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The sheep that changed the world

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How the science of cloning has progressed since Dolly the sheep was unveiled 20 years ago The Economist TWENTY years ago Dolly the sheep, the first animal clone, was revealed to the world. She caused a… The sheep that… Read More »

Return of the Dark Ages?

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Recently, in these pages, Spengler (David Goldman) used the examples of right-wing homosexual Milos Yiannopoulos and Chinese classical pianist Yuja Wang to illustrate the collapse of the value-system painstakingly erected over centuries by a fusion of Judeo-Christian morality and Greco-Roman ethics. Norman A. Bailey Asia Times Also recently, Pankaj Mishra published a book entitled Age of Anger: A History of the Present, in which he proclaims the end of the era of “enlightenment” and the dawn of a new, but ... Read More »

Australians believe 18C protections should stay

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While debate over the merits of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act continues to rage, new research shows that an overwhelming majority of Australians support legislation that prevents insults on the basis of race, culture or religion. Andrew Jakubowicz, Kevin Dunn and Rachel Sharples The Conversation We found that just 10% of Australians believe people should have the freedom to “insult” and “offend” people on the basis of race, culture or religion. Over 75% are… Australians believe 18C… Read More »

Scientists highlight deadly health risks of climate change

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(CNN) – The future is expected to hold more deadly heat waves, the fast spread of certain infectious diseases and catastrophic food shortages. Jacqueline Howard CNN These events could cause premature deaths — and they’re all related to climate change, according to a panel of experts who gathered at the Carter Center in Atlanta on Thursday for the Climate & Health Meeting. The Climate & Health Meeting… Scientists highlight deadly… Read More »

John McCain just systematically dismantled Donald Trump’s entire worldview

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John McCain is increasingly mad as hell about President Trump. And on Friday, he went after Trump — hard. Aaron Blake The Washington Post During a speech at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, the Republican senator from Arizona delivered a pointed and striking point-by-point takedown of Trump’s worldview and… McCain didn’t… John McCain just… Read More »

Meet Zealandia, the underwater continent that New Zealand sits on

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Scientists have for the first time clearly defined Zealandia, a continent that sits to the east of… Marcus Strom The Sydney Morning Herald And before you start thinking about a trek around the continent, you’ll need to realise that 94 per cent of it is below the Pacific… The bits that aren’t waterlogged are commonly referred to as New Zealand and New… Meet Zealandia, the… Read More »

Tony Blair’s Big Brexit Speech: How The Former PM Started His Comeback Tour

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Analysis of how the ex-PM got the Remainers rocking again Paul Waugh  The Huffington Post For the rapt audience in Bloomberg’s hi-tech conference room, this was as close as it gets to political.. And like fans of an ageing rock star kicking off his comeback tour, the Labour, Lib Dem and City slicker Remainers couldn’t take their eyes off their… Tony Blair’s Big… Read More »

Spain’s Princess Cristina acquitted, husband jailed

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Cristina ordered to pay fines and Inaki Urdangarin given six-year sentence for charges including fraud and tax evasion. Al Jazeera The husband of Spain’s Princess Cristina has been sentenced to more than six years in prison on charges including fraud and tax evasion, while the… A panel of judges ruled on Friday that Cristina, the… Spain’s Princess Cristina… Read More »

Jannis Kounellis obituary

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Pioneer of the arte povera movement who created spectacular sculptures out of mundane objects Christopher Masters The Guardian Jannis Kounellis, who has died aged 80, made a highly distinctive contribution to one of the most provocative artistic movements in postwar Europe. As a pioneer of arte povera in the late 1960s, he… Jannis Kounellis… Read More »

Tiny plastic pellets found on 73% of UK beaches

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Great Winter Nurdle Hunt finds thousands of pellets used in plastic production washed up on shorelines around.. Press Association The Guardian A search of hundreds of beaches across the UK has found almost three-quarters of them are littered with tiny plastic… The lentil-size pellets known as “nurdles” are used as a raw material by industry to make new plastic.. Tiny plastic pellets… Read More »

Polish criticism boosts Donald Tusk’s bid for second term

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Harsh words from powerful rivals back in Warsaw fails to resonate in other EU capitals DAVID M. HERSZENHORN, JACOPO BARIGAZZI AND NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico European Council President Donald Tusk’s bid for a second term gained momentum Friday as harsh criticism from political rivals in his native Poland appeared to consolidate support for him among… While it would be… Polish criticism boosts… Read More »

Is Prison the Answer to Violence?

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An advocate (and survivor) makes the case for another approach. Bill Keller The Marshall Project Danielle Sered is the founder and director of Common Justice, which works with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office and crime victims to negotiate alternatives to prison for people who commit violent felonies. Her report, “Accounting… Is Prison the… Read More »

Hungary is removing statue of philosopher György (Georg) Lukács – He was Marxist and Jewish

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Removing a statue of a philosopher? You may expect something like this to happen in Nazi Germany in the 1930s but not in Budapest in 2017. Hungarian Free Press  A couple of weeks ago the Budapest City Council decided that the statue of György Lukács will be removed from a Budapest park in the 13th district.. The renowned philosopher… Hungary is removing… Read More »

Al Bab: ‘When the tide is turning, ISIL go apocalyptic’

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Ankara’s plans to push further east and south of Al Bab might face serious diplomatic challenges, say analysts. Mariya Petkova Al Jazeera In recent weeks, the Turkish-led Operation Euphrates Shield has made significant progress against ISIL around the city of Al Bab in northern Syria. Russia, a key ally during the operation, has provided Turkey with military and… Al Bab: ‘When… Read More »

Vietnam’s Got a New South China Sea Strategy

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The Vietnam People’s Navy is shifting from sea denial to counter-intervention. Koh Swee Lean Collin The National Interest In 1287, Gen. Omar Khan of the Yuan Dynasty led a sizeable invasion force, including numerous war junks, against Dai Viet (present.. With battle-hardened Mongols forming the vanguard, it seemed as if the… Vietnam’s Got a New… Read More »

Home comforts: the Italian hotel giving refugees a showcase for their culinary skills

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Part of a government project, Villaggio La Brocchi is a hotel focused on helping refugees – and by allowing them to shape the menu gives guests a taste of east Africa amid the Tuscan hills.. Silvia Marchetti The Guardian In the Tuscan countryside north of Florence, the scent of ginger, cardamon, cloves and other exotic spices fill the… Home comforts: the… Read More »