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George W. Bush’s former press sec chides Trump for freewheeling speech

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President Donald Trump drew a rebuke on Thursday night from George W. Bush’s White House press secretary after he mocked the “thousand points of light” volunteer effort of Bush’s father during a… John Wagner Washington Post, New York Times The Sydney Morning Heral “This is so uncalled for,” Ari Fleischer wrote on Twitter. “Going after a 94-year-old, former President’s promotion of volunteerism. I don’t mind [Trump] being a fighter. I do mind him being rude.” Trump took aim at the ... Read More »

Booker Prize: tradition of multilingual writers seems to be dying out – more’s the pity

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Is it a coincidence that J.K. Rowling studied French and Classics? Or that Shakespeare wrote passages of dialogue in Welsh and French, suggesting that he was conversant in both? Authors: The Conversation To write successfully in your first language, it can help if you know a second – it is one way of seeing the world from another perspective and making comparisons, which is after all what literature is all about. But what of writers of contemporary literary fiction? Researchers ... Read More »

Thai cave boys: the psychology of surviving underground

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When 12 young footballers and their coach entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand, it was supposed to be a fun outing after football practice. Sarita Robinson The Conversation But when a torrent of flood water rushed in after heavy rain, the group became trapped on a small rock shelf deep inside the cave’s vast network of tunnels. It was nine days before two British divers, John Volanthen and Richard Stanton, located the group – mercifully alive and ... Read More »

America on Thin ICE

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“The culture and ideology fostered in this globalization process relate largely to “lifestyle” themes and goods and their acquisition; and they tend to weaken any sense of community helpful to civic life.” Nick Pemberton CounterPunch — Noam Chomsky & Edward Herman, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper.” — Barack Obama Last weekend hundreds of thousands marched to protest Donald Trump’s ... Read More »

World’s Largest Crypto Exchange Eyes $1 Billion Profit Amid Rout

Zhao Changpeng, chief executive officer of Binance, speaks during a Bloomberg television interview in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

This year’s cryptocurrency crash has saddled bulls with billions of dollars in losses, but the world’s largest virtual currency exchange is still making money hand over fist. Cindy Wang Bloomberg Binance expects a net profit of $500 million to $1 billion in 2018, according to its chief executive officer. First half revenue was about $300 million, Changpeng Zhao said in an interview. Average daily turnover at his venue, which opened a year ago, is roughly $1.5 billion, and Binance now ... Read More »

Outspoken Aberdeen University academic arrested in Turkey for criticising the government

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An outspoken Aberdeen University academic has been arrested in Turkey for posting critical commentary online about the country’s leader. Kieran Beattie The Press and Journal Lawyer Hanifi Baris, who graduated from Aberdeen University’s Centre of Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law with a PhD last year, was yesterday arrested by police in Istanbul for “posting items with criminal content on Facebook and Twitter accounts”. Mr Baris, who moved to Turkey after leaving Aberdeen last year to be with his ... Read More »

What the Nazis driving people from homes taught philosopher Hannah Arendt about the rights of refugees

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Facing a political revolt over immigration policies from the Christian Social Union partner in her coalition government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to a compromise, which would create “transit zones” or refugee camps along Germany’s southern border. Kathleen B. Jones The Conversation Under the agreement, migrants would be housed in designated transit areas, until German authorities determined their eligibility. If found to have registered in another EU country, immigrants would be turned back, assuming that country would accept them. Merkel ... Read More »

NATO Is Obsolete

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“Europe is prosperous and treats America like a patsy. Let it stand on its own.” Before the United States President Donald Trump attempts real diplomacy with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Helsinki on July 16, he’ll first be subjected to another summit. Christian Whiton The National Interest That first summit is a gathering of leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). These leaders continually assure the United States they are America’s best allies, even as most ... Read More »

What’s the real price of getting rid of plastic packaging?

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The Economics of Change Crunching the numbers of how much switching might cost us How much would it cost to switch to plastic alternatives? Richard Gray crunches the numbers. By Richard Gray BBC Walking along a short section of stony beach, Claire Waluda stoops briefly to pick up something from between the rocks. It is a brightly coloured plastic bottle top – just one of hundreds of bits of plastic that she finds washed ashore on the remote, windswept island ... Read More »

Behind Britain’s Loneliness Problem: People Share Why They Feel Isolated

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‘Loneliness is one of the major causes of misery in our society.’ In Britain, more than nine million people are thought to often or always feel lonely, with the elderly and the young seemingly most affected. Natasha Hinde HuffPost Earlier this month, Childline reported a 14% rise in the number of childrencontacting the charity about loneliness, the vast majority of whom were girls. Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the age spectrum, one in nine older peoplehave contact with friends or family ... Read More »

Refugee girl at risk of suicide to be moved from Nauru to Australia after court action

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Exclusive: earlier calls to move 14-year-old were refused but decision reversed as court action began Ben Doherty The Guardian A 14-year-old refugee girl who had attempted suicide on Nauru by trying to set herself on fire will be moved to Australia within days – the eighth child moved from the island following a court order or the… The Australian Border Force had rejected recommendations from doctors on the island to immediately move the girl to an Australian hospital for acute psychiatric treatment ... Read More »

What the Stanford prison experiment really tells us about tyrants

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Nearly half-a-century ago, 24 male students hoping to make some holiday money turned up at Stanford University, California, for what would become one of the most notorious experiments in the field of human… Alison Brown Brisbane Times The volunteers were recruited by Professor Philip Zimbardo and were randomly assigned to be either “prisoners” or “guards” in a mock prison that had been constructed in the basement of the Stanford psychology… Zimbardo’s experiment was supposed to last two weeks but was ... Read More »

Toxic Salisbury

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This week in the British media, disturbing reports appeared of a man and a woman hospitalized in Salisbury Hospital in the UK with symptoms of poisoning by an unknown substance. Editor ISF The victims were found unconscious in a private house near Salisbury. Incredibly, once again reference was made to “Novichok”. In this situation, it will not be easy for neither Theresa May nor Boris Johnson to explain their previous high-profile statements. Interestingly, once more no explanation based on concrete ... Read More »

Ousted Pakistani PM Sharif sentenced to 10 years in prison

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Islamabad: A Pakistani court on Friday sentenced ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison for corrupt practices linked to his family’s purchase of upscale London flats, in a major blow to his party ahead of general elections on July 25. Saad Sayeed The Age Reuters The guilty verdict in absentia against Sharif, 68, threatens to end the career of one of Pakistan’s most high-profile politicians of the past four decades, a political survivor who was prime minister three ... Read More »