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It’s more than just climate change

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A new scientific paper by a University of Maryland-led international team of distinguished scientists, including five members of the National Academies, argues that there are critical two-way feedbacks missing from current climate models… Lee Tune Phys.org The most important inadequately-modeled variables are inequality, consumption, and population… It’s more than… Read More »

‘Welcome to a nurse’s world: 14-hour days. €14 an hour. Panic’

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Vocation. From the old French vocacion, a spiritual calling. Sounds wonderful. Except right now I feel like calling it quits. The Irish Times Here’s why. A sixtysomething male patient shows up. He has dementia. In an ideal world he would be specialled, which is to say… But we do not live in an… ‘Welcome to a… Read More »

Holyrood’s legal intervention over Brexit cost nearly £140k

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THE Scottish Government spent almost £140,000 on its intervention in the Article 50 case at the UK Supreme Court, figures show.. The Scotsman A response to a written Scottish parliamentary question showed that £128,877 was spent on “external legal fees”, while there was an £800 court fee to intervene in the case… Holyrood’s legal intervention… Read More »

China Cannot Be Expected to Punish North Korea

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In fact, China might exploit U.S. beliefs about its ability to control North Korea. Joel Wuthnow The National Interest North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launch—the first to occur during the Trump administration—once again raises the question of how the United States should handle the North Korean nuclear program, and… China Cannot Be… Read More »

Protesters in Barcelona urge Spain to take in more refugees

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Tens of thousands of demonstrators march following mayor’s call to challenge the government over its failure to accept country’s quota of.. Agence France-Presse The Guardian Tens of thousands of people marched through Barcelona on Saturday urging the Spanish government to immediately meet its pledge to take in thousands of.. Protesters in Barcelona… Read More »

China corruption crackdown jails senior judge

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A former vice president of the Supreme People’s Court is sent to prison for life in an ongoing nationwide crackdown on… Reuters Asia Times A Chinese court on Thursday jailed for life a former senior judge from the country’s highest court, after finding him guilty of corruption, state media said, the latest official to fall foul of a… Xi Xiaoming, a… China corruption crackdown… Read More »

Why no one’s protesting about anti-Islam campaigner Ayaan Hirsi Ali coming to Australia

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Consider this: What do you think would happen if word went around that Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician who campaigns against both Islam and immigration, was coming back to… Andrew Masterson The Age Last time he was here – in 2012 – he was the subject of protests and calls for a visa ban, and since then he’s… Why no one’s… Read More »

A guide for Western friends about Turkey’s referendum

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Westerners, of course, have the right to present their positive or negative opinions about the developments in Turkey. Markar Esayan Daily Sabah However, they are now, willingly or unwillingly, creating irrational and false propaganda against the upcoming referendum in Turkey As Turkey prepares… A guide for… Read More »

ISIS thriving in Libya 6 years after revolt against Gaddafi

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Today is the sixth anniversary of an uprising meant to usher in a new era of freedom. Sami Moubayed Asia Times Instead, ISIS thrives in the chaos and misery of a broken nation On this day… ISIS thriving in… Read More »

Opinion: Aid workers are not a target, and never should be

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On February 8, six Red Cross workers were killed when their convoy came under fire in Afghanistan. Andrea Lunt SBS When humanitarians are a target, it’s the locals – in desperate need of help – that suffer, writes, Andrea Lunt. Last Thursday, I… Opinion: Aid workers… Read More »

Facebook Plans to Rewire Your Life. Be Afraid.

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto, penned clearly in response to accusations leveled at the social network in the wake of the bitter U.S. election campaign, is a scary, dystopian document. Leonid Bershidsky Bloomberg It shows that Facebook — launched, in Zuckerberg’s own words five years ago, to “extend people’s capacity to build and maintain relationships” — is turning into something of an extraterritorial state run by a small, unelected… Facebook Plans to… Read More »

Extremism is no longer just a man’s game

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The lengths that extremist groups are willing to go in order advance jihad is traditionally thought to know no bounds. Brian Moore Asia Times Indeed, the onslaught of well-documented terrorist attacks in recent years has not discriminated in its targets: young or old, male or female, and despite religious and political beliefs. But on the… Extremism is no… Read More »

The sheep that changed the world

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How the science of cloning has progressed since Dolly the sheep was unveiled 20 years ago The Economist TWENTY years ago Dolly the sheep, the first animal clone, was revealed to the world. She caused a… The sheep that… Read More »

Return of the Dark Ages?

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Recently, in these pages, Spengler (David Goldman) used the examples of right-wing homosexual Milos Yiannopoulos and Chinese classical pianist Yuja Wang to illustrate the collapse of the value-system painstakingly erected over centuries by a fusion of Judeo-Christian morality and Greco-Roman ethics. Norman A. Bailey Asia Times Also recently, Pankaj Mishra published a book entitled Age of Anger: A History of the Present, in which he proclaims the end of the era of “enlightenment” and the dawn of a new, but ... Read More »