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Enough with the world tour: Bring the Summer Olympics back home to Greece

The IOC should create a permanent home for the Summer Olympics in Greece, which could ease the nation’s debt JONATHAN ZIMMERMAN Greek gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias knew just what he needed to do after winning the gold medal in the rings competition at the Olympics last week. “I will be quick because my mom is waiting,” he said, before running off to hug her in the… Source: Enough with the world tour: Bring the Summer Olympics back home to Greece – ... Read More »

Why Mulholland Drive is the greatest film since 2000

It puzzles viewers but delights critics. Why has Mulholland Drive topped BBC Culture’s poll of the greatest films of the 21st Century? Luke Buckmaster explains. By Luke Buckmaster Cinema in the early years of the 21st Century has experienced something of an existential crisis. Terms such as ‘TV-like’ or… Source: BBC – Culture – Why Mulholland Drive is the greatest film since 2000 Read More »

Belgian jazz great Toots Thielemans dies at 94

His breakthrough came in 1950 when he toured Europe with Benny Goodman. Belgian harmonica player Toots Thielemans also played with Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald. He passed away in Brussels…. Source: Belgian jazz great Toots Thielemans dies at 94 | Music | DW.COM | 22.08.2016 Read More »

Not everyone’s an artist, but all prisoners would benefit from practising art

Do we want our prisons to produce people who learn from their mistakes and who have bettered themselves, or people further damaged by punishment? The practice of art and the notion of restorative justice and therapeutic jurisprudence in attending to the offending behaviour of convicted… Source: Not everyone’s an artist, but all prisoners would benefit from practising art | Robert Henderson for IndigenousX | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

The price of victory: comparing the cost of Olympic gold to an elite arts prize

The Olympics is almost over now for another four years, and beyond the glorious highs and heartbreaking lows of participants and spectators, there’s the ritual of the cost-benefit wash-up where we calculate the public cost per medal, and collectively wring our hands at the expense of it all. For Australia, that cost will be about A$12 million per medal. This is the… Source: The price of victory: comparing the cost of Olympic gold to an elite arts prize Read More »

Uruguay’s Victory over Philip Morris: a Win for Tobacco Control and Public Health

Germán Velásquez is the Special Adviser for Health and Development of the South Centre. By Germán Velásquez In a landmark decision that has been hailed as a victory of public health measures against narrow commercial interests, an international tribunal has dismissed a claim by tobacco giant company Philip Morris that the… Source: Uruguay’s Victory over Philip Morris: a Win for Tobacco Control and Public Health | Inter Press Service Read More »

An Open Letter To The Gringos Who Disrespected Brazil

Following the Olympics play out in Rio and watching how Brazil was being mocked by foreigners, I’m sure that many Brazilians felt sick to their stomachs. Adriana Caitano, Journalist and proud Brazilian I certainly did. That’s why I decided to write this letter to people who love to come here to enjoy the beaches and stare at women in bikinis, but disrespect the country that hosts them. Maybe they… Source: An Open Letter To The Gringos Who Disrespected Brazil Read More »

Triggs to Act As Indigenous Social Justice Commissioner

Australian Human Rights Commission president Professor Gillian Triggs has been appointed as the acting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice commissioner for three months while a selection process is undertaken to replace former commissioner Mick Gooda. Indigenous advocate Gooda resigned to take up his appointment as one of two royal commissioners investigating child protection and… Source: Triggs to Act As Indigenous Social Justice Commissioner – Pro Bono Australia Read More »

If you’re going to ridicule research, do your homework

Sydney’s Daily Telegraph is suffering one of their frequent relapses into frothy-mouthed panic about government wastage on research grants. Poking at layabout academics for ‘wasting’ tax dollars on seemingly frivolous projects reminds me of nothing more than the schoolyard bully who secretly knows he peaked in year 9. Today, the Tele flattered me by holding up one of my… Source: If you’re going to ridicule research, do your homework Read More »

The Lost Children of Alexander the Great: A Journey to the Pagan Kalash People of Pakistan

The New York Times recently published an article that had a fascinating description of the Kalash, an ancient ethnic group living high in the remote mountains of Pakistan’s Hindu Kush. For centuries this light-skinned, pagan people have claimed to be the long-lost descendants of Alexander the Great’s world-conquering armies, which invaded this region in the… Source: The Lost Children of Alexander the Great: A Journey to the Pagan Kalash People of Pakistan Read More »

Australia, the sunny pariah

An ongoing series of odious policy decisions is damaging Australia’s international reputation. Cameron Steer Australia’s actions have often fallen beneath its rhetoric, and white Australia has not atoned for its crimes against indigenous Australians. There are nonetheless many moments in Australia’s history in which Australians can take pride, and which bolstered Australia’s reputation as a good global citizen. The Fraser government resettled over… Read More… Read More »

Ten things you can’t do in Dubai

Laws in the United Arab Emirates have again been thrust into the spotlight after a British citizen in Dubai was arrested for sharing a charity post on his Facebook page. Most people know Dubai is tough on drugs; that tourists can get in trouble for drinking alcohol outside designated areas; and people who have sex in public can find themselves facing the… Source: Ten things you can’t do in Dubai – BBC News Read More »

Cost of property compensation could bankrupt unified Cyprus, according to World Bank – report

World Bank estimates on the cost of compensation for properties in the context of a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem are prohibitive as it would bring the unified island’s economy to its knees, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi reported on… Citing the minutes of meetings between Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and… Source: Cost of property compensation could bankrupt unified Cyprus, according to World Bank – report   – Cyprus Mail Cyprus Mail Read More »

World Humanitarian Day: Some Things to Consider

As we celebrate World Humanitarian Day on 19 August let us reflect that while international respect for humanitarian principles have regressed in recent years, the impetus and momentum created by the UN’s World Humanitarian Summit offers an opportunity for progress. Let us grasp this opportunity before it is too late. The world is experiencing a series of compounded, prolonged and increasingly conflict-based humanitarian crises. In 2015, over 125 million people required daily emergency food, water and shelter for… Source: World Humanitarian ... Read More »

US to ditch private prisons

Privately-run prisons are not as safe or effective as government-run facilities and will be phased out, the United States says.. The Bureau of Prisons began contracting with privately operated institutions in 1997 to alleviate overcrowding and in response to orders from the US Congress… Source: US to ditch private prisons | Radio New Zealand News Read More »

Dutton’s new gambit ‘another form of torture’

Peter Dutton is taking his war on people smuggling to a new level, one that defies logic and basic decency and appears to be more about establishing his big-C conservative credentials than protecting the nation’s borders. Not content with contradicting his Prime Minister and declaring there is no third country option for the refugees stranded on Manus Island, Dutton now insists that any refugees who… Source: Dutton’s new gambit ‘another form of torture’ Read More »