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Darwin Day: The evolution of human morality

Humanists UK: For the 2018 Darwin Day Lecture in central London, evolutionary psychologist Dr. Diana S Fleischman gave a stirring talk on the origins of human morality, the weaknesses of our evolved morality, and new horizons for the future human ethics. She was chaired by theoretical physicist and Humanists UK Vice President Professor Jim Al-Khalili.

Republican Lawmakers Refuse to Adopt Gun Control Despite 200 School Shootings Since Sandy Hook

Democracy Now - Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, there have been 200 school shootings. But on Capitol Hill and in many state legislatures, Republican lawmakers have blocked efforts to enact gun control. Wednesday’s shooting in Florida comes just days after President Trump released his budget, which proposes cutting millions of dollars from...

Why Europe should defy Trump on Iran

Centre for European Policy Studies: Rather than try to placate the Trump administration by re-opening discussions on an international agreement that has already proved its worth, the EU should make common cause with China and Russia and push back diplomatically to keep the Iran nuclear deal intact. The author argues that the EU would do well to buttress the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ...

Netanyahu Could Fall for Corruption, Not War Crimes

The New Yorker: Citizens are innocent until proven guilty, but Prime Ministers are not mere citizens. According to Israeli law, Prime Ministers need not resign unless they are convicted of a serious crime. But precedent holds that Prime Ministers should not serve if they are merely indicted—that, once indicted, they cannot both prepare a legal defense and properly do their job. In 1977, ...

Iran arrests currency traders as rial plummets

Police in Iran have arrested dozens of unlicensed money traders, as concerns grow over the falling value of the Iranian rial. President Hassan Rouhani is under pressure to stop the currency's slide against the dollar, which business people say is doing serious harm to the economy. Al Jazeera's Zein Basravi reports from Tehran.

US recognises six Virginia Native tribes after decades-long fight

Six Native American tribes in the US state of Virginia have been granted full federal recognition after a nearly twenty-year-long legal fight. The declaration signed by President Donald Trump clears the way for the Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Upper Mattaponi, Rappahannock, Nansemond and Monacan tribes to receive healthcare, education and housing benefits. Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher ...

Tehran Taboo - Trailer

Flickering Myth: At first glance, animation appears to be an unorthodox route to exploring sexuality, hypocrisy, female oppression, and unsavory living conditions in Iran, but it’s actually a brilliant and bold move for multiple reasons. First and most importantly, Tehran Taboo is the filmmaking debut from writer and director Ali Soozandah, an Iranian turned German citizen adopting ...

Husband of British Prisoner in Iran: She is being Tortured

Maziar Bahari on The protests in Iran

On January 5, the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings hosted a discussion on the upheaval in Iran, what it means for the future of the country, and how the United States and the international community can respond. Related : Iranwire Maziar Bahari's disingenuous newsletter on Iranprotests takes aim at Monarchists