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Canada’s race problem? It’s even worse than America’s.

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For a country so self-satisfied with its image of progressive tolerance, how is this not a national… Scott Gilmore MacLean’s The racial mess in the United States looks pretty grim and is painful to… We can be forgiven for being quietly thankful for Canada’s more inclusive society, which has avoided dramas like that in… Canada’s race problem… Read More »

Colombia: The end game

Behind the scenes with Colombia’s insurgents as they bring their 50-year-long conflict to a close… Source: Colombia: The end game – Al Jazeera English Read More »

How 1,000 years of Arabic scholarship advanced scientific debate – in pictures

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From the 9th to the 19th centuries, scholars and scribes used Arabic as a lingua franca to debate scientific ideas. Claire Shaw The Guardian Arabic-speaking scholars translated classical Greek, Persian and even Sanskrit texts on topics such as medicine, mathematics and astronomy. These scholars went far beyond translation and preservation and fostered a unique and vibrant scientific culture within the Arabic-speaking… How 1,000 years… Read More »

Sharia 101: a user’s guide for Jacqui La

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Dear Ms Lambie, I believe you may be having some difficulties with the meaning of Sharia law. Let me see if I can help… Jamila Hussain The Sydney Morning Herald The word Sharia in Arabic means a path or a way and is basically a pathway for Muslims to follow to live their lives in accordance with… It is broader than the usual Western concept of law as it includes religious duties such as prayer and… Sharia 101: a… Read More »

Turkey Exported Key Chemical Weapons Components to Terrorists in Syria

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Figures from Turkey’s statistical institute reveal that Turkey delivered large amounts of a key ingredient of the deadly Sarin nerve gas to terrorists in Syria prior to the… nsnbc Turkey also exported large quantities of chemicals used for the production of… Figures from Turkey’s Statistical Institute (TÜIK), reveal… Turkey Exported Key… Read More »

Alek Wek: ‘You don’t have to go with the crowd’

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As a teenager, Alek Wek shook up the fashion world – and inspired, among others, a young Lupita… Sali Hughes The Guardian The Sudanese supermodel tells Sali Hughes why quirky is… Alek Wek was 19 when she was approached by a model scout from a top London agency at a fair in Crystal Palace… Her mother, she remembers, was horrified, thinking her… Alek Wek: ‘You… Read More »

SOCOM Develops Dry Submersible Mini-Sub For SEALs

U.S. Special Operations Command and sub-maker Electric Boat have partnered up to develop a dry submersible mini-submarine designed to deliver Navy SEALs into… Source: SOCOM Develops Dry Submersible Mini-Sub For SEALs | Read More »

What Ancient Greek Music Sounded Like: Hear a Reconstruction That is ‘100% Accurate’

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Between 750 BC and 400 BC, the Ancient Greeks composed songs meant to be accompanied by the lyre, reed-pipes, and various percussion instruments. OpenCulture More than 2,000 years later, modern scholars have finally figured out how to reconstruct and perform these songs with (it’s claimed) 100% accuracy. Writing on the BBC web site, Armand D’Angour,  a musician and tutor in classics at Oxford University, notes: [Ancient Greek] instruments are known from… What Ancient Greek… Read More »

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

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A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens Authors condemn £4m library fund as a ‘sop’ and a ‘whitewash’ Neil Gaiman The Guardian It’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members’ interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I’m going to tell you that ... Read More »

My life of hell in an Afghan harem

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Naive and in love, I married a man from Kabul — only to discover the horrible life of a fundamentalist Muslim wife. Phyllis Chesler New York Post Phyllis Chesler, 72, is a feminist scholar and a professor emerita of psychology and women’s studies at City University of New York. In her 14th book, “An American Bride in Kabul” (Palgrave… My life of… Read More »

A Fateful Invitation: Spetses

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“My brother thought he’d died and gone to heaven, for most of our friends were his age and female. Diana Farr Louis Weekly Hubris I was sometimes restless, aching to see a few of the famous antiquities, wondering about the charms of other islands, but he refused to budge: Why look at old… Where would we… A Fateful Invitation… Read More »

Fact Check: Why Rick Perry Is Right About Turkey

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Does a brutal regime that occupies the territory of an EU member state and supports terrorists really belong in NATO? Daniel Greenfield FrontPage Fact checkers and truth squads are the media’s latest tool for blurring the line between the editorial page and the new… The ubiquitous fact checks are editorializing dressed up as… While on some occasions there are actual facts to verify, for the most part the fact checks defend a partisan liberal viewpoint on a particular… Fact Check: ... Read More »

Britain destroyed records of colonial crimes

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Review finds thousands of papers detailing shameful acts were culled, while others were kept secret… Ian Cobain, Owen Bowcott and Richard Norton-Taylor The Guardian Thousands of documents detailing some of the most shameful acts and crimes committed during the final years of the British empire were systematically destroyed to prevent them falling into the… Britain destroyed records… Read More »

Theo Angelopoulos: his best films – in pictures

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The Greek director, who died on Tuesday, was celebrated for his beautifully shot and uncompromisingly intellectual cinema. The Guardian Here we look back at his best-known films. Angelopoulos’s Landscape in the Mist is another parable of search without discovery. Two children sneak on board a… Theo Angelopoulos: his… Read More »

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Who will stand up for the refugees?

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After the slaughter, persecution and displacement of millions in the Second World War, 147 nations, including ours, signed up to the UN Convention on… Independent Never Again, they promised solemnly and meant it… That was exactly 60 years ago, in 1951. In the same year two UK… Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Who… Read More »

Disgusted Supreme Court Can’t Believe It Has To Rule Having Sex With American Flag Protected Under First Amendment

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed unqualified disgust Tuesday after ruling that fornication with the American flag is an act of free speech protected by the First Amendment. TheONION Writing that the 8-1 decision was “necessary, but it’s really just unbelievable that it’s come to… Disgusted Supreme Court… Read More »