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Trump and Taxes

This seems to be the week for Trump tax mysteries. One mystery is why Donald Trump, unlike every other major party nominee in modern times, is refusing to release his tax returns. The other is why, having decided that he needs experts to clean up his ludicrous tax-cut proposals, he chose to call on the services of the gang that couldn’t think straight… Source: Trump and Taxes – The New York Times Read More »

The UK’s network of secret fuel pipes that helped win WWII

A huge, little-known network of underground pipes spans the UK – officially still a state secret, and bringing fuel to the plane that takes you on holiday.. By Stephen Dowling If you flew over it, you’d have no idea it was there. One of the great British engineering projects of the 20th Century is completely hidden from view, traversing hundreds of miles across the country. There’s no trace of it except for a.. Source: BBC – Future – The UK’s ... Read More »

UN Condemns Persistent Torture in Turkey, Saudi Arabia

GENEVA—A U.N. committee that monitors implementation of the Convention against Torture has condemned what it calls the ongoing practice of torture and ill-treatment in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The committee just issued its concluding observations on these and other countries. In its examination of Turkey, the U.N. Committee Against Torture did not find torture to be widespread or systematic. Nevertheless, it noted torture continues to be practiced… Source: UN Condemns Persistent Torture in Turkey, Saudi Arabia Read More »

Is oil heading for a ‘hard fall’ in the next month?

Two years of supply excess have apparently ended with a spate of supply outages. Oil price surges amid supply ‘deficit’ claims – but will the rally last? The oil price is rising again following claims from one of the most bearish forecasters in the market that supply has “flipped” into deficit in recent weeks… Source: Is oil heading for a ‘hard fall’ in the next month? | The Week UK Read More »

Vietnam’s mass fish kill isn’t simply an environmental disaster

In the mass fish die-off on the country’s central coastal region, the Vietnamese government is faced with not only Vietnam’s worst ever environmental disaster but also widespread social unrest.. Millions of dead fish have washed up across some 200 km of the coast of Vietnam’s four central provinces since early last month. According to a figure given by an official on May 5, the disaster had killed at least 100 tons of fish. This… Source: Vietnam’s mass fish kill isn’t ... Read More »

Sadiq Khan and the Future of Europe

WASHINGTON — As the votes in London’s mayoral election were being counted on May 5, almost every British Muslim I know seemed to have only one thought: Would Sadiq Khan pull it off? He did. Mr. Khan, the son of Pakistani immigrants, was elected as the first Muslim mayor of a Western capital city, with more than 1.3 million votes, in… Source: Sadiq Khan and the Future of Europe – The New York Times Read More »

Rubbing shoulders with the future

Why cultural entrepreneurship works in our times of funding cuts, and tips from the experts on how to navigate new pathways to innovative partnerships.. Put a bunch of technologists, entrepreneurs, brands, policy makers, artists and cultural organisations in a room together for two days and what do you get? Simply, a picture of our future… Source: Rubbing shoulders with the future | ArtsHub Australia Read More »

‘Tantalisingly close’: is solar thermal energy ready to replace coal-fired power?

Australian projects are viable already – now the industry needs investors willing to take a risk on large-scale renewable energy.. Companies working on large-scale solar thermal projects in Australia say they are tantalisingly close to achieving the dream of building plants big enough to replace coal-fired energy in Australia… Source: ‘Tantalisingly close’: is solar thermal energy ready to replace coal-fired power? | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian Read More »

Rights groups slam Nepal deal on war crimes amnesty

Human rights groups accuse ruling coalition, including Maoists, of attempting to “wash away the crimes of the conflict”. Rights groups have slammed a deal between Nepal’s ruling parties to withdraw civil war cases from courts and offer amnesty to people accused of abuses during a decade-long Maoist rebellion… Source: Rights groups slam Nepal deal on war crimes amnesty – AJE News Read More »

Finding Dory release could trigger further decline of clownfish populations

The release of Disney’s Finding Nemo more than a decade ago kicked off a continuous decline of wild clownfish populations as people rushed to buy their very own ‘Nemo’. Australian scientists are concerned the upcoming release of Finding Dory could see another spike in the sale of ornamental marine species… Source: Finding Dory release could trigger further decline of clownfish populations Read More »

80 percent of world’s city dwellers breathing bad air, says UN

Over 80 percent of the world’s city dwellers breathe poor quality air, increasing their risk of lung cancer and other life-threatening diseases, a new World Health Organization (WHO) report warned May 12. Urban residents in poor countries are by far the worst affected, WHO said, noting that nearly every city (98 percent) in low- and middle-income countries has air which fails to meet the U.N. body’s standards… Source: 80 percent of world’s city dwellers breathing bad air, says UN – ... Read More »

Rousseff impeachment: Senate votes to send president to trial

After more than 20 hours of speeches, the Brazilian Senate voted in favour of suspending President Dilma Rousseff in the early hours of Thursday morning. A “half plus one” majority, from 81 senators, was needed to carry the vote and set in motion a 180-day suspension for Ms Rousseff, who will now be put on trial on charges of mismanaging the nation’s budget. If she is found guilty she will be impeached… Source: Rousseff impeachment: Senate votes to send president ... Read More »

How Turkey Became A De Facto Dictatorship

The forced resignation of Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu suggests only one thing—President Erdogan, who is totally absorbed by his lust for power, will tolerate no one in his government to deviate from any of his political positions. Prime Minister Davutoğlu was no exception. Although the Turkish constitution grants the Prime Minister executive powers while leaving the role of the president largely ceremonial, this is not what Erdogan had in mind when he asked then-Foreign Minister Davutoğlu to form a ... Read More »

Comment: Australia’s victim-blaming culture needs to end

Let’s get one thing straight: there’s only ever one person who is responsible for rape or a sexual assault. The perpetrator. Never the victim.  It’s as simple as that. It takes only one person to commit a sexual offence, and this policy remains the same no matter what the gender or the sexual orientation of the people involved. It is astounding that in 2016 there is still such a culture of victim blaming when it comes to sexual crimes, particularly ... Read More »

New Zealand’s indigenous reconciliation efforts show having a treaty isn’t enough

Australia is being held back by its unresolved relationship with its Indigenous population. Drawing on attempts at reconciliation overseas, this series explores different ways of addressing this unfinished business. Today, lessons from New Zealand. The relationship between Māori and the British Crown (which delegated its authority to the New Zealand government) has historically been filled… Source: New Zealand’s indigenous reconciliation efforts show having a treaty isn’t enough Read More »

‘Dismay’: NASA appeals to CSIRO not to cut global climate efforts

EXCLUSIVE A top scientist from US space agency NASA has appealed to CSIRO to abandon plans to cut a key monitoring program that it says will undermine Australia and the world’s ability to monitor and predict climate change. The cost to our international reputation is immense Kim Carr, ALP’s shadow science minister Brent Holben, the project scientist in charge of NASA’s Aerosol Robotic Network, urged CSIRO to reconsider any plans it had to cut or withdraw its contribution to the… Source: ... Read More »