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‘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 »

The government just announced a gamechanger for cycling in England

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The new cycling and walking investment strategy is the first legislation of its kind to legally bind the government to long-term funding for cycling and walking… Sam Jones The Guardian Unless you’re an avid transport campaigner, it’s likely that among the rush of government announcements made last week, you will have missed one very important one: the… The government’s intention to launch a CWIS was first announced in January… The government just… Read More »

Thousands to march in Copenhagen against climate injustice

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Demonstration to protest Trump’s climate policies and the hypocrisy found closer to… CPH Post OnLine On Saturday, Donald Trump will have been in office as US president for 100 days and critics maintain that during his brief stint he has downplayed the… In response, scores of people will hit the streets as part of the ‘People’s Climate March’ in over 300 cities across the… Thousands to march… Read More »

Trump, in new tax plan, promises to do what Reagan couldn’t

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At the center of President Trump’s plan to dramatically cut taxes on businesses and individuals is a promise to stimulate extraordinary economic growth, so much so, his advisers say, that the… Max Ehrenfreund The Washington Post If he succeeds in keeping that promise, Trump will have accomplished something his tax-cutting Republican predecessors failed to… In describing the proposal Wednesday, Trump’s top… Trump, in new… Read More »

The discovery of alien life may be close. How will religion survive it?

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Encounters with new worlds and new life will present religions with the ultimate theological conundrum. But they will adapt, as they have done… Santhosh Mathew The Guardian About two decades ago, it was quite uncertain whether stars other than our own sun even hosted their own… However, according to Nasa, the latest count of confirmed exoplanets stands at around 3,500 – and… The discovery of… Read More »

Saudi Arabia sentences an atheist to death for uploading a video renouncing Islam and the Prophet Mohammed

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Saudi Arabia has sentenced an atheist to death for uploading a video in which he renounced Islam and the Prophet… GARETH DAVIES FOR MAILONLINE DailyMail The man has been identified locally as Ahmad Al Shamri who is in his 20s and from the town of Hafar al… Saudi authorities first picked him up in 2014 after he uploaded the video showing men and women dancing which led to him being charged with atheism and… Saudi Arabia sentences… Read More »

A cry for help: Millions facing famine in Yemen

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The UN has warned that 17 million Yemenis will be in famine unless the world sends urgent humanitarian… Al Jazeera Antonio Guterres, the UN chief, issued a call to action on Tuesday at the aid conference held in Geneva where donor countries pledged almost… But UN says the amount is half of what is needed to combat what it is calling “the world’s largest hunger… A cry for… Read More »

Eureka! the price is right

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Asia Times had one excited economist this week as a deeper delve into the first-quarter growth data threw up some intriguing… STEVE WANG Asia Times Anyone fortunate enough to have shared an office with a follower of the dismal science will know that when a eureka moment strikes, the… “I’d like to thank my mom, my first grade math teacher, professor Ma … ad… Eureka! the price… Read More »

US assembles missile defense in South Korea amid street protests

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TV images showed local protesters hurling water bottles and police trying to block… By ASIA TIMES AND REUTERS The US military started moving parts of the controversial THAAD anti-missile defense system to a site in South Korea on Wednesday amid… Television footage showed military trailers carrying what appeared to be launch canisters being driven into the planned THAAD battery site, about 250… US assembles missile… Read More »

Brussels punches back at Viktor Orbán

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Budapest faces legal action over its education reforms, but the Hungarian leader called the EU move… RYAN HEATH AND QUENTIN ARIÈS Politico The European Commission attacked Hungary on multiple fronts Wednesday, including the threat of legal action over an education bill that targets the… The Commission’s decision ratcheted up the pressure on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán ahead of his… Brussels punches back… Read More »

The Wellness Syndrome

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Today, wellness is ubiquitous; it dictates how we work, consume, relate and… ABC (view full episode) At universities across America, students are being encouraged to sign wellness contracts, agreeing to pursue a lifestyle that enhances mind, body and… But what happens when feeling good becomes indistinguishable from being… When wellness becomes a… The Wellness… Read More »

Macron and the French Paradox

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While commentators focused largely on negative aspects, France has seen an unprecedentedly pro-European electoral… François Godement  ecfr.eu Everyone interested in health and good eating has heard of the “French… In  South-west France, people live to a healthy old age on a fairly fatty diet of foie gras and duck… They manage this because they also ingest more fresh fruit and vegetables than anywhere… Macron and the… 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 »

Ivanka Trump booed for defending her father’s attitude towards women in Berlin

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Ivanka Trump has drawn boos and hisses from an audience in Berlin while defending her father’s attitude towards women, but brushed it aside as… ABC Appearing on a high-powered panel at a conference to push for more support for women in business, Ms Trump also said she was still trying to define her… “I am rather unfamiliar with this role as well, as it is quite new to… Ivanka Trump booed… Read More »

What Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen think about Brexit

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LONDON — The next president of France will either be centrist Emmanuel Macron or far-right leader Marine Le… Adam Payne Business Insider The pair made it through the first round of voting over the weekend and will battle it out until Sunday, May 7 when French voters will elect one of them to… The result of the first round of voting dealt a major blow to France’s long-standing political establishment, with the… What Emmanuel Macron… Read More »

Tale of the jihadist widow

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From aspiring stylist to living under IS: a woman’s Syria story Global Times AFP Twenty-three-year-old Islam Maytat from Morocco poses for a photo with her children Maria (left) and Abdullah in the Kurdish-majority city of… Islam Maytat thought marrying an Afghan-British businessman was her ticket to a new life as a fashionista in… Instead, she became a… Tale of the… Read More »