Society

I swam for my life, I swam in the Olympics, and now I want dignity for all refugees

Yusra Mardini 1a Image by UNHCR Gordon Welters

My name is… Yusra Mardini World Economic Forum  Yes, I’m the girl who swam for her life, then swam at the… But I guess you’ve heard that… It’s about my other name, my other… You see, my name is… At least, that’s what they call… I swam for… Read More »

Do Indians Really Support Modi’s Currency Swap?

India - The National Interest

The real test for Modi comes in the form of five key state elections scheduled for February and March. Lisa Curtis The National Interest On the same day Americans elected Donald Trump to power, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise announcement: 500 and 1,000 rupee notes (86 percent of Indian currency in circulation) would no longer be valid. By New Year’s Eve, Modi was… Do Indians Really Support… Read More »

When nations fall their artists rise

Iraqi artist - Al Jazeera

Exploring five decades of Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi’s works. Hamid Dabashi Al Jazeera News On an ethereally sunny and surreal day in Doha, in the company of a dear Qatari artist friend, we walked into Qatar Museum Gallery Alriwaq, now exhibiting an awe-inspiring retrospective of the pre-eminent Iraqi artist, Dia Azzawi. In two complementary… When nations fall their… Read More »

On Lincoln, Sessions And The Hysterical Abuse Of Racism

US - The Daily Caller

People living In the United States and other so-called Western countries, are living with what may be the death throes of the brief but eventful “democratic” age. Alan Keyes The Daily Caller That age began in earnest when the United States was still growing in the womb. The events precipitated by the… On Lincoln, Sessions And… Read More »

We need artists — but artists need to be able to live

Art - Irish Examiner

An Arts Council conference tomorrow highlights the importance of the arts to society and the issue of funding, says Sheila Pratschke Irish Examiner LAST year, the centenary of 1916, the discussion of the role of the arts in our country had a new focus. The artists of Ireland worked… We need artists — but artists… Read More »

East Timor axes Australia border treaty over oil reserves

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East Timor says it wants to tear up a controversial 2006 maritime border treaty with Australia which has soured relations between the two countries. BBC The treaty dealt with how oil and gas beneath the Timor Sea should be shared, but has been disputed ever since. East Timor, one… East Timor axes… Read More »

Soas students have a point. Philosophy degrees should look beyond white Europeans

SOAS - The Guardian

The story of the students preferring African or Asian to European philosophy isn’t what it seems. Tom Whyman The Guardian These so-called PC snowflakes just care about learning We all know what students… Soas students have a… Read More »

How Political Correctness About Islam Made Britain Vulnerable To Chemical Terrorism

Terrorism - The Federalist

Ben Wallace’s call for public vigilance is both ironic and impossible given a pervasive culture in Britain that demands absolute tolerance for all things Muslim. M.G. Oprea The Federalist In an interview with The Sunday Times, Britain’s minister for national security, Ben Wallace, had an ominous warning for Britons. Echoing a Europol report that… How Political Correctness About… Read More »

Europe kills the cookie monster

Students of the Catholic University of Lyon use laptops to take notes in a classroom, on September 18, 2015 in Lyon, eastern France. AFP PHOTO / JEFF PACHOUD        (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)

Commission’s proposed e-Privacy Regulation would restrict how companies listen in on calls and messages. Laurens Cerulus Politico Ever clicked “Yes” to an online pop-up banner that read, “I have read and agree to the terms and conditions” — even though you didn’t and had no idea what would happen to your personal data? This regulation is for… Europe kills the cookie… Read More »

The mysterious masked women of Iran

Iran - BBC

The face mask worn by many Bandari women is probably the most striking of all their unusual attire. Rodolfo Contreras BBC News A jumble of cultures The people in Hormozagan… The mysterious masked… Read More »

EU spots opportunity in Brexit to fix funding wars

BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 29: Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti speaks during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the German federal Chancellory on August 29, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Merkel and Monti discussed the crisis in the Eurozone, part of a series of meetings that Merkel has held after the summer break during heightened concerns over the economies of Italy, Greece and Spain.  (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

The UK’s departure could be used to change the tone of the budgetary debate. Paul Taylor Politico PARIS — Britain’s impending exit from the European Union is a unique opportunity to shake up, simplify and detoxify the way the EU funds itself. That is the message of… EU spots opportunity in… Read More »

Gasolinazo protests: The symptom of a bigger crisis

Mexico - Al Jazeera

Mexico is seeing yet another wave of protests and violence and gas shortages are not the real problem. Edgardo Buscaglia Al Jazeera News In the past few weeks Mexico has witnessed an unprecedented spike in social violence caused by gasoline shortages and a 14 to 24-percent rise in prices. This increase, officially justified with… Gasolinazo protests: The symptom of… Read More »

Romania’s corruption fight is a smokescreen to weaken its democracy

Romania - The Guardian

Turning a blind eye to this abuse of power risks encouraging other European nations to follow its example David Clark The Guardian The recent rise of the populist right in Hungary and Poland has raised the alarm about the future of democracy in Europe, as constitutional safeguards, media pluralism and civil society come under sustained attack. But there is another threat… Romania’s corruption fight… Read More »

Asean GDP all set to surpass the UK this year after Brexit

GDP - Asia Times

Strong growth suggests the regional grouping’s economy will become larger than those in the UK, France and India this year Johan Nylander Asia Times The slump in pound sterling after the Brexit vote to leave the European Union will mean the economy of the ASEAN group of 10 Southeast Asian countries will likely surpass the UK this year, something unthinkable not that long ago. Rajiv Biswas, chief economist on… Asean GDP all set to surpass the… Read More »

Stamping out political rorts requires a cultural change, not more bodies to police it

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Calls for a federal Independent Commission against Corruption-like body are growing following Health Minister Sussan Ley standing aside while several of her travel entitlement claims are investigated. Adam Graycar  The Conversation However, a federal ICAC will not solve the… Stamping out political… Read More »

Two sides of Syria: Damascus and Aleppo

People walk past a picture of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Bab Sharqi entrance, near the Jobar district of Damascus, Syria, January 5, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki - RTX2XN2D

Lebanon is a country of unsettled scores. Fehim Taştekin Al Monitor Each time I visit the country, I keep seeing and feeling the burdensome legacy of its 15-year civil war, no matter how many years had gone by since it ended in 1990. What would I find in neighboring…Two sides of Syria… Read More »