More Than Just Bread

Speaking Greek In March, In Olbia

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Kαι τώρα πώς εξέπεσαν, πώς έγιναν, να ζουν και να ομιλούν βαρβαρικά, βγαλμένοι -ω συμφορά!- απ’ τον ελληνισμό.»  Cavafy. Dean Kalimniou If Cavafy’s poem «Ποσειδωνιάται»  is anything to go by, the phenomenon of diasporan Greeks feeling concerned about losing their mother tongue in their adopted countries is neither a product of the post-colonial, globalised capitalist world or a product of ... Read More »

Before I Go: A Stanford neurosurgeon’s parting wisdom about life and time

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IInspired Life The Washington Post - By Paul Kalanithi In residency, there’s a saying: The days are long, but the years are short. In neurosurgical training, the day usually began a little before 6 a.m., and lasted until the operating was done, which depended, in part, on how quick you were in the OR. A resident’s surgical skill is judged by ... Read More »

Being Pro-Choice Isn’t Just About Abortion

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We’re all pro-choice aren’t we? All us reasonable people anyway. Not religious extremists or UKIP voters, but everyone else. But while I imagine people reading this probably consider themselves pro-choice, but not everyone knows what the term should really mean. Rebecca Schiller Vice This article originally appeared on VICE UK. People talk confidently about choice, but the small print on their ... Read More »

Hope Trumps Despair: ASRC, R. E. Ross Trust & Gandel Philanthropy

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Portrait of Indonesian President Joko Widodo painted by Bali Nine member Myuran Sukumaran. Photo: Zul Edoardo Operating “without fear or favour,” the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre is partnering with funders to develop innovative solutions that shape positive futures. Generosity by Nicole Richards Take a guess where these stats come from: 90 per cent of the client base this nonprofit helps live ... Read More »

Islamophobia is a reasonable reaction to jihadi violence and Islam’s aversion to criticism

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A SPECTRE is haunting Australia – the spectre of Islamophobia. At least that’s what progressive voices in the media have been telling us. Courier Mail - Ted Lapkin * The airwaves and newspapers have lately been filled with dire predictions of a massive grassroots anti-Muslim backlash that’s always just around the corner. Last week, left-wing barrister Julian Burnside accused Prime ... Read More »

Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts

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What would you say if you found out that our public schools were teaching children that it is not true that it’s wrong to kill people for fun or cheat on tests? Would you be surprised? Opinionator – THE STONE ( The Stone is a forum for contemporary philosophers and other thinkers on issues both timely and timeless. ) Comments The New York Times – By ... Read More »

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 »