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Love After Love: Derek Walcott’s Poetic Ode to Being at Home in Ourselves

“Sit. Feast on your life.”<p>The great Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh has written beautifully about why learning to love others begins with learning to love ourselves — a sentiment that the reactive modern cynic might dismiss as the vacant fodder of self-help books, but one which more considered …

Literature

Why Bees Build Perfect Hexagons

After half a lifetime as a schoolteacher, my grandmother retired and promptly became a beekeeper. I spent large chunks of my childhood observing these extraordinary creatures, but no part of their intricately orchestrated existence mesmerized me more than the tiny, perfect cells of their hives — …

Bees

Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Catalog of Beautiful Untranslatable Words from Around the World

<i>“Words belong to each other,”</i> Virginia Woolf said in the only surviving recording of her voice, a magnificent meditation on the beauty of language. But what happens when words are kept apart by too much unbridgeable otherness? <i>“Barring downright deceivers, mild imbeciles and impotent poets, there</i> …

Russia needs a Middle East crisis: Will delivering S-300s to Iran help?

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision on lifting the ban on delivering to Iran the S-300 surface-to-air missiles took many experts by surprise, …

Australia Comes to Grips With Slave History : Discrimination: Novelist's book recalls the traders who plundered South Pacific islands.

October 13, 1991|MICHAEL PERRY | REUTERS<p>SYDNEY, Australia — Shackled, flogged with kangaroo hide whips and raped at will, Australia's slaves died by the thousands.<p>Between 1842 and 1904 more than 60,000 men and boys from the South Pacific islands, and an unknown number of women and girls, were …

If all right-thinking people are united against terrorism, where are the 'Je suis Nigeria' banners?

President Obama is being criticised for not joining the 40 other world leaders at the mass march in Paris in the wake of the <i>Charlie Hebdo</i> massacre. …

Terrorism

The Sony hack was a ploy to keep Kim Jong Un safe from the UN — and it's working

To listen to much of the Western media and <i>The Interview</i>'s supporters, you would think that North Korea hacked Sony Pictures out of outrage over <i>The Interview</i>'s depiction of Kim Jong Un's assassination — or that North Korea didn't actually launch the attack at all.<p>Whether or not North Korea was …

Putin couldn't make Russia a great power, so he made it a geopolitical racketeer

What in the hell is Vladimir Putin up to? It's perhaps one of the most important and salient questions of 2014. Russia-watchers and Russians have spent much of the year debating what's behind Putin's adventurism in Ukraine, his meddling in eastern Europe's Baltic states, his support for …

The child slaves of Saudi Arabia

<b>On the wealthy streets of Jeddah, in Saudi Arabia, thousands of young child-beggars, under the auspices of ruthless gangmasters, are simply trying to survive.</b><p>Many hail from countries like Yemen which, despite bordering one of the Middle East's richest states, is a world away in terms of economic …

Saudi Arabia
Islam

Police clear Martin Place after gunman holds hostages at Lindt Chocolat Cafe

NSW Premier Mike Baird advised people who normally work in the exclusion zone around Martin Place to prepare to "work from home" on Tuesday, implying …

Extremism

10 countries with the most people living in modern slavery

An estimated 35.8 million men, women and children are currently trapped in modern slavery around the world, according to a recent report — 71% of …

Channel NewsAsia

close breaking news<p>Singapore<p>'Test balloons' allegation, if not refuted, could have led to 'political attacks': Chee Hong Tat<p><b>Top</b> <i>stories</i><p>Singapore<p>2,000 …

Indonesian maid says she was tortured with vacuum cleaner

An Indonesian maid has told a Hong Kong court that she was tortured for six months by her former employer, who shoved a vacuum cleaner tube into her mouth, tearing her mouth.<p>In two days of disturbing testimony, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, a 23-year-old domestic helper, said through an interpreter she …

ISIS: Enslaving, having sex with 'unbelieving' women, girls is OK

Can you take non-Muslim women and children captive? Yes, says ISIS.<p>Can you have sex with them, even prepubescent girls? Yes, according to the Islamist extremist group.<p>Can you sell them or give them as gifts to others? The answer is yes, once again.<p>People in Mosul -- the Iraqi city now under control …

I am a 14-year-old Yazidi girl given as a gift to an ISIS commander. Here’s how I escaped.

<i>This is the story told to me by a 14-year-old Yazidi girl I’ll call “Narin,” currently staying in northern Iraqi Kurdistan. I am a Kurdish reporter with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia who covers northern Iraq as a freelancer for several international news outlets. I</i> …

She's Known As Malala, But When She Revealed Her Other Names, I Got Teary

Her speech is pretty brilliant and still gives me chills. Check it out here:<p>So just to recap...<p>At the Nobel Peace Prize acceptance ceremony, Malala …

Nobel Prize

SEE: 10 of the Most Striking #EricGarner Cartoons (so far)…

Can’t Breathe in the Wind from Tom Racine on Vimeo.<p><b>WHEN NEWS BROKE</b> this week of the decision not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in the July death of Eric Garner, visual commentators working on deadline reached for familiar symbols.<p>And so there, in editorial cartoon after cartoon, we soon …

6-year-old girl asks for holiday cards for her last Christmas

Sending out holiday cards this week? You’ll want to add another name to your list.<p>Addie Fausett, 6, of Fountain Green, Utah, is likely celebrating her last Christmas this year due to an atrophy of her brain that has left doctors puzzled. And in the face of devastating news, her family has come up …

The Earth

This little Girl Might Not Be Seeing the Next Christmas and All She Wants is A Christmas Card From You!

The life of a child is precious and it is hard to see a young life fighting for her life. Addie has been struggling to live ever since she was 3 …

Roland Iten's Calibre R822 "Predator" – the world's most expensive belt buckle

Iten attacks the problem of holding trousers up with a vigor and ingenuity that has to be seen to be believed. His pieces are as much mechanical …

6 Shockingly Brutal Incidents Revealed in Feds' Scathing Report on Cleveland Police Department

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a scathing report yesterday saying that there is “reasonable cause” to believe the Cleveland Police Department …

Unbelievable: Cleveland Cops Who Killed Unarmed Black Suspects Sue, Claiming They're Victims of Racial Discrimination

A group of nine Cleveland police officers involved in a 2012 incident in which 137 shots were fired and two unarmed African American suspects were …

Meet Dan Donovan, the Prosecutor Who Let Eric Garner’s Killer Walk

To understand why NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo got off, just look at who’s laying down the law on Staten Island.<p>New York City has one mayor, two …

The 14 Teens Killed by Cops Since Michael Brown

Since Ferguson, police have killed more than a dozen teenagers, half of them black. Some did nothing more than carry a BB gun.<p>Michael Brown’s death …

Documenting Innocent People Killed by Law Enforcement

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in News Stories, The Victims | 0 comments<p>Reported by ABC7 Chicago<p>Family and friends are gathering for a vigil Sunday for a …

Unarmed Arizona man killed by cop

PHOENIX — The facts surrounding Rumain Brisbon's death — the ones that could be agreed upon as of Wednesday evening — follow a narrative familiar to a nation still reeling from the racially charged police incidents in Ferguson, Mo., New York City and elsewhere.<p>In Phoenix on Tuesday evening, a white …

The world is watching us: Eric Garner grand jury decision captures international headlines

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Eric Garner is now a household name globally with Staten Island the focus of international media attention.<p>Wednesday's grand …