Historical

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 »

Radio Maubere: The secret link between occupied East Timor and the outside world

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If someone was to make an Australian version of Forrest Gump, they might look to Brian Manning’s life story for inspiration. RN – By Jack Kerr for Earshot In 1966, he helped the Gurindji strikers in the Wave Hill walk-off. When Cyclone Tracy hit his hometown of Darwin, police commandeered his truck to… Radio Maubere: The… Read More »

PNG villagers teach ancient practices to celebrate culture, protect environment

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Some of Papua New Guinea’s most isolated villagers are being encouraged to celebrate their culture to balance the negative impacts of resource extraction and development. By Papua New Guinea correspondent Eric Tlozek Dancing, costume-making and natural oil harvesting have all been demonstrated at one of PNG’s most remote cultural events — the… PNG villagers teach ancient practices to… Read More »

Bridging past and present, the African American Museum opening is a dynamic celebration

In a dim, quiet backroom in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a gray-haired man paused in front of a bronze casket, and he stood to pay his last respects to Emmett Till. By Monica Hesse and Krissah Thompson “Jesus,” whispered the man, a retired college administrator named Samuel L. Wright. He leaned forward. He saw that behind the glass, inside the coffin, lay a picture of the… Source: Bridging past and present, the African American Museum ... Read More »

Mark Zuckerberg accused of abusing power after Facebook deletes ‘napalm girl’ post

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Norway’s largest newspaper published a front-page letter to the Facebook CEO lambasting the company’s decision to censor a photograph of the Vietnam war Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco Norway’s largest newspaper has published a front-page open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, lambasting the company’s decision to censor a… Source: Mark Zuckerberg accused of abusing power after Facebook deletes ‘napalm girl’ post | Technology | The Guardian Read More »

Xi Jinping’s Authoritarianism Does a Disservice to China’s Nuanced Political Tradition

The People’s Republic of China was created by a revolutionary upheaval spearheaded by Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong. The 40th anniversary of his death is Sept. 9 and as it nears, Chinese President Xi Jinping expresses reverence for this radical founding figure, despite the horrendous human misery caused by some of the chairman’s policies — especially the famine-inducingGreat Leap Forward. Curiously though, Xi does this while also, like his… Source: Xi Jinping’s Authoritarianism Does a Disservice to China’s Nuanced Political ... Read More »

Shakespeare, Sir Thomas More, and the refugee migrants

The story of the week: in fact the story of the summer, has been the displacement of people from war-torn and impoverished parts of the Middle East and Africa to Europe. It’s been described as the biggest refugee crisis since World War 2. Britain has a long tradition of helping people fleeing their… Source: Shakespeare, Sir Thomas More, and the refugee migrants | The Shakespeare blog Read More »

Joseph Harmatz of the Jewish “Avengers” who poisoned Nazis

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SEVENTY years after the most daring attempt of Jewish Holocaust survivors to seek revenge, the leader of the plot has only one simple regret — that to his knowledge, he didn’t actually kill any Nazis. Joseph Harmatz is one of the few remaining Jewish “Avengers” who carried out a mass poisoning of former SS men in an American prisoner-of-war camp in 1946 that… Source: Joseph Harmatz of the Jewish “Avengers” who poisoned Nazis Read More »

Georgetown University, Learning From Its Sins

The Jesuit cemetery in St. Inigoes, Md., used to be surrounded by tobacco fields. By DAVID J. COLLINS Over the course of roughly 150 years, those fields were worked by hundreds of slaves owned by the Jesuits. In June, I sat in that cemetery, as a priest and a history professor at… Source: Georgetown University, Learning From Its Sins – The New York Times Read More »

Exactly 500 Years Ago, This Battle Changed the Middle East Forever

Forget Sykes-Picot: the Battle of Marj Dabiq is what drew the modern map. Akhilesh Pillalamarri Five centuries ago, the contours of the modern Middle East were shaped through a series of Ottoman battles. The outcomes of these battles—which shaped the region’s politics, demographics and religious movements—were much more important in the long run than modern phenomena such as the… Source: Exactly 500 Years Ago, This Battle Changed the Middle East Forever | The National Interest Read More »