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After Brussels, a new challenge for Defence

Our military is unprepared for 21st century threats and shows little sign of changing. The hellish destruction in Brussels strikes at the very heart of our conceit that government can protect us. It can’t. Not any more. The terrorists have learnt to hit, hard, the myriad of vulnerabilities that exist everywhere in modern societies. Each offers the opportunity for… Source: After Brussels, a new challenge for Defence Read More »

This is why Finland has the best schools

The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, “Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just about the opposite of what we are doing in the United States.”. Following his recommendation, I enrolled my seven-year-old son in a primary school in Joensuu. Finland, which is about as far east as you can go in the European Union before you… Source: This is why Finland has the best schools Read More »

Emaar’s Dubai Opera to open doors in Downtown Dubai this year

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The city’s first purpose-built multi-format performing arts theatre, Dubai Opera overlooks the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain. Emaar Properties will mark the inauguration of its iconic ‘Dubai Opera’ in Downtown Dubai, with a spectacular line-up of world-class performances later this year. The city’s first purpose-built multi-format… Source: Emaar’s Dubai Opera to open doors in Downtown Dubai this year – Khaleej Times Read More »

Japanese history textbooks come under fire

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By Todd Crowell TOKYO China and South Korea have both officially protested new history textbooks that emphasize Japan’s control over disputed islands — yet another irritant in Tokyo’s relations with its near neighbors. The new textbooks designated for first- and second-year high school students, which… Source: Japanese history textbooks come under fire Read More »

Easter Rising: Irish President Michael D Higgins hopes NI people ‘approach commemorations generously’ 

The Irish president says he hopes people in Northern Ireland will approach the Easter Rising commemorations “generously”. Events are taking place in Dublin to mark the centenary of the 1916 rebellion against British rule, a seminal moment in Ireland’s past. Some unionists have been reluctant to take part in or support the events… Source: Easter Rising: Irish President Michael D Higgins hopes NI people ‘approach commemorations generously’ – BBC News Read More »

Taking Stock of Historic Trip To Cuba by Barack Obama

It wasn’t always easy, but in the end Barack Obama and Raúl Castro did the wave together in the stadium. Veit Medick was in Cuba, traveling with the US president’s press corps. Impressions from a memorable state visit… Source: Taking Stock of Historic Trip To Cuba by Barack Obama – SPIEGEL ONLINE Read More »

Held in Greece beside a closed border and EU relocation law

‘We try to explain the situation to them but many remain hopeful the border will reopen’. Damian Mac Con Uladh in Ritsona The RAF’s Red Arrows could not have picked a more unsuitable location for their annual overseas training than the skies above the Ritsona refugee camp, one of dozens set up by… Source: Held in Greece beside a closed border and EU relocation law Read More »

NASA’s Mission to Europa

A new generation of probes will look for signs of life in the liquid plumes that shoot out from Jupiter and Saturn’s moons. The oceans offered humanity’s first passage beyond the boundaries of the known world. Ships brought people to unfamiliar shores on voyages of discovery, often just because they… Source: NASA’s Mission to Europa – The Atlantic Read More »

Is the Nine Dash Line a Super-Sized Exclusive Economic Zone?

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China opened up a new front for South China Sea conflict this week when one of its coast guard vessels collided with an Indonesian coast guard ship in the process of towing a captured Chinese vessel alleged to be engaged in illegal fishing. In a remarkably direct and frank statement, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister protested China’s… Source: Is the Nine Dash Line a Super-Sized Exclusive Economic Zone? – Lawfare Read More »

These Refugees Are Being Returned to the Violent Circumstances They Left Behind

For some asylum seekers, their “well-founded” fear of persecution is proven only after they’re repatriated. By Michelle Chen Two years ago, back in their hometowns in Bangladesh, they were ordinary young men whose political involvement didn’t go beyond local support for the opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP)… Source: These Refugees Are Being Returned to the Violent Circumstances They Left Behind | The Nation Read More »

Religion’s tax break is a cross we shouldn’t have to bear

Religious groups are not taxable. No wonder there’s no transparency in how their billions of dollars are spent. Whether or not you are a practising Christian, Easter is a time to think about religious traditions. The ongoing proceedings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual… Source: Religion’s tax break is a cross we shouldn’t have to bear Read More »

MP Natalie McGarry served with writ over holocaust claim

THE GLASGOW East MP Natalie McGarry is being taken to court over her failure to “adequately” apologise for wrongly accusing a leading unionist campaigner of being a “holocaust denier”. Solicitors acting on behalf of Alastair Cameron, the director of Scotland in Union, have… Source: MP Natalie McGarry served with writ over holocaust claim – The Scotsman Read More »

Stephane Dion Calls On UN To Rethink Canadian Professor’s Appointment

LONDON, Ont. — Canada’s foreign affairs minister is questioning the appointment of a Canadian law professor to a key United Nations job. Stephane Dion is calling on the UN Human Rights Council to review the appointment of Western University law professor Michael Lynk as its Special Rapporteur on human rights in Palestine… Source: Stephane Dion Calls On UN To Rethink Canadian Professor’s Appointment Read More »

Can the American Right Renounce Utopianism?

The Republican masses are more conservative, in the traditional sense, than the so-called conservative intellectuals. Can the American right free itself from the utopianism of the post-Reagan era? The question would have seemed strange to mid-century American conservative thinkers like… Source: Can the American Right Renounce Utopianism? | The National Interest Read More »