Historical

‘Turkey is like Germany after 1933’

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More and more Turks are applying for political asylum in Germany. Deutsche Welle Volker Witting They feel threatened and repressed by the Erdogan government, and they fear for their lives. Most applicants are Kurds, like… ‘Turkey is like… Read More »

Pauline Hanson compares Julian Assange to ‘folk hero’ Ned Kelly in letter to Prime Minister calling for his release

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One Nation senator Pauline Hanson says Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be freed, and has likened his plight to that of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly. ABC In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Senator Hanson urged him to begin a multilateral process bringing all Australian political parties together to support Mr Assange. “Australia has a long and proud history of… Pauline Hanson compares Julian Assange to… Read More »

Seeing Ms Dhu: how photographs argue for human rights

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Ms Dhu was a 22-year-old Yamatji woman who died in custody in the South Hedland Police Station in August 2014. The Conversation Arrested for unpaid fines, she was already suffering from pneumonia and septicaemia caused by a broken rib, inflicted by her partner some months earlier. She became very ill overnight… Seeing Ms Dhu: how photographs argue for… Read More »

Why the nude still shocks

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A new exhibition explores art’s long fascination with the naked form. BBC By Sam Rigby Why do representations of the human body continue to cause controversy? Sam Rigby finds out. Why the nude… Read More »

A 1,000-year-old promise of peace

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Two Muslim families hold the keys to the doors of Jerusalem’s holiest church in order to keep the peace between three feuding Christian denominations. BBC By Sara Toth Stub On a recent Sunday morning, Adeeb Jawad Joudeh Al Husseini was sitting on a bench just inside the… A 1,000-year… Read More »

Fidel Castro, Cuba’s leader of revolution, dies at 90

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Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former president and leader of the Communist revolution, has died aged 90, his brother has said. “The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening (03:29 GMT Saturday),” President Raul Castro said. Fidel Castro ruled Cuba as a… Fidel Castro, Cuba’s… Read More »

Turkey Converts Hagia Sophia to MosqueTurkey Converts Hagia Sophia to Mosque

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This is how the minds of Islamic supremacists seem to work: If you want churches to remain churches, it means you are “disturbed by the Koran or Islamic prayers,” and you disrespect or “insult” Islam. by Robert Jones According to Islamic scriptures, those who “insult” Islam or its prophet Muhammad are to… Turkey Converts Hagia… Read More »

Humans arrived in Australian interior 49,000 years ago, archaeologists believe

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Site yields artefacts including tools and a bone from huge wombat-like creature that indicate humans activity 10,000 years earlier than previously thought Nicola Davis Humans arrived in the arid interior of Australia 10,000 years earlier than previously thought, archaeologists working at a… Humans arrived in… Read More »

Italy’s earthquake affects us all – theirs is a cultural richness like no other

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The basilica of St Benedict in Norcia has been destroyed by Italy’s latest earthquake – and it is deeply sad to see such rich history trashed by nature Jonathan Jones Buildings are not people. It is an immense mercy that, so far as is currently known, there were no fatalities in the… Italy’s earthquake affects… Read More »

The secret of how life on Earth began

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Today life has conquered every square inch of Earth, but when the planet formed it was a dead rock. How did life get started? By Michael Marshall How did life begin? There can hardly be a bigger question. For… The secret of… Read More »

The escaped American slave who felt an equal man in Edinburgh

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It was after arriving in Scotland that former plantation slave Frederick Douglass was made to feel like an equal man for the first time. Frederick Douglass arrived in arrived in Edinburgh in 1846, eight years after escaping the brutal regime of his owner on a plantation in Maryland, and… The escaped American… Read More »

The Road to a Treaty

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Our nation’s future lies in settling the demons of our past. A Treaty with Australia’s First Peoples is best path to get us there, writes Jeff McMullen. Jeff McMullen If you make the long journey to Possession Island, that jewel in the turquoise sea off the tip of Cape York, the folly of our past and the path to a brighter and… The Road to… Read More »

Rottnest Island: Black prison to white playground

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Today Rottnest Island, off Fremantle, is a popular holiday spot, but few realise the island’s dark past as a prison for Indigenous men. RN, By Kirsti Melville for Earshot Glen Stasiuk, a lecturer and Indigenous researcher at Murdoch University, was just a teenager when he first went camping with his mates on Rottnest Island — Wadjemup — in the… Rottnest Island: Black… Read More »

As a Briton, I hang my head in shame. We must return the Parthenon marbles

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Now Amal Clooney has reignited the debate over the Parthenon’s crowning glory, it’s time we rectified a historic wrong. Helena Smith Reunite these ancient sculptures with their home Almost every day I take a walk around the… As a Briton, I… Read More »

Israel suspends UNESCO ties over al-Aqsa resolution

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Israeli PM says UN body has lost its legitimacy by adopting resolution that rejected Jewish ties to the holy site. Israel has suspended cooperation with UNESCO a day after the United Nations cultural body passed a resolution that sharply criticised… Israel suspends UNESCO… Read More »

Cave art: Etchings hailed as ‘Iberia’s most spectacular’

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Cave art as much as 14,500 years old has been pronounced “the most spectacular and impressive” ever discovered on the Iberian peninsula. About 50 etchings were found in the Basque town of Lekeitio. They include horses, bison, goats and – in a… Cave art: Etchings… Read More »