Society

History: How African Muslims “Civilized Spain”

  Today marks the anniversary of the end of nearly 700 years of African Muslim rule over Spain, Portugal and Southern France. Garikai Chengu Global Research Four hundred and eight years ago today King Phillip III of Spain signed an order, which was one of the earliest examples of ethnic cleansing. At the height… History: How African… Read More »

Sweden truck attack tests ideas of inclusion and openness

London: Stockholm has joined an awful, growing list Nice, Berlin, London. Nick Miller WAtoday The details change but the weapon, the screams, the terror are the… As always, it is important to remember there are limits to what we know, and that most are assuming much… At the time of writing it is strongly likely, though not certain, this was a,,, Sweden truck attack… Read More »

The US Provided Cover for the Saudi Starvation Strategy in Yemen

As Yemen’s population has teetered on the brink of mass starvation in recent months, the United States has played a crucial role in enabling the… Gareth Porter Truthout Both the Obama and Trump administrations have prioritized the US’s alliance with the Saudis and their Gulf allies over the… Although the UN agencies have offered no public estimate of the… The US Provided… Read More »

End the discrimination against English, pleads law student

An English student seeking to settle in Scotland as a lawyer says she is suffering “discrimination” at the… Scott MacNab The Scotsman Rebecca Jeynes (inset) is now calling on MSPs in a Holyrood petition to back her call for a change in approach in… The 21-year-old is set to graduate in Scots law at… End the discrimination… Read More »

Palestinian activist’s Australian visa cancelled on eve of speaking tour

Government says there is a risk people may react adversely to Bassem Tamimi’s presence, and his views on the Middle… Christopher Knaus The Guardian The federal government has cancelled the visa of an outspoken Palestinian activist on the eve of his Australian speaking tour… The activist, Bassem Tamimi, was due to board a plane this week to begin his… Palestinian activist’s Australian… Read More »

A healthy environment means healthy citizens and a more vibrant EU

Europeans have some of the highest rates of anxiety, depression and other non-infectious diseases in the world. Today, on World Health Day, nature is an overlooked remedy, argues Magda Stoczkiewicz. Magda Stoczkiewicz Euractiv Every year, a quarter of Europeans suffer from depression or anxiety – accounting for half of all chronic sick leave. These, alongside other… A healthy environment… Read More »

How emojis can help children learn and communicate

For young children, emoji can aid inclusion in aspects of society previously closed to them, such as active participation in increasing knowledge of childhood well-being, and being heard in educational and care settings. Jennifer Fane ABC Emoji can also support children’s learning in areas of health, well-being, safety and diversity. These are key… How emojis can… Read More »

Crude oil jumps, yen gains, stocks slide as US attacks Syria

Bonds and other so-called safe haven assets gained in Asia trading ASIA TIMES AND REUTERS Asia Times Oil prices jumped and the yen gained against the US dollar in Asia on Friday after the United States fired multiple cruise missiles at… Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil, jumped by… US President Donald Trump said he had ordered missile… Crude oil jumps… Read More »

Chemical Weapons 2017: What Just Happened In Syria?

Yet again, on cue, the Western corporate press is on fire with stories of “Assad’s brutality,” and “chemical weapons” attacks against… Australian National Review Obviously, the United States, NATO, and their media mouthpieces are united in condemnation of the Assad government and the Syrian military despite their… Indeed, the Western powers may blame Assad all they want but all the… Chemical Weapons 2017… Read More »

The obscure religion that shaped the West

It has influenced Star Wars and Game of Thrones – and characters as diverse as Voltaire, Nietzsche and… Joobin Bekhrad BBC So what is Zoroastrianism? Joobin Bekhrad finds out. Talk of ‘us’ and ‘them’ has long dominated Iran-related politics in the… At the same time, Christianity has frequently been used to define the identity and values of the US and Europe, as well as to contrast those values with those of a… Yet, a brief glance at an… The obscure ... Read More »

Banks Join NFP Job Programs to Help Refugees

Two major Australian banks are pushing their social responsibility activities into assisting refugees into work – and while one is celebrating a… Pb Welfare not-for-profit the Brotherhood of St Laurence and ANZ are celebrating a 10 year partnership which has supported 170 people from refugee and… Brotherhood executive director Tony Nicholson said the… Banks Join NFP… Read More »

Mafia of the Poor: Gang Violence and Extortion in Central America

Central American gangs are responsible for brutal acts of violence, abuse of women and forced displacement of… ICG Governments must go beyond punitive measures and address the social and economic roots of gang culture, tackle extortion schemes and… Executive Summary Born in the aftermath of civil war and… Mafia of the… Read More »

Why you shouldn’t take the kids out of school to go on holidays

Irish schools unlikely to object too forcefully over kids missing week or… Mark Hilliard The Irish Times Bringing your children to a supermarket to add up prices, examine ingredients and understand the value of money has educational merit but you are unlikely to let them miss… Some parents argue that going on holiday during term time can be… Why you shouldn’t… Read More »

Britons expected to send 235m items of clothing to landfill this spring

Study finds three-quarters of consumers throw away rather than recycle or donate unwanted… Rebecca Smithers Consumer affairs correspondent The Guardian A predicted 235m items of Britons’ unwanted clothing are expected to end up in landfill unnecessarily this spring, according to new… Three-quarters of consumers admit to binning their discarded garments, usually because they do not realise that worn-out or… Britons expected to… Read More »

Thai king endorses new constitution, 20th since 1932

Critics say the charter is undemocratic and will allow the military to keep its grip on power even after… Al Jazeera Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn endorsed the country’s new constitution on Thursday, an essential step towards holding an election to restore democracy after the… The constitution is the nation’s 20th since the absolute monarchy was abolished in 1932, but critics say it will still give the… Thai king endorses… Read More »

We had slavery in our supply chains, says Andrew Forrest

The Fortescue Metals chairman says he was appalled by the conditions of some workers connected to… Paul Farrell The Guardian One of Australia’s best-known business figures says he uncovered slavery in at least 12 suppliers as he tried to… Speaking at a forum in Sydney, Andrew Forrest said he told suppliers to his Fortescue Metals Group that they had to… We had slavery… Read More »