Society

Muting prayers is muting the Palestinian struggle

Palestine - Al Jazeera

While Israel pursues to silence the sound of prayer, the global community suppressed the Palestinian call for justice. Mariam Barghouti Al Jazeera News Driving the streets of the West Bank, you see Israeli-issued street signs reading, in Arabic, “Urshalaym”, the Hebrew word for Jerusalem instead of the Arabic namesake “Al-Quds”. Like most Palestinians… Muting prayers is… Read More »

Here’s The Real Reason Donald Trump Can Never Be A Great President

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Our greatest presidents drank—some responsibly, others to hooch-happy excess. Richard Torregrossa The Federalist The effects of alcohol seem to have enhanced their statesmanship. It’s simple, very… Here’s The Real… Read More »

Vladmir Putin’s battle of Berlin

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No country in Western Europe is more vulnerable to Russian propaganda than Germany. James Kirchick Politico Europeans are waking up to the fact that Russia is trying to do by peaceful means what the Soviet Union once threatened by violent ones: overthrow democratic governments. Utilizing methods both… Vladmir Putin’s battle… Read More »

The Power Of Economic Inefficiency

Bull - The DC

I’m a business guy. Robert Dickie III The Daily Caller I love free markets. I believe capitalism… The Power Of… Read More »

Nationalism can be a force for the good

Nationalism - AEI

In many quarters of our society today it is taken for granted that nationalism is a malign force, just a step or two removed from Nazism. Michael Barone AEI I take a different view: nationalism rightly understood can be a powerful positive force. Churchill, Roosevelt and… Nationalism can be… Read More »

The Limits of Choice

Education - Dissent

Last week Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced—to the astonishment of many commentators—that historically black colleges and universities “are real pioneers when it comes to school choice.” Sophia Rosenfeld Dissent HBCUs, she continued, “are living proof that when more options are provided to students, they are afforded greater access and greater quality. Their success has… The Limits of… Read More »

Drivers of change

Women - Asia Times

Asia Times chats to industry leaders, Katryna Mojica and Tan Le, on their perspectives on gender in the workplace, and what is needed to improve lives for all Liu Hsiu Wen Asia Times For International Women’s Day this year, Asia Times interviewed two women leaders who have blazed trails in different fields – public relations and telecommunications. Katryna Mojica, Chief… Drivers of… Read More »

Gum disease link to Alzheimer’s, research suggests

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Gum disease has been linked to a greater rate of cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease, early stage research has… Dominic Howell BBC The small study, published in PLOS ONE, looked at 59 people who were all deemed to have mild to moderate… It is thought the body’s response to gum inflammation may be hastening the… Gum disease link… Read More »

‘Crimes against humanity’ in Myanmar – UN rapporteur

Myanmar - BBC

A top UN official says “crimes against humanity” are being committed by the military and police against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority. Jonah Fisher BBC News The UN’s special rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, was speaking as part of a joint BBC Newsnight-BBC Our World investigation. Aung San Suu Kyi… ‘Crimes against humanity’… Read More »

Asia TOPA patron Carrillo Gantner on why Anglo-Saxon Australia is history

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Paul Keating was wrong about our place in the world, says the man behind our latest act of cultural… Lindy Percival The Age “We should have gone to an Asian restaurant,” Carrillo Gantner quips, as we sit down to talk about his role in Melbourne’s newest… The Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (aka… Asia TOPA patron… Read More »

Beauty in the Bible: Illustrating world’s most widely distributed book

Bible - CNN

(CNN) – It’s the world’s best-selling and most widely distributed book, but most modern Bibles, with their dense black-and-white pages and often austere covers, are not normally associated with art. Georgia McCafferty CNN However, this wasn’t always the case. For centuries, rich… Beauty in the… Read More »

Turkey-PKK conflict: UN report tells of ‘2,000 dead’ since truce collapse

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When a man in the Turkish town of Cizre was told his sister had been killed, his family was invited to pick up her remains from the… BBC But all they received were three small pieces of charred flesh – and no information on how she… His February 2016 account is included in a new UN report on… Turkey-PKK conflict: UN… Read More »

Study: LGBTQ+ individuals at high risk to be victims of violence

Eurek Alert

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC — Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are at high risk for being victims of physical and sexual assault, harassment, bullying, and hate crimes, according to a new study by RTI International. RTI International Eurek Alert In a newly published report, funded by RTI, RTI researchers analyzed 20 years’ worth of published studies on violence and the LGBTQ+ community, which included 102 peer-reviewed papers as well as a few unpublished… Study: LGBTQ+ individuals… Read More »

Human rights lawyers ‘not valued’ in Aus

Law - Lawyers weekly

A prominent Victorian barrister has highlighted the insignificance Australia places on human rights lawyers, saying it may be a reflection of a dangerous and profoundly wrong phenomenon plaguing the nation. Emma Ryan Lawyers Weekly Speaking to Lawyers Weekly, Julian Burnside (pictured), Victorian barrister and the chair of fortyfivedownstairs Inc, said one of the major issues facing human rights lawyers today is that they’re not much valued, unless they happen… Human rights lawyers… Read More »

What It Feels Like When a Mosque Is Threatened

Mosque - NYT

This Week in Hate highlights hate crimes and harassment around the country since the election of President Trump. Anna North The New York Times On the day the threat arrived, the congregation of Masjid Bilal Ibn Rabah had planned a potluck dinner. Earlier that afternoon… What It Feels… Read More »

Turkey: The Return of the Sultan

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On April 16, Turks will vote in a national referendum that will, if successful, give President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan increased powers over parliament, the judiciary, and other parts of the… Christopher de Bellaigue The New York Review of Books The offices of head of government and head of state will be unified in the… To many Western observers, this… Turkey: The Return… Read More »