More Than Just Bread

Amnesty International condemns Australia’s asylum seeker policies, labels counter-terrorism measures ‘regressive’ and says global response to terrorist groups ‘shameful’

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ABC/AFP – Amnesty International has delivered a scathing report on Australia’s approach to human rights, labelling the offshore processing of asylum seekers and the detention of children as inhumane and degrading. In its annual report, Amnesty also condemned the high number of Indigenous people in Australian prisons and described legislation introduced in the name of counter-terrorism and security as “regressive”. Amnesty’s ... Read More »

Our languages, our heritage, our culture

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Lose a language, lose a culture and a collective history. Lose thousands of languages, and the world’s wonderful cultural diversity becomes impoverished. This is precisely what is happening – globalization has played its part in placing under threat around half of the world’s current seven thousand languages. For UNESCO, the loss of a language goes deeper: “Opportunities, traditions, memory, unique ... Read More »

Yanis Varoufakis: How I became an erratic Marxist

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Before he entered politics, Yanis Varoufakis, the iconoclastic Greek finance minister at the centre of the latest eurozone standoff, wrote this searing account of European capitalism and and how the left can learn from Marx’s mistakes The Guardian – Yanis Varoufakis In 2008, capitalism had its second global spasm. The financial crisis set off a chain reaction that pushed Europe into ... Read More »

What exactly is ‘game theory’?

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( BBC ) – The Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis – currently negotiating over the fate of his country’s debt – is a student of “game theory”. But what is it, asks Chris Stokel-Walker. “Some commentators rushed to presume that as Greece’s new finance minister I was busily devising bluffs, stratagems and outside options, struggling to improve upon a weak ... Read More »

Climate of cherry-picking

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THE Australian Academy of Science has released a new document, The Science of Climate Change, aimed at the man and woman in the street. It was prepared on behalf of the academy by leading lights of the global warming establishment. Some day the academy may come to regret the arrangement. The Australian – Garth Paltridge * The problem is that, after ... Read More »

Of social business ventures and Islamic principles

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The Quran calls for the world’s resources to be used not only to meet individual needs but also moral obligations. The Star – BY MOHAMAD AZHAR HASHIM * INTEREST in the area of social entrepreneurship has gained momentum in recent years. Many studies have been commissioned in this area, including comparative studies to clarify the concepts of conventional entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship, and ... Read More »

The Last of New Zealand’s Beached Whales Died Last Night

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The ordeal of 198 pilot whales stranded in New Zealand’s upper North Island came to an end last night when all remaining whales were confirmed dead. 67 whales were saved in total, which left a final death toll at the popular tourist destination standing at 131. Tim Jesudason Vice The stranding began last Friday when 30 whales beached themselves at ... Read More »

Greece and Spain Stand Up Against Austerity

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t has been snowing in Boston and the mercury is down at -15ºC; the buses aren’t running and cars skid. RSN – By Noam Chomsky and Miguel Mora, ZNet At 11am on the dot, Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky, the 86-year-old linguist and philosopher, is at his post, giving an interview to a French journalist in his office at the MIT Department ... Read More »

The Most Important Relationship May Be the One Valentine’s Day Overlooks

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“If you don’t have a significant other, you’re missing out on the best parts of life” is pretty much the message sent en masse when Valentine’s Day rolls around. But it’s not just on V-Day — all year long, it’s romantic relationships that get the spotlight. Rachel Grate Mic But what about friendships? From anniversaries and weddings to recognized milestones ... Read More »

No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning

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(Phys.org) —The universe may have existed forever, according to a new model that applies quantum correction terms to complement Einstein’s theory of general relativity. The model may also account for dark matter and dark energy, resolving multiple problems at once. The widely accepted age of the universe, as estimated by general relativity, is 13.8 billion years. In the beginning, everything ... Read More »