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Donald Trump: James Comey memos confirm fixation with Australian leak

The madness and chaos of the first weeks of the Trump presidency are now the stuff of White House and journalistic legend, complete with flaky and …

Donald Trump

Why couples with big age gaps are happier, despite the social disapproval

Romantic couples with a large age gap often raise eyebrows. Studies have found partners with more than a 10-year gap in age experience social …

Same-Sex Couples

'I'm not his property': Abused Muslim women denied right to divorce

Women apply for most Islamic divorces in Australia, but imams often refuse to grant them. Muslim leaders have condemned domestic violence, though …

Domestic Violence

Harsh truth about ‘racist’ land grab

But the incendiary issue of land reform is as vast and complex as South Africa itself. So complex that the final two words in the nation’s anthem — …

South Africa

The secret budget rules making it hard to cut Australia's immigration intake

The secret rules mean that if Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull or Treasurer Scott Morrison moved to reduce the intake in the budget, they would need …

Australia

Were the Arabs Indigenous to Mandatory Palestine?

<b>The Rape of Palestine, 1st ed. By William Ziff. London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1938. Reprint. Mansfield Centre, Conn.: Martino Fine Books, 2010.</b> …

Israel

Top 10 Curious Circumstances That Led to the Rise of ISIS

<i>IMAGE: One of many theatrical pictures of ISIS – carefully designed for US and western media audiences.</i><p><b>Last week, the US said it was working to</b> …

Google’s nemesis: meet the British couple who took on a giant, won... and cost it £2.1 billion

Google was guilty. The European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, made that brutally clear. “Google abused its market dominance,” …

United Kingdom

Unmasked: Extremists who bullied an inspiring primary school headteacher into reversing a ban on hijabs in the classrooms

• <b>Neena Lall stopped pupils at her school under eight wearing Islamic headscarf</b>• <b><br>Was subjected campaign of intimidation including being compared to …

Secretly photographing the Holocaust: A rare exhibition of photos taken by Jews in the ghetto

“I took thousands of pictures, and I kept on taking more and more pictures, for a later time, for posterity,” said Zvi Kadushin shortly before his …

Yad Vashem

The bureaucracy of evil: how Islamic State ran a city

Part one – the rise: It was in the Iraqi city of Mosul that Isis attempted to prove its legitimacy – by transforming from an insurgency into a state. Alongside the murders and mass terror ran a functioning bureaucracy, with streamlined rubbish collections and electricity smart meters<p>Part two: How …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

Repost of Humphrey McQueen 2017 on Australia Day – plus other material on this perennial but important set of issues

<i>Update 25 January 2018: Tony Birch in</i> Guardian Australia <i>says changing the date will not change Australia’s culture of violence:</i><p><i>Current debates around</i> …

26 January – or thereabouts: thoughts on Australia Day

‘26 January – or thereabouts: thoughts on Australia Day’, <i>Honest History</i>, 23 January 2017<p>Vox Pop illustrates that the most enthusiastic celebrants of …

The Sisterhood’s Self-interested Sophists

<b>I consider myself a feminist. But the word “feminist” has become so debased its meaning has been lost, not to mention deliberately distorted from</b> …

Reformist Pipedreams and Islamic Reality

<b>I’ll begin with a provocative question. Steel yourselves. Can those expressing affinity with Mein Kampf and National Socialism be, nevertheless,</b> …

One Book Too Many

<b>The Crucible of Islam</b> <b><br>by Glen Warren Bowersock</b> <b><br>Harvard, 2017, 220 pages, US$25</b><br>_______________________<p><b>Glen Warren Bowersock, now eighty-one years of</b> …

The Great Offense: Was Jesus Really Crucified?

No serious historian doubts the existence of Jesus Christ. Atheist scholars and Christians alike acknowledge the reality and impact of his life. But …

Theology

Evidence For Jesus

<b>Evidence for Jesus – What Does Archaeology Reveal?</b><br>When it comes to archaeology, is there any evidence for Jesus? Do we have actual sites or artifacts …

Christianity

How women in northern Syria won freedom in a region ravaged by Islamic State

Lilwa Ebdullah knew she was going against tribal rules, but now she is part of a movement of women who have helped their country defeat Islamic …

Middle East

Grumpy OpinionsConservative News and OpinionsWar in the Classroom

The year was 2011, and a freshman in Newton South High School, in Newton, Massachusetts, asked her father if it was true that the “Israeli occupation …

Religion

What is forgiveness? The biblical and Jewish origins of this empowering concept

During the 8-day period of Chanukah, which Jesus celebrated, and which is often around Christmas and New Year, the Jewish community reads the Joseph …

Kuwaiti Cleric Saalim At-Taweel: Jihad For The Sake Of Allah Means Fighting The Infidels To Make Them Convert To Islam; Enslaving Infidels Is One Of The Virtues Of Islam

On November 7, Kuwaiti cleric Sheikh Saalim Bin Sa'd At-Taweel published a lecture on his official YouTube channel explaining the concept of jihad. …

Islam

The era of hysteria! Historian DOMINIC SANDBROOK says Britain has become a nation of overgrown toddlers with a bigoted mob mentality, intolerance and a raging sense of grievance at every slight

What was the defining image of 2017? Theresa May, standing grim-faced outside No. 10 the day after the General Election? Young revellers cheering …

How To Import Phones From Overseas To The Philippines

We’ve all looked at websites like Aliexpress, eBay, GearBest longingly at the awesome phones, tablets and notebooks being sold there that’s not …

Free Shipping
Google Play

Google just launched a new version of Android for low-budget phones

Google wants to make sure everyone can access Android, even those who can't afford fancy phones.<p>The company announced today that Android Oreo (Go …

How to Post-Process Soft and ‘Dreamy’ Portraits of Children

Here’s a 47-minute tutorial from PiXimperfect about how to create those soft, dreamy portrait photos of children using Photoshop.<p>First things first, …