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Palestinian builds dream car despite Gaza challenges

Car enthusiast in blockaded Gaza Strip puts ingenuity to test, builds replica of classic 1920s-era Mercedes World Bulletin / News Desk At first glance, Muneer Shindi’s automotive workshop looks just like most others in Gaza City’s industrial district. But upon closer inspection, his badly-kept secret can be seen stowed in the… Palestinian builds dream… Read More »

Qatar retrospective exhibits Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi

Iraqi artist’s major retrospective in Doha is a “manifesto” against events following the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Andrew Chappelle Doha, Qatar – Dia Azzawi, the 77-year old Iraqi pioneer of modern Arab art, has described his latest major exhibition as a… Qatar retrospective exhibits Iraqi… Read More »

Myanmar’s Peace Process: Getting to a Political Dialogue

After almost 70 years of armed conflict, Myanmar has a rare but fading opportunity to finalise a broad-based, federal settlement. The government must adopt a more flexible approach that allays opposition concerns, and armed groups need to go beyond preliminaries and… Myanmar’s Peace Process… Read More »

Shoring Up the Status Quo at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade

Defusing conflict over Jerusalem’s holiest site Even the name of Jerusalem’s holiest site causes fundamental disagreement. For Jews, it is the Temple Mount, for Muslims, the Noble Sanctuary or the Al-Aqsa Mosque. So when the Holy Esplanade looked set to become an… Shoring Up the… Read More »

Successful Leaders Can Change the World

The Sydney Leadership program offers social leadership and impact based on the Harvard Adaptive Leadership model and provides life-changing skills. Being a leader involves more than managing a team to drive success in an organisation. The world needs leaders who not only excel within a business context, but also who believe in social impact, in… Successful Leaders Can… Read More »

There’s still time to stop the surveillance society

Revelations that security agencies unlawfully collected information for 17 years are worrying. But worse is a bill that threatens to normalise surveillance Gus Hosein This government’s “neither confirm nor deny” mantra over the extent of its surveillance powers has been replaced with a… There’s still time to… Read More »

Pro-West Montenegro ruling party wins, but falls short of single-party government

Montenegro’s pro-West ruling party has won the most votes in the small Balkan country’s parliamentary election on Oct. 16, according to unofficial results, but without enough support to govern alone and assure the country’s chartered course into NATO and other Western institutions. PODGORICA The tense election was marked by the arrest of 20 people suspected of planning politically motivated armed attacks after the… Pro-West Montenegro… Read More »

Belgium split over EU-Canada trade deal Ceta

Belgium’s Foreign Minister Didier Reynders says EU leaders may agree on a landmark EU-Canada trade deal this week – but only if objections from his country’s Wallonia region can be met. EU trade ministers are discussing the Ceta deal in Luxembourg, and Wallonia’s concerns cannot be ignored. Belgium’s national government backs the… Belgium split over… Read More »

‘I am young, I am gay, I am black’: 13th NT Parliament opens to maiden speeches

“Madam Speaker, I am young, I am gay, I am black, a true blue Territorian,” were among the stirring words that opened the 13th Parliament of the Northern Territory. By Stephanie Zillman Newly elected member for Namatjira Chansey Paech, told the Parliament he was proud of who he was, and that he wore his various labels with pride. “I am a Centralian man, I am the… ‘I am young, I… Read More »

Why the Gun-Control Movement Fails

Its emphasis on “innocent” victims leaves out the people who need it most: low-income communities of color. By Gary Younge On the evening of November 22, 2013, as the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination drew to a… Why the Gun-… Read More »

Bid to pressure BBC for ‘Scottish Six’ defeated in Commons

MPs have rejected an attempt to increase the pressure on the BBC over a “Scottish Six” news programme after the SNP attached a demand for broadcasting to be devolved to the corporation’s latest charter agreement. By PARIS GOURTSOYANNIS Seeking to amend the motion agreeing the latest ten-year deal on BBC funding, the SNP’s Westminster culture spokesman John Nicolson claimed the… Bid to pressure BBC… Read More »

Money And Religion: The Greeks Got It Right. They Tax The Church.

The free tax ride for religious institutions in Australia is about 400 years past its use by date, argues Brian Morris. By Brian Morris In 1587, Dr John Bridges coined the phrase “A fool and his money are soon parted”. Just 14 years later Queen Elizabeth the First issued her 1601 Statute on Charities making “the advancement of … Money And Religion: The… Read More »

Ukraine’s Unlucky Town Called Happiness

As great powers debate Russia’s place in the world, its role in eastern Ukraine’s 2-1/2-year-old war, and the Minsk peace process to end it, ordinary people living along the front line in eastern Ukraine are just as worried about many of the local leaders’ Soviet-style habits of governance, corruption and patronage. The small front-line town in eastern Ukraine is called Schastia, or Ukrainian for “Happiness”. Four grandmothers sit outside in the… Ukraine’s Unlucky Town… Read More »

Social media and crime: the good, the bad and the ugly

The popularity of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat have transformed the way we understand and experience crime and victimisation. Alyce McGovern Sanja Milivojevic Previously, it’s been thought that people form their opinions about crime from what they see or read in the media. But with social media taking over as… Social media and… Read More »

America’s Assad Quandary

An excruciating fact confronts us: it does not necessarily follow that Bashar al-Assad’s departure would improve the situation in Syria. Robert D. Kaplan A PRINCIPAL tenet of realism is that disorder is worse than injustice, since injustice merely means the world is imperfect, whereas … America’s Assad… Read More »