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Turnbull government reverses Myanmar stance to co-sponsor UN resolution on Rohingya Muslims

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The Turnbull government has abruptly reversed its opposition to an international investigation into atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, including mass rapes, torture and the… Lindsay Murdoch The Sydney Morning Herald The government has co-sponsored a resolution at the United Nation’s top human rights body in Geneva to send a… Turnbull government reverses… Read More »

Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future

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From Mary Shelley to Margaret Atwood, feminist science fiction writers have imagined other ways of living that prompt us to ask, could we… Naomi Alderman The Guardian Margaret Atwood’s evergreen dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale is about to become a television drama. Published in 1985, it couldn’t feel more fresh or… Dystopian dreams: how… Read More »

In the line of fire – from racists

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On a Wednesday evening at a local bar in Kansas, Indian software engineers Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani were chatting over their customary after-work whiskies. Sharon Verghis Brisbane Times Another patron, Adam W. Purinton, a Navy veteran, 51, started hurling racial slurs at the pair. Purinton was tossed out by security, but returned and fired on the two men. Kuchibhotla, 32, was… In the line… Read More »

Leadership through ethics

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The call for ethics and transparency seems to have become a fairly standard issue, with just about every person in a leadership position — regardless of their background, affiliation, stance, independence or even qualification… Khalid Abdulla-Janahi Arab News It is so common, that it has become expected, almost required. These often loud… Leadership through… Read More »

Population decline on remote islands a problem for Japan

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TOKYO — Japan is launching an urgent drive to shore up the population of 148 remote islands as it tries to head off new territorial disputes with China and… TODAYonline According to officials working on the plan, the government will legally designate the islands as inhabited border territories next month, with 71 singled out for special help due to their isolation and the… Population decline on… Read More »

Donald, This I Will Tell You

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WASHINGTON — Dear Donald, We’ve known each other a long time, so I think I can be blunt. Maureen Dowd The New York Times You know how you said at campaign rallies that you did not like being identified as a… Don’t worry. No one will ever mistake you for a… After this past week, they won’t even mistake you for a top-notch… Donald, This I… Read More »

The rise(s) and fall(s) of the European Union

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Sixty years of highs and, lately, mostly… The world’s most complex democratic experiment took shape 60 years ago this week in the lingering shadow of the world’s greatest, ugliest… RYAN HEATH Politico From those early days of six members through to today’s 28 and soon to be 27 members, it’s been a rollercoaster ride all the… The rise(s) and… Read More »

UN to probe alleged crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar

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UN mission will investigate allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya in… Al Jazeera The leading United Nations rights body has agreed to send a fact-finding mission to Myanmar to investigate alleged abuses by security forces against Rohingya… Tens of thousands of people have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state since the… UN to probe… Read More »

Douglas Carswell quitting UKIP to become independent MP for Clacton

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UKIP’s Douglas Carswell is quitting the party to become an independent MP and says he is doing so… BBC The party’s only MP defected from the Conservatives in… Former leader Nigel Farage recently called on Mr Carswell to quit, accusing him of “actively working against… Douglas Carswell quitting… Read More »

Video: ‘White Pride’ marchers make Nazi salutes on Royal Mile

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FOOTAGE has emerged of ‘White Pride’ protesters making pro-Nazi salutes in central Edinburgh, while a crowd of people vocally condemn their… Diane King The Scotsman  Posted earlier today on Twitter by journalist @AileanBeaton, the short video shows at least two men raising their right arms in the air to make a ‘sieg-heil’ fascist salute outside the Tron Kirk on the Royal… Video: ‘White Pride… Read More »

A sea in peril

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While rival claimants jockey for strategic position in the South China Sea, an emerging environmental disaster has gone largely… DAN SOUTHERLAND Asia Times China will soon host a dialogue with Southeast Asian nations aimed at managing tensions in the South China… But it’s not clear whether the talks will help to save a marine environment that in parts is facing… A sea in… Read More »

What’s behind Erdogan’s recent angry outbursts?

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What’s behind the embarrassing shenanigans of the Justice and Development Party (AKP)? Pinar Tremblay Al Monitor What’s the reason for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s angry outbursts? On March 22, just… What’s behind Erdogan’s… Read More »

End the death penalty for mentally ill criminals

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Legislators in six states — Indiana, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia — have proposed legislation to prohibit the death penalty for individuals with severe mental illness. By Bob Taft and Joseph E. Kernan The Washington Post As former governors of states that are grappling with this issue, we strongly support this effort to end an inhumane practice that fails to respect common standards of decency and comport with recommendations of mental-health… End the death… Read More »

How to survive tyranny: 10 pieces of advice from Turkey

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Spread facts, be careful, and don’t assume democracy is safe, say people who know what life is like under a strongman… Guardian readers The Guardian The rise of autocracy can be insidious, and doesn’t come with an instruction manual on how to survive, said one of hundreds of… Over the past few years the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has slowly tightened his grip on power, imprisoning journalists who… How to survive… Read More »

Faking It: Europe-Turkey Relations

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Relations between Europe and Turkey are tense. Michael Rubin AEI In the past weeks, Turkey has called the Netherlands “the capital of fascism” and accused Germany of “fascist actions” reminiscent of the Nazi period, after Germany cancelled political rallies aimed at gathering support for… Faking It: Europe-Turkey… Read More »

Turkish Artist Zehra Doğan Sentenced to Prison for Painting of Kurdish Town Attack

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Doğan has been given a sentence of 2 years and 10 months by a Turkish court. Perwana Nazif, ArtNet The Turkish-Kurdish painter and journalist Zehra Doğan has been sentenced to 2 years, nine months, and 22 days in prison for creating a painting which depicted the destruction caused by Turkish security forces in the… Turkish Artist Zehra… Read More »