Society

Peace, Sex and Violence in Mindanao

Strong women’s participation in the Mindanao peace process in the Philippines has been hailed as an international success story. However, lasting peace requires a greater focus on sexual and reproductive health to overcome the post-conflict marginalisation of vulnerable women and girls. According to a UN Women study, between 1990 and 2011 across 31 peace processes that the UN was involved in, women represented just 2 per cent of chief mediators, 4 per cent of witnesses and signatories, and 9 per ... Read More »

Joseph Goebbels’ 105-year-old secretary: ‘No one believes me now, but I knew nothing’

Brunhilde Pomsel worked at the heart of the Nazis’ propaganda machine. As a film about her life is released, she discusses her lack of remorse and the private side of her monstrous boss ”It was rare for us to see him in the mornings,” says Brunhilde Pomsel, her eyes closed and chin in her hand as she recalls her former boss. “He’d walk… Source: Joseph Goebbels’ 105-year-old secretary: ‘No one believes me now, but I knew nothing’ | World news ... Read More »

Uncle Sam goes for gold, too: Up to $9,900 per Olympic gold medal

Michael Phelps swims fast, but not fast enough to beat Uncle Sam, who awaits him at the finish line each time he wins a medal. His total income tax bill for the 2016 Games? Up to about $55,000 for his five golds and one silver. Olympic athletes who bring home medals also bring home cash — $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze — paid for by the United States Olympic Committee. Like any prize winner, from a jackpot ... Read More »

Israel’s World Vision Allegation, Part 2: Shin Bet And The Civilians Of Gaza

The agency has a record of targeting activists to help sustain the inhumane siege of Gaza, writes Michael Brull. (Read Part 1 here.) As almost all Palestinians facing military courts are convicted, and most of those convictions are based on confessions, either Palestinians have a bizarre propensity to incriminate themselves, or the… Source: Israel’s World Vision Allegation, Part 2: Shin Bet And The Civilians Of Gaza – New Matilda Read More »

Signs of Pure Altruism Converge in the Brain And Increase with Age

EUGENE, Ore. — Aug. 15, 2016 – Combining insights from psychology, behavioral economics and neuroscience, University of Oregon researchers have found converging signs of pure altruism and behavior that increase with age in the brain. People give to charity for numerous non-altruistic reasons, such as showing off their generosity to others. To isolate pure altruism from other motivations, researchers triangulated methods from the… Source: Signs of Pure Altruism Converge in the Brain And Increase with Age – ScienceNewsline Read More »

From expected reoffender to trusted neighbour: why we should rethink our prisons

There were 26,163 people serving sentences in Australian prisons in 2015. Around 90% of these people will return to the community within ten years. But will they return to the community equipped with the skills, capabilities and motivation they need to avoid re-offending? Not likely, according to… Source: From expected reoffender to trusted neighbour: why we should rethink our prisons Read More »

GST: India’s taxing simplification stew

Indian shares,  after ending July ahead 5% on the MSCI Index despite price-earnings ratios above the emerging market average, were further buoyed with the unanimous passage of a national goods and.. The constitutional amendment culminated a decade-long effort under both the previous Congress Party and current BJP governments, and as a… Source: GST: India’s taxing simplification stew – Asia Times Read More »

We should give the Olympics back to Greece, permanently

In a spirit of international cooperation and common sense I think we should promote the idea of just giving the Summer Olympics to… Amanda Vanstone * The Age Permanently. By all accounts they made a reasonable fist of it when they last had them and could do so time and time… It has a… We should give… Read More »

Nigeria Chibok girls: Boko Haram video shows captives

The Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram has released a video showing some of the schoolgirls they abducted from the northern town of Chibok. Some 50 girls are shown with a gunman who demands the release of fighters in return for the girls, and says some girls died in air strikes. The government says it is in touch with the militants behind the… Source: Nigeria Chibok girls: Boko Haram video shows captives – BBC News Read More »

America Is Smashing Russia and OPEC’s Grip On The Oil Market

The shale gas revolution in the United States is overturning the old order. Anthony Fensom Far from being threatened by recent weak prices, America’s status as an emerging energy superpower has solidified in 2016, weakening OPEC’s grip over the… Source: America Is Smashing Russia and OPEC’s Grip On The Oil Market | The National Interest Read More »

Hard Times in Venezuela Breed Malaria as Desperate Flock to Mines

Many turn to panning for black-market gold in the watery pits of mines, where mosquitoes infect them. Once they return home to recover, the disease spreads… THE ALBINO MINE, Venezuela — The 12th time Reinaldo Balocha got malaria, he hardly rested at all… Source: Hard Times in Venezuela Breed Malaria as Desperate Flock to Mines – The New York Times Read More »

Judo: Favela dwellers’ way out of poverty

Brazil’s first gold-medal winner at Rio 2016 came from the City of God favela where youngsters have found hope. Brazil’s first gold medal at this years Olympic Games came in judo when Rafaela Silva overcame top-seed Sumiya Dorjsuren of Mongolia to the women’s -57kg event… Source: Judo: Favela dwellers’ way out of poverty – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Freefall: from self-employment to unemployment

Rose, Joe, Jean and Gerard all worked for themselves. When the recession hit they had nothing to fall back on. Are things about to get better for Ireland’s 325,000 self-employed? Patrick Freyne ‘You drive around the country,” says Ray Butler, the Fine Gael Senator, “and look at all those closed-down shops in little towns and villages. They represent lives and families and people’s stories. They’re all self-employed people… Source: Freefall: from self-employment to unemployment Read More »

Capitalism and Democracy [part 4]

The distinguished historian Mark Mazower has recently pointed out that we are living in times marked by a widespread ‘propensity to crisis’, the ‘hollowing out of political institutions’ and the ‘casualisation of the labour force’. We could add: the gap between rich and poor is almost everywhere widening so rapidly that it feels as though democracies are sliding backwards, possibly returning to the squalid patterns of social… Source: Capitalism and Democracy [part 4] Read More »

He Predicted Today’s Greece in 388 B.C.

Greece’s economic collapse and social disarray make the country ripe for satire, which helps explain why a centuries-old comedy by Aristophanes is a big hit there this summer. The Daily Beast Nick Romeo ATHENS — In a neighborhood of shuttered shops and crumbling 19th century buildings less than a mile from the Acropolis, someone has scrawled a graffito on the side of a… Read More »

Green Gold: Global Avocado Boom Destroying Mexico’s Forests

Extreme demand for avocados is causing deforestation, along with other negative environmental effects, in Mexico, due to high profits for the fruit.. According to Mexico’s National Institute for Forestry, Farming and Fisheries Research, farmers are illegally destroying large areas of forest in the mountains of Michoacan, a… Source: Green Gold: Global Avocado Boom Destroying Mexico’s Forests Read More »