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Exploring the causes of persistent corruption

Corruption affects all of us. It impedes equitable development, destabilizes societies, and undermines the institutions and values of democracy. EurekAlert It is viewed by many as one of the world’s greatest problems. According to the Gallup Poll, a majority of people even place its negative impacts ahead of global problems like climate change, poverty, and terrorism. Corruption comes in various guises, including favoritism, clientelism (the exchange of goods and services for political support), and embezzlement of public funds. In their ... Read More »

The struggle to find silence in the ancient monastic world – and now

In our contemporary world, noise pollution has reached dangerous levels. The World Health Organization has argued that “excessive noise” is a serious threat to human health. Kim Haines-Eitzen The Conversation Studies have shown that excessive exposure to noise not only causes hearing loss but also leads to heart disease, poor sleep and hypertension. In some parts of the world, a mysterious “droning sound,” similar to a “a diesel engine idling nearby,” has been described as “torture” for the small percent ... Read More »

‘It has transformed my life’: the restaurant where all staff have a disability

Universo Santi in the southern Spanish city of Jerez is dedicated to helping people with disabilities join the mainstream workforce Stephen Burgen The Guardian The first thing that strikes you is the calm, the light, the modern art on the walls – and then of course the food. It’s only later that you realise there is something different, and a little special, about Universo Santi, a restaurant in the southern Spanish city of Jerez. “People don’t come here because the ... Read More »

Radicalization Problem of Turkish Society as Domestic and Foreign Policy Makers

Turkey virtually drifted away from NATO. In essence, this is not related to security identity. Dr. Mehmet Efe Caman POLITURCO On the contrary, it is about the changing perception of interests. The sociological and domestic policy changes in Turkey ignited a new self-identity recognition. Every self-identity is built on the “other”. The Turks determined their own self-identities based on nationality at the beginning of the 20th century. They were partly forced to do this because of realpolitik reasons. Because, the ... Read More »

Open Letter To UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

His Excellency António Guterres Secretary-General United Nations United Nations Secretariat New York, NY 10017 U.S.A. Re: Maritime Boundary Disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean: Crises and Opportunities Excellency: I write to request your urgent intervention in defusing a looming crisis directly affecting the vital interests of all coastal States in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as, indirectly, those of dozens of others in Europe, Asia and Africa. Specifically, your assistance is required to help resolve the inter-related maritime boundary disputes among the ... Read More »

Meet the drain sock — a simple pollution solution taking the world by storm

Cities across the globe are looking to Australia for a simple pollution solution to stop rubbish from spoiling creeks and river systems. By Gian De Poloni ABC The City of Kwinana, south of Perth, has generated international interest for its drain socks. In March 2018, nets were fitted to the mouths of two local stormwater drains to trap litter and debris that washed into the system after a rain storm. Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said more than 25 million people ... Read More »

Kim Jong Un Goes Bond Villain : Throws General In Piranha-Filled Pool

The general, not named by media sources, was reported to have been punished for plotting a coup. Alex Winston JPost North Korean leader Kim Jong Un borrowed an execution technique from a James Bond movie to rid himself of a top general, according to British media. In the James Bond film, ‘You Only Live Twice’, antagonist Ernst Stavro Blofeld famously removes any opposition by releasing a trapdoor over a piranha-filled pool, causing the unfortunate victim to fall to a gruesome ... Read More »

Refugee sets fire to himself on Manus Island

A man has set himself on fire on Manus Island, the latest in more than 70 self-harm or suicide attempts at the former detention centre, sources say. AAP – SBS A refugee on Manus Island has set himself on fire, marking the latest in a rapidly rising number of suicide and self-harm attempts at the former site of the Australian-run detention centre. The Somalian man, aged about 30, set himself on fire while in the East Lorengau camp on Monday, ... Read More »

For Californians, the golden dream depends on where you live and how much you earn

There was a swagger in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s message at last month’s California Democratic Party convention — an insistence that no state offers more promise than the one he leads. John Myers Los Angeles Times “There’s no Alabama dream, no Kentucky dream,” Newsom told the party faithful. “There’s only the California dream, attainable and aspirational.” But there are stark limitations to that dream that a new nonpartisan statewide survey lays bare, a yearning unfulfilled in California’s inland regions and among ... Read More »

Sudan police try to quell civil disobedience campaign

Sudanese police fired warning shots June 9 to disperse protesters building roadblocks in the capital, as part of a civil disobedience campaign against the ruling generals following a bloody crackdown that left dozens dead. KHARTOUM- Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The campaign got underway nearly a week after the assault on demonstrators at a sit-in outside army headquarters, which followed talks breaking down between protest leaders and… Following the call for civil disobedience, protesters set about building roadblocks in Khartoum while markets ... Read More »

With Friends Like Turkey, Who Needs Enemies?

Turkey, America’s erstwhile NATO ally, is now arming America’s enemies in Libya, a flagrant violation of the 2011 United Nations arms embargo. Richard Miniter Human Events The clearest evidence of Turkey’s violation of U.N. embargoes came in the hold of a Turkish-crewed ship named “Amazon.” It delivered some 20 Turkish-made armored vehicles, known as “MRAPs,” the military news website South Front reported. A local blogger photographed the armored vehicles on the dock. Turkey supports Libya’s Government of National Accord holed up ... Read More »

Iran urges Europe to normalize economic ties

Iran said on June 9 Europe was in no position to criticize Tehran for its military capabilities and it called on European leaders to normalize trade ties with the Islamic Republic despite U.S. sanctions, or face consequences. LONDON- Reuters President Donald Trump last year withdrew the United States from world powers’ 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reposed sweeping sanctions. Trump condemned the accord, signed by his predecessor Barack Obama, as flawed for not being permanent and for not covering Iran‘s ballistic missile programme or its role in conflicts ... Read More »

Fake news will thrive as long we are happy to see only what we want to see

Two very different cases reveal the grave risks of misreporting and misinterpretation Kenan Malik The Guardian If a gorilla walked right in front of your eyes, you wouldn’t miss it, would you? Actually, half the country probably would. In a classic 1999 experiment, psychologists Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons showed people a video of basketball players, some wearing white shirts, some wearing black, and asked them to count how many times the players in white passed the ball. Halfway through the ... Read More »

Tiananmen Square anniversary shows Mao’s legacy lives on

I lived and worked in China for the best part of a decade, and I’ve never forgotten the words of one of my closest Chinese friends: “No Mao, no China. No Deng, no China open”. By global affairs analyst Stan Grant ABC He was, of course, referring to the revolutionary Mao Zedong and one of his successors, Deng Xiaoping — two giants of the 20th century. Mao established Communist Party rule and Deng launched the economic reforms that set China ... Read More »

‘They will eventually get me’: Surgeon Charlie Teo threatens to quit

Celebrity brain surgeon Charlie Teo has launched an extraordinary attack on the medical establishment, describing its governing bodies as “the enemy” and accusing the… Eryk Bagshaw The Sydney Morning Herald In comments that will spark controversy at the very top of Australian medicine, Dr Teo said he will quit if concerns raised by other surgeons and regulators about his fees and methods continue. The neurosurgeon has been embroiled in a spat with surgical colleagues, the College of Surgeons and the Australian ... Read More »

Everest through the eyes of a Sherpa: ‘Climbers need to wake up’

At least 11 people have died trying to climb Mount Everest this year. Kami Rita Sherpa, who’s been to the world’s highest summit more times than anyone else, tells the BBC too many climbers… By Pradeep Bashyal BBC Nepali, Kathmandu On 13 May, exhausted and struggling to breathe, Yunfei Wang, a Chinese climber in her early 30s, staggered into Camp 3. At 7,162m (23,500ft) it was higher than she had ever climbed before. But the expedition was not going to ... Read More »