Opinion

I Left My Son in a Kingdom of Men

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I have two sons. They have never met face to face. Never tickled, giggled, wrestled on the floor, thrown a ball, or played a prank or peek-a-boo. MANAL AL-SHARIF The New York Times They have T-shirts that say “big brother” and “little brother.” They know each other’s nicknames and that they have similar eyes. They know that they share the same mom. And I know that the only way I can wrap my arms around one is to leave the… ... Read More »

Too white, too black, or not black enough? This is not a question for others to decide

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Many young First Nations people feel confused about their identity and where they belong. Constantly being questioned about who you are doesn’t help, writes @IndigenousX host Shannan Dodson Shannan Dodson The Guardian Growing up with a last name associated with Aboriginal activism, my identity is often decided for me. In some ways it becomes a validation of my Aboriginality. As I do not fit the stereotypical “mould” of what an… Too white, too… Read More »

Even moderate drinking can damage the brain, claim researchers

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Moderate alcohol consumption can impair cognitive function, says study, countering suggestions that low levels of drinking can help protect the brain Nicola Davis  The Guardian Drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol can damage the brain and impair cognitive function over time, researchers have claimed. While heavy drinking has previously been linked to memory problems and dementia, previous studies have suggested low levels of drinking could help protect the brain. But the new… Even moderate drinking… Read More »

Rethinking the condemnation of terrorism

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Condemning terrorism is simply not enough – on its own, it is probably even detrimental. We need to try something else, because the status quo is not working. Fahim Khondaker Brisbane Times The overarching tone of the counter-terrorism discussion is now more divisive than ever. There is a palpable sense of frustration among those who are trying hard to find a solution. There are now louder voices calling for a more Machiavellian option. It is a… Rethinking the condemnation… Read More »

What Happens When You Die?

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We watch our loved ones’ age and die and assume that’s the end of the story. We believe in death because we’ve been taught we die. Biocentrism Also, of course, because we associate ourselves with our body and we know bodies die. But biocentrism — a new theory of everything — tells us death may not be the terminal event we think. Amazingly, if you add life and consciousness to the equation, you can explain some of the biggest puzzles ... Read More »

Prostate cancer trial stuns researchers: ‘It’s a once in a career feeling’

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Study with ‘powerful results’ finds that combining two existing therapies could extend the life of men with advanced, high-risk prostate cancer by 37% Jessica Glenza in Chicago, Illinois The Guardian Combining two existing prostate cancer therapies could extend the life of men with advanced, high-risk prostate cancer by 37%, according to a study presented at the world’s largest… The new findings could change how doctors first approach treatment of prostate… Prostate cancer trial… Read More »

Have we reached Peak Risk and how can we deal with it?

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Recently I travelled to Europe. Before I left, friends and acquaintances noted their concern for my safety ‘over there’. Priscilla Dunk-West DailyReview ‘I’m glad it’s you. I’m too scared to travel with things the way they are’, ‘be careful’ and ‘but is it safe?’ were offered as a kind of ‘othering’; risk was conceptualised through a quick and dirty analysis of global unrest, translated into a… Having lived in England, my familiarity with Europe and my… Have we reached… Read More »

Uluru statement: Aborigines prefer the horizon to the foreground

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Delegates to the Aboriginal constitutional convention probably did themselves, as well as indigenous Australians, a great favour last week by making some perfectly reasonable, but… Jack Waterford Brisbane Times They have given the government an excuse to walk away from a promise to conduct a referendum “recognising” prior… It’s a proposal, like so many gestures on Aboriginal affairs, of some symbolic significance but devoid of any capacity to make an… Uluru statement: Aborigines… Read More »

When America Barred Italians

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Twelve years ago, I began researching a family murder that happened in Southern Italy in the 19th century. HELENE STAPINSKI The New York Times It took a decade to find the details of the crime, but the facts I uncovered about the daily life of my ancestors and the racism they faced — even from their own countrymen — were more shocking than the killing. In today’s climate of refugee bans and xenophobia, the facts have taken on a new ... Read More »

We shouldn’t airbrush Margaret Court or anyone else from our history

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We are a mad, shortsighted, often awful and contradictory species. Julia Baird The Sydney Morning Herald Margaret Court has provided ample evidence of that this week, with bizarre and ignorant remarks as she attempted to explain her boycotting of Qantas because of its support of same sex-marriage. When she swung from biblical arguments about the definition of marriage, to musing on whether there was a… We shouldn’t airbrush… Read More »

Australian government’s citizenship test moves political, not practical

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No better than the old police gag: And when did you stop beating your wife, Sir? Editorial The Age There is consensus across the political spectrum that immigration has been a boon for this country. Australia is often, and rightly, held up as one of the most successful multicultural communities. We have long derived huge social and economic benefits from diversity. So the recent posturing, and… Australian government’s citizenship… Read More »

The ugly side of politics we rarely hear about

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You may think the media is full of the argy-bargy of politics, full to saturation point. There is, however, a level of politics we rarely hear about. Ross Gittins Brisbane Times You may not have noticed, but it raised its ugly head at the time of the budget earlier this month. One sign was the anger, almost outrage, of the big banks when, on budget night, Scott Morrison surprised them by announcing a small new tax on them. Why weren’t we… ... Read More »

When politicians bully, judges and journalists need to stand firm

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Donald Trump and Peter Dutton have both criticised the judiciary and the media. What does it say about their grasp of the functions of democracy? Richard Ackland The Guardian ”We had a very smooth roll out of the travel ban, but we had a bad court. We’ve had a bad decision.” That was Donald Trump at his White House press conference after the ninth circuit court of… When politicians bully… Read More »

Charismatic leaders: Too much of a good thing?

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Leaders with moderate amounts of charisma seen as more effective than those with high or low levels, study says American Psychological Association EurekAlert! WASHINGTON — How important is charisma in a leader? While at least a moderate level is important, too much may hinder a leader’s effectiveness, according to research published by the… “Our findings suggest that organizations may want to consider selecting applicants with mid… Charismatic leaders: Too… Read More »

“The Responsibility of Intellectuals”: An Exchange

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The following private correspondence took place after the publication of Noam Chomsky’s essay in the February 23 issue of The New York Review: George Steiner, reply by Noam Chomsky Dear Professor Chomsky, I write to express my admiration for your lucid and compelling essay in the New York Review of Books. This piece will mean a great deal to all who share your worry and to many who are now beginning to learn how vital that worry is to our ... Read More »

Cyprus Responds to Bloomberg Article: Nicos Christodoulides

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To the Editor: Re article, “EU Passports for Sale in Cyprus Lure Rich Russians” (Originally published on May 11): Whilst we are strong advocates of independent and οbjective journalism, we regret to note that this article remains in our view a biased account. Bloomberg The citizenship by investment program is an investment program and in no way constitutes a “sale οf ΕU passports,” “sale οf ΕU citizenship” or “money-for-passports program” as is repeatedly and… Cyprus Responds to… Read More »