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One story, two languages: sign and spoken language share the theatre stage

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This article was co-authored by Kellye Bensley. Would you go and see a bilingual or multilingual show if you only spoke one of the languages staged? What if by going, you could open your mind not just to a new language, but also a new culture? Authors: The Conversation In New Zealand, it is rare to see theatre performed in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL), and rarer still to see it performed through the hands of a first language user. ... Read More »

Point of No Return? Britain and the Elgin Marbles

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Britain’s ownership of the Parthenon Sculptures has caused controversy since they were first brought to London in the early 1800s. Ioannis D. Stefanidis History Today Keen to keep the Greeks onside, the debate became highly charged during the Second World War. Since they were first ‘acquired’ in 1816, Britain has never seriously considered returning the sculptures collectively known as the ‘Elgin Marbles’ to their place of origin. Successive governments have argued that they are better preserved and more accessible in ... Read More »

Federal judge halts family border separations, orders reunification

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New York:  A federal judge in California has ruled that US migration agents can no longer separate immigrant parents and children caught crossing the border from Mexico illegally, and must work to reunite those families that had been split up in… Jonathan Stempel Reuters, Agencies, The Canberra Times United States District Court Judge Dana Sabraw granted the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed over the family separations. He ordered all families already separated be reunited within 30 ... Read More »

Why the World is Not Becoming Multipolar

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In Russia, the concept of multipolarity is usually associated with Yevgeny Primakov. Indeed, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation marked the start of the transition to multipolarity as a key trend in contemporary international life back in 1996.[i] Andrey Kortunov RIAC During his visit to New Delhi as Prime Minister in late 1998, Primakov proposed a plan of trilateral cooperation between Russia, China, and India (RIC) as a practical mechanism for promoting global multipolarity. Sergey Lavrov ... Read More »

Curtain call for Sydney Opera House’s longest serving employee

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For 50 years Steve Tsoukalas has worked at the Sydney Opera house, but today it was time to say farewell. Liv Casben ABC It was an emotional final day for the 73-year-old as he walked up the front steps of the Opera House, after spending two thirds of his life working at Australia’s iconic building. “I couldn’t sleep last night … to forget today,” Mr Tsoukalas said. From the moment he sailed into Sydney Harbour in 1964 as a Greek ... Read More »

What it means to be seen as a real Australian

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What does it take to be considered a real Australian? Being able to speak English helps, according to a new international survey. Matt Wade The Age It found 72 per cent of Australians think migrants who have become citizens and speak English are “real” Australians. That was the second highest share among 27 countries surveyed to agree migrant citizens fluent in the local language are “real” nationals of their country. Who is a real Australian Is an immigrant who has ... Read More »

How to revitalize the Greek Orthodox Church in the 21st century

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Even though I am no longer active in parish affairs, I am still a member of our Church and its Saint Barbara parish in Sarasota, Florida. I continue to follow with concern the financial, leadership and administrative problems facing our Church. Van Coufoudakis ekathimerini I have had a 20-year involvement in parish and diocesan affairs while living and working in Indiana. Moreover, back in 2000, I was selected for the presidency of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology ... Read More »

Fintan O’Toole: Trial runs for fascism are in full bloe

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Babies in cages were no ‘mistake’ by Trump but test-marketing for barbarism To grasp what is going on in the world right now, we need to reflect on two things. Fintan O’Toole The Irish Times One is that we are in a phase of trial runs. The other is that what is being trialled is fascism – a word that should be used carefully but not shirked when it is so clearly on the horizon. Forget “post-fascist” – what we ... Read More »

90-year-old Ethel Kennedy joins hunger strike against immigration policies

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At 90 years old, Ethel Kennedy is joining the fight against the Trump administration’s separation of immigrant families at the border to Mexico. J.D. Capelouto Boston Globe Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, plans to participate in a hunger strike in protest of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy for immigrants who enter the country illegally, in conjunction with several activist groups and… The fast, which started Saturday, is scheduled to last for 24 days, in honor of the estimated 2,400 ... Read More »

Orban under fire as George Soros refuses to close his Budapest university

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HUNGARY’S Central European University (CEU), which was founded by the Hungarian-American investor George Soros, said it would continue to recruit students in Budapest as it demanded Viktor Orban’s government recognise it complies with Hungarian law. Laura Mowat Express The university has been accused of not operating within the law by the right-wing Hungarian government. CEU, which was founded in 1991, aims to create an “open society” and has become a target for anti-immigrant Orban. They came into trouble when a ... Read More »

Comparisons between US immigration policy and the Nazi period may not be helpful, but they are hard to avoid

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The renowned Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt recently rejected comparisons between the Holocaust and the Trump administration’s separation of families at the southern border of the United States. David Tollerton The Conversation “Equating the two,” she wrote in the Atlantic Monthly, “is not only historically wrong, it is also strategically wrong.” Lipstadt argues that it is historically wrong because of the difference between mass killing and the separation of children from parents deemed illegal immigrants to the US. And it is ... Read More »

Australia Needs to Teach Western Civ

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“Australian schools and universities are good at teaching students to master the disciplinary expertise of their chosen subject areas—they are less good at tolerating the independence of mind that people develop by… Salvatore Babones The National Interest Australian universities have rebuffed Australia’s former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation for wanting to endow programs that are actively pro-… Yet, America’s top schools and universities have been doing that for one-hundred years. Universities don’t often turn ... Read More »

The entire justice system here is run by black women. It’s not a diversity experiment. They do things differently.

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South Fulton, Georgia (CNN) – When LaDawn “LBJ” Jones walked into a meeting at work a couple of months ago, she was hit with a serious case of “black girl magic.” Doug Criss Jones, the city solicitor in South Fulton, Georgia, was meeting for the first time with the city’s municipal court staff. As she entered the room, she realized she was looking at something she’d never before seen in her legal career. Everyone in the room looked like her. “I ... Read More »

Victoria passes historic law to create Indigenous treaty framework

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It is the first ever Australian legislation stating intent to negotiate a treaty Calla Wahlquist The Guardian The Victoria parliament has passed legislation that will create a framework for negotiating a treaty with Aboriginal people. It is the first time legislation stating a formal intent to negotiate a treaty or treaties with Aboriginal people has ever been adopted by an Australian parliament, and comes as a federal parliamentary committee conducts hearings to examine national options for… Other jurisdictions have also ... Read More »

Strengthened hate speech laws pass NSW Parliament in ‘great day’ for Australia

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Inciting violence against a community or person based on their race in New South Wales could result in three years in jail under new laws which have passed State Parliament. Meredith Griffiths ABC The Keep New South Wales Safe Alliance, a coalition of about 31 community organisations and leaders, has been lobbying for the changes for three years, saying that previous provisions in the Anti-Discrimination Act had not led to a… They described the passing as a “great day for ... Read More »

The surprising corporate response to a global crisis

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THIS week, it was revealed that the level of forced displacement globally has reached a new, alarming high. Naomi Steer The Daily Telegraph Some 68.5 million people are now displaced according to UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report. That’s one in every 110 people in the world. More than half are children. On top of this, the report shows the vast majority — 85 per cent — of displaced people are hosted in developing countries that simply don’t have the resources ... Read More »