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Aboriginal cultural heritage: The high costs of preservation

The Weekly Times

THE decision in a Seymour court last week to impose a hefty fine on a Wahring farmer for knowingly harming Aboriginal cultural heritage is a lesson for all. The Weekly Times Alan James Tweddle was hit with a $20,000 fine for extracting sand from a quarry on his property that had been deemed an Aboriginal site. This is the… Aboriginal cultural heritage… Read More »

Rebecca Solnit on Climate Change, Resistance, Misogyny and “The Mother of All Questions”

Democracy now

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday to dismantle a slew of climate rules put in place by President Obama. Democracy Now The executive order marks the first step to undo President Obama’s Clean Power Plan to limit power plant emissions. The rule was… Rebecca Solnit on… Read More »

Education Doesn’t Solve the Gender Pay Gap

Gender pay gap - Atlantic

For women in professions that require advanced degrees, such as dentists and physicians, discrepancies in pay are becoming harder to explain. Bourree Lam The Atlantic In recent decades, women have been making significant headway in becoming dentists, doctors, and lawyers—professions which require a significant amount of education and postgraduate training. According to some… Education Doesn’t Solve… Read More »

When Left-Wing Feminists and Conservative Catholics Unite

Feminism - The Atlantic

In Europe, a reproductive rights issue yields an unlikely partnership. Anna Momigliano The Atlantic Conservative Catholics and left-wing feminists often find each other on opposite sides of political debates, especially when it comes to what women should do with their bodies. Yet in Europe… When Left-Wing Feminists… Read More »

Supporting Syrian refugees not only an act ‘of generosity’ but also of ‘enlightened self-interest’ – UN chief

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Visiting the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan that is hosting about 80,000 Syrian refugees, the United Nations chief urged the parties to the conflict in Syria and the countries that have influence over… UNnewsCentre “This is the moment for all countries that are involved, directly or indirectly in the conflict, to put aside their differences and… Supporting Syrian refugees… Read More »

The populist drift of the French election campaign

Elections - Al Jazeera

French presidential candidates are using populist distractions to avoid discussing actual policy plans. Remi Piet Al Jazeera News So far, the French electoral season has offered nothing more than a sorry display of politics. Instead of being… The populist drift… Read More »

How to make an Internet of Intelligent Things work for Africa

Africa - The Conversation

Late in 2016 Senegal’s Banque Regionale De Marches announced the launch of the eCFA Franc; a cryptocurrency for the countries of the West African Monetary Union – Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Togo and Guinea-Bissau. Martin Hall The Conversation This and similar innovations mark the coming of age of a new generation of applications – an Internet of Intelligent Things – that could provide a new infrastructure for economic development across Africa. The Internet of… How to ... Read More »

What do many lone attackers have in common? Domestic violence

Domestic Violence - The Guardian

Desperate attempts to profile Khalid Masood after the Westminster attacks blame Islam, Kent or even drunk teenagers, but the common thread in terrorism is often misogyny Hadley Freeman The Guardian The reactions to Khalid Masood’s attack last week played out with script-like predictability: rightwing commentators tried desperately to blame the actions of this Kent native on immigration, while the media pored over whatever… What do many… Read More »

Women in 2017 are not content with equal rights. Now we want power

Women in power

On March 10, 2017, a coalition of women’s and human rights organisations put together the largest political convention of women in Kenya’s history. Muthoni Kamuru Daily Nation It brought together more than 5,000 women from 20 counties at the historic Bomas of Kenya. Women had come… Women in 2017… Read More »

Full electro-mobility will be the next giant leap for Europe

E drive - Euractiv

We are on the cusp of the age of electro-mobility. Now we need concerted action from policymakers to ensure it really does become a reality, writes Nicolas Erb. Nicolas Erb Euractiv Strides in what is sometimes called “the ascent of man” have often been linked to revolutions in mobility. Sometimes these transport… Full electro-mobility… Read More »

A negotiated threat to democracy

Threat to democracy

The advent of devolution four years ago gave the residents of northern Kenya immense hope of development. Hassan Malik Mohamed Daily Nation The good news is that progress has begun to be felt and smelt in the expansive region through the construction of roads and improved access to health care. However, the misapplication… A negotiated threat to… Read More »

Turkey’s main Islamic human rights organization faces internal upheaval

Protesters from human rights organisation Mazlumder hold torches during a demonstration in Istanbul January 26, 2008. Students may soon be allowed to wear the Muslim headscarf in Turkish universities, a watershed for a devout, growing middle class that has long complained of discrimination against its faith. Picture taken on January 26, 2008. To match feature TURKEY-HEADSCARF  REUTERS/Fatih Saribas  (TURKEY) - RTR1WHXV

In Turkey, there are various human rights organizations dedicated to defend oppressed groups or individuals. Mustafa Akyol Al Monitor One of them, Mazlumder, is unique, because it has explicitly Islamic credentials, unlike most others that are more secular. Yet the same… Turkey’s main Islamic… Read More »

SHSU study examines death penalty support in Mexico

Eurek Alert

HUNTSVILLE, TX (3/28/17) — In sharp contrast to previous studies of public support for the death penalty conducted in the U.S., Catholics in Mexico were found to be more likely to support capital punishment, while older… Sam Houston State University Eurek Alert The study, “State- and Individual-level Predictors of Mexican Death Penalty Support,” by Ph.D. Student Alexander H. Updegrove and Erin A. Orrick, an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at… SHSU study examines… Read More »

Access to justice is no longer a worker’s right, but a luxury

Law - The Guardian

Fees have put employment tribunals out of reach for many. The supreme court must restore the balance Aditya Chakrabortty The Guardian Laws that cost too much to enforce are phoney laws. A civil right… Access to justice… Read More »

New York’s Fearless Girl statue to stay on till March 2018

Statue - BBC

The globally popular statue of a young girl staring down Wall Street’s iconic bull will stay in place until next March, New York’s mayor has said BBC News Bill de Blasio said the relevant municipal agencies had backed the idea. The bronze Fearless… New York’s Fearless… Read More »

Iraq’s new marginalised population

Iraq - Al Jazeera

Iraqi families with relatives affiliated to ISIL are struggling to find a place for themselves in their own country. Belkis Wille Al Jazeera News Across Iraq, as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) loses its territorial footholds, it is leaving behind entire populations terrorised by its fighters, but also a community of families tainted by their… Iraq’s new marginalised… Read More »