How retro storytelling can help boost imaginative capacity

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Everyone loves a good story. It’s a vital part of human experience. There’s an element of story in just about every form of popular culture, and also in the sciences and arts. Faye Miller  Stories began as the earliest form of oral folklore shared around the campfire and have evolved into interactive e-books. There is now renewed appreciation of the… How retro… Read More »

Lithuania readies for new government as ruling party comes third in vote

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Reuters VILNIUS: Lithuania’s ruling Social Democrats sank to a distant third place in the first round of national elections, leaving centre-right parties in pole position to form a new coalition government, surprise results showed Monday. After a campaign fought largely over Lithuania’s sluggish economy, first place went to the… Lithuania readies for new… Read More »

Thai King Bhumibol’s health not stable, palace says

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The health of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej is “not stable”, palace officials have said. King Bhumibol, 88, is the world’s longest reigning monarch, but has spent much of the last year in hospital and is rarely seen in public. He is widely revered in Thailand, where he is seen as an… Thai King Bhumibol’s health not… Read More »

Nicolas Sarkozy ♥ referendums

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If elected president again, he’d ask voters to decide on immigrant family reunification and administrative detention. By NICHOLAS VINOCUR PARIS — Slipping in polls, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy got himself a new mantra when talking about solving his country’s problems: ask the people — they know best. In a primetime… Nicolas Sarkozy… Read More »

Why Russia Fears NATO

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Adam Twardowski takes umbrage at arguments that I and other members of the realism and restraint camp have made that NATO’s behavior over the past two decades has exacerbated tensions with Russia. Ted Galen Carpenter He begins his rebuttal with a drive-by smear that is increasingly in vogue among neoconservatives, dismissing such… Why Russia Fears… Read More »

EU ‘very concerned’ over Hungary newspaper suspension

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The EU said Oct. 10 it is “very concerned” after Hungary’s main opposition newspaper halted publication, sparking fears of a clampdown on press freedom by the right-wing government. BRUSSELS – Agence France-Presse Left-leaning Nepszabadsag newspaper is to be sold, its editor said on Oct. 9, and while the… EU ‘very concerned’ over… Read More »

Pauline Hanson and Derryn Hinch argue over Trump’s ‘sexual predator’ scandal

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Pauline Hanson and Derryn Hinch argue over Trump’s ‘sexual predator’ scandal Gareth Hutchens Pauline Hanson and Derryn Hinch have publicly clashed over the recording of US Republican candidate Donald Trump bragging about using his fame to grope women without their consent. Their argument began in a… Pauline Hanson and… Read More »

Guantanamo torture victims should be allowed UN visit

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Why does the US think it is acceptable to deny ‘high-value detainees’ at Guantanamo medical and psychological help? by Andy Worthington From Guantanamo, Ammar al-Baluchi, one of 15 “high-value detainee”, known as HVDs, has written to Professor Juan Mendez, the… Guantanamo torture… Read More »

Donald and Billy on the Bus

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It’s Billy Bush’s snickering that really gets to me. In the video from 2005, published Friday by The Washington Post, you can hear Mr. Bush (first cousin to George W.) wheezing ecstatically as Donald J. Trump brags, inadvertently into a hot mic, about sexually harassing and… Donald and Billy on… Read More »

Afghan Anti-Warlord Campaigner Malalai Joya Blames U.S. for Violence

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Malalai Joya has been described as the “Bravest Woman in Afghanistan” for standing up to the very warlords who are being brought in the cold by her U.S.-backed government. by F. BRINLEY BRUTON American bombs began raining down on Afghanistan 15 years ago Friday, marking the… Afghan Anti-Warlord Campaigner… Read More »

Sanctioned Murder: Australia’s Role In Drone Strikes On Innocent Civilians Is Growing

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Not content with just brutalising Aboriginal people and refugees, Australia is increasing its involvement in a covert program that has killed thousands of innocent people abroad. Michael Brull explains. By Michael Brull  The Australian government takes part in the murder of people overseas. They help… Sanctioned Murder: Australia’s Role In… Read More »

UN Hits Out At Nauru’s Treatment Of Asylum Seeker Children

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Nauru has been slammed over conditions at detention centres on the island. The United Nations has criticised the Nauruan Government’s treatment of asylum seeker and refugee children, urging the Pacific nation to improve its performance on a… UN Hits Out At Nauru’s… Read More »

Nigeria finally bans Shiite Muslims

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Almost a year after the killing of more than 380 Shiite Muslims in Zaria in Kaduna state, Nigeria, the government has declared the sect with at least 4 million followers unlawful. MOHAMMED MOMOH in Abuja The sect had a violent clash with the Nigerian Army in December 2015 leading to deaths, arrests and… Nigeria finally bans… Read More »

Chinese Communist Party readies crackdown on Christianity

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China’s governing Communist Party is set to launch a nationwide crackdown on Christianity. Chinese Communist Party readies crackdown on Christianity – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Correspondents Report By China correspondent Matthew Carney Correspondent Matthew Carney travels through the country and speaks to churchgoers who are worried they could soon be arrested. The Communist Party has just enacted much tougher… Chinese Communist Party readies… Read More »

Not Just For Laughs: How Australian Satirists Are Undermining White Supremacist Patriarchy

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Diverse local comedians are making institutional racism and sexism laughable, writes Liam McLoughlin. By Liam McLoughlin  A thin layer of sludge has settled over the stagnant cesspool of Australian public discourse. This frothing film of conservative white men is granted unfettered access Not Just For Laughs: How Australian… Read More »

This is the point of no return for Donald Trump

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Disgusting comments about groping women, and a non-apology, have sealed his fate. Richard Wolffe The only question now is what the GOP can rescue of its own reputation It’s going to get worse for Donald Trump and his Republican… This is the point of no… Read More »