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Torn Ballet Shoes, and a Life Upended

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ISTANBUL — For the first time in half a year, the Turkish novelist Asli Erdogan returned the other day to her Istanbul apartment, a home left ransacked when she was arrested and… Tim Arango The New York Times She discovered that many things were missing: flash drives containing her work and reviews from European… Left behind… Torn Ballet Shoes… Read More »

Rape definition in Tasmania to be broadened if new bill passed

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Reforms to widen the type of sexual behaviour considered to be rape in Tasmania look set to be introduced to Parliament in April. Edith Bevin ABC Under existing laws, an offence can only be rape if the act involves a penis and it is the accused who is the penetrator. Most other states… Rape definition in… Read More »

Let’s Settle the Russia Question Once and for All

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A nonpartisan commission can finally shed light on Trump’s problem that just won’t go away. Gary Hart The National Interest Presidents in the past, most notably Bill Clinton with Boris Yeltsin and George W. Bush with Vladimir Putin, have committed what might be called the “buddy fallacy” where U.S.-Russian relations were concerned. That is, they… Let’s Settle the… Read More »

To improve our political climate, change the questions we ask

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Our fractured political climate in the United States might be made worse by how we approach difficult problems, researchers say in the journal Science. Ohio State University Eurek Alert A team of political scientists suggests rather than asking citizens “What do you want,” questions should be asked in a deliberative frame: “What should we do?” “Even this small… To improve our… Read More »

May and Merkel: splitting differences

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For all their similarities, the two leaders are unlikely to become close. Tom McTague and Janosch Delcker Politico LONDON/BERLIN — The penny dropped during a phone call. In a telephone… May and Merkel… Read More »

IS supporters free to return to Australia despite tough law changes

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AUSTRALIA faces the return of some of the world’s most radical terrorists after tough laws to keep them out of the country… SHARRI MARKSON, The Daily Telegraph The Herald Sun Intelligence experts have warned the federal government nothing is stopping more than 100 homegrown terrorists — including those who have been fighting with Islamic… IS supporters free… Read More »

Breakdown of China’s plan to tackle pollution

Pollution - Asia Times

Steel and aluminum producers in 28 cities are told to slash output in winter and government begins moves to ban truck transport for coal Reuters Asia Times China has ordered steel and aluminum producers in 28 cities to slash output during winter and required coal transport by rail instead of truck in Tianjin and Hebei province, in Beijing’s latest effort to crack down on pollution. A 26-page document… Breakdown of China’s… Read More »

The five most urgent steps to stop women being killed

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In 2015, 140 recommendations were laid out in the Not Now, Not Ever report to tackle domestic and family violence from three fronts: culture and attitude, police response and the justice system. Amy Mitchell-Whittington Brisbane Times The report was prepared by the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland, chaired by The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce who this week finalised her second annual progress report on the… The five most… Read More »

Europe eyes to replace US as China’s prime foreign partner

China - European Sting

Last Tuesday, Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State, received in Washington the top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi, in an effort to establish a “regular high-level engagement” with China, after President Donald Trump has practically destroyed the until recently multiple channels of problem solving and interaction between the two super powers. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting Obviously, Tillerson felt he had to urgently invite State Councilor Yang to the US to sort out the mess between the two countries. Reportedly, the ... Read More »

Life may actually be getting better at evolving

Evolution - BBC

The networks of genes in each animal is a bit like the network of neurons in our brains, which suggests they might be “learning” as they go Chris Baraniuk BBC News In 1996, a young graduate student called Richard Watson sat down to read a paper on evolution. The article was… Life may actually… Read More »

Tilted towers: The secrets beneath the world’s leaning buildings

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(CNN) – From the Tower of Pisa in Italy to Britain’s Big Ben, some of the world’s most famous buildings have a distinct list. Georgia McCafferty CNN However, architectural leanings are not confined to history. A few modern… Tilted towers: The… Read More »

‘Control’ is the new core of Germany’s refugee policy

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The purpose of the German chancellor’s trip to Egypt and Tunisia is to help to reduce irregular migration into the EU. Thorsten Benner Al Jazeera News On March 2 and 3, German Chancellor Angela Merkel travels to Egypt and Tunisia. Concerns about migration… ‘Control’ is the… Read More »

Even in an age of austerity, aid works. We have to keep giving

Altruism - The Guardian

Altruism aside, it makes sense to help fragile states as best we can. David Cameron The Guardian We suffer the effects when they fail There’s a big… Even in an… Read More »

Veni, vidi but does he have what it takes to vici?

epa05757700 Italian former prime minister, Matteo Renzi, speaks during his speech at the National Assembly of Local Administrators in Rimini, Italy, 28 January 2017.  EPA/PASQUALE BOVE

Matteo Renzi will have to reinvent himself if he wants a shot at leading the country again. Giuliano Ferrara Politico If Matteo Renzi is to successfully relaunch his political career, the former Italian prime minister needs to reinvent himself. The “strong young man” of… Veni, vidi but… Read More »

Basque novel evokes unresolved history of violence

epa05717347 Thousands of people protest during a demonstration against the dispersion of terrorist group ETA's prisoners held in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain, 14 January 2017. The protest was held against the government's decision to disperse the some 350 imprisoned ETA members and sympathizers to some 40 prisons in order to hamper communication among them.  EPA/Javier Zorrilla

Fictional account of lives shattered by Basque terrorism rekindles debate about memory and reconciliation. Diego Torres Politico BARCELONA — A novelist’s “brutal” portrayal of the impact of Basque terrorism on ordinary people’s lives has stepped in to fill the post-conflict vacuum in the northern Spanish region where there has been no peace process… Basque novel evokes… Read More »

We need to hear the stories of exploited unlawful migrant workers, not just deport them

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Migration status – even for those with the right to work in Australia – is often used as leverage to exploit workers. Marie Segrave The Conversation This is evident from my ongoing research, other research and government inquiries. So, if the… We need to… Read More »