Historical

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 »

It’s 50 years since Indigenous Australians first ‘counted’. Why has so little changed?

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In 1967 Australia voted in a landmark referendum to finally include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in its census. But, as Paul Daley reports, the fight for genuine equality for the country’s first people is far from over The Guardian Sol Bellear, a former rugby league player for South Sydney Rabbitohs and Aboriginal rights activist, sits in the soft autumn sunshine at a cafe intersecting Redfern Park and the oval that remains the spiritual home of his beloved… It’s 50 ... Read More »

Video: 150 years of Canadian foreign policy

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On July 1, Canada celebrates 150 years of nationhood — marking the uniting of three British colonies (Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick). How has Canada’s foreign policy changed over… OpenCanada With the anniversary in mind, this OpenCanada video, written by journalist Michael Petrou and animated by Emmy Award-winning art director Santosh Isaac, explores the challenges and… From Canada’s outsized contributions during… Video: 150 years… Read More »

Pope Francis arrives in Portugal to canonise children at Fátima shrine

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Pontiff hopes message of young shepherds who saw Virgin Mary apparition 100 years ago still resonates with Catholics Associated Press in Rome The Guardian Pope Francis has arrived in the Portuguese town of Fátima to honour two children whose visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago marked one of the most important events of the 20th-century Catholic church. Tens of thousands of devotees lined the pontiff’s route and tossed petals as his motorcade drove… Pope Francis arrives… Read More »

Immigration will remain a toxic issue until Britain faces up to its colonial past

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Emmanuel Macron has condemned France’s behaviour in Algeria. Until Britain is similarly honest about its history, we will still think in terms of “us” and “them” David Wearing The Guardian Both Ukip and Theresa May trumpeted their anti-immigrant credentials yesterday, with fresh and not-so-fresh policies for the election. Hostility to foreigners is now an… Immigration will remain… Read More »

Holocaust denial flyers distributed around University of Queensland widely condemned

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The University of Queensland, their student union and the chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission have all condemned Holocaust denial flyers that have been distributed on… Rachel Clun Brisbane Times It is understood the flyers, which have also shown up at universities in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney, have been pinned to noticeboards and put on… Dr Melanie O’Brien, an… Holocaust denial flyers… Read More »

Will Trump release the missing JFK files?

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Unless the president intervenes, we’ll soon know more secrets about the Kennedy… PHILIP SHENON Politico The nation’s conspiracy-theorist-in-chief is facing a momentous… Will President Donald Trump allow the public to see a trove of thousands of long-secret government files about the event that, more than any other in modern American history, has fueled… The answer must come within… Will Trump release… Read More »

Love triangle trivializes more important theme in “The Promise”

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The Armenian Genocide is a curiously unexplored moment in our modern history, cinematically speaking. By Lindsey Bahr The Associated Press The Berkshire Eagle That fact alone makes director and co-writer Terry George’s “The Promise ” intriguing enough. Historical fiction generally has it over documentaries in inspiring mass interest, especially when actors as appealing as Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale and… Love triangle trivializes… Read More »

Australian politics explainer: the MV Tampa and the transformation of asylum-seeker policy

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Some time before August 23 2001, a small Indonesian fishing boat, the KM Palapa 1, left Indonesia en route to Christmas Island with 438 asylum seekers aboard. Alex Reilly  The Conversation Like many before them, the asylum seekers hoped to reach Australia and apply for permanent protection visas. The Palapa’s engines failed in international waters between Indonesia and… Australian politics explainer… Read More »

Artist is Creating a Parthenon Made of 100,000 Banned Books: A Monument to Democracy & Intellectual Freedom

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With the rise of Far Right candidates in Europe and in America, along with creeping dictatorship in Turkey and authoritarianism in the Philippines, the idea of democracy and freedom of speech feels under threat more than… Open Culture While we don’t talk about political solutions here on Open Culture, we do believe in the power of art to… Argentine artist Marta Minujín is creating a large-scale artwork called The Parthenon of Books that… Artist is Creating… Read More »

Remembering fallen war heroes is insincere if it excludes those suffering today

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied does not deserve nastiness – many Muslim Australians know the tragedy of war better than… Mariam Tokhi The Guardian As a first-generation Muslim Australian, I’ve often wondered what Anzac Day should mean to… The furore (and social media savagery) over Yasmin Abdel-Magied’s seven words have reignited that… Remembering fallen war… Read More »

Ancient humans may have reached Americas 100,000 years earlier than previously thought

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Teeth and bones of an elephant-like creature unmistakably modified by human hands were… TheJournal.ie  © AFP 2017  HIGH-TECH DATING of mastodon remains found in southern California has shattered the timeline of human migration to America, pushing the… Teeth and bones of the elephant-like creature unmistakably modified by human hands, along… Ancient humans may… Read More »

‘Sadness will last forever’: Living with the Van Gogh legacy

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As he lay on his death bed, having apparently shot himself, Vincent Van Gogh is said to have uttered the final words, “The sadness will last… Patrick Wood ABC It’s hard to imagine a bleaker prophecy from the famed and deeply troubled Dutch… And yet, more than 125 years later, the Van Gogh family can attest to a fulfilling life that is, in part, devoted to honouring his work and… ‘Sadness will last… Read More »

Immigrants being vilified in same way as Irish in US after Famine – Obama

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The former President said the US immigration system had always been “a little bit… TheJournal.ie  IMMIGRANTS IN THE US are experiencing treatment similar to that endured by the Irish in America in the wake of the Famine, Barack Obama has… The former US President, making a return to the public spotlight, said that America’s immigration system had always been “a little bit… Immigrants being vilified… Read More »

Former ‘comfort woman’ Chen Lien-hua dies at 93

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Chen Lien-hua (陳蓮花), one of three known surviving former “comfort women” in Taiwan, died of intestinal infection on Thursday at the age of 93, said the… Staff writer, with CNA Taipei Times Chen was taken to hospital last month when she complained of stomach… Doctors said her intestines had… After surgery, Chen became very… Former ‘comfort woman… Read More »

This ancient building material could fuel a future infrastructure boom

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Last month, Bangladesh’s capital city became home to the world’s first cell tower constructed entirely out of bamboo — proof that emerging… Nyshka Chandran CNBC Developed by Malaysian infrastructure services firm edotco and the Bangladesh University of Engineering, the tower took just 12 days to build, versus… Bamboo boasts a low carbon footprint as it… This ancient building… Read More »