Clive Parkin

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'We don't want them here if they are unhappy': simmering tensions on Manus Island

Jill and I walk through the town market which has a brand new roof, one of the few infrastructure projects provided to the island by the Australian …

Australia

Joe Hill’s The Fireman Is About the Apocalypse. Naturally, It's Optimistic

When Joseph King was 12 years old, he read about spontaneous combustion and became convinced that that was how he would die. "I was in a grip of …

The digital apocalypse: how the games industry is rising again

From mid-cycle PlayStation upgrades to episodic entertainment and virtual studios, something big is happening in the way games are bought, made and sold<p>For 30 years the games industry worked in a certain way. People rented offices and set up studios to create games; they employed staff to work …

Gaming Industry

Anatomy of a Divorce

Divorce has many witnesses, many victims. It is a lurid duet that entices observers to the dance; the <i>pas de deux</i> expands, flowers into a monstrous …

Empathy
Crime

Walker

A profile of Shigeru Miyamoto, the man who invented Donkey Kong, Mario, and the Wii.<p>How a group of roommates in Minneapolis created the most enduring …

Shigeru Miyamoto

These 5 Facts Explain America’s Shameful Reaction to Syrian Refugees

Of the 4.2 million Syrians displaced since that country’s civil war began in 2011, America has taken in 2,290—or 0.0005 percent of the total. But to …

North Africa
Syrian Refugees

Over a million refugees and migrants arrived in Europe this year. Here is what you need to know.

On Tuesday, the number of refugees and migrants who arrived in Europe this year passed the 1 million mark, according to the International Organization for Migration. Here is what you need to know about one of 2015's most defining tragedies.<p><b>What caused the influx?</b><p>The war in Syria is the primary …

North Africa

NSW to resettle at least 4000 refugees

Up to 7000 refugees fleeing conflict in Syria and Iraq will be resettled in NSW, with the first arrivals expected by the end of the year.<p>The groups …

North Africa

Indonesia protests boat push-back policy after asylum seekers found stranded

"Unilateral action is not in line with our spirit of co-operation," Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Muhammad Fachir said outside the meeting.<p>"Those …

Australia

Clashes break out between hundreds of asylum seekers at a crowded migrant shelters in Germany

• <b>Two mass brawls and at least two other fights took place this weekend</b>• <b><br>Several people arrested in Tempelhof, after brawl started in a food</b> …

I CAME BY BOAT

<i>Please watch our video above!</i><p><i>June 19 update: Our first round of posters are up now and many more are to come on June 27! Posters are up in Melbourne,</i> …

Christmas Island proves the need for humane refugee policy

But a bigger issue is at stake.<p>Chegeni had been recognised as a refugee living in the community in 2013. He was soon detained again after being …

Human Rights

Hope and tears in equal measure inside a Syrian refugee camp

The photographer is my wife, Alissa Everett, who was there on assignment for the Global Fund for Women. I tagged along to try to better understand …

Middle East
North Africa
Urban Agriculture

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens

In a viral YouTube video from October 2011 a one-year-old girl sweeps her fingers across an iPad's touchscreen, shuffling groups of icons. In the …

Are We Puppets in a Wired World?

To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism<p>by Evgeny Morozov<p>PublicAffairs, 413 pp., $28.99<p>Hacking the Future: Privacy, …

Two-Hit Wonder

Jack Dorsey, of Twitter, is now making big money at Square—and is out to prove that he’s more than a lucky man.<p>Jack Dorsey, the tech entrepreneur, takes the No. 1 bus to work, and he likes to catch the 7:06. It carries him nearly from one side of San Francisco to the other—down California Street …

The Honey Launderers: Uncovering the Largest Food Fraud in U.S. History

Magnus von Buddenbrock and Stefanie Giesselbach arrived in Chicago in 2006 full of hope. He was 30, she was 28, and they had both won their first …

Harnessing the Power of Feedback Loops

Author: Thomas Goetz. Thomas Goetz Magazine<p>Date of Publication: 06.19.11.<p>Time of Publication: 9:45 am. 9:45 am<p><b>In 2003, officials</b> in Garden Grove, …

A Day at the Park

The Education of a Bomb Dog

When I first meet a likable young Labrador named Merry, she is clearing her nostrils with nine or ten sharp snorts before she snuffles along a row of …

Murder by Craigslist

A serial killer finds a newly vulnerable class of victims: white, working-class men.<p>Wanted: Caretaker For Farm. Simply watch over a 688 acre patch of hilly farmland and feed a few cows, you get 300 a week and a nice 2 bedroom trailer, someone older and single preferred but will consider all, …

Slow Ideas

Some innovations spread fast. How do you speed the ones that don’t?<p>Why do some innovations spread so swiftly and others so slowly? Consider the very different trajectories of surgical anesthesia and antiseptics, both of which were discovered in the nineteenth century. The first public demonstration …

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