Opinion

Can’t unplug? Here’s how to navigate your digital anxiety

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We know it’s unproductive to waste time online, but the problem is growing. Alina Dizik BBC News Disconnecting completely, even for short periods, can help you build better habits. When David Erickson… Can’t unplug? Here’s… Read More »

Trump and the cycle of dehumanisation

Dehumanisation - The Conversation

People rarely respond well to being demeaned and humiliated. Nick Haslam The Conversation When they believe others see them as lesser beings, they react with anger, revenge and distrust. In doing so… Trump and the… Read More »

The Brazilian hangover: When the party ends

Brazil - Al Jazeera

It is unlikely that Brazil will be able to pursue a prominent role in the international arena before 2019. Ramon Blanco Al Jazeera News In a world inevitably multilateral such as ours, regional powers are supposed to have their share of responsibilities in order to build more plural paths towards a fairer and more peaceful international political environment. Therefore, Brazil is… The Brazilian hangover… Read More »

What would Banksy think of Toronto’s ‘new’ Banksy?

Banksy - The Star

A restored work by the famed street artist was used as part of a package of ‘community benefits’ to help ease restrictions on new downtown towers. Murray Whyte The Star Banksy, the still-anonymous British street-art prankster turned multi-million-dollar entertainment mogul, can add a new line to his impressive résumé: Toronto condominium facilitator. While technically not… What would Banksy… Read More »

The Fightback: Trumpism Gives Rise To The New Dissidents

Trumpism - New Matilda

The upside of a Donald Trump White House is the millions world-wide who are now organising in protest, writes Dr Richard Hil. Dr Richard Hil New Matilda The high point of post-truth, populist conservatism is ushering in some ghastly new forms of repression. The roundup of… The Fightback: Trumpism… Read More »

Jacob’s story: a second chance or a path to prison?

Jacob - The Guardian

Interactive case study Calla Wahlquist, Ri Liu and Nick Evershed The Guardian Follow a 13-year-old Indigenous boy through the youth justice system and see what happens when he is cautioned, charged or placed in custody. This is a hypothetical… Jacob’s story: a… Read More »

Referendum process in the EU

Daily Sabah

Tukey is going to have a crucial referendum on April 16 that is likely to be a revolutionary step. Ozan Ceyhun Daily Sabah It has a chance to adopt a new Constitution as a result of this referendum by getting rid of the current one that was penned by the junta regime after the 1980 coup d’etat. The new Constitution… Referendum process in… Read More »

In Pakistan, tolerant Islamic voices are being silenced

Pakistan - The Guardian

The Sehwan bombing is a result of the Saudi-funded fundamentalism that has taken a grip in the country William Dalrymple The Guardian Last week, only three days after a suicide bomb went off in Lahore, an Islamic State supporter struck a crowd of Sufi dancers celebrating in the great Pakistani shrine of Sehwan Sharif. The attack, which… In Pakistan, tolerant… Read More »

Links in the modern media chain of responsibility

Media - DS

As newspaper content is becoming increasingly based on articles written by news agencies, the former must be careful not to inadvertently adopt the perspective of those news agencies as well Ibrahim Altay Daily Sabah If we look at the driving forces in media, there is no doubt that news agencies are pretty high on the list. With the high… Links in the… Read More »

Delegitimizing hate

Hate - The BG

BIGOTRY AND HATE aren’t going away anytime soon. The Boston Globe But a 16-year-old Marblehead high school student recently offered a quick primer in how individuals, and communities, can take action to neutralize it. As reported by… Delegitimizing hate… Read More »

Trump Can Learn From Morgenthau’s 6 Principles of Political Realism

Trump - The National Interest

What might Morgenthau have to say about the administration’s emerging foreign policy? Nathan A. Sears The National Interest Hans Morgenthau was a leading postwar intellectual of political realism in the international relations discipline and, at times, an outspoken critic of U.S. foreign policy. In his 1949… Trump Can Learn… Read More »

COMMENT: Racism in Australia: The stats are clear

Racism - SBS

Associate Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews gives us a snapshot of the research on racism against Indigenous peoples since the 1960s. Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews SBS There is no denying it: there has been a considerable and ongoing debate about racism in Australia, especially racism that targets and impacts Indigenous peoples, families, and communities. Ideally, such debates… COMMENT: Racism in… Read More »

Can we have too many trees?

Trees - The Guardian

Hunting and mountaineering organisations say that plans to increase forest cover in Scotland will ruin the countryside. I disagree Patrick Barkham The Guardian A couple of summers ago, I strolled through Glen Feshie, wondering why this beautiful corner of the Cairngorms didn’t feel British. Ah, that’s it… Can we have… Read More »

We’re doomed by the identity trap, damned when we try to escape

Identity - The Guardian

It’s disheartening that even someone as resilient as Diane Abbott was hounded into defining herself in terms of race and gender Nesrine Malik The Guardian Diane Abbott wrote a powerful article in these pages last week about the hatred she receives. Whatever one thinks… We’re doomed by… Read More »

Same-sex marriage legalization linked to reduction in suicide attempts among teens

Eurek Alert

Allowing same-sex marriage at state level estimated to reduce suicide attempts by 134,000 per year Johns Hopkins Eurek Alert The implementation of state laws legalizing same-sex marriage was associated with a significant reduction in the rate of suicide attempts among high school students – and an even greater reduction among gay, lesbian and bisexual… Same-sex marriage legalization… Read More »

Red Alert for China’s pollution protesters

China - Al Jazeera

China wants people to care for the environment, one person at a time. Salvatore Babones Al Jazeera News It’s winter in Beijing, and that means two things: cold and smog. Beijing has had freezing winter temperatures for thousands of years, but the smog is something new. China first started… Red Alert for… Read More »