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Cantonese closer to the classics

A reader’s Letter to the Editor appeared in the South China Morning Post by Ben, Lok Pan Tsang, of Yuen Long in the New Territories where he refers to a report titled "A question of characters", published August 18, 2014 in the same newspaper. The issue raised was that of using Putonghua as medium of instruction for Chinese language in schools. “Cantonese is the language that the majority of Hongkongers spe ...

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School – 1950s v 2014

 It's common these days for friends to send jokes to each other over the Internet and at times those jokes hit on some reality that does not otherwise penetrate into daily life. Here is one such instance from Rodney Dawes of South Yonderup, near Perth, Australia; a contribution to Pressenza, relaying on the contents of an interchange with his pal Paul Coates on school - differences now and then, 1950 - 2014 ...

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OPINION: International Relations, the U.N. and Inter Press Service

By Roberto Savio This is the first in a series of special articles to commemorate the 50th anniversary of IPS, which was set up in 1964, the same year as the Group of 77 (G77) and UNCTAD. ROME, Aug 22 2014 (IPS) - In 1979, I had a debate at the United Nations with the late Stan Swinton, then the very powerful and brilliant director of Associated Press (AP). At one point, I furnished the following figures (w ...

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Ten things to remember about Syria

I edited the Critical Muslim’s Syria issue, which includes excellent essays by Amal Hanano, Rasha Omran, Itab Azzam, Maysaloon, Malu Halasa, poetry by Golan Hajji, prose from Zakkariya Tamer, and much more. I contributed an essay on Syrian culture revolutionised, and I wrote the following list: In the old days Syrians were ready to list their ten favourite picnic spots, their ten favourite restaurants, or e ...

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Seagrave’s “The Marcos Dynasty

The Marcos Dynasty By Sterling Seagrave Harper & Row, 1988 What a revelation. Like many, I had heard some dubious things about The Marcos family but had not looked into their affairs or read about their times though I was in the Philippines just prior to their ousting-departure. The kids and I joined humanist pals demonstrating against their regime which my son Christian still recalls - being sent back ...

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Paulo Genovese’s presentation at the Pressenza Workshop of the Global Media Forum

My presentation is focused on Brazil, especially in the protests of June 2013. Millions of people took to the streets in hundreds of cities. It started with 20 cents. This was the amount of the increase in public transport fares for bus and metro in the city of São Paulo. A small group known as MPL - Free Ticket Movement, for its initials in Portuguese, carried out ​​a demonstration, as they always had done ...

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Encounters with the Profound: Photographic Exhibition and Books Presentation

London: An Exhibition of Photographs and Words: "...translations of experiences of contact with hidden internal dimensions whose depth cannot be captured by the categories of space-time in which we believe we live. In particular circumstances these experiences become accessible manifesting or erupting in ways that move our consciousness and change our lives decisively. Experiences which have no name but whi ...

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Argentina Deplores Announcement on Vulture Funds

Buenos Aires, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) The Argentine Government deplored today a paid announcement on the vulture funds published by the Clarin and La Nacion newspapers asserting that the country undergoes a technical suspension of payments. Jorge Capitanich, Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers, asserted this morning that Argentina does not undergo a technical default, as stated by that announcement, because th ...

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South African Writer, Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer Dies at 90

The South African writer Nadine Gordimer has died at the age of 90. She wrote more than two dozen works of fiction, three of which were banned under the apartheid regime. In 1991, she won the Nobel Prize for Literature. In a statement, her family said her proudest moments included her testimony at a 1986 trial in defense of 22 members of the African National Congress who were accused of treason. The Nobel c ...

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TED Lecture: How do you explain consciousness?

Our consciousness is a fundamental aspect of our existence, says philosopher David Chalmers: “There’s nothing we know about more directly…. but at the same time it’s the most mysterious phenomenon in the universe.” He shares some ways to think about the movie playing in our heads. See Video Transcript: Right now you have a movie playing inside your head. It's an amazing multi-track movie. It has 3D vision a ...

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