Society

#MyFreedomDay: Students stand up to slavery on March 14

(CNN) – Right now, between 21 and 45 million people are trapped in slavery. At least 5.5 million of those are children. CNN Although slavery is outlawed in every country, criminals earn more than $150 Billion every year from enslaving people. But you can do… #MyFreedomDay: Students… Read More »

Study suggests polling is still best predictor of election outcomes

UH-led research found use of polling data effective even in developing countries University of Houston Eurek Alert Donald Trump’s surprising election as president of the United States was viewed by some people as evidence that electoral polling no longer works, but researchers report they have developed models using global polling data that… Study suggests polling… Read More »

Australia cannot be complacent with ‘evil’ of xenophobia on the rise, says Tim Soutphommasane

Australia cannot afford to be complacent in a growing climate of xenophobia around the world, according to the Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane. Caroline Winter ABC As the parliamentary inquiry into freedom of speech continues this week, Dr Soutphommasane said Australia needed strong leadership to maintain cultural harmony. “What I’m hearing from… Australia cannot be… Read More »

America, land of the (not-so) free, home of the (very) brave

In 2011, I made the decision to cut short my brief stint working in America and return to Australia. Freya Petersen ABC The catalyst was the birth of my first son, and my desire that he experience the same safe, sedate and relatively remote Australian childhood I enjoyed. The decision to… America, land of the… Read More »

The secret to living a meaningful life

Your ambitions to improve your life do not need to be confined by your personality. Christian Jarrett BBC News Brian Little, one of the world’s leading experts on personality psychology, is renowned as a public speaker. If you watch his… The secret to… Read More »

Why this pardon for Britain’s gay men is so inadequate

Lives were destroyed by unjust laws enforced by the state. The effects of this injustice are still felt today Owen Jones The Guardian A pardon for Britain’s persecuted gay men represents an important nod to justice, but it somehow sticks in the craw. How can it… Why this pardon… Read More »

Pagoda problems: the decline of Buddhism in Cambodia

As Cambodia modernises and sex and drug scandals rock the monkhood, the famed saffron robes no longer command the respect they once did Jeremy Meek Southeast Asia Globe Magazine In 1959, May Mayko Ebihara became the first American to write an anthropological dissertation on Cambodian village life. Published in two volumes… Pagoda problems: the… Read More »

Turkey is finding itself a place in the new world

In 1967, when the United States and Turkey were at odds over Cyprus, President Lyndon Johnson wrote a letter to Prime Minister İsmet İnönü threatening to block Turkish warships from sailing to the island. Ilnur Cevik Daily Sabah İnönü in reply told the U.S. president that if the world falls apart “Turkey will find itself a place in the new world.” Today, after five… Turkey is finding… Read More »

Trump shares Obama’s myopia in doing business with China

The TPP withdrawal suggests that Mr Trump is preparing – wittingly or otherwise – to cede to China leadership of trade matters within the Asia region Anthony Rowley Asia Times US President Donald Trump and his predecessor Barack Obama seem to share a common myopia when it comes to seeing the consequences of their actions with regard to trade and business with China. We saw this a… Trump shares Obama’s… Read More »

Corporate corruption and government failure to act: who’s running this country?

The controversial Perth freight link development shows that it’s business-as-usual in awarding government contracts to companies with a chequered past Carmen Lawrence The Guardian It’s clear Australians are increasingly wary of the power of big business; in the latest post-election survey by researchers at the Australian National University, 74% responded “yes” to the proposition that “big business has… Corporate corruption and… Read More »

Two children, two faiths, one message

(CNN) – A photo of two kids — a Muslim girl and Jewish boy — rallying for the same cause alongside their dads, warmed the hearts of audiences across social media. Gisela Crespo CNN Both children are pictured hoisted high above the crowd on their father’s shoulders, holding handmade signs. Seven-year-old Meryem looks across at Adin, 9, who is smiling back at her. Her father, Fatih… Two children, two… Read More »