More Than Just Bread

‘Over Half’ of British Donations to Minor Syrian Relief Charities Go to Fund ISIS

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Over half the UK’s humanitarian donations to Syria via smaller charities end up in the hands of ISIS and other Islamist groups, according to London-based anti-radicalisation think-tank the Quilliam Foundation. “When you take out the major charities like the British Red Cross and the Red Crescent, more than half of the ‘aid’ that goes out to Syria ends up with ... Read More »

An Intimate Portrait of Edward Snowden

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Citizenfour, Laura Poitras’s documentary about Edward Snowden, premiered to a sold-out audience at the New York Film Festival on October 10. The film was not originally part of the festival lineup, its inclusion only announced less than a month prior. The premiere understandably generated an overwhelming amount of anticipation, promising a personal look at the enigmatic figure who leaked a ... Read More »

Anniversary of SIEV X sinking a time for reflection

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The notebook is blue, the spine reinforced with tape. The covers are fraying at the edges. The pages list every person assisted by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre since June 2001, the month it was opened. The notebook is full. It contains 7579 names. Pick any name at random and Kon Karapanagiotidis,  chief executive and founder of the centre, knows ... Read More »

As a Briton, I hang my head in shame. We must return the Parthenon marbles

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Now Amal Clooney has reignited the debate over the Parthenon’s crowning glory, it’s time we rectified a historic wrong. Reunite these ancient sculptures with their home Almost every day I take a walk around the Acropolis. “Around” is the operative word, because the Greeks have gone to great lengths to unite their Athenian antiquities with a pedestrian path. At the ... Read More »

Scientists Say We’re About to Enter a New Epoch in Human History

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The news: Scientists are gathering in Berlin, Germany today to debate whether humanity’s impact on the planet (think global warming) is drastic enough to merit a new name that will mark the reign of humans: the Anthropocene. The interdisciplinary body of 30 scientists, called the Anthropocene Working Group, has a self-imposed deadline, 2016, to submit a formal proposal that would make the ... Read More »

Are we free?

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Neuroscience gives the wrong answer For several millennia, people have worried about whether or not they have free will. What exactly worries them? No single answer suffices. For centuries the driving issue was about God’s supposed omniscience. If God knew what we were going to do before we did it, in what sense were we free to do otherwise? Weren’t ... Read More »

Opinion: To Combat Malnutrition, Don’t Just Produce More Food—Produce Better Food

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Two billion people lack essential micronutrients in their diets. We need to create more nutritious food systems, says FAO director-general. Our current food systems face a tough challenge: ensuring food security as well as a balanced diet for everyone around the globe. The figures are striking: Around 800 million people suffer from chronic hunger, and roughly two billion people suffer ... Read More »

Pictures at an execution: The condemned in art

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A new exhibition aims to humanise condemned prisoners. From the sword to the electric chair, the death penalty has inspired challenging art, writes Jason Farago. One man, before dying, said, “I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me.” Another said, “I’m going to a beautiful place.” A third: “I am innocent, innocent, innocent.” Those were their last ... Read More »