Opinion

I created the burkini to give women freedom, not to take it away

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The burkini does not symbolise Islam, it symbolises leisure and happiness and fitness and health. So who is better, the Taliban or French politicians? Aheda Zanetti When I invented the burkini in early 2004, it was to give women freedom, not to take it away. My niece wanted to play netball but it was… Source: I created the burkini to give women freedom, not to take it away | Aheda Zanetti | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Must you know the details? Why we need a global code on the reporting of violence

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The right for the public to read lurid details of acts of violence that have little direct relevance – and have potential to cause loss of life – is hard to justify Gunvant Patel After each new shooting or stabbing of strangers by a loner male or small group in the west, Islamic State often claims responsibility; sometimes if… Source: Must you know the details? Why we need a global code on the reporting of violence | Gunvant Patel | ... Read More »

Why the most resilient farmer cannot continue living on on fast-thinning hope

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Of late we have seen many positive but isolated efforts to upgrade the agriculture sector. By  GEORGE WACHIRA But these efforts may need to be raised to a higher level of national priority and visibility to make the big difference. The prime objectives in agriculture remain urgent jobs delivery, increased grassroots incomes, food security, and… Source: WACHIRA: Why the most resilient farmer cannot continue living on – Opinion and Analysis Read More »

Can Thailand Really Hide a Rebellion?

On Aug. 11 and 12, coordinated bombings and arson attacks in tourist destinations in seven provinces of peninsular Thailand killed four people and injured 35. Originally published in The New York Times No group claimed responsibility, and senior officials of the military government almost immediately decided that the bombings were not acts of terrorism… Source: Can Thailand Really Hide a Rebellion? | International Crisis Group Read More »

Not everyone’s an artist, but all prisoners would benefit from practising art

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Do we want our prisons to produce people who learn from their mistakes and who have bettered themselves, or people further damaged by punishment? The practice of art and the notion of restorative justice and therapeutic jurisprudence in attending to the offending behaviour of convicted… Source: Not everyone’s an artist, but all prisoners would benefit from practising art | Robert Henderson for IndigenousX | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

An Open Letter To The Gringos Who Disrespected Brazil

Following the Olympics play out in Rio and watching how Brazil was being mocked by foreigners, I’m sure that many Brazilians felt sick to their stomachs. Adriana Caitano, Journalist and proud Brazilian I certainly did. That’s why I decided to write this letter to people who love to come here to enjoy the beaches and stare at women in bikinis, but disrespect the country that hosts them. Maybe they… Source: An Open Letter To The Gringos Who Disrespected Brazil Read More »

Australia, the sunny pariah

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An ongoing series of odious policy decisions is damaging Australia’s international reputation. Cameron Steer Australia’s actions have often fallen beneath its rhetoric, and white Australia has not atoned for its crimes against indigenous Australians. There are nonetheless many moments in Australia’s history in which Australians can take pride, and which bolstered Australia’s reputation as a good global citizen. The Fraser government resettled over… Read More… Read More »

European politicians take note: the ‘Australian solution’ is no solution at all

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In dealing with the influx of asylum seekers, it’s clear that hiding behind the sovereignty of another state is becoming increasingly untenable Last week’s publication in the Guardian of over 2000 files from Nauru, a small Pacific island nation that accepts asylum seekers who try to come to… Source: European politicians take note: the ‘Australian solution’ is no solution at all | Nikolas Feith Tan | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Research Check: is it true only half your friends actually like you?

It seems obvious that your friends would agree they are your friends. But recent findings published in the journal PLOS ONE call this into question. At least that’s the message you would take if you went with popular media coverage of the… Source: Research Check: is it true only half your friends actually like you? Read More »

Signs of Pure Altruism Converge in the Brain And Increase with Age

EUGENE, Ore. — Aug. 15, 2016 – Combining insights from psychology, behavioral economics and neuroscience, University of Oregon researchers have found converging signs of pure altruism and behavior that increase with age in the brain. People give to charity for numerous non-altruistic reasons, such as showing off their generosity to others. To isolate pure altruism from other motivations, researchers triangulated methods from the… Source: Signs of Pure Altruism Converge in the Brain And Increase with Age – ScienceNewsline Read More »

Can the law come to the rescue of abused asylum seekers and refugees?

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Since the publication of the Nauru files, plenty of legal advice has surfaced on how to redress the abuse of refugees and asylum seekers in offshore detention Richard Ackland What can be done to redress the horrible mistreatment of people held in offshore detention? Can Peter Dutton or any of his servants or agents… Source: Can the law come to the rescue of abused asylum seekers and refugees? | Richard Ackland | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Homeland truths unspoken

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Jacinta Yangapi Nampijinpa Price is a singer from Alice Springs. This is an extract from the Centre for Independent Studies’ Helen Hughes Lecture for Emerging Thinkers. Photo credit: Image courtesy of Malle District Aboriginal Services’ anti-violence campaign My name is Jacinta Yangapi Nampijinpa Price. I was born in the tropical town of… Source: Homeland truths unspoken – The West Australian Read More »

Study: Paying Terrorist Kidnappers Doesn’t Pay Off for Countries

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Paying ransoms to terrorist kidnappers may encourage more abductions and worsen the situation for others, according to new research from UT Dallas. Countries that negotiated with terrorists to release hostages faced up to 87 percent more kidnappings than those that did not pay ransoms, according to the research, which… Source: Study: Paying Terrorist Kidnappers Doesn’t Pay Off for Countries Read More »

We grant Irish passports to British citizens at our peril

Citizenship rules were not designed to cope with a deluge of applications following Brexit.. Ronan McCrea The rush of UK citizens seeking Irish nationality in the wake of the Brexit referendum has caused concern to many… Source: We grant Irish passports to British citizens at our peril Read More »

Stephen Collins: Ireland not immune to virus that spawned Donald Trump’s success

Irish voters are also no longer won over by facts; instead emotion carries all before it.. Stephen Collins The emergence of Donald Trump as a serious candidate for the American presidency and the decision of the British… Source: Stephen Collins: Ireland not immune to virus that spawned Donald Trump’s success  Read More »

Pollution may shorten lung cancer patients’ lives, research shows

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American study of people with early-stage disease adds to evicence about health impact of airborne toxins.. Air pollution may shorten the life of people who are suffering from lung cancer, researchers have found… Source: Pollution may shorten lung cancer patients’ lives, research shows | Society | The Guardian Read More »