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MIT issues statement regarding research on Paris Agreement

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MIT issued the following statement on Thursday, June 1 2017. A set of talking points circulated in support of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement included this statement: “The [Paris] deal also accomplishes LITTLE for the climate MIT “According to researchers at MIT, if all member nations met their obligations, the impact on the climate would be negligible. The impacts have… The researchers in MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and MIT issues statement… Read More »

When America Barred Italians

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Twelve years ago, I began researching a family murder that happened in Southern Italy in the 19th century. HELENE STAPINSKI The New York Times It took a decade to find the details of the crime, but the facts I uncovered about the daily life of my ancestors and the racism they faced — even from their own countrymen — were more shocking than the killing. In today’s climate of refugee bans and xenophobia, the facts have taken on a new ... Read More »

We shouldn’t airbrush Margaret Court or anyone else from our history

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We are a mad, shortsighted, often awful and contradictory species. Julia Baird The Sydney Morning Herald Margaret Court has provided ample evidence of that this week, with bizarre and ignorant remarks as she attempted to explain her boycotting of Qantas because of its support of same sex-marriage. When she swung from biblical arguments about the definition of marriage, to musing on whether there was a… We shouldn’t airbrush… Read More »

George Soros accuses Viktor Orban of making Hungary a ‘mafia state’

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London: For the first time since the government of Hungary threatened to shutter the university he founded in Budapest, American financier and… Palko Karasz Brisbane Times Bloomberg In a keynote speech Thursday at the annual economic forum of the European Commission, Soros cited “the deception and corruption of the mafia state the… Soros, a benefactor of civil society groups… George Soros accuses… Read More »

When mosques refuse to bury Muslim terrorists

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The Manchester Central Mosque has declined to be involved in Salman Abedi’s funeral. Yasmeen Serhan The Atlantic SBS The decision is hardly unprecedented. More than a week has passed since 22-year-old Salman Abedi detonated an explosive outside a concert at the Manchester Arena, killing himself and 22 concert-goers and… Still, Abedi’s remains have reportedly not been buried. This carries particular significance for a… When mosques refuse… Read More »

The US has ditched the Paris climate agreement – what does this mean for the rest of the world?

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After just five months in power, the new President of the US has done it. Emily Farnworth  World Economic Forum He has ripped up the most powerful demonstration of collective and responsible global citizenship that the world has experienced in this century. The US President has ignored many voices in making his decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement – an agreement ratified by 147 countries, including his own. Pleas from businesses, investors, city mayors, his… The US has… Read More »

50 years on, what The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper teaches us about music

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It was 50 years ago today. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released. Andy Walton Christian Today Arguably the Beatles’ most celebrated album, it was unleashed onto an unsuspecting world in June 1967. Though there had been hints of the thousand new directions the band was about to take on previous records, Sgt. Pepper was a quantum leap. The orchestral grandeur of A Day In The… 50 years on… Read More »

Brazil emerges from recession as GDP grows 1%

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Brazil’s economy has grown 1% in the first three months of 2017, putting an end to the country’s longest recession in history, officials have announced. BBC The GDP increase came after two consecutive years of negative growth, during which the Brazilian economy shrank by almost 8%. A record harvest of soybeans, one of Brazil’s main exports, gave the economy a… Brazil emerges from… Read More »

90 people were murdered by Isis in Kabul yesterday. Where is the minute’s silence for them?

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How many Muslims do Isis need to kill for us to realise that perhaps Islam isn’t the problem? Thaslima Begum Independent It was the holy month of Ramadan. After a long day of fasting, she had begged her mother to take her to the popular Al-Faqma ice-cream parlour situated in Baghdad’s bustling Karrada district on Tuesday. But what had started as a joyful family night out – ended in sudden tragedy. The call to prayer was replaced by a… 90 ... Read More »

A new study shows how little tax the super-rich pay

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Wealth inequality may be worse than previously thought OF LIFE’s two certainties, death cannot be dodged even by the well-to-do. Taxes are another matter. The Economist Quantifying quite how much they manage to keep from the taxman, however, has always been tricky. One common approach governments take is to conduct randomised audits of… A new study… Read More »

US Oil Production Could Reach Historic Levels This Year

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U.S. oil production could break an all-time high of 10 million barrels per day by the end of the year, according to a new report. Michael Bastasch The Daily Caller Analysts at Rystad Energy are predicting U.S. crude oil output could top an old record set in November 1970 by the end of the year. Production is currently growing at 95,000 barrels per day per month this year, largely thanks to hydraulic fracturing into shale… US Oil Production… Read More »

98 environmental defenders have been killed so far in 2017

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the defenders while protecting their community’s land or natural resources This year, in collaboration with Global Witness, the Guardian will attempt to record the deaths of all these people, whether they be wildlife rangers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or indigenous land rights activists in Brazil. At this current rate, chances are that four environmental defenders will be killed this week somewhere on the planet. Some of the latest to have died… 98 environmental defenders… Read More »

Top universities with the best student-to-staff ratio 2017

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Data from the World University Rankings reveal the top universities with the best student-to-staff ratios Seeta Bhardwa The World University Rankings A lower student-to-staff ratio can help students to cultivate closer relationships with their lecturers, have quicker access to essay feedback, and get involved in… Times Higher Education has created this table to show which universities have the best student-to-staff ratios in the world as a… Top universities with… Read More »

Grandfathering the Australian dream

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House prices, insecure work and growing debts … Who can afford a stake in today’s society? Richard Denniss The Monthly The Liberal Party of Robert Menzies wanted all Australians to own their own home. The Liberal Party of Malcolm Turnbull wants us all to be landlords. The times, they are a-changin’. Australia’s longest-serving prime minister set out, quite deliberately, to give young people a physical and financial stake in the… Grandfathering the Australian… Read More »

Christianity does not play a significant role in Australian politics, but cultural conservatism does

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Debates about same-sex marriage and Catholic school funding suggest that religion plays an important role in Australian… Geoffrey Robinson The Conversation But Australian political religion functions largely as an expression of a general cultural conservatism and institutional self-interest, rather than as an expression of personal religious… For many Australians religion is about truth: Jesus was the son of God who… Christianity does not… Read More »

How we can help refugee kids to thrive in Australia

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When we think about refugee children’s health, we tend to assume bad news. But refugee children are highly resilient. Karen Zwi The Conversation This means they can thrive, mature and develop despite poor circumstances, and can adapt despite severe and long-term hardship. Our newly published research is the first of its kind to track the long… How we can… Read More »