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Europe kills the cookie monster

Students of the Catholic University of Lyon use laptops to take notes in a classroom, on September 18, 2015 in Lyon, eastern France. AFP PHOTO / JEFF PACHOUD        (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)

Commission’s proposed e-Privacy Regulation would restrict how companies listen in on calls and messages. Laurens Cerulus Politico Ever clicked “Yes” to an online pop-up banner that read, “I have read and agree to the terms and conditions” — even though you didn’t and had no idea what would happen to your personal data? This regulation is for… Europe kills the cookie… Read More »

The mysterious masked women of Iran

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The face mask worn by many Bandari women is probably the most striking of all their unusual attire. Rodolfo Contreras BBC News A jumble of cultures The people in Hormozagan… The mysterious masked… Read More »

EU spots opportunity in Brexit to fix funding wars

BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 29: Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti speaks during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the German federal Chancellory on August 29, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Merkel and Monti discussed the crisis in the Eurozone, part of a series of meetings that Merkel has held after the summer break during heightened concerns over the economies of Italy, Greece and Spain.  (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

The UK’s departure could be used to change the tone of the budgetary debate. Paul Taylor Politico PARIS — Britain’s impending exit from the European Union is a unique opportunity to shake up, simplify and detoxify the way the EU funds itself. That is the message of… EU spots opportunity in… Read More »

Gasolinazo protests: The symptom of a bigger crisis

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Mexico is seeing yet another wave of protests and violence and gas shortages are not the real problem. Edgardo Buscaglia Al Jazeera News In the past few weeks Mexico has witnessed an unprecedented spike in social violence caused by gasoline shortages and a 14 to 24-percent rise in prices. This increase, officially justified with… Gasolinazo protests: The symptom of… Read More »

Romania’s corruption fight is a smokescreen to weaken its democracy

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Turning a blind eye to this abuse of power risks encouraging other European nations to follow its example David Clark The Guardian The recent rise of the populist right in Hungary and Poland has raised the alarm about the future of democracy in Europe, as constitutional safeguards, media pluralism and civil society come under sustained attack. But there is another threat… Romania’s corruption fight… Read More »

Asean GDP all set to surpass the UK this year after Brexit

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Strong growth suggests the regional grouping’s economy will become larger than those in the UK, France and India this year Johan Nylander Asia Times The slump in pound sterling after the Brexit vote to leave the European Union will mean the economy of the ASEAN group of 10 Southeast Asian countries will likely surpass the UK this year, something unthinkable not that long ago. Rajiv Biswas, chief economist on… Asean GDP all set to surpass the… Read More »

Stamping out political rorts requires a cultural change, not more bodies to police it

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Calls for a federal Independent Commission against Corruption-like body are growing following Health Minister Sussan Ley standing aside while several of her travel entitlement claims are investigated. Adam Graycar  The Conversation However, a federal ICAC will not solve the… Stamping out political… Read More »

Two sides of Syria: Damascus and Aleppo

People walk past a picture of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Bab Sharqi entrance, near the Jobar district of Damascus, Syria, January 5, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki - RTX2XN2D

Lebanon is a country of unsettled scores. Fehim Taştekin Al Monitor Each time I visit the country, I keep seeing and feeling the burdensome legacy of its 15-year civil war, no matter how many years had gone by since it ended in 1990. What would I find in neighboring…Two sides of Syria… Read More »

Legal minefield

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As the country looks to attract foreign money to boost the economy, a sketchy and opaque legal system makes investors think twice Matthieu Baudey and Carole Oudot Asia Times One year after the National League for Democracy ‘s landslide win in Myanmar’s historical elections, many were hoping the country would witness an economic boom, helped by a new international image. State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi cleaned up… Legal minefield… Read More »

The ‘Intellectual Partition’ of Cyprus, the ‘Macmillan Doctrine’ and the talks held in Geneva in August 1974 and January 2017

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In his seminal book, Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle considers the virtues associated with justice, as well as the vices inherent in injustice. Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 9 January 2017 In this context, Aristotle engages in a deep discussion as to the two types of transaction into which a party may enter. On the one hand, there are just transactions into which a party may enter voluntarily. On the other hand, there are unjust transactions, which may come ... Read More »

Slavery thrives in the gaps between our knowledge

Slavery - Asia Times

The power to end exploitation is already in our hands, Liberty Asia’s Duncan Jepson says. Duncan Jepson Asia Times What holds us back is the lack of basic data needed to make the right decisions. The much quoted… Slavery thrives in… Read More »

Is Humanism Really Humane?

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This is the tenth in a series of dialogues with philosophers and critical theorists on the question of violence. Natasha Lennard and Cary Wolfe The New York Times This conversation is with Cary Wolfe, who is the director of the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory at Rice University and the founding editor of the Posthumanities book series at the University of Minnesota Press. Natasha Lennard: “Posthumanism”… Is Humanism Really… Read More »

Slavery thrives in the gaps between our knowledge

Slavery - Asia Times

The power to end exploitation is already in our hands, Liberty Asia’s Duncan Jepson says. Duncan Jepson Asia Times What holds us back is the lack of basic data needed to make the right decisions. The much quoted line by… Slavery thrives in the… Read More »

When the mind doesn’t fit the body and your daughter becomes a son

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Kirsty Donohue’s eldest child told her he was a boy trapped in a girl’s body. She tells Claire O’Sullivan about the journey her family has been on since that day. By Claire O’Sullivan Ιrish Examiner Reporter For some time, Kirsty Donohue’s eldest had a sketch hanging up on the wall. Kirsty didn’t take… Kirsty Donohue’s eldest… Read More »

In Meluku, East Of Eden

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The story of spices is the story of temptation—and human civilisation’s rise and fall. A string of fabled, fragrant islands forms its kernel. Amitav Ghosh Outlook At my writing desk, as in my kitchen, I find it impossible to escape the lure of spices. Their flavours enliven many of… In Meluku, East… Read More »

Damian Green ‘unconvinced’ by prospect of universal basic income in UK

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Work and pensions secretary Damian Green has dismissed the idea of a universal basic income, saying he is “unconvinced” by such a plan. Jon Vale The Scotsman Mr Green said it would be “fantastically expensive” to guarantee a set level of income, as well as hitting low earners. Universal basic… Damian Green ‘un… Read More »