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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 »

Corporate Income Tax Rates around the World, 2016

It is well known that the United States has the highest corporate income tax rate among the 35 industrialized nations of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).[1] Kyle Pomerleau Emily Potosky Tax Foundation However, it is less well known how th e United States stacks up against countries throughout the entire world. Expanding the sample of countries and tax jurisdictions to 188, the U.S.’s corporate tax rate of almost 39 percent is the third highest in the world, ... Read More »

Fighting for the ‘Soul of France,’ More Towns Ban a Bathing Suit: The Burkini

PARIS — The debate is now so heated in France that one could be forgiven for assuming that the burkini — the full-body bathing suit worn by some Muslim women — had invaded French beaches. Five towns have banned them. Three more are in the process of doing so. Prime Minister Manuel Valls supported the prohibitions on Wednesday, calling the garment part of “the enslavement of women.”… Source: Fighting for the ‘Soul of France,’ More Towns Ban a Bathing Suit: ... Read More »

‘The worst place on earth’: inside Assad’s brutal Saydnaya prison

Syria’s most notorious jail has been a journalistic blank spot. Now ex-detainees and architects have built an accurate model, using ‘ear-witness’ testimony, of the president’s hellish torture house Samer al-Ahmed remembers the size of the small hatch near the bottom of his cell door because he was regularly forced to squeeze his head through… Source: ‘The worst place on earth’: inside Assad’s brutal Saydnaya prison | Art and design | The Guardian Read More »

Turkey Has Made it Legal to Have Sex With CHILDREN After Lowering Age of Consent to 12

The Constitutional Court has ruled to annul a provision that punishes all sexual acts against children under the age of 15 as “sexual abuse,” stirring outrage from academics and women’s rights activists who warn that the decision will lead to cases of child abuse going unpunished. The Constitutional Court discussed the issue upon an application from a district court, which complained that the current law does not discriminate between age groups in… Source: Turkey Has Made it Legal to Have ... Read More »

The Ottoman Caper Part II

A month has passed since the ill-fated coup d’état in Turkey of 15 July. By Dr Bruce Mabley Tens of thousands of suspected Gulenists have been rounded up and either charged by the justice system or relieved of their employment. However, removing Gulenists from the upper-level professions has left the Turkish economy vulnerable to future troubles and could potentially weaken the… Source: The Ottoman Caper Part II – AIIA Read More »

Amnesty charged with sedition under ‘archaic’ Indian law

Human rights group Amnesty India says charges of sedition laid against it in India are an attempt to stifle free speech. The human rights group held a weekend event in the southern Indian city of Bangalore discussing alleged rights abuses by Indian forces in disputed Kashmir… Source: Amnesty charged with sedition under ‘archaic’ Indian law – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Atauro Island: scientists discover the most biodiverse waters in the world

Conservation International finds 643 species around Timor-Leste island, some of which are believed to be entirely new A small island, a short boat trip from Timor-Leste’s capital, Dili, appears to have the most biodiverse waters anywhere in the world. There is a push for the site to… Source: Atauro Island: scientists discover the most biodiverse waters in the world | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Turkey: New wave of arrests against journalists leave renowned author Aslı Erdoğan in prison

7 August 2017 – PEN International is very concerned about the detention of Aslı Erdoğan, a renowned novelist, columnist and human rights activist, in Turkey following a police raid into her apartment. Her arrest comes alongside more than 20 other journalists and employees from Özgür Gündem newspaper, a pro-Kurdish opposition daily, which was shut down by decree as part of the state of emergency in the country following the failed coup of 15 July 2016. Two further journalists from IMC TV, ... Read More »