

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People who share or post sexually explicit photos of others without their consent are a step closer to facing tougher criminal and civil penalties, after a meeting of state and territory attorneys… By political reporter Matthew Doran ABC There is significant concern the phenomenon referred to as revenge porn is growing, as the use of social media and messaging apps becomes more and more… The Federal Government has today called for public submissions on… Revenge porn legislation… Read More »

Adam Goodes once again face of anti-racism fight in multicolour Archibald Prize portrait entry

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After enduring years of racist abuse which dogged the end of his illustrious AFL career, Adam Goodes is once again challenging racism, this time as the subject of a multicolour artwork painted for… Nadia Daly ABC Colour Doesn’t Matter was painted by Darwin artist Megan Adams as a response to the racial abuse of her friend’s Indigenous son, a Year 6… “He’s just the kindest, happy-go-lucky kid so it was really hard to see him so… Adam Goodes once… Read More »

Report: White House Lawyers Are Prepping For Impeachment Proceedings

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White House lawyers have reportedly begun preparing for the possibility that President Donald Trump will face impeachment proceedings. Kevin Daley The Daily Caller CNN, citing unnamed sources, reports attorneys in the White House Counsel’s office have begun researching the particulars of impeachment proceedings and consulted experts outside the administration with specialized knowledge of the… The sources add that the… Report: White House… Read More »

Peter Dutton’s office tells Canadian-Australian: ‘go back to US and deal with Trump’

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Doug Stetner, who has represented Australia in underwater rugby, called Dutton’s office to voice support for asylum seekers Joshua Robertson The Guardian A Canadian-born Australian citizen who called Peter Dutton’s Brisbane office to voice opposition to treatment of asylum seekers says an electorate officer told him to “go back to the United States then and… Doug Stetner, an Australian citizen for 21 years, who represented the… Peter Dutton’s office… Read More »