Society

Fragile Kosovo prepares for crucial vote

Nine years after proclaiming independence, fragile Kosovo votes on June 11 at a time of high tension with Serbia, rampant unemployment and some of its leaders threatened with prosecution for… Pristina Hurriyet The parliamentary election – Kosovo’s third since 2008 – is the most important since the independence declaration, according to Slovenian think-tank IFIMES, which specializes in the… While Kosovo’s sovereignty… Fragile Kosovo prepares… Read More »

These two charts will change how you think about the world’s best universities

What are the essential ingredients needed to make a world-class university? As the editor of Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings for the past seven years, this is a question that I’m asked very often. Phil Baty World Economic Forum The answer always involves a discussion of the importance of institutional autonomy and academic freedom, and a recognition of the crucial fact that without great people, there can be no great university. But one element is undeniably more important than ... Read More »

I Left My Son in a Kingdom of Men

I have two sons. They have never met face to face. Never tickled, giggled, wrestled on the floor, thrown a ball, or played a prank or peek-a-boo. MANAL AL-SHARIF The New York Times They have T-shirts that say “big brother” and “little brother.” They know each other’s nicknames and that they have similar eyes. They know that they share the same mom. And I know that the only way I can wrap my arms around one is to leave the… ... Read More »

To slow climate change, India joins the renewable energy revolution

On June 3, two days after President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanged a hug with French President Emmanuel Macron during an… Arun Agrawal The Conversation Modi and Macron pledged to achieve emissions reductions beyond their… For observers who equate India’s energy production with a… To slow climate… Read More »

Iran Unites as Tehran Struck by Middle East’s Proxy Wars

The 7 June attacks in Tehran struck at the symbolic heart of Iran’s revolutionary republic. In this Q&A, Ali Vaez, Senior Analyst for Iran, says the outrages show how the region’s proxy wars are now reaching far beyond the… Ali Vaez ICG How unusual are these attacks for Iran? If this indeed was, as it claimed, an attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), it would constitute the first time the organisation has been able to strike ... Read More »

Too white, too black, or not black enough? This is not a question for others to decide

Many young First Nations people feel confused about their identity and where they belong. Constantly being questioned about who you are doesn’t help, writes @IndigenousX host Shannan Dodson Shannan Dodson The Guardian Growing up with a last name associated with Aboriginal activism, my identity is often decided for me. In some ways it becomes a validation of my Aboriginality. As I do not fit the stereotypical “mould” of what an… Too white, too… Read More »

Hezbollah condemns Tehran’s terrorist attacks

(AhlulBayt News Agency) – Hezbollah denounced on Wednesday the terrorist crime that was committed by the evil doers in the Iranian capital of Tehran and… ABNA Almanar In a statement, Hezbollah considered that the dual crime is an attempt to tamper with the security and stability of Islamic Republic and…“The crimes committed by the terrorists in the region and the whole world are a result of an international destructive scheme which is… Hezbollah condemns Tehran… Read More »

Scottish Episcopal Church votes to allow same-sex marriage

The Scottish Episcopal Church has voted to allow same-sex couples to marry in church. Patrick McPartlin The Scotsman The historic ‘Yes’ vote will see the denomination become the first Anglican Church within the UK to allow gay couples to marry. The majority of the Anglican communion still oppose same-sex marriage. Ahead of the vote, the conservative Anglican group Global Anglican Future Conference said: “If this action is taken it… Scottish Episcopal Church… Read More »

Universities the biggest winners from China’s top 100 philanthropists

Beijing: China’s billionaires have been so busy making money that they haven’t had time to spend it – and universities are winning from a resulting boom in… Kirsty Needham Brisbane Times China’s 2017 top 100 philanthropist list shows the trend for the country’s wealthiest property developers, finance and technology tycoons to make big charitable donations is… Almost half (44 per cent) of donations in 2017 were made to universities, up from a third (27 per cent) three years ago, according… Universities the biggest… Read More »

‘Inspiring’ reporter and journalism educator Jill Singer dead at 60

Journalist Jill Singer has died at the age of 60 The award-winning reporter, who also taught scores of journalists while at RMIT University, was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder earlier this year. Broede Carmody Michael Lallo The Sydney Morning Herald Her family announced her death on Facebook, remembering her as a “bright life who made a difference”. Former students have flocked to her Facebook page to leave tributes, remembering her as an… ‘Inspiring’ reporter and… Read More »

Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson fails in third attempt to stop criminal proceedings against him

CATHOLIC Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson has again failed to stop criminal proceedings against him over claims he concealed a colleague’s sexual abuse of a young… Margaret Scheikowski, AAP Advertiser Wilson is accused of concealing information about the alleged sexual assault of a 10-year-old boy in 1971 by the now-dead paedophile priest James Fletcher in the NSW Hunter region town of… The NSW Court of Appeal on Tuesday dismissed his third attempt to have the… Catholic Archbishop Philip… Read More »

The Greek Word that can’t be translated

‘Love of honour’, its official translation, is a utilitarian yet insufficient attempt to convey the constellation of virtues squeezed into the word’s four syllables. Stav Dimitropoulos BBC In his second summer in the lonesome Greek village of Tolo on the east coast of the Peloponnese, German senior civil servant and writer Andreas Deffner committed a cultural blunder that led him to the celebrated concept of Greek philotimo. “Good morning, how are you?’ Grandma Vangelió, owner of the pension where he… ... Read More »

Top 10 world’s most competitive economies

China’s Hong Kong has ranked first on the world’s most competitive economies list for two consecutive… China Daily The United States, however, fell out of the top 3 this year, according to the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in… The list consisted of ranking 63 economies based on 260 indicators – two thirds of which came from hard data, such as national employment and trade statistics, and the… Top 10 world’s… Read More »

Melbourne lawyers act out

A group of Victorian lawyers are set to star in a thought-provoking play. Tom Lodewyke LawyersWeekly The barristers, solicitors and in-house counsel will perform in BottledSnail Productions’ A Conversation. The play, written by Australian playwright David Williamson, presents a “moving and dramatic” mediation between the family of a young woman, who was raped and murdered, and the family of her… Melbourne lawyers act… Read More »

Even moderate drinking can damage the brain, claim researchers

Moderate alcohol consumption can impair cognitive function, says study, countering suggestions that low levels of drinking can help protect the brain Nicola Davis  The Guardian Drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol can damage the brain and impair cognitive function over time, researchers have claimed. While heavy drinking has previously been linked to memory problems and dementia, previous studies have suggested low levels of drinking could help protect the brain. But the new… Even moderate drinking… Read More »

May: I’ll rip up human rights laws that impede new terror legislation

PM says she is looking at making it easier to deport foreign suspects as she seeks to gain control of security agenda before… Rowena Mason and Vikram Dodd The Guardian Theresa May has declared she is prepared to rip up human rights laws to impose new restrictions on terror suspects, as she sought to gain control over the security agenda just 36 hours before the… The prime minister said she was looking at how to make it easier to deport ... Read More »