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Myanmar stumbles on path to democracy under Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi - arab news

Yangon: For decades Myanmar’s people dreamed of democracy, but a year into office Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government is struggling to revive a sluggish economy and shake off the vestiges of the still powerful military. Agence France Presse Aarab News Swept into power on a wave of optimism and hatred of the generals who ruled for 50 years, Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) vowed to boost prosperity and end decades of bloody civil war. But while “The… ... Read More »

ECJ’s immoral, unjust ruling against Muslim women

Daily Sabah

The rise of anti-Islamic sentiment and xenophobia has unfortunately become increasingly widespread in Europe. Esra Karatas Alpay Daily Sabah Recent events have proved that intolerance and racism have become accepted forms of behavior against minorities – even on open public display. Two weeks ago… ECJ’s immoral, unjust… Read More »

A dramatic comeback for Europe

Asia Times

The Dutch are famous for building dykes that hold back the tides and storms sweeping across the Atlantic. Anatole Kaletsky Asia Times Have the Dutch now done it again, holding back the wave of populist politics that seemed to be threatening Europe after last year’s Brexit referendum and Donald Trump’s victory in the United States? The unexpectedly weak… A dramatic comeback… Read More »

A One Nation senator claims race-hate speech laws stop ‘decent’ people speaking out against Muslim criminals.

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Malcolm Roberts says Australian Islamists are the real beneficiaries of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, comparing restrictions on race-hate speech to “Stalinist… SBS Source: AAP “If your Muslim Sudanese neighbour is engaging in female genital mutilation or your Syrian Muslim cafe owner is a terrorist building a bomb or… A One Nation… Read More »

God and the problem of sincere disbelief

Atheism - ABC

It’s a cliche, really. Michael Collett ABC The beginning of the end for my Christian faith was getting an unbelieving girlfriend in my late teens. But it’s not… God and the… Read More »

Brexit, no sector left unscathed

A photo-illustration shows a European Union (EU) flag as it burns near Manchester, northern England on March 25, 2017, ahead of the British government's planned triggering of Article 50 tomorrow.
British Prime Minister Theresa May will send a letter to EU President Donald Tusk with Britain's formal departure notification on Wednesday, opening up a two-year negotiating window before Britain actually leaves the bloc in 2019. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

How Britain’s withdrawal from the EU will affect every policy area from fisheries to transport. Politico Brexit threatens to wreak havoc in many of Europe’s biggest sectors, throwing doubt on everything from fish supplies to greenhouse gas-cutting measures to student exchange programs. While British Prime… Brexit, no sector… Read More »

How the rubber ducky became a potent protest symbol

Rubber ducky symbol

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic was in Moscow when protesters carrying images of a yellow rubber duck marched against top-level corruption. Leonid Bershidsky Brisbane Times What he saw was a global ducky conspiracy. “I don’t believe… How the rubber… Read More »

What the ‘female’ traffic light response reveals about how society views women

Traffick lights - IA

The reaction to Melbourne’s installation of dress-wearing symbols on traffic lights was an ugly revelation of how society views the feminine, writes Siobhan Simper. Siobhan Simper Independent Australia IF YOU’VE been online at all in the past month, you can’t have missed it: the seemingly endless debate over the decision to install ten pedestrian crossings depicting figures wearing a dress in Melbourne. The Committee for… What the ‘female’… Read More »

Aboriginal cultural heritage: The high costs of preservation

The Weekly Times

THE decision in a Seymour court last week to impose a hefty fine on a Wahring farmer for knowingly harming Aboriginal cultural heritage is a lesson for all. The Weekly Times Alan James Tweddle was hit with a $20,000 fine for extracting sand from a quarry on his property that had been deemed an Aboriginal site. This is the… Aboriginal cultural heritage… Read More »

Education Doesn’t Solve the Gender Pay Gap

Gender pay gap - Atlantic

For women in professions that require advanced degrees, such as dentists and physicians, discrepancies in pay are becoming harder to explain. Bourree Lam The Atlantic In recent decades, women have been making significant headway in becoming dentists, doctors, and lawyers—professions which require a significant amount of education and postgraduate training. According to some… Education Doesn’t Solve… Read More »

The populist drift of the French election campaign

Elections - Al Jazeera

French presidential candidates are using populist distractions to avoid discussing actual policy plans. Remi Piet Al Jazeera News So far, the French electoral season has offered nothing more than a sorry display of politics. Instead of being… The populist drift… Read More »

How to make an Internet of Intelligent Things work for Africa

Africa - The Conversation

Late in 2016 Senegal’s Banque Regionale De Marches announced the launch of the eCFA Franc; a cryptocurrency for the countries of the West African Monetary Union – Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Togo and Guinea-Bissau. Martin Hall The Conversation This and similar innovations mark the coming of age of a new generation of applications – an Internet of Intelligent Things – that could provide a new infrastructure for economic development across Africa. The Internet of… How to ... Read More »

What do many lone attackers have in common? Domestic violence

Domestic Violence - The Guardian

Desperate attempts to profile Khalid Masood after the Westminster attacks blame Islam, Kent or even drunk teenagers, but the common thread in terrorism is often misogyny Hadley Freeman The Guardian The reactions to Khalid Masood’s attack last week played out with script-like predictability: rightwing commentators tried desperately to blame the actions of this Kent native on immigration, while the media pored over whatever… What do many… Read More »

Full electro-mobility will be the next giant leap for Europe

E drive - Euractiv

We are on the cusp of the age of electro-mobility. Now we need concerted action from policymakers to ensure it really does become a reality, writes Nicolas Erb. Nicolas Erb Euractiv Strides in what is sometimes called “the ascent of man” have often been linked to revolutions in mobility. Sometimes these transport… Full electro-mobility… Read More »

A negotiated threat to democracy

Threat to democracy

The advent of devolution four years ago gave the residents of northern Kenya immense hope of development. Hassan Malik Mohamed Daily Nation The good news is that progress has begun to be felt and smelt in the expansive region through the construction of roads and improved access to health care. However, the misapplication… A negotiated threat to… Read More »

Turkey’s main Islamic human rights organization faces internal upheaval

Protesters from human rights organisation Mazlumder hold torches during a demonstration in Istanbul January 26, 2008. Students may soon be allowed to wear the Muslim headscarf in Turkish universities, a watershed for a devout, growing middle class that has long complained of discrimination against its faith. Picture taken on January 26, 2008. To match feature TURKEY-HEADSCARF  REUTERS/Fatih Saribas  (TURKEY) - RTR1WHXV

In Turkey, there are various human rights organizations dedicated to defend oppressed groups or individuals. Mustafa Akyol Al Monitor One of them, Mazlumder, is unique, because it has explicitly Islamic credentials, unlike most others that are more secular. Yet the same… Turkey’s main Islamic… Read More »