Analysis

Decoding the music masterpieces: Bach’s The Art of Fugue

Bach - The Conversation

In the last decade of his life, from 1740 to 1750, Johann Sebastian Bach abandoned the furious pace of composition he had maintained for over 30 years and concentrated his creative energies largely on the composition of just six works. Daniel Herscovitch The Conversation They were the second volume of The Well-Tempered Clavier, the Goldberg Variations, the Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch, The Musical Offering, the B Minor Mass and finally, The Art of Fugue. In these six… Decoding ... Read More »

Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s eye-opening.

Map - VOX

In 2015, the world’s governments met in Paris and agreed to keep global warming below 2°C, to avoid the very worst risks of a hotter planet. Brad Plumer VOX See here for background on why, but that’s the goal. For context, the planet’s warmed ~1°C since the 19th century. One problem with… Scientists made a… Read More »

Measuring the cost of living worldwide

Cost of living

Asia dominates the top of the latest index while Britain plummets down the rankings The Data Team The Economist SINGAPORE retains its title as the world’s most expensive city for a fourth consecutive year, according to the latest cost-of-living survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit, our sister company. The survey, which… Measuring the cost… Read More »

Section 18C: What’s all the fuss and why does it matter?

18C - ABC

18C? Never heard of it? Stan Grant ABC Means nothing to you? You’re not alone…. Section 18C: What’s… Read More »

How homophobia hurts workers and businesses

Homophobia - ABC

Homophobia is costly to workers and the businesses that employ them, research shows. Raymond Trau ABC Unfortunately, it’s still prevalent in Australia and the latest lobbying from 34 business leaders for marriage equality emphasises the need for it to be addressed both within and outside the workplace. It’s little wonder… How homophobia hurts… Read More »

France: The Taboo of Muslim Racism and Anti-Semitism – Part II

France - Gatestone

Meklat’s tweets, threatening women, gay celebrities and Jews, were shared by around a million on social networks. Yves Mamou Gatestone Institute Then whole country discovered what the most “integrated” young Muslims had on their minds. The scandal is… France: The Taboo… Read More »

A Brexit lexicon

May - Politico

A mighty messy departure — from A to Z. Tunku Varadarajan Politico After months of dithering and unkempt debate, the British government has announced that it will seek to commence formal divorce proceedings later this month, giving effect to the referendum in which a wispy majority of Brits… A Brexit… Read More »

Trump – clarification?

Trump - Voltaire

Two months after his arrival at the White House, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, will have to clarify his position in terms of his predecessors’ plan to remodel the Greater Middle East. Thierry Meyssan Voltaire If he really wants to put an end to jihadism, he will have to recognise the resilience of Syria and reposition the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. As soon as… Trump – clarification… Read More »

Does monetary policy still matter?

Monetary - Asia Times

Economic data suggests that the transmission mechanism between monetary policy and the real economy is extremely loose, if not completely broken David P. Goldman Asia Times Whether the Federal Reserve raises the overnight rate to 1% from 0.75% tomorrow rather than at its May meeting, as expected earlier, is a matter of compelling interest in the financial world. It shouldn’t be — not the way in which… Does monetary policy… Read More »

How behavioural insights can help us stop wasting money on medical tests

Health - ABC

In 2013 and 2014, more than 314,000 CT scans of the lower back were ordered in Australia, most of which showed no abnormalities. Peter Bragge ABC In routine cases of low back pain, X-rays and CT scans provide no meaningful information to guide treatment, exposing patients to unnecessary radiation. A number of… How behavioural insights… Read More »

Enough Kims, thanks

Kim - Asia Times

Memo to son of murdered Kim Jog-nam: North-Korea doesn’t need another Kim Bradley K. Martin Asia Times The appearance on YouTube last week of the son of the murdered Kim Jong-nam has sparked speculation that the young man may be next on Pyongyang’s hit list. The theory goes… Enough Kims… Read More »

Warm for the human form, from Rodin’s bronzes to stone slabs

Arti - The Con-ion

Since the beginning of art as we know it, the human body has been central to artistic concerns. James Moss The Conversation Classical sculpture set the bar very high in exploring the representation of bodies, and the history of the medium over the past millennium reflects this heritage. However, by the… Warm for the… Read More »

The 18C debate: how frequent are racial discrimination complaints?

18C - The Guardian

Coalition MPs have repeatedly expressed concerns about the way the Racial Discrimination Act could affect free speech. Nick Evershed The Guardian Here is the data on the number of complaints that are actually made A parliamentary committee… The 18C debate… Read More »

The latest UN Syria talks will fail, just like the last ones

Syria - Asia Times

Turkey, Iran, and Russia could set the delicate path to peace in Syria but the colossal differences that have appeared between them mean the latest round of UN talks will be as unsuccessful as the last ones. Sami Moubayed Asia Times The upcoming round of UN-mandated Syria talks, known as Geneva IV, will start in Switzerland this weekend. High hopes were… The latest UN… Read More »

Explainer: how Australia decides who is a genuine refugee

Refugees - The Conversation

Every year, Australia provides protection to thousands of refugees under its humanitarian program. Mary Anne Kenny The Conversation In 2015-16, the government issued 15,552 visas to people in need of humanitarian assistance overseas. These included people… Explainer: how Australia… Read More »

COMMENT: Racism in Australia: The stats are clear

Racism - SBS

Associate Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews gives us a snapshot of the research on racism against Indigenous peoples since the 1960s. Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews SBS There is no denying it: there has been a considerable and ongoing debate about racism in Australia, especially racism that targets and impacts Indigenous peoples, families, and communities. Ideally, such debates… COMMENT: Racism in… Read More »