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Could Different Borders Have Saved the Middle East?

THERE probably aren’t many things that the Islamic State, Jon Stewart and the president of Iraqi Kurdistan agree on, but there is one: the pernicious influence of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, a secret plan for dividing up the Middle East signed by France and Britain, 100 years ago this week. It has become conventional wisdom to argue, as Vice President… Source: Could Different Borders Have Saved the Middle East? – The New York Times Read More »

Kurdish militants reportedly shoot down Turkish security forces helicopter

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ISTANBUL — They were used to stalk Russian helicopters in Afghanistan, and the United States has worked hard to keep them out of chaotic Syria. But now Kurdish guerrillas battling Turkey’s security forces may now have shoulder-fired missiles — an acquisition analysts say will seriously challenge Turkish air power and potentially intensify fighting in the region… Source: Kurdish militants reportedly shoot down Turkish security forces helicopter – The Washington Post Read More »

If Europe Turns Its Back Now The Concept Of ‘Refugee’ Will Cease To Exist

As Europe contemplates taking a path forged by Australia, the lives of those who flee conflict now and in the future hang in the balance, writes Paul McPhun. This week Europe celebrated unity and peace on Europe Day. But in 2016 we fear its leaders, like Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader BillMore… Source: If Europe Turns Its Back Now The Concept Of ‘Refugee’ Will Cease To Exist – New Matilda Read More »

Baird’s Civil Liberties Crackdown Will Be Felt In Day-To-Day Life

OPINION: New laws extend the government’s draconian program to a level that will be felt by all. No liberal democracy cans sustain assaults such as these, writes Angus Reoch. The Baird Government has officially rendered New South Wales a police state. As if coming out of an Orwellian cocoon, the NSW State Government has eclipsedMore… Source: Baird’s Civil Liberties Crackdown Will Be Felt In Day-To-Day Life – New Matilda Read More »

Plan to cut or scrap inheritance tax for thousands

Children inheriting family home would be exempt on first €500,000 of estate value.. Tax changes promised in the Government programme for partnership will sharply cut or eliminate completely inheritance tax for thousands of people in the coming years. Under the changes, once they are implemented, children inheriting the family… Source: Plan to cut or scrap inheritance tax for thousands Read More »

Rape is black people’s ‘pastime’, white South African judge says in Facebook rant

South Africans aren’t blind to the fact that race still divides their country. But when an activist named Gillian Schutte went public recently with messages she had exchanged with a high court judge a year ago, she certainly achieved her stated goal: to expose the “deep racism and colonial thinking” that still pervade upper echelons of South African society. Mabel Jansen, who is the daughter of a former governor-general of South Africa during the apartheid years, sent the messages last ... Read More »

Why penalty rates are just like CEO bonuses

Company leaders defend their huge salaries by saying bonuses incentivise CEOs to perform better. Doesn’t this same principle apply all the way down to the shop assistant and their Sunday penalty rate? Source: Why penalty rates are just like CEO bonuses – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Trump and Taxes

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This seems to be the week for Trump tax mysteries. One mystery is why Donald Trump, unlike every other major party nominee in modern times, is refusing to release his tax returns. The other is why, having decided that he needs experts to clean up his ludicrous tax-cut proposals, he chose to call on the services of the gang that couldn’t think straight… Source: Trump and Taxes – The New York Times Read More »

The UK’s network of secret fuel pipes that helped win WWII

A huge, little-known network of underground pipes spans the UK – officially still a state secret, and bringing fuel to the plane that takes you on holiday.. By Stephen Dowling If you flew over it, you’d have no idea it was there. One of the great British engineering projects of the 20th Century is completely hidden from view, traversing hundreds of miles across the country. There’s no trace of it except for a.. Source: BBC – Future – The UK’s ... Read More »

UN Condemns Persistent Torture in Turkey, Saudi Arabia

GENEVA—A U.N. committee that monitors implementation of the Convention against Torture has condemned what it calls the ongoing practice of torture and ill-treatment in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The committee just issued its concluding observations on these and other countries. In its examination of Turkey, the U.N. Committee Against Torture did not find torture to be widespread or systematic. Nevertheless, it noted torture continues to be practiced… Source: UN Condemns Persistent Torture in Turkey, Saudi Arabia Read More »

Is oil heading for a ‘hard fall’ in the next month?

Two years of supply excess have apparently ended with a spate of supply outages. Oil price surges amid supply ‘deficit’ claims – but will the rally last? The oil price is rising again following claims from one of the most bearish forecasters in the market that supply has “flipped” into deficit in recent weeks… Source: Is oil heading for a ‘hard fall’ in the next month? | The Week UK Read More »

Vietnam’s mass fish kill isn’t simply an environmental disaster

In the mass fish die-off on the country’s central coastal region, the Vietnamese government is faced with not only Vietnam’s worst ever environmental disaster but also widespread social unrest.. Millions of dead fish have washed up across some 200 km of the coast of Vietnam’s four central provinces since early last month. According to a figure given by an official on May 5, the disaster had killed at least 100 tons of fish. This… Source: Vietnam’s mass fish kill isn’t ... Read More »

Sadiq Khan and the Future of Europe

WASHINGTON — As the votes in London’s mayoral election were being counted on May 5, almost every British Muslim I know seemed to have only one thought: Would Sadiq Khan pull it off? He did. Mr. Khan, the son of Pakistani immigrants, was elected as the first Muslim mayor of a Western capital city, with more than 1.3 million votes, in… Source: Sadiq Khan and the Future of Europe – The New York Times Read More »

‘Tantalisingly close’: is solar thermal energy ready to replace coal-fired power?

Australian projects are viable already – now the industry needs investors willing to take a risk on large-scale renewable energy.. Companies working on large-scale solar thermal projects in Australia say they are tantalisingly close to achieving the dream of building plants big enough to replace coal-fired energy in Australia… Source: ‘Tantalisingly close’: is solar thermal energy ready to replace coal-fired power? | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian Read More »

Rubbing shoulders with the future

Why cultural entrepreneurship works in our times of funding cuts, and tips from the experts on how to navigate new pathways to innovative partnerships.. Put a bunch of technologists, entrepreneurs, brands, policy makers, artists and cultural organisations in a room together for two days and what do you get? Simply, a picture of our future… Source: Rubbing shoulders with the future | ArtsHub Australia Read More »

Rights groups slam Nepal deal on war crimes amnesty

Human rights groups accuse ruling coalition, including Maoists, of attempting to “wash away the crimes of the conflict”. Rights groups have slammed a deal between Nepal’s ruling parties to withdraw civil war cases from courts and offer amnesty to people accused of abuses during a decade-long Maoist rebellion… Source: Rights groups slam Nepal deal on war crimes amnesty – AJE News Read More »