Society

Twiggy Forrest’s philanthropy is great. But he could have just paid more tax

It’s true philanthropy is more common in the USA. So is tax minimisation, citizens without health insurance and homelessness Kristina Keneally The Guardian Fortescue Metals Group founder and billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest and his wife Nicola made the single biggest philanthropic donation by a living person in Australian history on… For that, they are to be congratulated… Twiggy Forrest’s philanthropy… Read More »

Jakarta’s former governor Ahok dropping appeal against jail sentence for blasphemy

The wife of Jakarta’s former governor has wept while explaining to the press why her husband has decided not appeal against his… Indonesia correspondent Samantha Hawley ABC Basuki Tjahaja Purnama was jailed for two years for blasphemy earlier this month and originally said he would appeal against the decision in a… But the Christian and ethnic Chinese Governor, best known as Ahok, has announced through his lawyers he would accept the… Jakarta’s former governor… Read More »

Death by design

More people than ever are choosing to be cremated, yet crematoriums are often grim places. Dominic Nicholls The Economist Dominic Nicholls talks to the architects trying to change that. The Crematorium Hofheide is situated in the middle of a lake in Holsbeek, Belgium. An elongated core of earth-coloured stone wrapped in a layer of rusty steel, it… Death by… Read More »

Iran’s Rouhani denounces US’ Middle East ignorance

Iran’s president fires back at Trump’s funding ‘terrorists’ accusation, saying Americans don’t know the region. Source: Reuters news agency Al Jazeera Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday stability could not be achieved in the Middle East without Tehran’s help, responding to criticism from US President Donald Trump who… Trump called for a US alliance with Muslim countries aimed at… Iran’s Rouhani denounces… Read More »

Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa, scientists find

The history of human evolution has been rewritten after scientists discovered that Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa. Sarah Knapton The Telegraph Currently, most experts believe that our human lineage split from apes around seven million years ago in central Africa, where hominids remained for the… But two fossils of an ape-like creature which had human-like teeth have been found in Bulgaria and… Europe was the… Read More »

Lou Reed Creates a List of the 10 Best Records of All Time

If you want to write, most every writer will tell you, you’ve got to read, read, read, and read. OpenCulture “Read more than you write,” advises Teju Cole. Even great filmmakers like Werner Herzog and Akira Kurasawa cite copious reading as a prerequisite for their primarily visual medium. But what about music? What advice might we hope to receive about the art of writing catchy, memorable, culturally significant… Lou Reed Creates… Read More »

Why Is Cybersecurity So Hard?

After nearly 20 years of trying and billions of dollars in investment, why are organizations are still struggling with cybersecurity? Michael Daniel Harvard Business Publishing In fact, the problem seems to be getting worse, not better. Answering this question requires moving beyond a purely technical examination of cybersecurity. It’s true that the technical challenges are very real; we don’t… Why Is Cybersecurity… Read More »

Why Trump’s First Trip Is Focusing on Faith

Trump’s administration recognizes that ideas and identity still have power, and need to be understood. Alberto M. Fernandez The National Interest Despised by so many among the American political and cultural elite, President Trump paradoxically still has a tremendous opportunity during his first overseas trip to begin to forge a… Given that most media coverage of President Trump is negative, it is no… Why Trump’s First… Read More »

WHO spends more on travel costs than fighting AIDS

The World Health Organization is spending more money on the travel bug than on fighting AIDS or malaria, according to a new… Ruth Brown New York Post The UN health agency blows around $200 million a year on travel costs so its honchos can fly business class and stay in five-star hotels — more than what it reserves for battling some of the world’s biggest… “We don’t trust people to do the… WHO spends more… Read More »

A poem about refugees you need to read

Following the November 2015 Paris attacks, a wave of anti-refugee sentiment made its way overseas to the United States as multiple governors and Congressmen began expressing an… The Refugees, authored by Jason Fotso. To Jason Fotso―eighteen years old at the time―this shut-door stance contradicted the longstanding U.S. policy of welcoming in refugees, and more symbolically, the sonnet inscribed on the… He sought to capture this spirit in a… A poem about… Read More »

Revenge porn legislation a step closer as Government considers criminal, civil penalties

People who share or post sexually explicit photos of others without their consent are a step closer to facing tougher criminal and civil penalties, after a meeting of state and territory attorneys… By political reporter Matthew Doran ABC There is significant concern the phenomenon referred to as revenge porn is growing, as the use of social media and messaging apps becomes more and more… The Federal Government has today called for public submissions on… Revenge porn legislation… Read More »

Adam Goodes once again face of anti-racism fight in multicolour Archibald Prize portrait entry

After enduring years of racist abuse which dogged the end of his illustrious AFL career, Adam Goodes is once again challenging racism, this time as the subject of a multicolour artwork painted for… Nadia Daly ABC Colour Doesn’t Matter was painted by Darwin artist Megan Adams as a response to the racial abuse of her friend’s Indigenous son, a Year 6… “He’s just the kindest, happy-go-lucky kid so it was really hard to see him so… Adam Goodes once… Read More »

Iran election: Votes are counted amid high turnout

Counting is under away in Iran’s presidential elections, with official turnout said to be at about 70%. BBC Supporters of incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, who is seeking a second term, came out in force to vote. His main conservative challenger, Ebrahim Raissi, has already lodged complaints about alleged voting irregularities. Long queues were seen… Iran election: Votes… Read More »

South African men march against abuse of women and children

Hundreds of protesters, most of them men, have marched in the South African capital, Pretoria, over rising levels of violence against women and children. BBC One of the organisers, Kholofelo Masha, said men had to take collective responsibility for the increase in beatings, sex attacks and killings. South Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the… Police figures showed… South African men… Read More »

Theresa May wants sweeping new powers to control the internet

UK Prime Minister Theresa May wants sweeping new powers for her government to seize indiscriminate control of the internet. RT Towards the bottom of the Tory manifesto published on Thursday, there is a technology section that clearly states the party’s intent to control the online world through new… “Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet,” the manifesto… Theresa May wants… Read More »

Trump campaigned against Muslims, but will preach tolerance in Saudi speech

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Trump, whose dark, guttural demonization of Muslims was a trademark of his nationalist campaign, arrives here Saturday hoping the Arab world will listen to a… Philip Rucker and Abby Phillip The Washington Post Embarking on his first overseas trip as president, Trump plans to do a rhetorical pirouette with a speech Sunday in the birthplace of Islam preaching religious tolerance and inviting Muslims to join the United States in the… Never mind that as a… ... Read More »