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Time to honour a historical legend: 50 years since the discovery of Mungo Lady

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This month we celebrate an event 50 years ago in western New South Wales that changed the course of Australian history. Jim Bowler The Conversation On July 15, 1968, the discovery of burnt bones on a remote shoreline of an unnamed lake basin began a story, the consequences of which remain sadly unfinished today. It’s the story of a legend, the discovery of Mungo Lady, the first in the series of steps that led to the creation of the Willandra ... Read More »

US diplomat bugged by Australia attacks prosecution of spy Witness K

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Peter Galbraith says the prosecution of Australian spy and solicitor Bernard Collaery is ‘pointless’ Christopher Knaus The Guardian A decorated US diplomat spied upon by Australia as he represented Timor-Leste during lucrative oil and gas negotiations has described the prosecution of the two men who exposed the covert operation as “vindictive and pointless”. The former US ambassador to Croatia Peter Galbraith was the lead negotiator for Timor-Leste during 2004 negotiations with Australia to carve up more than $40bn of oil ... Read More »

Can you raise an autistic child to be bilingual – and should you try?

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Diagnosed with autism and delayed language development, five-year-old Jose lives with his bilingual English-Spanish family in the UK. Authors: The Conversation In addition to all the important decisions that a family with an autistic child has to take, Jose’s parents must also consider what languages to teach him and how. They would like Jose to learn English so he can make friends and do well at school. But they also value Spanish – the native language of Jose’s mother. The ... Read More »

Here’s How the Road to Iraq Is Repeating Itself with Iran

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America had better hope that its leaders and media learn from the clamor for invading Iraq in 2003. Christopher A. Preble The National Interest Rob Reiner’s movie “Shock and Awe,” due to hit theaters on July 13, reminds us of the role that provocateurs and conspiracy theorists played in building the case for war with Iraq. (Spoiler alert: this article reveals key movie plot lines, including that the United States did, in fact, invade Iraq in 2003, and that most of the ... Read More »

When an Indian hospital ran out of oxygen, doctors tried to help – so why were they jailed?

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Gorakhpur: It was a shocking story: A government hospital in the far north of India ran out of liquid oxygen because it hadn’t paid the supplier. Over the next two days, dozens of children died in care. By Shashank Bengali & Parth M.N. The Age LA Times At the time, authorities specified that 34 of 60 children who died were babies in the neo-natal intensive care unit, while 12 died because of encephalitis. The rest died of other unspecified causes. Amid ... Read More »

Number of Yemenis fleeing Al-Hudaydah tops 121,000: UN

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More than 121,000 people have recently fled Yemen’s port city of Al-Hudaydah due to fierce attacks by Saudi-led coalition forces, according to a new UN report. AL-HUDAYDAH, Yemen – Anadolu Agency Hurriyet The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest situation report on Al-Hudaydah released on July 4 that displacement from the Al-Hudaydah Governorate continues and… “More than 10,000 displaced households (nearly 80,000 people) have been assisted with food, emergency kits, and other life-saving support,” ... Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Men don’t get the grief!’ Hunter who posted photos of herself with rare black giraffe she killed has no regrets for her ‘passion’ – and says much of the anger at her is because she’s a woman

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The woman at the center of an international storm for hunting down a rare black giraffe remained defiant on Tuesday, saying she has no regrets about the killing or for posing for pictures with the dead giant. By MARTIN GOULD IN ODESSA, TEXAS FOR DAILYMAIL.COM ‘It is something I believe in,’ Tess Thompson Talley told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview outside the ball-bearing factory in Odessa, Texas, where she works. ‘This is more than a hobby for me, it’s a passion.’ And ... Read More »

Polish Supreme Court’s top judge to defy ’purge’

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Poland’s Supreme Court chief justice has vowed to show up at work on Wednesday in defiance of a retirement law pushed through by the right-wing government but criticised by the EU as… WARSAW – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The European Union on Monday launched legal action against Poland due to the reform, the latest salvo in a bitter battle over sweeping judicial changes introduced by the ruling Law and… According to Amnesty International, judges in Poland are “experiencing political pressure” in connection with the PiS judicial reforms ... Read More »

Cambridge Analytica used our secrets for profit – the same data could be used for public good

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Ever since it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica had taken data from 87m users via a Facebook app that exploited the social media site’s privacy settings, it has been suggested that anything from Donald Trump’s election in the US to the European Union referendum result in the UK could have been the result of the persuasive power of… William David Watkin The Conversation But Aleksandr Kogan, the University of Cambridge researcher whose data-collecting app formed the basis for Cambridge Analytica’s ... Read More »

Patriotic Mobilisation in Russia

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The Kremlin is fostering a culture of military-tinged patriotism, partly to rally support for armed interventions abroad. ICG The sentiment springs from pride in Russia’s past as a global power and desire to reclaim that status. Its possible co-optation by far-right nationalists, however, should worry Moscow. What’s new? In recent years, the Kremlin has pursued a policy of patriotic mobilisation – encouraging national pride, commemorating past military victories and promoting a vision of Russia as a reborn global power. While ... Read More »

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh to deploy thousands of police to refugee camps to improve safety

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Bangladesh is deploying thousands of extra police to Rohingya refugee camps in the south, officials said, after a series of mostly unexplained killings that have sown fear among hundreds of thousands of people who have fled from… Reuters ABC Since August, when a military crackdown in Myanmar forced many of the Muslim minority to cross the border into Bangladesh and seek shelter in the crowded camps, 19 people, some of them community leaders, have been killed. Police have made a ... Read More »

Why technology puts human rights at risk

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Movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner and Terminator brought rogue robots and computer systems to our cinema screens. Birgit Schippers The Conversation But these days, such classic science fiction spectacles don’t seem so far removed from reality. Increasingly, we live, work and play with computational technologies that are autonomous and intelligent. These systems include software and hardware with the capacity for independent reasoning and decision making. They work for us on the factory floor; they decide whether ... Read More »

The Guardian view on regulating elections: democracy needs a tougher defence

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The campaign for Brexit now looks dishonest and discredited. Its dodgy legacy casts a shadow over Theresa May’s government Editorial A healthy democracy has many mechanisms to hold politicians to account, but none as mighty as the ballot box. The government that fails to fulfil its promises can be expelled from power. This contract between electorate and elected is one reason why many democrats are suspicious of referendums. The danger is that they elevate a one-off verdict above the normal ... Read More »

ABC ban: News Corp rejects media boycott of Nauru forum

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Press gallery says it won’t cover Turnbull’s trip unless public broadcaster gets visa Amanda Meade The Guardian News Corp has rejected a boycott of the Pacific Islands Forum by the Australian federal press gallery, which was sparked by a Nauru government ban on the ABC for alleged “bias and false reporting”. The president of the press gallery, David Crowe, said on Wednesday that the small pool of journalists, including a reporter, a stills photographer and a TV camera operator, would ... Read More »