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Point of No Return? Britain and the Elgin Marbles

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Britain’s ownership of the Parthenon Sculptures has caused controversy since they were first brought to London in the early 1800s. Ioannis D. Stefanidis History Today Keen to keep the Greeks onside, the debate became highly charged during the Second World War. Since they were first ‘acquired’ in 1816, Britain has never seriously considered returning the sculptures collectively known as the ‘Elgin Marbles’ to their place of origin. Successive governments have argued that they are better preserved and more accessible in ... Read More »

Aid agencies warn cholera and catastrophe loom in Yemen

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As fighting rages for control of the key port of Hodeidah, there are fears that the harbor will be closed, cutting off vital supplies to millions Jonathan Gorvett Asia Times With fighting continuing in and around the key port city of Hodeidah, aid agencies warned this week that disruption caused by the battle could trigger another cholera epidemic in Yemen – and spell disaster for the millions in the country now dependent on imported… “If the harbour is closed, it ... Read More »

Scotsman columnist Darren McGarvey wins Orwell Prize for political writing

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Scottish rapper and writer Darren McGarvey has been awarded the UK’s most prestigious prize for political writing at a ceremony in London. James Delaney The Scotsman McGarvey, also known as Loki, was honoured with the Orwell prize for Books for his “searing examination” of working-class life in ‘Poverty Safari’. The prize is awarded by The Orwell Foundation each year to the book which comes closest to the English writer George Orwell’s ambition ‘to make political writing into an art.’ The ... Read More »

Hack warning: Secure your data or risk a $31 million fine

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How do you store your customers’ personal data? Are you one hundred percent sure it’s safe from hackers? These are very important questions for small businesses. Alexandra Cain WAtoday Just last week Fairfax reported a conveyancing firm’s IT system had been compromised by hackers who were able to steal $250,000 of a client’s funds from it. Plus, stiff new data privacy rules in the European Union last month mean it’s now more important than ever for small businesses to get their cyber security right. ... Read More »

Saudis arrest another women’s right activist

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The arrest of Hatoon al-Fassi is part of Riyadh’s crackdown on activists in the kingdom. AlJazeera Saudi Arabia has arrested Hatoon al-Fassi, a Saudi women’s rights activist and writer, as part of its crackdown on activists in the kingdom, a human rights group said. ALQST, a UK-based rights group focusing on Saudi Arabia, confirmed to Al Jazeera on Wednesday al-Fassi’s arrest. Considered a leading figure in women’s rights in the region, and the kingdom, in particular, al-Fassi has long been fighting for the… ... Read More »

Federal judge halts family border separations, orders reunification

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New York:  A federal judge in California has ruled that US migration agents can no longer separate immigrant parents and children caught crossing the border from Mexico illegally, and must work to reunite those families that had been split up in… Jonathan Stempel Reuters, Agencies, The Canberra Times United States District Court Judge Dana Sabraw granted the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed over the family separations. He ordered all families already separated be reunited within 30 ... Read More »

Why the World is Not Becoming Multipolar

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In Russia, the concept of multipolarity is usually associated with Yevgeny Primakov. Indeed, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation marked the start of the transition to multipolarity as a key trend in contemporary international life back in 1996.[i] Andrey Kortunov RIAC During his visit to New Delhi as Prime Minister in late 1998, Primakov proposed a plan of trilateral cooperation between Russia, China, and India (RIC) as a practical mechanism for promoting global multipolarity. Sergey Lavrov ... Read More »

Curtain call for Sydney Opera House’s longest serving employee

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For 50 years Steve Tsoukalas has worked at the Sydney Opera house, but today it was time to say farewell. Liv Casben ABC It was an emotional final day for the 73-year-old as he walked up the front steps of the Opera House, after spending two thirds of his life working at Australia’s iconic building. “I couldn’t sleep last night … to forget today,” Mr Tsoukalas said. From the moment he sailed into Sydney Harbour in 1964 as a Greek ... Read More »

What it means to be seen as a real Australian

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What does it take to be considered a real Australian? Being able to speak English helps, according to a new international survey. Matt Wade The Age It found 72 per cent of Australians think migrants who have become citizens and speak English are “real” Australians. That was the second highest share among 27 countries surveyed to agree migrant citizens fluent in the local language are “real” nationals of their country. Who is a real Australian Is an immigrant who has ... Read More »

How to revitalize the Greek Orthodox Church in the 21st century

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Even though I am no longer active in parish affairs, I am still a member of our Church and its Saint Barbara parish in Sarasota, Florida. I continue to follow with concern the financial, leadership and administrative problems facing our Church. Van Coufoudakis ekathimerini I have had a 20-year involvement in parish and diocesan affairs while living and working in Indiana. Moreover, back in 2000, I was selected for the presidency of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology ... Read More »

Turkey’s future just got a whole lot scarier

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In a region where democracy is scarce, it just got scarcer — with Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan claiming victory in last weekend’s presidential election and vowing to “rapidly” usher in a new era of presidential authoritarian rule. By Post Editorial Board New York Post Turks will suffer. Since a 2016 coup attempt, Erdogan has operated under a state of emergency, jailing journalists, political foes and members of the military. One of his foes, Selahattin Demirtas, of the pro-Kurdish People’s ... Read More »

Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un Keep Meeting—Here’s Why

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China has been successful at keeping North Korea close and leveraging the relationship to achieve its own overarching goals beyond denuclearization. Oriana Skylar Mastro The National Interest North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made his third visit to China in mid-June. The fact that Kim visited Beijing shortly after the Singapore summit was unsurprising—it was expected that Kim would have to debrief Xi and the two would want to strategize ways forward. But the predictability of the visit does not diminish ... Read More »

Fintan O’Toole: Trial runs for fascism are in full bloe

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Babies in cages were no ‘mistake’ by Trump but test-marketing for barbarism To grasp what is going on in the world right now, we need to reflect on two things. Fintan O’Toole The Irish Times One is that we are in a phase of trial runs. The other is that what is being trialled is fascism – a word that should be used carefully but not shirked when it is so clearly on the horizon. Forget “post-fascist” – what we ... Read More »

China’s scrap plastic ban saddles neighbors with piles of problems

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Thailand and Vietnam struggle with redirected waste but is there a silver lining? NIKKI SUN and APORNRATH PHOONPHONGPHIPHAT, Nikkei staff writers Nikkei Asian Review HONG KONG/BANGKOK — The world is awash with scrap plastic, six months after No. 1 importer China closed its doors to the recyclable materials on environmental grounds. The ripple effects are hitting the shores of Southeast Asia’s emerging countries, which have seen a surge in plastic shipments — not all of them legal. “Thai people are ... Read More »