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    An atrocity in Florida

    News, Editorial, Published on 14/06/2016

    » The barbarous butchery carried out by one man in a Florida gay nightclub indicates failures on several fronts. Omar Mateen, son of an Afghan refugee and salesman and consumed by hatred, opened fire and killed at least 50 people on the spot. By all accounts, he was motivated by two things. First was his growing and finally overwhelming hatred of the gay community, particularly gay men. Second was the call by the Islamic State (IS) for "lone wolf" terrorist attacks during Ramadan.


    We need to fight homophobia at home

    News, Paisarn Likhitpreechakul, Published on 14/06/2016

    » As the world reels in shock and sorrow from the Orlando gay club shooting which killed at least 50 people and injured many more in Florida, some jumped to lay blame on the faith of the shooter, who was said to have been angered by the sight of two men kissing.


    China weighs up its role in Myanmar peace talks

    News, Anthony Davis, Published on 14/06/2016

    » In what has traditionally been a boots-and-bayonets conflict fought a long way from media coverage, an unusual photo circulating on the internet last week revealed that Myanmar's military is now using armed drones in operations against ethnic insurgents. Probably taken on a serviceman's mobile phone and posted on a Facebook account, the image showed soldiers preparing a Chinese-built CH-3A unmanned combat aerial vehicle for take-off at an airfield in the north of the country.


    The scope of the Orlando carnage goes beyond LGBT

    News, Frank Bruni, Published on 14/06/2016

    » These locations are never random. These targets aren't accidental. They're the very vocabulary in which assailants like the Orlando gunman speak, and he chose a place where there's drinking. And dancing. And where LGBT people congregate, feeling a sense of welcome, of belonging.


    Prayut and the cold art of subjugation

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 14/06/2016

    » How strange it is for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to use what appears to be the equivalent of the ominous phrase, "Winter is coming", from the hit series Games of Throne to describe the country's current situation.


    Macedonia's 'Colourful Revolution'

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 14/06/2016

    » Abstract expressionism is no longer cutting-edge art in most places, but in one country it is enjoying a massive popular revival: Macedonia. The artists are at work day and night in the capital, Skopje, decorating public buildings and statues with splatters of every colour in the rainbow in a style clearly inspired by Jackson Pollock.

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