Pope Francis set for historic meeting with leader of Russian Orthodox Church

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Vatican City: Pope Francis will make a surprise trip to Cuba on February 12 for a historic meeting with the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, the first meeting between a pope and the Russian patriarch since the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity split nearly 1000 years ago, the Vatican announced Friday. The Sydney Morning Herald * Elisabetta Povoledo * For Pope Francis, the meeting is the result of delicate and sustained diplomacy, some of which began decades ago under ... Read More »

Martin Luther King Jr. in dialogue with the ancient Greeks

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In “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” the soaring and chilling speech he delivered the day before his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. ponders the thought of life in other places and times. The Conversation Author: Timothy Joseph, Associate Professor of Classics, College of the Holy Cross Disclosure statement: Timothy Joseph does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the ... Read More »

Alex Salmond blasts David Cameron over migrant comments

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ALEX Salmond has said that David Cameron’s attitude towards migrants would have meant Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany may have been unable to settle in the UK. The Scotsman By Andrew Whitaker Mr Cameron referred to refugees at a camp in Calais “a bunch of migrants” at Prime Minister’s Questions today. However, Mr Salmond said Mr Cameron had been wrong to make the remarks on today’s Holocaust Memorial Day and accused the Prime Minister of “disgusting spin”. He also said that ... Read More »

Australia Day: what makes us great, and what that greatness demands of us

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The overwhelming response to my speech tells me we are better than our racist history, says Stan Grant The Guardian – Stan Grant “Cuz, can you call me?” It was my cousin Robbie Simpson leaving me a message, when I called back he wanted to talk about a speech I had given months earlier. The speech had suddenly gained a new life after being posted on the Ethics Centre website to mark Australia Day. I had been out of the country ... Read More »

Iran To Host State-Sponsored Holocaust Denial Cartoon Contest

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Iran announced this week that authorities are hosting a state-sponsored contest to see who can create the best Holocaust denial cartoon. Breitbart – by JORDAN SCHACHTEL  The grand prize has been boosted this year to $50,000, up from $12,000, according to reports. Tehran will host the Holocaust denial cartoon event in June 2016, after gathering an expected hundreds of submissions from the Islamic world. Last year, Iran received 839 anti-Semitic cartoons for consideration. The state-sponsorship of this event by the Tehran ... Read More »

Thucydides, Realism and International Relations: Might -v-Right?

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National security is not determined in vacuum. It is underpinned by a variety of analytical languages which provide a conceptual framework upon which national security and foreign policy decisions are analyzed and explained. Whilst there are a plethora of analytical languages and theoretical perspectives, including Marxist, constructivist, idealist and liberal internationalist which provide competing explanations of world affairs, realist notions of state conflict and international relations have dominated foreign policy agendas and perceptions of national security. By Vasislis Giavris * ... Read More »

An Irishman’s Diary on the debt we owe to George Petrie, the ‘father of Irish archaeology’

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A painter, musician and antiquarian The Irish Times – Brian Maye The great Irish scholar George Petrie, often called “the father of Irish archaeology”, died 150 years ago on January 17th. As well as being an archaeologist, he was a painter, musician and antiquarian, and his work for the topographical section of the Irish Ordnance Survey in the 1830s and 1840s had an enormous influence and contributed greatly to what became known in Irish culture as the “Celtic Revival”. He was ... Read More »

Muslims and Christians worship the same God – that shouldn’t be controversial

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Opinion The Catholic Church itself acknowledges that Muslims worship the “one God”, but that doesn’t suit those who want to cast Islam as the enemy in what they see as a clash of civilisations, writes Ruby Hamad. TheDRUM – By Ruby Hamad A university professor at an evangelical college in the US state of Illinois is about to lose her job because, in the words of the Washington Post,”she made a controversial theological statement.” At the time of writing, Larycia Hawkins, ... Read More »

UNESCO recognizes work of Che Guevara World Heritage

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Cuba – OCP – Ernesto Che Guevara…The Argentinian born in Rosario, Santa Fe Province on June 14, 1928  made his life one of the greatest contributions to the liberation of the peoples of Latin America and the world. Now the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, recognizes the writings of the revolutionary as World Heritage. The documents were included in the Memory of the World Programme. This program has in its record 299 documents and collections from five continents ... Read More »

‘Shakespeare lives’

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This year’s four hundredth anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare is not just an opportunity to commemorate one of the greatest playwrights of all time. It is a moment to celebrate the extraordinary ongoing influence of a man who – to borrow from his own description of Julius Caesar -“doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus.” Shakespeare’s legacy is without parallel: his works have been translated into over 100 languages and studied by half the world’s schoolchildren. As ... Read More »

Turkey’s Islamist Agenda in Kosovo

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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed an audience in Prizren during an official visit to Kosovo in October 2013: “We all belong to a common history, common culture, common civilization. We are the people who are brethren of that structure. Do not forget, Turkey is Kosovo, Kosovo is Turkey!” The Huffington Post – David L. Phillips *, Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights, Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights Turkey’s foreign policy in the Balkans promotes a neo-Ottoman agenda, ... Read More »

Oliver Letwin blocked help for black youth after 1985 riots

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Cameron’s policy chief makes apology over advice to Thatcher that assistance would benefit ‘disco and drug trade’ and Rastafarian crafts The Guardian – Alan Travis Home affairs editor David Cameron’s chief policy adviser has apologised after he helped to ward off cabinet pleas for assistance for black unemployed youth following the 1985 inner-city riots with the argument that any help would only end up in the “disco and drug trade”. Oliver Letwin, then a young adviser in Margaret Thatcher’s Downing Street ... Read More »

Mosul: Turkey’s Fulda Gap

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“Our national borders pass through Antioch and span east-ward, containing Mosul, Sulaymaniya, Kirkuk. We say: This, is our national border.” — Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (December 28, 1919 – National Liberation Speech) War On The Rocks – H. Akın Ünver The “National Pact” (Misak-ı Milli) is a six-article manifesto of Turkey’s War of National Liberation, accepted by the defeated, but defiant, Ottoman Parliament in January 1920, outlining the bare minimum of conditions Turkish nationalists agreed upon to end World War I. It ... Read More »

Why Erdoğan is like Ataturk

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There are more than a few similarities between the two most influential modern Turks. Politico By Nick Danforth  When President Erdoğan’s party won an unexpected and decisive victory in Turkey’s November 1 election, many surprised observers concluded that the Turkish people had voted for stability. A month later, following the downing of a Russian jet and continued killing in the country’s southeast, stability seems more elusive than ever. Yet as Erdoğan leads Turkey into turbulent waters, polls suggest that his popularity ... Read More »

‘Leftover Women’ reveals unequal shares of China’s growing wealth

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Mao Zedong’s communist party was set to modernize the rights and roles of women in China. However, within years of taking power, the party stopped its efforts – leaving Chinese women facing societal gender bias even as China rises as a dominant power. The Christian Science Monitor – By Dan Southerland Shortly after Mao Zedong took power in China in 1949, it appeared that he would follow through on promises to “liberate” the country’s women. Mao had already proclaimed that “women ... Read More »

Harry Gleeson granted pardon over 1941 murder

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Harry Gleeson granted pardon over 1941 murder The Irish Times – Tim O’Brien President Michael D Higgins has signed a posthumous pardon for a Co Tipperary man Harry Gleeson who was wrongly hanged in 1941 for the murder of New Inn woman Mary “Moll” McCarthy. Mr Gleeson’s family said they were thrilled with the pardon as it had been his last wish that his innocence would be recognised. Speaking following the signing of the pardon order by the President, the Minister ... Read More »