Society

Why this pardon for Britain’s gay men is so inadequate

Gay rights - The Guardian

Lives were destroyed by unjust laws enforced by the state. The effects of this injustice are still felt today Owen Jones The Guardian A pardon for Britain’s persecuted gay men represents an important nod to justice, but it somehow sticks in the craw. How can it… Why this pardon… Read More »

Yes, politics can make us stupid. But there’s an important exception to that rule.

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There may be an antidote to politically motivated reasoning. And it’s wonderfully simple. Brian Resnick Vox Dan Kahan is a professor of law and psychology at Yale whose research over the years has taught us something critically important about political debate today. It’s this: While we… Yes, politics can… Read More »

Pagoda problems: the decline of Buddhism in Cambodia

Cambodia - SEA Globe

As Cambodia modernises and sex and drug scandals rock the monkhood, the famed saffron robes no longer command the respect they once did Jeremy Meek Southeast Asia Globe Magazine In 1959, May Mayko Ebihara became the first American to write an anthropological dissertation on Cambodian village life. Published in two volumes… Pagoda problems: the… Read More »

Women Have Lots More To Offer Society Than Cat Hats And Giant Unmentionables Pictures

Women - The Federalist

I humbly ask more of the feminist movement—not just for the sake of womanhood, but for the sake of humanity. Emily Carrington The Federalist As a little girl, I once asked the McDonald’s cashier for a Hot Wheels instead of a Barbie toy in my Happy Meal. The cashier responded with… Women Have Lots… Read More »

Turkey is finding itself a place in the new world

Daily Sabah

In 1967, when the United States and Turkey were at odds over Cyprus, President Lyndon Johnson wrote a letter to Prime Minister İsmet İnönü threatening to block Turkish warships from sailing to the island. Ilnur Cevik Daily Sabah İnönü in reply told the U.S. president that if the world falls apart “Turkey will find itself a place in the new world.” Today, after five… Turkey is finding… Read More »

Trump shares Obama’s myopia in doing business with China

Trump - Asia Times

The TPP withdrawal suggests that Mr Trump is preparing – wittingly or otherwise – to cede to China leadership of trade matters within the Asia region Anthony Rowley Asia Times US President Donald Trump and his predecessor Barack Obama seem to share a common myopia when it comes to seeing the consequences of their actions with regard to trade and business with China. We saw this a… Trump shares Obama’s… Read More »

Corporate corruption and government failure to act: who’s running this country?

Protest - The Guardian

The controversial Perth freight link development shows that it’s business-as-usual in awarding government contracts to companies with a chequered past Carmen Lawrence The Guardian It’s clear Australians are increasingly wary of the power of big business; in the latest post-election survey by researchers at the Australian National University, 74% responded “yes” to the proposition that “big business has… Corporate corruption and… Read More »

Two children, two faiths, one message

Activism - CNN

(CNN) – A photo of two kids — a Muslim girl and Jewish boy — rallying for the same cause alongside their dads, warmed the hearts of audiences across social media. Gisela Crespo CNN Both children are pictured hoisted high above the crowd on their father’s shoulders, holding handmade signs. Seven-year-old Meryem looks across at Adin, 9, who is smiling back at her. Her father, Fatih… Two children, two… Read More »

Why the Quebec mosque shooting happened

Canada - Al Jazeera

Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crimes have been on the rise in Quebec and Canada as a whole for years. Safiah Chowdhury Al Jazeera News “Hey hey, ho ho, we would rather have Trudeau,” chanted protesters in an American airport, gathered to challenge the executive order by the US President Donald Trump, effectively banning entry of Muslim refugees and residents… Why the Quebec… Read More »

Recess Gets A Makeover

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What’s the best time for students to have recess? Sophia Boyd npr Before lunch, or after? What happens if… Recess Gets A… Read More »

One Nation candidate David Archibald slammed by Anthony Albanese over ‘offensive’ single mother comments

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Federal Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese is calling for one of Pauline Hanson’s WA election candidates to be dumped for calling single mothers “lazy”. Joseph Dunstan ABC In a 2015 Quadrant article One Nation candidate David Archibald described single mothers as “too lazy to attract and hold a… One Nation candidate… Read More »

Role of women central to necessary reforms within Islam

Women - Irish Examiner

ARE we too complacent in Ireland about the threat of radical Islam? TP O’Mahony Irish Examiner An illegal immigrant scam at Dublin airport suggests so. On this, World Hijab… Role of women… Read More »

Why, only now, are we finding out who the biggest donors in an election year were?

Elections - The Conversation

The Australian Electoral Commission has released disclosures on political donations for the financial year 2015-16. Yee-Fui Ng The Conversation The Electoral Act requires donors, candidates, political parties and associated entities to give details to the commission about the political donations they received for each financial year. All donations above… Why, only now… Read More »

More than ever, Australians must work together to create an inclusive society

Aus - The Guardian

From advertising to workplaces, in 2017, let’s endeavour to recognise the enormous opportunity that diversity offers all of us Lisa Annese The Guardian The new year brings with it new hope and optimism, a chance for a fresh start and an opportunity to reassess the way forward. Or at least… More than ever… Read More »

Why Russia is about to decriminalise wife-beating

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The Duma’s war on women It fits with traditional values, lawmakers say The Economist SHOULD it be a crime for a husband to hit his wife? In many countries this question no longer needs… But not in Russia, where the Duma (parliament) voted this week to decriminalise domestic violence against family members unless it is a… Why Russia is… Read More »

Fourth LNP member defects to One Nation

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PAULINE Hanson’s One Nation has welcomed another defector from the LNP with former Logan MP ­Michael Pucci appointed as the… Sarah Vogler The Courier-Mail Mr Pucci – who was voted out in 2015 after one term in State Parliament – told The Courier-Mail that he resigned from the LNP via email over the… Fourth LNP member… Read More »