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The Jehoshua Novels

Privilege: Buzzfeed Quiz

How privileged are you ? h/t Bob Morris

All reactions, complaints, confessions welcome.

Eight wisdoms from Arundhati Roy

Roy talks with great insight about: Capitalism, activism, Gandhi, non violence etc.

When Roy read from her essay, Listening to Grasshoppers, she said the problem with representative democracy is that there is “too much representation and not enough democracy.” She talked about how corporations have created structures that increase their decision-making power, leaving the rest [...]

IPCC report: ‘Climate change is happening and no one in the world is immune’

From food shortages to loss of species, the latest IPCC report paints a bleak picture for the planet.

The Independent, By Steve Connor, March 31

The negative effects of climate change are [...]

Monday Misogyny

Steph Harman : ““When I heard Julia Gillard’s parliamentary speech addressing misogyny, it struck me that behind the politics there was a lot of personal feeling being communicated,” writes composer Rob Davidson, in the description which accompanies this delicious treat. “I wanted to put a frame around this slice of time, to heighten my [...]

It may read like a Peter Sellers movie script, but it’s real….

Transdniestra: Russian or not, next?

Reuters: Russia says ‘no expansionist views’ despite warning Ukraine territory grab not the last. NATO commander speculates about threat to Transdniestria region

1. NATO’s top military commander U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove said on Sunday that Russia had a large force on Ukraine’s eastern border and he was worried [...]

Pope Francis names first members of child sex abuse commission

Archbishop of Boston Sean O’Malley and Irish campaigner Marie Collins in group of eight to set out tasks of commission.

AP, March 22

Pope Francis has named the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy, including lay and religious experts, and an Irish woman assaulted as a child by a [...]

MH370: Intent, and a Theory

Crossposted at FDL.

A Theory, based on the facts read. I don’t guarantee that any part of it is 100% correct, I merely assert that this explanation fits the reported facts so far.


Anne Frank and the Culture Wars

I read this a couple of days ago in the SMH: “Scores of copies of Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl in public libraries across Tokyo have been vandalised, sparking alarm amid a rightward shift in Japan’s politics.”

Now I read “For many Japanese the book forms the basis of their knowledge about the [...]

Finland No. 1, US sinks to 46th in global press freedom rankings

Yahoo News, By Olivier Knox, February 12

The United States did not live up to the promise of the First Amendment last year, “far from it,” sinking to 46th in global press freedom rankings, a respected international nonprofit group said Wednesday.

The U.S. plummeted 13 slots to 46th overall “amid increased efforts to track down [...]

Vatican ‘must immediately remove’ child abusers – UN

BBC, February 5

The UN has said that the Vatican should “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers.

The UN watchdog for children’s rights denounced the Holy See for adopting policies which allowed priests to sexually abuse thousands of children.

In a report, it also criticised Vatican attitudes towards homosexuality, contraception [...]

Keystone report coming Friday

Politico, By Andrew Restuccia, Updated January 31

The State Department is set to release a final environmental analysis of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline on Friday, according to sources, setting the stage for a months-long endgame in one of the Obama administration’s most intractable environmental controversies.

The department has repeatedly concluded — most recently [...]

Snowden leaks: Canada ‘spied on airport travellers’

BBC, January 31

Canada’s electronic spy agency collected data from travellers passing through a major airport, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reports.

The CSEC collected information captured from unsuspecting passengers’ wireless devices by the airport’s free wi-fi system over two-weeks, the report says.

The revelations come from documents leaked by Edward Snowden, CBC says.


Turkey’s Erdogan visits Iran to improve ties after split over Syria

Reuters, By Parisa Hafezi

ANKARA, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visited Iran on Wednesday to bolster trade and energy ties, state TV said, in what also looked like a bid to defuse tensions over Syria by capitalizing on Tehran’s diplomatic opening to regional rivals and the West.

Iran has been a strong strategic ally of [...]

Canada loses patience on Keystone XL, tells U.S. to decide

Reuters, By David Ljunggren, January 16

Ottawa – Canada bluntly told the United States on Thursday to settle the fate of TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, saying the drawn-out process on whether to approve the northern leg of the project was taking too long.

The hard-line comments by Foreign Minister John Baird were the [...]

Out of Eden

Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vow A thousand times Come, yet again, come, come.

— Jalal ad-Din Mohammed Balkhi (Rumi)      (I’m dedicating this to SP:-))

National Geographic – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist [...]