Kylie Moore-Gilbert named as Australian-British academic jailed in Iran since 2018

Cambridge-educated lecturer in Islamic Studies at Melbourne University has been in prison in Tehran for almost a year The third foreign national revealed to be imprisoned in Iran this week has been named by the Australian government as Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a Melbourne academic who has published work on the 2011 Arab uprisings and on authoritarian governments. Moore-Gilbert, a dual UK-Australian national, is Cambridge educated and worked as a lecturer in Islamic Studies at Melbourne University. She has been in Tehrans notorious Evin prison for almost a year. Her case came to light this week along with those of another British-Australian woman, Jolie King, and her Australian boyfriend Mark Firkin, of an Iranian oil tanker, the Adrian Darya 1, formerly …

Dark crystals: the brutal reality behind a booming wellness craze

The long read: Demand for healing crystals is soaring but many are mined in deadly conditions in one of the worlds poorest countries. And there is little evidence that this billion-dollar industry is cleaning up its act In February, crystals colonised Tucson. They spread out over carparks and gravel lots, motel courtyards and freeway footpaths, past strip malls and burger bars. Beneath tents and canopies, on block after block, rested every kind of stone imaginable: the opaque, soapy pastels of angeline; dark, mossy-toned epidote; tourmaline streaked with red and green. There were enormous, dining-table-sized pieces selling for tens of thousands of dollars, lumps of rose quartz for $100, crystal eggs for $1.50. Crystals were stacked upon crystals, filling plastic trays, …

Justin Welby prostrates himself in apology for British massacre at Amritsar

Archbishop says sorry in the name of Christ over killing of 379 unarmed protesters in 1919 The archbishop of Canterbury has apologised in the name of Christ for the stopped short of apologising. This year Theresa May called the killings a shameful scar in British-Indian history but also Original Article : HERE ;

Permanent Record by Edward Snowden review the whistleblowers memoir

The call of duty and a patriotic pedigree are given priority in Snowdens account of his motivations and he warns of dangers ahead Towards the end of Edward Snowdens memoir, he hands the narrative to his partner, Lindsay Mills, in the form of the diary she was keeping at the time he was American and British spy agencies. Ed, what have you done? she wrote. How can you come back from this? Permanent Record is Snowdens attempt to answer these questions by doing something he finds discomforting and antithetical: breaching his own privacy, opening up what he calls the empty zone that lies beyond the reach of the state. This is the space he has guarded for six years, but …

‘Lovers of Modena’ skeletons holding hands were both men

Researchers believe pair might have been siblings, cousins or soldiers who died together The Lovers of Modena, a pair of skeletons so called because they were buried hand-in-hand, were both men, researchers have found. The bones, from between the 4th and 6th century AD, were found in a cemetery in 2009 near Modena in northern Italy. Due to the poor state of the remains, it was not possible to establish the sex of the couple, despite successive attempts using genetic analysis techniques. Now, a group of researchers from the University of Bologna who developed a new technique using the protein found in tooth enamel have announced that the skeletons belonged to two men. The study, which is believed to have …

Taliban warns of more US dead after Trump says he cancelled peace talks

President tweets that he called off planned Camp David meeting after Kabul attack killed US soldier Afghanistan scheduled for Sunday that would have brought him face to face with Taliban leaders at Camp David, the presidential retreat in the hills of Maryland state with the Islamist militant group warning on Sunday that the snub meant more American lives would be lost. The US president made the remarkable claim in a series of tweets on Saturday evening declaring he had called off the negotiations after the Taliban claimed responsibility for a blast in Kabul that killed 12 people including a US soldier on Thursday. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? Trump …

Sardine tins for the poor?: Barcelona’s shipping container homes

Just a stones throw from La Rambla, the Spanish city is building 12 shipping container flats to help tackle its social housing crisis Barcelona has begun installing its first unsuitable and unsafe, and residents have said they are cramped, stiflingly hot in summer, and too cold in winter. The total cost of the scheme in Barcelona is 940,000 (840,000). We can deliver an apartment in a year while a traditional building takes six to eight years to reach completion, says Tonet Font of the citys social innovation department. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. Nasibah Yagoub, 21, with her son outside a shipping container development being used for homeless families in Hanwell, Ealing. Photograph: Chris …

Strange tastes but good jokes: how the French really see the English

Benjamin Carles new TV documentary shows a baffled Frenchmans attempt to understand England Frenchman Benjamin Carle likes a challenge. First he set out to live using make a sandwich from scratch, including growing his own wheat and catching his own tuna. Now Carle, 31, has completed what may be his toughest test so far: trying to understand and identify with the English. The idea, triggered by Brexit, is the subject of his latest documentary, Meilleurs Ennemis Ma Relation Avec La Perfide Albion (Best of Enemies My Relation with Perfidious Albion). In it, the self-confessed Anglophile travelled to the UK, armed only with a love of the Beatles, David Bowie and Liverpool FC, to find out how much affinity he truly …

Hundreds of young people join Greta Thunberg in climate protest outside UN

Swedish climate activist and young strikers gathered in New York to call on politicians and companies to act on the climate crisis Teen climate activist UNdisembarked from a yacht in New York, following two weeks on rough seas crossing from the UK, young protesters dominated the crowd of up to 1,000 outside the United Nations skyscraper in Manhattan. They came together to demand politicians and older generations take urgent and comprehensive action to reverse the climate crisis. Carrying hand-drawn placards with messages such as United behind the science and Act now or we will, children and young people of all ages surged into a park in front of the flags of the world outside the UN on Friday morning. Thunberg …

Gay gene theories belong in the past now we know sexuality is far more fluid | Owen Jones

Gender norms imprison us all and that extends to who we sleep or fall in love with, says Guardian columnist Owen Jones It turns out that genetics is almost as complicated as love and sex. New research has shown that the long fabled gay gene Abortion hope after gay genes findings. In the age of supposed designer babies, what if the hatefully inclined chose to make sure their unborn child wasnt gay or bisexual? Then theres the old homophobic trope that people choose to be gay, and that falling in love with someone of the same gender is a lifestyle choice a perverse myth long used to punish LGBTQ people and fuel the horror of so-called gay conversion therapy. It …

Trump seems to think he’s an emperor but we are not entertained | Lloyd Green

Commodus was mad and, at least the way Russell Crowe told it, it took a heroic gladiator to bring him down. America has the polls Hail the imperial cult: ancient Rome is reborn on the Potomac. This week, Donald Trump ascribed to himself the roles of Chosen One, a first for an American president but definitely not for an emperor. Then, to immediately start looking for an alternative to China. The president cited no authority for his directive, but then again it looks like Trump thinks the law and he are one and the same and that Article II of the constitution is a limitless font of power, Congress and the courts be damned. To quote him: Then I have …

Landmark US case to expose rampant racial bias behind the death penalty

Top capital lawyers head to North Carolina as judges consider the cases of four inmates who faced bleached juries The dark secret of Americas death penalty the blatant and intentional racial bias that infects the system, distorting juries and throwing inordinate numbers of African Americans on to death row will be laid bare next week in North Carolina. Some of the countrys top capital lawyers will gather on Monday at the state supreme court in Raleigh. Over two days, they will present evidence that capital punishment is so deeply flawed and riddled with racial animus that it makes a mockery of basic principles of fairness and equal justice. The courts seven judges will be asked to address a simple question. …

‘Our dad is dead’: the families left behind after police shootings

This week, a police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner was fired. For most families of African American men killed by police, even partial closure proves terribly elusive In America, there is a common conversation between black parents and their children, long known as the talk. It is about what to do when approached by a police officer. How to talk. How to act. How, simply, to survive. In recent years, high-profile killings of black men and boys have brought the talk to national attention. It has become part of discussion of the inequalities of race, of the problem of police brutality itself. For most black families, the talk is a choice, a just-in-case, a part of raising …

Venezuelan activist urges Raab to back ICC Maduro torture case

Tamara Suj visits London to seek support for six countries pressing for investigation The UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has been urged to draw on his experience as a former Foreign Office human rights lawyer to press the legal case that the Venezuelan government of Nicols Maduro has systematically tortured its people. The call was led by the prominent Venezuela human rights defender Tamara Suj who visited London to persuade the UK to join six non-European countries in pressuring the international criminal court (ICC) to pursue a case against the Venezuelan leadership. Raab worked as a lawyer for the FCO, including at the ICC in The Hague, from 2000 to 2006. In theory the case could end with Maduro arraigned …

UK art dealer jailed in US for defrauding clients of up to $30m

Timothy Sammons used works by Picasso and Chagall as collateral for personal loans A prominent British art dealer who defrauded his clients out of millions by using a scheme that involved masterpieces by artists including Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall has been sentenced for up to 12 years in prison. Timothy Sammons a former Sothebys specialist who had offices in New York and London and who brokered multimillion-pound deals for the likes of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation used art that did not belong to him as collateral to obtain personal loans between 2010 and 2015. Artworks including Chagalls Rverie, Calanque de Canoubier (Pointe de Bamer) by Paul Signac and Picassos Buste de Femme were used to steal between …

Trump lines up loyalist as Coats leaves US intelligence chief post

Dan Coats to go next month after turbulent two years of disagreements with president Dan Coats, one of the most senior national security officials willing to contradict Donald Trump, will leave the post of US director of national intelligence next month, the president has said. Trump said Coats would go on 15 August and that he will nominate John Ratcliffe, a Texas representative and staunch loyalist, to the post. The relationship between Coats and Trump was marked by turbulence. Coats public, and sometimes personal, disagreements with Trump over policy and intelligence included Russian interference in the US election and North Korean nuclear capabilities. Trump had long been skeptical of the nations intelligence agencies, which provoked his ire by concluding that …