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A passport from a country that doesn’t exist

The NSK has invented a nation as a work of art – and its pavilion at the Venice Biennale has much to say about statehood and globalisation, writes Benjamin Ramm. Benjamin Ramm BBC The woman who stamps my passport is called Mercy and she has no fixed abode. Born in Nigeria, she travelled via Libya to Italy, where she lives in the city of Padua in a… A passport from… Read More »

Palais Theatre in St Kilda reopens its famous doors after $26 million revamp

Thirty years ago Martin Foley took a woman he’d just met on a first date to the ballet at St Kilda’s Palais Theatre. Elias Clure ABC Today Mr Foley, as the Minister for Creative Industries, unveiled a $26 million redevelopment that saved the iconic theatre from almost certainly closing. As well as hosting ballet, the 90-year-old venue has welcomed some of Melbourne’s best ever known gigs. The Rolling Stones supported Roy Orbison at the… Palais Theatre in… Read More »

Stephen Fry Explains Why People Believe Donald Trump

It’s all to do with the Dunning-Kruger effect. Chris York HuffPost Say what you like about him, one thing you can’t accuse Donald Trump of lacking is confidence in his own beliefs. Even when they are demonstrably wrong. But what’s perhaps more worrying is the sheer number of people who believe him. From climate change being a hoax to immigrants raising the crime rate, there is barely a topic the President hasn’t eschewed a… Stephen Fry Explains… Read More »

A Pakistani man is detained indefinitely in Australia, and there is little courts can do

A man who came to Australia 17 years ago has been in detention for nearly five years with little prospect of being repatriated, or even resettled elsewhere Richard Ackland The Guardian A Pakistani national who came to Australia 17 years ago has been holed up in immigration detention since November 2012 with little prospect of being repatriated to his homeland any time soon, or even resettled in a… It’s one of those unsettling… A Pakistani man… Read More »

Video: 150 years of Canadian foreign policy

On July 1, Canada celebrates 150 years of nationhood — marking the uniting of three British colonies (Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick). How has Canada’s foreign policy changed over… OpenCanada With the anniversary in mind, this OpenCanada video, written by journalist Michael Petrou and animated by Emmy Award-winning art director Santosh Isaac, explores the challenges and… From Canada’s outsized contributions during… Video: 150 years… Read More »

Python Meets Plato: Why Stanford Should Require Computer Science Students to Study Ethics

When he was 21, Bill Sourour, a programmer and teacher, was hired by a marketing firm to build a website for a pharmaceutical company. Antigone Xenopoulos The Stanford Review As part of the site, he was asked to code a quiz that would recommend a drug treatment to teenage girls. But the details of the app were misleading: the company told him to display their drug as the only answer, regardless of the… Python Meets Plato… Read More »

How Macron Could Destroy the European Union

Emmanuel Macron’s banking skills can’t save the European Union from itself. Amitai Etzioni The National Interest Emmanuel Macron is calling for concentrating more power in the hands of “Brussels,” that is, in the hands of the European Commission. This is despite the fact that Britain is leaving the European Union because of popular rebellion against violations of national sovereignty by… How Macron Could… Read More »

The Counter-productive Isolation of Proud and Hungry Sanaa

Our Arabian Peninsula Senior Analyst April Longley Alley finds pride, resilience and an eagerness to end the conflict during field research and many conversations in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital. April Longley Alley ICG She concludes that isolating one side or making the famine and suffering worse will only prolong the war. SANAA, Yemen – One of the… The Counter-productive… Read More »

Corruption on a Commonwealth level higher than documented, expert says

The Federal Parliament should assume that there is more corruption yet to be exposed, a governance and public policy expert says. Felicity Caldwell Brisbane Times Griffith University professor AJ Brown made the comments at a Senate Select Committee investigating the adequacy of the federal government’s current framework to address corruption and misconduct and whether a… “I think the committee and the… Corruption on a… Read More »

There’s no such thing as a ‘pure’ European—or anyone else

When the first busloads of migrants from Syria and Iraq rolled into Germany 2 years ago, some small towns were overwhelmed. Ann Gibbons Science The village of Sumte, population 102, had to take in 750 asylum seekers. Most villagers swung into action, in keeping with Germany’s strong Willkommenskultur, or “welcome culture.” But one self… There’s no such… Read More »

Fethullah Gulen: The Turkey I no longer know

Fethullah Gulen is an Islamic scholar, preacher and social advocate. SAYLORSBURG, Pa. Fethullah Gulen The Washington Post As the presidents of the United States and Turkey meet at the White House on Tuesday, the leader of the country I have called home for almost two decades comes face to face with the leader of my homeland. The two countries have a lot at stake, including the fight against the Islamic State, the future of Syria and the refugee… Fethullah Gulen: ... Read More »

Cyprus: The Beginnings of a Racial Bizonal – Bicommunal Federation

The solution negotiated by the Greek side for the Cyprus issue gradually shifted to a two-state confederation and an institutional framework that would confirm Ankara’s sovereignty over the entire island and preserve the interests of the US and NATO in the region. Stephanos Constantinides Agora Dialogue 15.05 2017 This new state structure will emerge with the dissolution of the Republic of Cyprus and will be structured on the basis of racial criteria. Στις απαρχές της φυλετικής διζωνικής – δικοινοτικής ομοσπονδίας ... Read More »

12 incredible psychological tricks to get people to do what you want

There are plenty of ways to get people to do what you want — without them even realizing you’ve persuaded them. The Power of Ideas Ideapod blog  Whether you want people to like you, to agree with you, or to buy your products, use these tips to feel more powerful in your everyday interactions 1) The Conversation Conditioner You can have real fun with this trick. When talking to… 12 incredible psychological… Read More »

Universities fear ‘catastrophic’ funding cuts under new performance targets

Victorian universities suffering the country’s lowest completion rates fear they will be subject to “catastrophic” funding cuts under a new federal government policy linking funding to… Timna Jacks The Age Universities will face a 7.5 per cent cut to their Commonwealth Grant Scheme from 2019 if they do not satisfy new performance targets, including retention, completion and… The government’s new… Universities fear ‘catastrophic… Read More »