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Bangalored: death of a dream

Once upon a time, possibly around two, definitely three decades ago, Bangalore was a charming little town. It was known as the pensioners’ paradise because it was a tiny town with quaint cottages and pretty bungalows surrounded by lovely gardens. And the weather was perfect…. Source: Bangalored: death of a dream — New Internationalist Read More »

Nato raises ‘justified concern’ that Isil is plotting nuclear attack on Britain

Isil terrorists are plotting to carry out biological and nuclear attacks on Britain and Europe, EU and Nato security chiefs have warned. There is a “justified concern” that Islamist fanatics in Syria and Iraq  are… Source: Nato raises ‘justified concern’ that Isil is plotting nuclear attack on Britain Read More »

Money laundering fears over Bendigo Bank operations on Nauru

Fears over money laundering and the risk of financing of terrorism has prompted calls for Bendigo Bank to abandon any dealings with the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru. Bendigo Bank is the only bank with a presence on the island, which Australia relies on as a crucial part of its refugee policy… Source: Money laundering fears over Bendigo Bank operations on Nauru Read More »

The thrilling beauty of unfinished art

Some artworks are left incomplete by accident; others by design. They can be thrilling, insightful – and even more exciting than a finished work, writes Alastair Sooke. It is one of the grisliest scenes in Western art: Marsyas, a satyr from Greek mythology, who rashly challenged the god… Source: BBC – Culture – The thrilling beauty of unfinished art Read More »

The Guardian view on Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment: a tragedy and a scandal

Editorial: Nothing is clear in Brazil’s murky political crisis, except that the country will suffer the consequences for a long time to come.. Ever since Stefan Zweig, writing in 1941, dubbed it “the land of the future”, Brazil has been reproached for failing to live up to the promise that its size, its… Source: The Guardian view on Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment: a tragedy and a scandal | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Greens leader says $14m Brickworks grant shows need for federal Icac

Richard Di Natale highlights fact a significant Liberal donor received $14m under a carbon scheme later axed by Abbott government. The Greens leader Richard Di Natale has gone on the front foot about the need for a national anti-corruption body by highlighting the fact a significant donor to the… Source: Greens leader says $14m Brickworks grant shows need for federal Icac | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Palestine and Israel conflict: Bernie Sanders breaks a taboo

The US Democrat presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, has done it. He has broken a taboo by publicly criticising Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians under its occupation and siege. He is the first political figure in the history of the presidential race to do so, especially as a person of Jewish faith, and just prior to the crucial New York primary, in which the Jewish votes… Source: Palestine and Israel conflict: Bernie Sanders breaks a taboo Read More »

How Dwindling Fish Stocks Got a Reprieve

“My wife told me to sell the boats,” says Brad Pettinger, a longtime trawl fisherman in the Pacific Northwest. “But I said, honey, who’s gonna buy them? At that time we just didn’t have anything.” The “anything” was fish to catch. Fifteen years ago, America’s vast… Source: How Dwindling Fish Stocks Got a Reprieve – The New York Times Read More »

Migrants aren’t taking our jobs, they’re creating them

The future prosperity of Australia’s labour market hinges on the participation of immigrants and refugees. Meet the entrepreneurs and start-ups upskilling these groups. Contrary to the views being espoused in the lead up to the election, the future prosperity of Australia’s labour market hinges on the participation of immigrants and refugees… Source: Migrants aren’t taking our jobs, they’re creating them | Culture Read More »

60 Minutes: Judge declares case a kidnapping not a ‘custody case’ as Tara Brown returns to court

Beirut: 60 Minutes presenter Tara Brown and Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner are facing at least another two days in a Beirut jail after appearing briefly before a judge who declared the matter was a not a “custody case” but one about the kidnapping of two children. The judge has postponed their case until Wednesday, allowing their lawyers to further negotiate… Source: 60 Minutes: Judge declares case a kidnapping not a ‘custody case’ as Tara Brown returns to court Read More »

US feels ‘overwhelming frustration’ with Israeli government: Biden

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on April 19 acknowledged “overwhelming frustration” with the Israeli government and said the systemic expansion of Jewish settlements was moving Israel toward a dangerous “one-state reality” and in the wrong direction… Source: US feels ‘overwhelming frustration’ with Israeli government: Biden – MIDEAST Read More »

Countries should put women at the forefront of the UN drug policy debate

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The United Nations will hold a special session in New York this week to review global drug policy. The summit has the potential to revolutionise the drug control system enshrined in international law since 1961. If UN member states are serious about drug reform, they must act on the… Source: Countries should put women at the forefront of the UN drug policy debate Read More »

Exploring the real Iran, with social media as your guide

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Travelling independently, our writer relies on the advice and generosity of the young Iranians who are using social media to show foreign visitors the warm, fun and defiant reality of everyday life in their country.. Βeing completely disconnected on holiday isn’t as romantic as some purist travellers may suggest. It might be fine if you plan to stay on a beach or… Source: Exploring the real Iran, with social media as your guide | Travel | The Guardian Read More »

Robert Reich: Why We Should Tax Those Who Speculate on Stocks

This article first appeared on RobertReich.org. Why is there so little discussion about one of Bernie Sanders’s most important proposals—to tax financial speculation? Buying and selling stocks and bonds in order to beat others who are buying and selling stocks and… Source: Robert Reich: Why We Should Tax Those Who Speculate on Stocks Read More »