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Ivanka Trump booed for defending her father’s attitude towards women in Berlin

Ivanka Trump has drawn boos and hisses from an audience in Berlin while defending her father’s attitude towards women, but brushed it aside as… ABC Appearing on a high-powered panel at a conference to push for more support for women in business, Ms Trump also said she was still trying to define her… “I am rather unfamiliar with this role as well, as it is quite new to… Ivanka Trump booed… Read More »

Immigrants being vilified in same way as Irish in US after Famine – Obama

The former President said the US immigration system had always been “a little bit… TheJournal.ie  IMMIGRANTS IN THE US are experiencing treatment similar to that endured by the Irish in America in the wake of the Famine, Barack Obama has… The former US President, making a return to the public spotlight, said that America’s immigration system had always been “a little bit… Immigrants being vilified… Read More »

Netanyahu reflects on Holocaust day

PICKING SIDES: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has praised the US’ missile strike on Syria earlier this month as a ‘determined… AP, JERUSALEM Taipei Times Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened Israel’s annual memorial day for the 6 million Jews systematically killed by Nazi Germany and… The Nazis and their collaborators wiped out a third of world Jewry and Netanyahu’s remarks… Netanyahu reflects on… Read More »

Jakarta governor Ahok invokes Finding Nemo in blasphemy trial defence

Jakarta: Beleaguered outgoing Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has revealed an unexpected source of inspiration as he fights allegations of… Jewel Topsfield Karuni Rompies The Sydney Morning Herald A week after losing the gubernatorial election to former education minister Anies Baswedan, the maverick governor known to all as Ahok mounted a… He told of inviting kindergarten children to watch a scene from the… Jakarta governor Ahok… Read More »

Danish researchers help reveal heightened Arctic melting

Latest SWIPA report is dour reading for nations facing rising sea level… CPH Post OnLine Some 120 researchers, including some from Denmark, are part of a comprehensive new report that reveals that the Arctic is melting much faster than… The report, ‘Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic’ (SWIPA), was published by the Arctic Council today and concluded that the… Danish researchers help… Read More »

The one crucial skill our education system is missing

From Blade Runner to I, Robot, the big screens of Hollywood have predicted the rise of the machine. Belinda Parmar World Economic Forum Automated intelligences will wait our tables and drive our cabs. They will serve us by performing menial tasks. But fact is now surpassing fiction. Automation has moved beyond the factory assembly line as computers are diagnosing illnesses, providing legal counsel, and make financial and… The one crucial… Read More »

Tale of the jihadist widow

From aspiring stylist to living under IS: a woman’s Syria story Global Times AFP Twenty-three-year-old Islam Maytat from Morocco poses for a photo with her children Maria (left) and Abdullah in the Kurdish-majority city of… Islam Maytat thought marrying an Afghan-British businessman was her ticket to a new life as a fashionista in… Instead, she became a… Tale of the… Read More »

Why should immigrants speak perfect English when Australians can’t?

How does Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull expect migrants to achieve functional standards of speech when most Australians can’t even pronounce the… Dean Frenkel The Sydney Morning Herald While it appears that Turnbull has been motivated to attract more Pauline Hanson voters with his new citizenship test requirements, he is attacking the… We have a serious communication skills problem in Australia glued to a… Why should immigrants… Read More »

Canadian oil company pulls out of national park in Peruvian Amazon

The decision to stop the concession which was seen as a threat to uncontacted indigenous tribes has been hailed as a significant victory by… Maya Oppenheim Independent A Canadian oil and gas company has decided to halt a huge concession in the Peruvian Amazon which was seen as a threat to uncontacted indigenous… Pacific Exploration and Production, who began its first phase of oil exploration back in 2012, was previously awarded the… Canadian oil company… Read More »

Former ‘comfort woman’ Chen Lien-hua dies at 93

Chen Lien-hua (陳蓮花), one of three known surviving former “comfort women” in Taiwan, died of intestinal infection on Thursday at the age of 93, said the… Staff writer, with CNA Taipei Times Chen was taken to hospital last month when she complained of stomach… Doctors said her intestines had… After surgery, Chen became very… Former ‘comfort woman… Read More »

Dutch ‘abortion boat’ arrives off the coast of Mexico

Women on Waves says it is offering free, legal, medical abortions till nine weeks of pregnancy in international… Al Jazeera A Dutch sailing boat offering abortions has arrived in international waters off Mexico‘s west coast, according to the organisation which… The vessel, which operates often in defiance of some countries’ laws, took up position on Friday off Guerrero state on… Dutch ‘abortion boat… Read More »

Past drips into present on Walled City-inspired works

Now showing in London’s well-heeled Fitrovia, Russell West’s drip paintings are as ingenious, in their way, as Hong Kong’s historic Kowloon… RICHARD COOK Asia Times Russell West’s art – intensely coloured, three-dimensional, paint-dripped labyrinths of layers and lines – is on show at a solo exhibition in the heart of London’s elegant… Its inspiration could hardly be further away from that Past drips into… Read More »

MONA’s David Walsh defends ‘slaughter’ art show, says public outrage good for business, Tas economy

David Walsh, millionaire founder of Tasmania’s acclaimed Museum of Old and New Art, responds to the controversy surrounding an upcoming performance a… James Dunlevie ABC Walsh suggested the backlash to a three-hour “installation” directed by Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch, titled 150 Action, had served his purposes and “spiked a… The work is described by MONA as “a… MONA’s David Walsh… Read More »

Facebook shares brain-control ambitions

Facebook says it is working on technology to allow us to control computers directly with our… Dave Lee  BBC It is developing “silent speech” software to allow people to type at a rate of 100 words per minute, it… The project, in its early stages, will require new technology to detect brainwaves without needing invasive… “We are not talking about decoding your random thoughts,” assured… Facebook shares brain… Read More »

Out of Taiwan

Legislator Kolas Yotaka and academic David Blundell will give talks on Saturday about Taiwan’s impact on Austronesian language and culture and… Noah Buchan Taipei Times David Blundell will give a lecture on Saturday titled “Taiwan roots of the Austronesian Language and Culture,” at the Legislative Yuan, sharing the… Blundell, a professor at National Chengchi University who has been… Out of… Read More »