Society

Home comforts: the Italian hotel giving refugees a showcase for their culinary skills

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Part of a government project, Villaggio La Brocchi is a hotel focused on helping refugees – and by allowing them to shape the menu gives guests a taste of east Africa amid the Tuscan hills.. Silvia Marchetti The Guardian In the Tuscan countryside north of Florence, the scent of ginger, cardamon, cloves and other exotic spices fill the… Home comforts: the… Read More »

Zuckerberg: my Facebook manifesto to re-boot globalisation

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Mark Zuckerberg has revealed deep-seated concerns that the tide is turning against… Kamal Ahmed BBC In an interview with the BBC, the Facebook founder said that fake news, polarised views and “filter bubbles” were damaging “common… He said people had been left behind by global growth, sparking demands to “withdraw” from the… Zuckerberg: my Facebook… Read More »

Rushing marriage equality puts ‘democracy at risk’, says Liberal senator

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David Fawcett says broader protections for religious groups needed before same-sex marriage bill can progress Paul Karp The Guardian Pushing for same-sex marriage in the short term without further religious protections would “put plural and tolerant democracy at risk”, the chair of a Senate inquiry into marriage equality has said. Liberal senator David… Rushing marriage equality… Read More »

Why are some black Africans considered white Americans?

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Sudanese Americans do not fit neatly into the existing racial classifications of the American society. Hind Makki Al Jazeera News I always knew I was black. My childhood was… Why are some… Read More »

The case for collaborating on climate change

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International collaboration and holistic responses are our best way forward in the fight against climate change. Ed Davey Al Jazeera News Last month the UK Prime Minister Theresa May reminded senior Republicans in Philadelphia of the power and importance of the relationship between Britain and the United States. She argued that… The case for… Read More »

The Red Detachment of Women marches forward – but to where?

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National Ballet of China has been traveling the world performing its signature oeuvre, which has attracted both anger and applause Antonia Finnane Asia Times The National Ballet of China has come to Melbourne armed to the teeth for the Australian premiere of its signature oeuvre, The Red Detachment of Women, first staged in 1964. This strongly narrative… The Red Detachment… Read More »

Between genders in Prague

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One of Europe’s most developed post-communist countries struggles to let go of binary identities. Morgan Childs Politico PRAGUE — Viktor Heumann lives in limbo: not as a female, the gender that appears on his national ID card, and not as a male, the gender with which he identifies. To bureaucrats and officials, he is gender-neutral “Viki.” Heumann is one… Between genders in… Read More »

Closing the gap: Australia is meaner, dumber and more racist than 25 years ago

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The Closing The Gap report should have been a wake up call about the way the government is failing First Australians. Andrew P Street Brisbane Times It won’t be. In 2001 John Howard… Closing the gap… Read More »

Suffer the little children: Sexual abuse and neglect by Church and state

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Where is the outrage from our government at 4,444 reported cases of child sexual abuse over 30 years? The silence is deafening, says John Passant. John Passant Independent Australia IMAGINE if the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse had found and reported on widespread systemic abuse of children by Islamic religious leaders? The condemnation would… Suffer the little… Read More »

Rembrandt drawing ‘hidden’ in museum for 250 years found

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Known as “the Braunschweig terrier,” the image is believed to date from around 1637; it has been in the museum’s collection since 1770. Judith Vonberg CNN Professor Thomas Doring, the museum’s curator of prints and drawings, was first alerted to the error two years ago while cataloging the museum’s 10,000 drawings for a digital archive. “It’s been on… Rembrandt drawing ‘hidden… Read More »

My generation fought for equality and security. But that spirit seems lost now

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Brexit Britain is stumbling blindly into separation from a stable community – and social injustice is on the rise. Franklin Medhurst The Guardian We need to rediscover what’s important to us There are alive… My generation fought… Read More »

To counter populist policies world must ditch GDP obsession

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Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti believes the the profit obsessed globalized economy needs to change by putting people and their ecosystems first Lorenzo Fioramonti Asia Times The election of Donald Trump as US President may have come as a cold shower, but it was to be expected in a world that’s increasingly frustrated with a profit obsessed globalized economy. Not only have… To counter populist… Read More »

Aboriginal mothers in WA jails discuss domestic violence in lives, as study finds ‘culture of fighting’

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“There was no way I was going to stand back and let a man flog me, so I gave just as much as he tried to give.” Nicolas Perpitch ABC Those were the words of Leonie, the pseudonym for one of 84 Aboriginal mothers in West Australian jails who were interviewed for a new report on the role of intergenerational violence in their lives. Almost 90 per cent of… Aboriginal mothers in… Read More »

In an age of robots, schools are teaching our children to be redundant

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A regime of cramming and testing is crushing young people’s instinct to learn and destroying their future George Monbiot The Guardian In the future, if you want a job, you must be as unlike a machine as possible: creative, critical and socially skilled. So why are… In an age… Read More »

Greece displays ‘7,000-year-old archaeological enigma’

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A statuette which Greek archaeologists are calling a “7,000-year-old enigma” has gone on show in the National Archaeological Museum in… BBC The bird-like object was carved from granite – without the benefit of metal tools, as it dates from the Final Neolithic… The 36cm (14in) statuette has a pointed nose, round belly and… Greece displays ‘7,000… Read More »

Ties that bind

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From the United States to the United Kingdom, from Peru to the Philippines, marriage is in retreat and cohabitation is on the advance. Laurie DeRose and W. Bradford Wilcox AEI The implications of this shift for adults are much debated; some see it as an important indicator of liberation, others see it as a troubling sign of growing social isolation. But even more… Ties that… Read More »