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The thrilling beauty of unfinished art

Some artworks are left incomplete by accident; others by design. They can be thrilling, insightful – and even more exciting than a finished work, writes Alastair Sooke. It is one of the grisliest scenes in Western art: Marsyas, a satyr from Greek mythology, who rashly challenged the god… Source: BBC – Culture – The thrilling beauty of unfinished art Read More »

The Guardian view on Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment: a tragedy and a scandal

Editorial: Nothing is clear in Brazil’s murky political crisis, except that the country will suffer the consequences for a long time to come.. Ever since Stefan Zweig, writing in 1941, dubbed it “the land of the future”, Brazil has been reproached for failing to live up to the promise that its size, its… Source: The Guardian view on Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment: a tragedy and a scandal | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Palestine and Israel conflict: Bernie Sanders breaks a taboo

The US Democrat presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, has done it. He has broken a taboo by publicly criticising Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians under its occupation and siege. He is the first political figure in the history of the presidential race to do so, especially as a person of Jewish faith, and just prior to the crucial New York primary, in which the Jewish votes… Source: Palestine and Israel conflict: Bernie Sanders breaks a taboo Read More »

How Dwindling Fish Stocks Got a Reprieve

“My wife told me to sell the boats,” says Brad Pettinger, a longtime trawl fisherman in the Pacific Northwest. “But I said, honey, who’s gonna buy them? At that time we just didn’t have anything.” The “anything” was fish to catch. Fifteen years ago, America’s vast… Source: How Dwindling Fish Stocks Got a Reprieve – The New York Times Read More »

Migrants aren’t taking our jobs, they’re creating them

The future prosperity of Australia’s labour market hinges on the participation of immigrants and refugees. Meet the entrepreneurs and start-ups upskilling these groups. Contrary to the views being espoused in the lead up to the election, the future prosperity of Australia’s labour market hinges on the participation of immigrants and refugees… Source: Migrants aren’t taking our jobs, they’re creating them | Culture Read More »

60 Minutes: Judge declares case a kidnapping not a ‘custody case’ as Tara Brown returns to court

Beirut: 60 Minutes presenter Tara Brown and Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner are facing at least another two days in a Beirut jail after appearing briefly before a judge who declared the matter was a not a “custody case” but one about the kidnapping of two children. The judge has postponed their case until Wednesday, allowing their lawyers to further negotiate… Source: 60 Minutes: Judge declares case a kidnapping not a ‘custody case’ as Tara Brown returns to court Read More »

US feels ‘overwhelming frustration’ with Israeli government: Biden

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on April 19 acknowledged “overwhelming frustration” with the Israeli government and said the systemic expansion of Jewish settlements was moving Israel toward a dangerous “one-state reality” and in the wrong direction… Source: US feels ‘overwhelming frustration’ with Israeli government: Biden – MIDEAST Read More »

Countries should put women at the forefront of the UN drug policy debate

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The United Nations will hold a special session in New York this week to review global drug policy. The summit has the potential to revolutionise the drug control system enshrined in international law since 1961. If UN member states are serious about drug reform, they must act on the… Source: Countries should put women at the forefront of the UN drug policy debate Read More »

Exploring the real Iran, with social media as your guide

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Travelling independently, our writer relies on the advice and generosity of the young Iranians who are using social media to show foreign visitors the warm, fun and defiant reality of everyday life in their country.. Βeing completely disconnected on holiday isn’t as romantic as some purist travellers may suggest. It might be fine if you plan to stay on a beach or… Source: Exploring the real Iran, with social media as your guide | Travel | The Guardian Read More »

Robert Reich: Why We Should Tax Those Who Speculate on Stocks

This article first appeared on RobertReich.org. Why is there so little discussion about one of Bernie Sanders’s most important proposals—to tax financial speculation? Buying and selling stocks and bonds in order to beat others who are buying and selling stocks and… Source: Robert Reich: Why We Should Tax Those Who Speculate on Stocks Read More »

New report shows 100% renewable by 2030 can save Australia money

A new report from the Institute for Sustainable Futures in Sydney says a rapid transition to a 100 per cent renewable energy system can save Australia money – with avoided fuel costs to quickly offset the extra capital expenditure of building wind, solar and other renewable energy installations. “The transition to a 100 per cent renewable energy system by 2050 is… Source: New report shows 100% renewable by 2030 can save Australia money : Renew Economy Read More »

1 In 8 Babies Was Born In A Conflict Zone This Year: UN

Their chances of reaching their 5th birthdays have been drastically reduced. One in eight babies was born into a conflict zone this year, putting them at heightened risk for fatal complications that would otherwise have been avoided under normal circumstances, UNICEF reported on Thursday… Source: 1 In 8 Babies Was Born In A Conflict Zone This Year: UN Read More »

China lands first military plane on disputed reef: state media

Beijing landed a military plane on a disputed South China Sea reef it has built up into an artificial island, officials said on April 18, in the first confirmation of such a flight. An air force plane landed on Fiery Cross reef in the Spratlys archipelago on April 17 to evacuate sick workers, a news report posted online by China’s defence ministry said… Source: China lands first military plane on disputed reef: state media – ASIA Read More »

Germany’s populist AfD steps up anti-Muslim policies

Right-wing party accused of abusing Islam to tap into fears arising from terrorist attacks.. Germany’s leading Muslim organisation has likened the populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) to the Nazis for demanding a total ban on burkas, mosque minarets and… Source: Germany’s populist AfD steps up anti-Muslim policies Read More »

11 things you need to know about George Osborne’s Brexit warning

‘You can’t have your cake and eat it,’ the U.K. chancellor warns the Leave camp.. LONDON — David Cameron’s battle to keep Britain in the European Union rests on convincing voters that the risks to the economy from leaving far outweigh any… Source: 11 things you need to know about George Osborne’s Brexit warning – POLITICO Read More »

Brazil crisis: Rousseff loses lower house impeachment vote – BBC News

Parliament in Brazil has voted to start impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff over charges of manipulating government accounts. The “yes” camp comfortably won the required two-thirds majority in the vote in the lower house in Brasilia… Source: Brazil crisis: Rousseff loses lower house impeachment vote – BBC News Read More »