Society

Death by design

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More people than ever are choosing to be cremated, yet crematoriums are often grim places. Dominic Nicholls The Economist Dominic Nicholls talks to the architects trying to change that. The Crematorium Hofheide is situated in the middle of a lake in Holsbeek, Belgium. An elongated core of earth-coloured stone wrapped in a layer of rusty steel, it… Death by… Read More »

Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa, scientists find

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The history of human evolution has been rewritten after scientists discovered that Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa. Sarah Knapton The Telegraph Currently, most experts believe that our human lineage split from apes around seven million years ago in central Africa, where hominids remained for the… But two fossils of an ape-like creature which had human-like teeth have been found in Bulgaria and… Europe was the… Read More »

Lou Reed Creates a List of the 10 Best Records of All Time

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If you want to write, most every writer will tell you, you’ve got to read, read, read, and read. OpenCulture “Read more than you write,” advises Teju Cole. Even great filmmakers like Werner Herzog and Akira Kurasawa cite copious reading as a prerequisite for their primarily visual medium. But what about music? What advice might we hope to receive about the art of writing catchy, memorable, culturally significant… Lou Reed Creates… Read More »

Why Trump’s First Trip Is Focusing on Faith

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Trump’s administration recognizes that ideas and identity still have power, and need to be understood. Alberto M. Fernandez The National Interest Despised by so many among the American political and cultural elite, President Trump paradoxically still has a tremendous opportunity during his first overseas trip to begin to forge a… Given that most media coverage of President Trump is negative, it is no… Why Trump’s First… Read More »

Iran’s Rouhani denounces US’ Middle East ignorance

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Iran’s president fires back at Trump’s funding ‘terrorists’ accusation, saying Americans don’t know the region. Source: Reuters news agency Al Jazeera Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday stability could not be achieved in the Middle East without Tehran’s help, responding to criticism from US President Donald Trump who… Trump called for a US alliance with Muslim countries aimed at… Iran’s Rouhani denounces… Read More »

Revenge porn legislation a step closer as Government considers criminal, civil penalties

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People who share or post sexually explicit photos of others without their consent are a step closer to facing tougher criminal and civil penalties, after a meeting of state and territory attorneys… By political reporter Matthew Doran ABC There is significant concern the phenomenon referred to as revenge porn is growing, as the use of social media and messaging apps becomes more and more… The Federal Government has today called for public submissions on… Revenge porn legislation… Read More »

Adam Goodes once again face of anti-racism fight in multicolour Archibald Prize portrait entry

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After enduring years of racist abuse which dogged the end of his illustrious AFL career, Adam Goodes is once again challenging racism, this time as the subject of a multicolour artwork painted for… Nadia Daly ABC Colour Doesn’t Matter was painted by Darwin artist Megan Adams as a response to the racial abuse of her friend’s Indigenous son, a Year 6… “He’s just the kindest, happy-go-lucky kid so it was really hard to see him so… Adam Goodes once… Read More »

Iran election: Votes are counted amid high turnout

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Counting is under away in Iran’s presidential elections, with official turnout said to be at about 70%. BBC Supporters of incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, who is seeking a second term, came out in force to vote. His main conservative challenger, Ebrahim Raissi, has already lodged complaints about alleged voting irregularities. Long queues were seen… Iran election: Votes… Read More »

South African men march against abuse of women and children

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Hundreds of protesters, most of them men, have marched in the South African capital, Pretoria, over rising levels of violence against women and children. BBC One of the organisers, Kholofelo Masha, said men had to take collective responsibility for the increase in beatings, sex attacks and killings. South Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the… Police figures showed… South African men… Read More »

Theresa May wants sweeping new powers to control the internet

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May wants sweeping new powers for her government to seize indiscriminate control of the internet. RT Towards the bottom of the Tory manifesto published on Thursday, there is a technology section that clearly states the party’s intent to control the online world through new… “Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet,” the manifesto… Theresa May wants… Read More »

Trump campaigned against Muslims, but will preach tolerance in Saudi speech

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Trump, whose dark, guttural demonization of Muslims was a trademark of his nationalist campaign, arrives here Saturday hoping the Arab world will listen to a… Philip Rucker and Abby Phillip The Washington Post Embarking on his first overseas trip as president, Trump plans to do a rhetorical pirouette with a speech Sunday in the birthplace of Islam preaching religious tolerance and inviting Muslims to join the United States in the… Never mind that as a… ... Read More »

The Man Trap

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Traditional ideas of masculinity persist in the workplace, even though men are now expected to do more of the household chores – and work longer hours. Emily Bobrow investigates the trials of modern manhood The Economist Nathan, a successful lawyer in Manhattan, hardly seems like a candidate for sympathy. His midtown office is smart, his suit is… The Man… Read More »

Standing royal commission to protect the vulnerable

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All Australians should be appalled at allegations about NSW mental health units and group homes for the disabled. Editorial The Sydney Morning Herald The Herald, like many Australians, adheres to Gandhi’s adage: “The true measure of any society is how well it treats its most vulnerable.” With great regret, then, we all must recognise that abuses and mistreatment of the vulnerable occur daily in our neighbourhoods, communities, towns and… Standing royal commission… Read More »

Vast set of public CVs reveals the world’s most migratory scientists

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Scientists are migratory beasts. It’s just the nature of the job: You spend your days at the border of human knowledge. John Bohannon Science Depending on the topic, only a dozen people may deeply understand your research—let alone help you push it further—and they are scattered across the world. For many, completing a Ph.D., doing postdoctoral research, and landing a permanent job all in one country is… And so you… Vast set of… Read More »

Iran’s Bipolar Election

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Iranian voters have a real choice on 19 May between a president promising engagement with the West or one focused on the… Ali Vaez ICG At the same time, both leading candidates are clerical insiders who support the continuation of Iran’s nuclear deal. Who are the leading candidates in the 19 May election and what should we know about the top two? The May 2017 election is essentially a… Iran’s Bipolar… Read More »

ATO Deputy Commissioner Michael Cranston to be charged over tax fraud

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Australian Taxation Office Deputy Commissioner Michael Cranston will be charged in connection with an alleged $165 million tax fraud syndicate following what police have described as one of the biggest white collar fraud investigations in Australian history. Rachel Olding Megan Levy The Sydney Morning Herald Mr Cranston has been issued a… He is due to appear in… ATO Deputy Commissioner… Read More »