Society

Hebrew U tech chief seeks balance between academia and industry

Yaron Daniely, the new head of Hebrew University’s tech transfer unit, wants technology created in the academic world to get a fair chance to market Shoshanna Solomon The Times of Israel Yaron Daniely, the Hebrew University’s newest pick to spearhead the commercialization of technologies developed within its ivory towers, is taking the reins at a delicate time. Israeli academia has come under public scrutiny for missing out on royalties on technologies developed by their researchers: earlier this month, the Israeli ... Read More »

Tony Abbott on why same sex marriage would fundamentally change society

Like most, I have tried to be there for friends and family who are gay. They are good people who deserve our love, respect and inclusion but that doesn’t mean that we can’t continue to reserve the term “marriage” for the relationship of one man with one woman, ideally for life and usually dedicated to children. Tony Abbott * The Sydney Morning Herald Like you, I want a country where everyone gets a fair go and where no one is ... Read More »

Philippines: Commission on Human Rights budget cut to almost nothing amid Duterte’s drug crackdown

Philippines politicians allied with President Rodrigo Duterte have slashed the annual budget for the Commission on Human Rights from $17 million to just $25 Barney Porter ABC The public body has clashed repeatedly with Mr Duterte over his violent campaign against illegal drugs, and human rights advocates say the move is aimed at supressing any dissent. About four-fifths of lower house members supported the move to cut the commission’s budget to almost nil. The house speaker and a close ally ... Read More »

A lesson from Hurricane Irma: capitalism can’t save the planet – it can only destroy it

The perpetual quest for growth drives our economics. That’s why our environment and financial system lurch from crisis to crisis. George Monbiot The Guardian There was “a flaw” in the theory: this is the famous admission by Alan Greenspan, the former chair of the Federal Reserve, to a congressional inquiry into the 2008 financial crisis. His belief that the self-interest of the lending institutions would lead automatically to the correction of financial markets had proved wrong. Now, in the midst ... Read More »

Map: Australian views on same-sex marriage

Polling consistently shows most voters support same-sex marriage — but how do views vary across Australia? By Matt Liddy, Nathan Hoad and Ben Spraggon ABC How Australians think about same-sex marriage, mapped – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Last year, the ABC’s Vote Compass asked Australians whether they agreed or disagreed with this statement: Marriage should only be between a man and a woman. More than 1.2 million Australians responded, and a majority of people indicated support for allowing same-sex ... Read More »

Conservatives, liberals unite against Silicon Valley

The fading of the tech industry’s bipartisan glow in Washington puts it at risk for tighter regulations. NANCY SCOLA Politico The days of unqualified praise from Washington are over for the country’s biggest tech companies, whose size and power are increasingly drawing attacks from both the left and the right. Democrats are condemning Facebook for allowing “fake news” and Russia-linked ads during the election, while conservatives accuse Google of silencing right-leaning viewpoints. President Donald Trump routinely accuses Amazon of dodging ... Read More »

Six charts that show how much the world has changed since the 2007-08 financial crisis

Ten years ago, fretting depositors formed lengthy queues in front of Northern Rock bank branches across the UK after news broke that it needed support from the Bank of England. Six charts that show how much the world has changed since the 2007-08 financial crisis Alex Mandilaras  The country’s fifth-largest mortgage lender, it was in real danger of running out of cash. The Conversation People were anxious to withdraw their money. They all managed to do so. But not without ... Read More »

Vote yes for human rights on same sex marriage survey

The same sex marriage debate is not about religion, gender identity or the need to return to the values of “the good old days”. The Canberra Times It is, first and foremost, a question of human rights. Why should one section of our community be denied the right to exercise a choice the majority takes for granted? This is why, with the first postal survey forms due to begin arriving in home letter boxes across the nation this week, The ... Read More »

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund hits $1 trillion valuation for first time ever

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund owns about 1.3 per cent of all listed stocks globally and about 2.3 per cent of all stocks listed in Europe Josie Cox The Independent  The value of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, which is the world’s largest, has hit the equivalent of $1 trillion for the first time in history. Experts on Tuesday said that the value of the fund had been bolstered by rising global stocks and a strong performance of the euro. Major stock ... Read More »

Pope Francis slams ‘stupid’ climate change deniers

Pontiff calls on politicians to take scientists’ advice as he raises alarm over global warming after major storms. Al Jazeera and news agencies Pope Francis has sharply criticised climate change deniers as “stupid” in the wake of a spate of powerful hurricanes that have wreaked havoc in the US, Mexico and the Caribbean. “Those who deny it [climate change] should go to the scientists and ask them,” the pontiff said on Monday during an in-flight press conference on the return leg of ... Read More »

Why the first 1000 days are crucial for children all over the world

From the start of pregnancy through to a child’s second birthday, the clock is ticking on a crucial window of opportunity: the first 1,000 days. Amy Cooper World Vision We now know wellbeing, nutrition and care in this period of life, more than any other, has a profound impact on a future adult, their eventual children – and even wider society. “Not a year goes by where we don’t learn more and more about the importance of the first 1000 ... Read More »

Rohingya crisis: UN sees ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Myanmar

The security operation targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar “seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”, the UN human rights chief says. BBC Zeid Raad Al Hussein urged Myanmar to end the “cruel military operation” in Rakhine state. More than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted there late last month. The military says it is responding to attacks by Rohingya militants and denies it is targeting civilians. The violence began on 25 August when the Rohingya militants ... Read More »

Debunking Climate-change Deception

In his new e-book, An Inconvenient Deception: How Al Gore Distorts Climate Science and Energy Policy, climatologist Roy Spencer dismantles and debunks climate alarmist and former Vice President Al Gore’s new movie, An Inconvenient Sequel, the follow-up to Gore’s hugely successful 2006 propaganda film, An Inconvenient Truth. James Murphy New America Spencer’s book is currently outselling Gore’s companion book to his new film by a wide margin. As of Monday, the Amazon Seller’s rank for Spencer’s book was 244th, which ... Read More »

The Rise and Fall of Leftist Populism in Germany

What happened to Martin Schulz? After Germany’s Martin Schulz stepped down as president of the European Parliament in late 2016, he embarked on a nationwide tour of his home country. Paul Hockenos The Atlantic His aim, he said, was to better understand the concerns of ordinary Germans.In speeches before packed union halls, beer tents, and farmers markets, Schulz, a prominent member of the troubled Social Democratic Party (SPD), touted the classic values of social democracy—fairness and dignity. Such values, in ... Read More »

We should weep, but more importantly we should act to stop Indigenous suicides

I have sat with hundreds of families in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities that have lost loved ones to suicide. They are crying out to be heard. Gerry Georgatos The Guardian In the last few years I have written more than 300 articles on the suicide crisis and on suicide prevention. In those same years I have supported hundreds of suicide affected-families and thousands of critically at-risk individuals. In my view, understanding why one has suicidal thoughts should be ... Read More »

ASEAN, Hong Kong wind up FTA negotiations

Hanoi (VNA) – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China’s Hong Kong on September 9 announced the conclusion of their negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and a related Investment Agreement. The announcement was made at the second ASEAN Economic Ministers-Hong Kong, China Consultations (AEM-HKC) in Pasay city, the Philippines. Hong Kong’s Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau said that the two agreements will be signed in November this year. The agreements are comprehensive in ... Read More »