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Thought ‘death cult’ lawmaking ended with Abbott? Think again

A shadowy entity is deciding the fate of Australian citizenship, while NSW lawmakers want the power to punish those found not guilty of crimes. The erosion of our rights is continuing, just without the fanfare… Source: Thought ‘death cult’ lawmaking ended with Abbott? Think again – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Shakespeare: who put those thoughts in his head?

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Today everybody reads Shakespeare. But what books did he read? Jonathan Bate on the writers who shaped the world’s greatest playwright – and the three books the Bard would pick for Desert Island Discs. What did Shakespeare believe? We can only guess. He left neither a diary nor a philosophical treatise… Source: Shakespeare: who put those thoughts in his head? | Culture | The Guardian Read More »

Europe migrant crisis: Up to 500 asylum seekers may have drowned in latest tragedy, UNHCR says

Up to 500 asylum seekers might have drowned in the Mediterranean last week, the UN refugee agency says. If confirmed, it would be the worst such tragedy in 12 months and bring the total number of drownings in the southern… Source: Europe migrant crisis: Up to 500 asylum seekers may have drowned in latest tragedy, UNHCR says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Mitsubishi Motors office raided over fuel economy tests

Japanese officials raid an office of Mitsubishi Motors following the revelation on Wednesday that it had falsified fuel economy data. The officials searched its plant in the central Japanese city of Okazaki. Mitsubishi has admitted that employees altered data to flatter mileage rates on more than 600,000 vehicles…. Source: Mitsubishi Motors office raided over fuel economy tests – BBC News Read More »

Real journalists report the news – they don’t make it

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At QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre we are about to complete ARC-funded research on the state of the Australian political news media. A key finding of the work has been the nearly complete withdrawal of commercial free-to-air television from the current affairs space, which is… Source: Real journalists report the news – they don’t make it Read More »

Jewish extremist cell uncovered in West Bank: Israel

Jerusalem:  Israel said it had uncovered a new network of Jewish extremists in the Israeli-occupied West Bank that was responsible for several recent attacks against Palestinians, including the attempted arson of at least one home as people slept inside. The announcement, by the police and Shin Bet, the country’s domestic security agency, on… Source: Jewish extremist cell uncovered in West Bank: Israel Read More »

Danger of militancy returning to Kashmir looms

The Kashmir Valley is in a state of ferment again with anti-India sentiment exploding in violent protests across the restive region. It was the alleged molestation by an army man in Handwara in… Source: Danger of militancy returning to Kashmir looms – Asia Times Read More »

How America Can Reap the Benefits of Brexit

The conventional wisdom is that a decision by British voters this June to leave the European Union would be bad for the United States. The… Source: How America Can Reap the Benefits of Brexit | Foreign Policy Read More »

Menuhin: 100 facts to celebrate his centenary

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Friday 22 April is the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin’s birth. His biographer has compiled for us a list of 100 facts about the great musician and his musical legacy. 1. Yehudi Menuhin, born in New York City on April 22, 1916, was a US violinist, later also a conductor, teacher, impresario and supporter of human rights… Source: Menuhin: 100 facts to celebrate his centenary | Music | The Guardian Read More »

UK retail sales experience continued decline

Food sales fell 1.9% in March from February, the biggest decline since January 2014. UK retail sales fell for a second month in March as consumers bought less of everything from food to clothing. The volume of sales dropped 1.3 per cent from February, far more than the 0.1… Source: UK retail sales experience continued decline Read More »

The Merry Wives of Windsor review: Lively production of one of the Bard’s sillier romps

According to theatre legend, Shakespeare wrote The Merry Wives of Windsor in a rush at the command of Elizabeth herself. The Virgin Queen couldn’t get enough of Falstaff, the fat rogue knight from Henry IV, and wanted to see him in love. The resulting spinoff proved a highly contrived farce. Its minor character names – Shallow… Source: The Merry Wives of Windsor review: Lively production of one of the Bard’s sillier romps Read More »

Moscow wins legal battle over $50bn Yukos shareholders′ compensation

The Kremlin has won a major legal victory after a Dutch court overturned a $50bn damages award to former shareholders of Yukos. With almost 20 percent of Russia’s annual budget at stake, shareholders vowed to fight on. Source: Moscow wins legal battle over $50bn Yukos shareholders′ compensation | News | DW.COM | 20.04.2016 Read More »

What does depression feel like? Trust me – you really don’t want to know

Darker than grief, an implosion of the self, a sheet of ice: no matter how you describe it, this is a terrifying state to be trapped in. This is Depression Awareness Week, so it must be hoped that during this seven-day period more people will become more aware of a condition that… Source: What does depression feel like? Trust me – you really don’t want to know | Tim Lott | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

New to the Parish: ‘I can’t work and I can’t go to a proper university’

A young Zimbabwean living in direct provision in Cork has had to turn down good opportunities because of his status. Bernard Kudakwashe Matanire slept through his alarm on the morning of his visit to Áras an Uachtaráin. He was so late for the bus to Dublin he didn’t have… Source: New to the Parish: ‘I can’t work and I can’t go to a proper university’ Read More »

“The Sea Walls Are Out In The Sea”: World’s First Climate Refugees Ask For Australia’s Help

Last month, the schools closed on a group of islands off Papua New Guinea’s coast. Climate change has claimed their crops, and large portions of the low lying atolls. A square meal is increasingly rare. “They closed because the children weren’t concentrating,” Pais Taehu tells New Matilda. “Instead of concentrating, they were falling asleep becauseMore… Source: “The Sea Walls Are Out In The Sea”: World’s First Climate Refugees Ask For Australia’s Help – New Matilda Read More »

China’s Legalist Revival

Forget Confucianism: this ancient philosophy is driving China today.. HOW DOES culture shape politics? In her classic book Strategic Intelligence and Statecraft, Adda B. Bozeman argues that “American citizens must be fully aware of non-American approaches to statecraft if they are to render informed… Source: China’s Legalist Revival | The National Interest Read More »