The Face of Australia’s Surveillance: Malcolm Turnbull’s Facial Recognition Database

                                                         image edited by F. Kaskais By Dr. Binoy Kampmark Never miss an opportunity in the security business. A massacre in Las Vegas has sent its tremors through the establishments, and made its way across the Pacific into the corridors of Canberra and the Prime Minister’s office. Australia’s Malcolm Turnbull is very keen to make hay out of blood, and has suggested another broadening of the security state: the creation of a national facial recognition data … Continue reading The Face of Australia’s Surveillance: Malcolm Turnbull’s Facial Recognition Database

Scientists Discover New, Unexpected Way Fukushima Is Polluting the Ocean

(Natalie Renier, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) By Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times Virginie Sanial, a scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, samples groundwater beneath beaches in Japan. Virginie and her team found contaminated sands are releasing radionuclides into the ocean. (Matt Charette/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) Radioactive cesium from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has been flowing into the ocean since an earthquake and tsunami caused a meltdown of its three reactors in 2011. Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and Japan’s Kanazawa University have discovered a new way cesium is traveling from the power plant site into the ocean and to groundwater miles … Continue reading Scientists Discover New, Unexpected Way Fukushima Is Polluting the Ocean

The last sacred kings

Elephant caretakers pay their respects outside the royal palace to the late King Bhumibol of Thailand who died on 13 October 2016 at the age of 88. Photo by Borja Sanchez-Trillo/Getty The veneration which surrounds the world’s last sacred kings shows how secular most of political life has become Alan Strathern is a university lecturer and tutorial fellow in modern history at Brasenose College, and a lecturer at St John’s College, both at the University of Oxford. He is the author of Kingship and Conversion in Sixteenth-Century Sri Lanka: Portuguese Imperialism in a Buddhist Land (2007). For the great majority of human history, we … Continue reading The last sacred kings

The ‘Good Monk’ Myth

Buddhist monks walk through the Shwe Indein Pagoda near Inle lake in Myanmar Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters How the Saffron Revolution, which transformed Burma ten years ago, obscured uncomfortable questions about Buddhist nationalism by JOE FREEMAN One night in Rangoon last year, I met up for beers with a man who had participated in Burma’s Saffron Revolution, which saw tens of thousands of Buddhist monks and nuns protest the former junta, prompting a brutal military crackdown 10 years ago this week. That I was meeting a monk for beers may seem odd, but this one had long since left the … Continue reading The ‘Good Monk’ Myth

The Ancient Art of Imbibing

Sketch of Tang dynasty poet Li Po | Artwork by Eisai Rinzan. Ink and colors on paper. © The Trustees of the British Museum “What happened to controlled, contemplative tippling?” By Leath Tonino Browsing through an anthology of classical Chinese poetry the other day, I happened upon a lyric by Li Po entitled “Drinking Alone beneath the Moon.” At the risk of reducing expansive literature to a single interpretation, we might say that the poem is a paean to the power of alcohol—to understanding alcohol as a tool that can help relax ego consciousness and facilitate a kind of selfless merger … Continue reading The Ancient Art of Imbibing


Directed by Zhao Liang Country: China / France Year: 2015View Trailer What are the costs of economic progress? Behemoth travels through Inner Mongolia to show the answer in un inching detail: hillsides blasted for mining; the blistered hands and diseased lungs of the miners forced to do this work to survive. Following the trajectory of Dante’s Divine Comedy, the film reveals the stunning, and ruinous, effects of unbridled greed on a nation’s land and people. Continue reading Behemoth

How to Get Rid of a Mistress

Why betrayed Chinese wives pay big bucks to make their ‘other woman’ disappear by Tracy Moore Hell hath no fury like a woman who would like her husband to stop screwing around. Rising divorce rates, combined with continued financial inequality and stigma for divorced women, has led to a booming “mistress dispeller” business in China, where betrayed women allegedly pay up to $150,000 to make their dude walk the straight and narrow again, and the tactics used to dispel the mistress read more like covert ops from a lurid novel than a real-life practice. Best part? The wife uses her … Continue reading How to Get Rid of a Mistress