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Poverty Isn’t Just About Money, Especially for Blacks and Hispanics

Staying poor isn’t just a matter of having too little money—it’s about a series of unstable circumstances that build upon each other.. It’s true that poverty affects people of all races, genders, and nationalities, but it’s also true that poverty—especially deep, persistent, intergenerational… Source: Poverty Isn’t Just About Money, Especially for Blacks and Hispanics – The Atlantic Read More »

The Leap Manifesto opens horizon for bold new politics in Canada

The media attacks are a sign: a New Democratic Party that takes on inequality and climate change can crack open the country’s political debate. From the headlines screaming outrage on the front pages of Canada’s newspapers, you’d think the New Democratic Party had shuttered their… Source: The Leap Manifesto opens horizon for bold new politics in Canada | Martin Lukacs | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Why we should honour the humanity of every person who dies in custody

It’s now 25 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody tabled its final report. The anniversary will undoubtedly be marked by analysis and commentary, as well as reflections on statistics, key trends and issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander… Source: Why we should honour the humanity of every person who dies in custody Read More »

Speech of His Excellency Mr. Georgios Veis Ambassador Permanent Delegate, at the 199th Session of the Executive Board

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199TH SESSION OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF UNESCO UNESCO HEADQUARTERS, PARIS ADDRESS OF HIS EXCELLENCY, Mr Georges Veis AMBASSADOR, PERMANENT DELEGATE OF GREECE TO UNESCO Mr Chairperson of the Executive Board, Mr President of the 36th Session of the General Conference, Madam Director-General, Your Excellences, Dear Colleagues, Greece under the context of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, supports programs for the reform in education, lifelong learning, and education for people in vulnerable situations. As a country on ... Read More »

What happened to Nigeria’s lost girls

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“WHAT’S your name? Is that the name your parents recognise? Where were you taken from?” Those are the chilling words uttered by an unseen man behind the camera in a video of the Nigerian schoolgirls who vanished exactly two years ago… Source: What happened to Nigeria’s lost girls Read More »

Politicians and clergy are out of step on euthanasia

Between 70 and 80 per cent of people believe voluntary-assisted dying should be made legal. Former prime minister Bob Hawke has recently come out in favour of the proposal, but other politicians and the clergy are holding back progress… Source: Politicians and clergy are out of step on euthanasia Read More »

The Urgency of a Moral Economy: Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of Centesimus Annus

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Today we celebrate the encyclical Centesimus Annus and reflect on its meaning for our world a quarter-century after it was presented by Pope John Paul II… Source: The Urgency of a Moral Economy: Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of Centesimus Annus Read More »

Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems

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Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them… George Monbiot The Guardian Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative? Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of… The ideology that dominates our lives has, for most of us, no… Neoliberalism – the ideology… Read More »

The gory Caravaggio left in an attic

As a gory painting discovered at a house in France is pronounced the real deal, Kelly Grovier looks at how we can spot a fake. Warning: The painting featured below depicts a graphic image Trust your gut. In art, as in life, thinking is Source: BBC – Culture – The gory Caravaggio left in an attic Read More »

Holding referendums with elections makes political (and financial) sense

If we go ahead with the same-sex marriage and Indigenous recognition referendums, then let’s hold them alongside the election. The weight of history is behind such a move… Source: Holding referendums with elections makes political (and financial) sense – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

These incredibly creepy mass graves were just unearthed in Greece

Two mass graves have been unearthed in the Falirikon Delta region of southern Athens, containing the skeletons of 80 young men, many shackled at the hands and feet, and dated to between 675 and 650 BC. Judging by their less-than-restful corpses, archaeologists have suggested that… Source: These incredibly creepy mass graves were just unearthed in Greece – ScienceAlert Read More »

In Brexit Debate, English Fishermen Eye Waters Free of E.U.

BRIXHAM, England — Mike Walker, a retired fisherman here, sums up what many in this southern English port town think of the European Union. Britain’s membership in the 28-nation union has encouraged France, Spain, the Netherlands and “the rest of them lot” to “come rape our waters,” Mr. Walker… Source: In Brexit Debate, English Fishermen Eye Waters Free of E.U. – The New York Times Read More »

Sesame Street’s first Afghan Muppet empowers girls

With purple skin and an orange nose, her multi-colored braids wrapped in a headscarf, Zari is Sesame Street’s first female, Afghan muppet and she has a message: girl power. Producers hope the character, who debuted on the local version of the show this month, will provide a much needed boost to gender equality in a country where girls still trail… Source: Sesame Street’s first Afghan Muppet empowers girls – MIDEAST Read More »

Turkish Delight in Washington’s Patronage

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On March 26 President Erdogan of Turkey “harshly criticized” foreign diplomats for being present at the trial of two journalists in Istanbul.  At a meeting of businessmen he erupted in fury and expostulated that “The consul-generals in Istanbul attended the trial. Who are you? What… Source: Turkish Delight in Washington’s Patronage Read More »