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Kate Mulvany’s The Mares bristles with energetic feminist storytelling

The Mares, a new work by playwright Kate Mulvany, was commissioned by the Tasmanian Theatre Company as a vehicle for some of Tasmania’s leading female performers. Jane Woollard The Conversation The work draws on multiple Greek myths to concoct a… The success of this complex and ambitious work owes a lot to Mulvany’s knowledge of the actor’s craft, and director Leticia Cáceres’ ability to create simple theatrical magic. Each of the performers plays at least three… The Mares flips between ... Read More »

How to challenge racism by listening to those who experience it

The terrorist attack in Christchurch was an expression of racist hatred that is being disseminated systematically across the globe by some media, think tanks and grassroots groups. Mohan Jyoti Dutta The Conversation To actively challenge and dismantle racism, we need to create communication platforms for people who experience it. At the Center for Culture-centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE), we have developed an activist-in-residence programme as a… This month, Māori activist Tame Iti completed his residency. Global network of ... Read More »

In presidential vote, Ukraine looks east

Russian-speaking candidate wants to undo ‘Russophobic’ turn in Ukrainian politics. Vijai Maheshwari Politico Since Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union, political power in the country has always shifted between the Ukrainian-speaking, western part of the country and the Russian-speaking east. Then Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea in 2014 and kicked off a brutal war in eastern Ukraine later that year. After that, it seemed, ordinary Ukrainians closed ranks against their aggressive neighbor. Patriotism and love of Ukrainian culture and ... Read More »

Pauline Hanson insinuates Port Arthur massacre was a government conspiracy

Explosive new covert footage has captured One Nation leader Pauline Hanson questioning the legitimacy of the infamous Port Arthur mass shooting that left 35 people dead in 1996. TheNewDaily -with AAP In the newly surfaced clip filmed in an Al Jazeera undercover investigation, Senator Hanson appears to suggest that the massacre, which prompted the Howard Government to introduce The National Firearms Agreement, was a government conspiracy. “I’ve read a lot and I’ve read the book on it, Port Arthur. I read a book on it, on Port Arthur. ... Read More »

After Iraqi Kurdistan’s Thwarted Independence Bid

Backlash to the 2017 independence referendum bolstered family rule within Iraq’s two main Kurdish parties. ICG Internal democracy has eroded; ties between the parties have frayed. Only strong institutions in Erbil and renewed inter-party cooperation can help Iraqi Kurdistan to reach a sustainable settlement with Baghdad on outstanding issues.  What’s new?  Elections in 2018 confirmed that the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) remain the dominant forces in Iraqi Kurdish politics. But fallout from the 2017 ... Read More »

J’Accuse! The guilty men and women of the Brexit debacle

Afer this humiliating failure for our political class, we need a new constitutional settlement. Anthony Seldon NewStatesman Roll up, roll up for the Brexit blame game, it’s waiting to take you away. Not since Robert Walpole became the first prime minister 298 years ago has this country seen such a prolonged and deep political crisis. Not since the struggle between Catholic and Protestant factions calmed in Britain (if not in Ireland) after the… Whatever happens in the next few weeks and months, ... Read More »

This city bans cars every Sunday—and people love it

Spurred by environmental concerns, an experiment in Bogotá, Colombia, is spreading worldwide. By Alma Guillermoprieto Photographs by Juan Cristóbal Cobo Bogotá, ColombiaIt’s like falling in love all over again; every Sunday without fail, and holidays too, the inhabitants of the car-choked, noise-filled, stressed-out city of Bogotá, 8,660 feet up in the thin air of the Andes, get to feel that the city belongs to them, and not to the 1,600,000 suicidal private cars, 50,000 homicidal taxis, nine thousand gasping buses, ... Read More »

Coders or carers: What will the jobs of the future be?

Innovation is happening in Australia – but it’s no thanks to the federal government. What skills do we need to foster to make sure the future really is an exciting time to be alive? By John McDuling The Age Ever since Malcolm Turnbull’s Ideas Boom flopped with voters in key marginal seats at the 2016 election, there’s been a sense that innovation policy has fallen off the radar in Canberra. Many in the tech community would argue that it’s actually even ... Read More »

Bank boss bonuses to be savaged by watchdog

Bank boss pay packets are set to be radically overhauled by the banking watchdog, including moves to force executives to wait longer after departing the C-suite to receive their payouts. Jessica Irvine The Canberra Times The chairman of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, Wayne Byres, said that individual boards had been too slow to reform remuneration structures for their executives in the wake of the royal commission’s damaging revelations. “Boards have struggled to gain acceptance that new approaches are needed,” Mr ... Read More »

Generational conflict comes to a polling place near you

The most memorable news photo I’ve seen in ages is one from the first School Strike 4 Climate late last year. It shows a young woman holding a sign: MESS WITH OUR CLIMATE & WE’LL MESS WITH YOUR PENSION. Ross Gittins The Canberra Times One minute we oldies are berating the younger generation for their seeming lack of interest in politics (although, having arrived on the scene at a time when our politicians are behaving so badly, who could blame ... Read More »

Energy and security in the Eastern Mediterranean

The discovery of hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean’s Levant Basin has created new regional security dynamics. Petros Petrikkos Global Risk Insights The quest for power and influence hinders energy and economic cooperation. The growing ‘battle’ for the creation of a pipeline is not easily sustained due to the region’s unstable landscape. Research on the Levant Basin dates back to 2010 when the Leviathan block was first discovered by Ratio Oil. Following this, companies like US-owned Noble Energy and French giant ... Read More »

Top Chinese leader backs crackdown on Uighurs

Ruling Communist Party’s fourth-ranked leader Wang Yang said situation in Xianjiang was ‘continuing to develop well’. Al Jazeera News Agencies Xinjiang needs to “perfect” stability maintenance measures and crack down on “religious extremism”, the ruling Communist Party’s fourth-ranked leader said on a tour of the Chinese region where members of the Uighur community have been put in internment camps. Critics say Uighurs and other Muslims who live in Xinjiang are being held in detention centres, though the government calls them “vocational training ... Read More »

Little England, little Blitz?

Neil Berry on Brits, Brexit and myths of the people’s war It often seems that Nigel Farage is fighting the Second World War in his head. Neil Berry The Times Literary Supplement In the 2016 referendum he campaigned for British withdrawal from the European Union on a battle bus out of which boomed the march from the Second World War blockbuster The Great Escape. The following year found him thrilling to the film Dunkirk. For Farage, the near-disaster of the ... Read More »