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Hindu nationalist violence attributed to Italian ideologue

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Hindu nationalism, the ideology of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its intellectual mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (National Volunteers Association or RSS), is unleashing increased violence through the storm troopers of the RSS’s student wing, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), in universities across the country. Kadayam Subramanian Asia Times It would seem that India’s ruling ideological formation, the hydra-headed Sangh Parivar (or “Sangh family”), is playing the nationalist card to reassure its core constituency among the Hindu electorate ... Read More »

Kim Jong-nam’s Assassination Is a Wake-Up Call to the World

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“The North Korean regime is not simply a pariah to be ridiculed, but a dangerous threat to the world.” Jose Ramos-Horta and Benedict Rogers The Diplomat The assassination of Kim Jong-nam in Kuala Lumpur airport two weeks ago is a reminder of the depravity and barbarity of his half-brother, North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un, and the world’s most… Kim Jong-nam’s… Read More »

Women prisoners avoid reoffending with help of mentoring program

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A newly established Women’s Justice Network is calling on the corporate sector to throw a lifeline to women prisoners and support mentoring programs that reduce reoffending. Philippa McDonald ABC The programs, run by the Women in Prison Advocacy Network since 2008, which match prisoners with volunteer mentors, have reduced recidivism by 93 per cent among those who complete a mentoring course. Ally Colquitt, 33… Women prisoners avoid… Read More »

Why We Believe Obvious Untruths

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How can so many people believe things that are demonstrably false? Gray Matter The New York Times The question has taken on new urgency as the Trump administration propagates falsehoods about voter fraud, climate change and crime statistics that large swaths of the population have bought into. But collective delusion… Why We Believe… Read More »

In places where it’s legal, how many people are ending their lives using euthanasia?

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The Victorian Parliament will consider a bill to legalise euthanasia in the second half of 2017. Andrew McGee The Conversation That follows the South Australian Parliament’s decision to knock back a voluntary euthanasia bill late last year, and the issue has also cropped up in the run-up to the March 11 Western Australian election. With the issue… In places where… Read More »

Asia’s precarious rise

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Since Japan’s emergence as an economic juggernaut in the 1970s, experts have predicted the arrival of an “Asian century.” Michael Auslin AEI We should get ready, they say, for a tectonic shift in global power as U.S. influence declines, Europe’s discontents mount, and the countries of the Indo-Pacific come to dominate world politics, economics and security. Images of Asia’s… Asia’s precarious… Read More »

Nuclear Weapons: Trust But Modernize

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The United States is planning to modernize its nuclear deterrent over the next 25 years, an effort already two decades late in implementation. Peter Huessy The Daily Caller That delay, a procurement holiday, resulted in all elements of our nuclear enterprise—the warheads, the communications, the submarines, the land based missiles and the bombers and their associated cruise missiles… Nuclear Weapons: Trust… Read More »

Falling in love with concrete

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ADB report says the developing region will need to invest a total of US$22.6 trillion, or US$1.5 trillion a year, into infrastructure spending Anthony Rowley Asia Times Pouring concrete, laying tarmac, and putting down cable and rail tracks is not typically the stuff of headline news, but a convergence of trillion- dollar global announcements suggests “infrastructure spending” is the buzz term we… Falling in love… Read More »

Every time we take an Uber we’re spreading its social poison

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CEO Travis Kalanick’s treatment of one of his drivers shows Uber’s institutional sleazebaggery, seeing social responsibility as an outdated piece of… Laurie Penny The Guardian There are very few things that $5bn can’t buy, but one of them is manners. This week video emerged of Travis Kalanick, the CEO and founder of… Every time we… Read More »

Doctors vs. Industry 4.0: who will win?

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Change happens all the time, but we tend to realize its full scale only once it concerns our personal lives. Alexander Brezina European Sting In the so called “4th Industrial Revolution”, meaning the ever increasing automatization of complex processes. Hence ,a lot of people might lose their jobs, be it taxi drivers to self-driving cars or waiters to sophisticated robots. As medical students… Doctors vs. Industry… Read More »

Don’t worry about Nexit (well, maybe just a bit)

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The Brits are leaving the EU, but will the Dutch be next? Cynthia Kroet Politico When the Dutch go to the polls on March 15, Europhiles will be watching the results with bated breath: After Brexit, will Nexit be next? With less than… Don’t worry about… Read More »

Where is Britain’s version of Roots? David Olusoga

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The series that shook America in the 1970s has just been remade. David Olusoga The Guardian The tale of the British empire’s slave history should be told too For more than… Where is Britain’s… Read More »

What Europe can learn from Italy

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The Italian case proves that economic policies, whereby the rich subsidize the poor, won’t fix Europe’s problems. Alberto Mingardi Politico MILAN — Can turning the European Union into a “transfer union” — whereby its wealthier members subsidize the worse-off — help alleviate the bloc’s many ailments? Or will doing… What Europe can… Read More »

Malcolm X: Honoring the identity of being a human being!

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Malcolm X was a great mind for all, who lived with full awareness of humanity and acted in a way that honored ‘identity’ as human beings Ergin Yaman Daily Sabah Truly unique, human beings are the only creatures that can utilize abstract thought as well as the ability to combine complex knowledge. It is these… Malcolm X: Honoring… Read More »

The Islam Catastrophe Continues

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Former FBI special agent John Guandolo has written a strong and sobering essay at his website, UnderstandingTheThreat, called “Unfit for Duty.” Diana West The Daily Caller It argues that two senior Trump administration officials, H. R. McMaster and Sebastian Gorka, are “catastrophically wrong” in their assessment of Islam as publicly stated and that this is “leading America down a disastrous road… The Islam Catastrophe… Read More »

Why discovering new Earth-like planets matters

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Seven years ago, no one – even an astronomer – could tell you whether any planets that might be like Earth existed. Lucianne Walkowicz Al Jazeera News From across the Galaxy, just shy of 40 light years away, seven long shadows sweep across our planet. These shadows belong… Why discovering new… Read More »