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Iran ends hajj talks in Saudi without final deal

Iran ends hajj talks in Saudi without final deal | Filosofia | Scoop.it
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Iran and Saudi-Arabia have again problems with the hajj, that is the pilgrim of Muslims to the holy city of Mecca. It feels bad, that many devote Muslims from Iran maybe can't perform their religious duty because of the politics. Religion and politics mix with each other, more or less, but this reality here can cause severe unrest and much suffering to the common people. I really hope some deal, maybe with the help of the Swiss, could be made and the life of the common people would not be disturbed. The Saudis should also take seriously the security problems, when thousands of people have died in Mecca because of the throng.
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Ääriliikkeet ovat suurin uhka naisten asemalle – Isis käy jopa tyttöjen orjakauppaa

Ääriliikkeet ovat suurin uhka naisten asemalle – Isis käy jopa tyttöjen orjakauppaa | Filosofia | Scoop.it
Suomessa vieraillut YK:n tasa-arvojärjestön pääjohtaja Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcula sanoo, että 20 vuodessa tyttöjen ja naisten asemassa maailmassa on tapahtunut selvää kehitystä. Ennakkoluulot ovat suurin syy siihen, että tasa-arvo ei ole toteutunut missään täysin.
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YK:n naisten osaston johtaja tuo esiin ääriliikkeet naisten oikeuksien polkijoina. Jos ihminen alennetaan orjan asemaan, mitään ei ole enää jäljellä valistuksen Eurooppaan lanseeramasta ajatuksesta luotuttamattomista ihmisoikeuksista. Ei voi kun kiitellä tätä YK:n työtä. Naisista on tehty sotilaiden seksiorjia ja miehistä tietynlaisia orjasotilaita. Kännykätkin kuulemma otetaan sotilailta pois, ainakin ISIS:in taholta. Jokainen radikaaliliike johtaa äärilyönteihin ja siksi tällainen harmaa, hidas ja kompromissihaluinen puurtaminen ihmisoikeuksien puolesta on niin arvokasta. Tässä on ymmärretty, että oikotietä onneen ei ole.
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Juuso-karhu ei ole vielä malttanut aloittaa taulujen maalaamista – ”Nyt on erotiikka-aika meneillään”

Juuso-karhu ei ole vielä malttanut aloittaa taulujen maalaamista  – ”Nyt on erotiikka-aika meneillään” | Filosofia | Scoop.it
Kuusamon Suurpetokeskuksessa asusteleva Juuso-karhu tunnetaan taiteellisesta luonteestaan. Viime syksynä se maalasi hoitajiensa avustuksella 15 taulua, jotka myytiin huutokaupassa yhteensä 8000 euron hintaan. Suurpetokeskuksen isäntä uskoo, että Juuso taiteilee myös tänä kesänä.
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Voisiko joku kertoa paremmin suomalaisuudesta kuin Sulo Karjalainen? Mies ja karhu ovat kuin kaksi marjaa ja näyttävät tulevan toimeen puhumatta. Ei turhia kainostella ja ollaan lähellä luontoa ja kaukana muista...Toisaalta, lukuunottamatta muutamia karhujen erikoisvisiittejä, alkavat nämä suurpedot olla ns. kaupunkiliikkujalle aika outoa kamaa. Ehkä muistamme sanonnan " Kun menet sutta pakoon, tulee karhu vastaan", ja se antaa ymmärtää karhun olleen epätoivottu tiekaveri. Toisaalta, karhunpeijaisissa huolehdittiin, että tapetun karhun pääkallo, jossa sielu asui, pääsi hongalle kiikkumaan ja sieltä takaisin elonkiertoon. Karhun kaveriksi on siis kuitenkin harvempi ryhtynyt!
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Entinen natsijohtaja avoimena Ylen haastattelussa: ”Minun täytyy määritellä nyt elämäni uudestaan”

Entinen natsijohtaja avoimena Ylen haastattelussa: ”Minun täytyy määritellä nyt elämäni uudestaan” | Filosofia | Scoop.it
Esa Henrik Holappa oli uusnatsijärjestö Suomen Vastarintaliikkeen ensimmäinen johtaja. Nyt hän puhuu ensimmäistä kertaa julkisesti elämästään natsiliikkeen ytimessä Ylen tutkivalle ohjelmalle Spotlightille ja Yle Uutisille antamassaan haastattelussa.
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Tämän artikkelin aiheena on entinen uusnatsijohtaja, ei entinen natsijohtaja. Artikkelissa esitetään kyseinen johtaja hyvin reflektiivisenä ja vastuunsa lopulta ymmärtävänä. Ihmettelin tätä Esa Holapan tarinaa lukiessani, kuinka yhteiskunta ja sen vastuu oli tässä unohdettu miltei kokonaan. Kun taas kuunteli Lontoon terroristiäitien haastatteluja ja koko näyttelyä, yhteiskunnan rooli sivuun jättäjänä oli selkeä. Eivät nämä valkoisetkaan väkivallan kannattajat tyhjiössä elä. Kaikessa ääriajattelussa yhdistyy yhteiskunnan antamat puitteet ja yksilön oma valinta. Kumpaakaan ei voi poissulkea.
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‘Eat, Pray, Love’ and Travel

‘Eat, Pray, Love’ and Travel | Filosofia | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of “Eat, Pray, Love,” talks about a new collection by writers inspired by her memoir —and how she has much more traveling to do.
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I can't help myself asking Elizabeth, which is more important:reading or travelling? Of course, a dichotomy is always black and white, but anyway, does the experience have to be fysical? When travelling via a book, you have more time to reflect and stand still, and, it doesn't necessarily cost you anything...
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In Congo, Wars Are Small and Chaos Is Endless

In Congo, Wars Are Small and Chaos Is Endless | Filosofia | Scoop.it
Traditional forest dwellers, known for their capacity to cooperate, have become embroiled in and displaced by one of the conflicts that typify the Democratic Republic of Congo as an election crisis looms.
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The Democratic Republic of Congo with it's 77 million inhabitants is famous of it's dark history. It is about rubber and other elements, that were exploited there by the Belgians. This "deep Africa" made even the Romans to think, if there was any good coming from Africa. What about the Europeans? What have the Portuguese, the Belgians and the Russians brought to this corner of the world? The Congolese themselves have not been any better in governance, as we can see in this article about the pygmis and other tribes. Everybody has the responsibility, not the least the Congolese themselves. Mr. President, even though his father Joseph Kabila was earlier murdered, should take responsibility, and, according the constitution, should step down.
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John Paul II: The Musical to debut in Poland next year

John Paul II: The Musical to debut in Poland next year | Filosofia | Scoop.it
Show will combine pop, rock and the story of the life Karol Wojtyla, who grew up to lead the Catholic Church
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The musical of the Late Pope John Paul II will surely be a success. His personal charisma and the ability to think critically about the history of his church, not to think about the solidarity, have prepared a steady place for him in modern European history. Let's hope that a vast audience could see this musical via modern technology and think about, has he deserved the title Great, which has been proposed to him.
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3-vuotiaan pikkutytön suurin toive oli tavata roskakuski - kohtaaminen sulattaa sydämiä ympäri maailmaa

3-vuotiaan pikkutytön suurin toive oli tavata roskakuski - kohtaaminen sulattaa sydämiä ympäri maailmaa | Filosofia | Scoop.it
Kolmevuotiaan Brooklynin ja paikallisen roskakuskin kohtaaminen on sulattanut sydämiä ympäri maailmaa. 
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This foto is surely heart-breaking. The girl is respecting the driver and giving an example to all of us to respect all the lawful professions equally. And a small wish to all people: Let's hope, that the amount of rubbish will decline and that our planet can be saved from us people. They do hard work now in New York by signing the Paris climate deal.
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Potheads outside White House: Activists want Obama to reclassify marijuana

Potheads outside White House: Activists want Obama to reclassify marijuana | Filosofia | Scoop.it
Protesters had planned to display a 51-foot (15.3-meter)-long inflatable "joint'' at Saturday's demonstration.
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New York Times demanded earlier the legalization of the marihuana and said, that the ban on it is rasistist, because black men tend to use it. So, what is the opinion of the Indian Express? Is this drug, or drugs in overall, dangerous or not? In a way, alcohol and tobacco are dangerous, but do we want more of this kind of stuff? In a way driving a car can be dangerous, or giving birth; at least in some surroundings. But, anyway, do we want more dangerous stuff in our society, just because it is fun?
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‘Manusmriti burning’ event: JNU sends notice to some students, wants explanation

‘Manusmriti burning’ event: JNU sends notice to some students, wants explanation | Filosofia | Scoop.it
JNU authorities claimed that though they had denied permission for the ‘Manusmriti burning’ event, the students had gone ahead with it.
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Students in India have burned parts of Manusmriti in opposition to its texts. This was done in India already in 1920's. But, Nietzsche said, that close the Bible and open the Manusmriti. This text, with it's cast system, raises irritation even today. To these agitatet students I have one counsel, via Gandhi, that read the whole text and accept all, which leads to ahimsa. This, what the students did, was as far from ahimsa, as possible!
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Ted Cruz Faulted for Adviser With Anti-Islam Views

Ted Cruz Faulted for Adviser With Anti-Islam Views | Filosofia | Scoop.it
Senator Ted Cruz came under fire after unveiling a list of national security advisers that included Frank Gaffney Jr., a former member of the Reagan administration who is now best known for holding extreme views about Islam.
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Ted Cruz seems to have problems, as does Hillary Clinton. Trump is not good and so forth. When they have this presidential circus going on in America, I wonder, if any of the candidates is sane after that. What about the black horses, who just come and take it? I mean, people tend to moralise in politics, but maybe the average woman and man in the street, whether they are "little" or " crazy", would see what there is in the mirror. Is it nice to see?
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The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals

The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals | Filosofia | Scoop.it
Yet another benefit to speaking multiple languages.
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These are marvellous news: even by being exposed to two langiuages might benefit our social skills! But, when being bilingual per se, one would be even cognitively more clever. But, if a person is neither of these? Oh, social and cognitive skills are overestimated; what about esthetical end ethical skills...
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History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places | Smithsonian

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This Indian Holi festival with its affluent colours tells much about India. It tells about it's core, the spiritual engagement, the different status shown by colors and the variety of gods. The term "hinduism" is an European term to all this variety, from the 19:th century. It tells about the passion of the Europeans to explain everything, while the people in India just lived their lives. Nowdays, this affluent mi x of everything is still everyday life to people in India, but surely they also in a way are westernized and start about questioning age old customs about caste and gender. 

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Hardline US-born rabbi to enter Israel's parliament

Hardline US-born rabbi to enter Israel's parliament | Filosofia | Scoop.it
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This radical Orthodox Jewish rabbi wants to pray in Al-Aqsa mosque. Why not? The problem with nowdays practise in  Islam in many places is it's inability to tolerate other religions in it's sphere. That has not been the case always and Islam in the Middle Ages was tolerant and intellectuel. Why has the atmosphere become so tensed nowdays? I think, that the lack of intellectual interest in other faiths and education in general are the sources of hate and intolerance. I think every people should be able to visit Mecca and amount Athos and learn about the faith of the other people. This would mean, that the visitor should respect the place and it's people and vice versa. I would like to see more Muslims in synagogues and churches and reading the Bible. I have read Quran twice and would like the Muslims and Jews and other religious people to read the Holy books of each other. It would the be easier to understand the basics of the faiths and the similarity of the human kind. And, the atheists should be able to do whatever the religious people are doing. 
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”Skolan ska ha fler timmar med undervisning”

”Skolan ska ha fler timmar med undervisning” | Filosofia | Scoop.it
Alltför länge har Moderaterna delegerat skolfrågorna till andra. Den tiden är nu förbi. Vår politik förbättrar kunskapsläget, bland annat genom fler undervisningstimmar i lågstadiet, mer matte och satsningar på lärarna. Det skriver Anna Kinberg Batra med flera moderata politiker.
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Hur är det möjligt, att ett parti, Moderaterna, lovar två år före valet, att dom sparar inte om utbildningen? Har dom inte följat, had som har hänet I Finland efter valet 2015? Det var omöjligt att släppa ett ministeriet utan besparingar. Dessa mål av partiet later ju annars helt förnuftiga och status och kunnande av både lärarna och studenter borde ju utökas. Bekymmer av sänkande nivån av undervisningen är högt aktuellt. Moderaterna nämner ett högt antal av flyktningar som en utmaning, men vad säger lärarna om mobiltelefonerna???
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[Herald Interview] How Greenpeace was born

[Herald Interview] How Greenpeace was born | Filosofia | Scoop.it
According to documentary filmmaker Jerry Rothwell, the now global environmental organization Greenpeace originally started out with “a few hippies on a boat.”  “It began with a small group of Canadian activists who set out on a fishing boat in 1971,” the British filmmaker told The Korea Herald in an interview last Tuesday in Seoul.   The activists were trying to stop then American president Richard Nixon fro
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The filmmaker Rothwell shows in his dokument the development of the Greenpeace. It seems not to be a naiv document about those, who are right, but a representation of the realities of a group of environmental activists. It is about their success and their failior. It challenges people to think about the ideologies. What are they and how should we live according to them?
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PM Modi leaves for Ujjain to join conference at Simhasta Kumbh mela

PM Modi leaves for Ujjain to join conference at Simhasta Kumbh mela | Filosofia | Scoop.it
The conference, spread over several sessions, is part of the ongoing Simhasta Kumbh mela on the banks of Kshipra river.
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The Indian Prime minister Modi has declared the Kumbh Mela festivities in Ujjain international. He intends to have a dialogue between faiths and it is a good aspiration. If he has invited the atheists, remains unknown to me. But, when the government takes such an active role in religious affairs, it can also produce some less favourable side effectes. Especially, if the festivities are of the ministers own religion. I remember India to be a secular state by it's constitution.
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Rajasthan government plans research centre to ‘protect’ cows

Rajasthan government plans research centre to ‘protect’ cows | Filosofia | Scoop.it
Kunji Lal Meena, secretary in the Animal Husbandry and Gaupalan departments, said the research centre will be one of its kind in the state.
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This animal centre to cows shows how respectful animal a cow is in India. The Hindus use it's milk, but not the beef. Is it really a big difference? The animal is anyway used as a productive animal. On the other hand, they are not killed when used as a milky way...
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US anti-Vietnam war priest Daniel Berrigan dies aged 94 - BBC News

US anti-Vietnam war priest Daniel Berrigan dies aged 94 - BBC News | Filosofia | Scoop.it
The American priest and poet Daniel Berrigan - famous for leading defiant protests against the Vietnam War - dies in New York aged 94.
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We can ask, if being a father of the church helped Mr. Berrigan to get his message out. And, what are the duties of a priest? The church is surely not the same than the government, so hed had surely an area to move in. He represented a big nation and was not pleasured to it's military activity all around the world. I wonder, if he was more unhappy about the militarism in general, than the American militarism especially. Or was he at all unhappy about the communist militarism? He seems to belong to a group of Christian anarchism, which is quite common in the USA.
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Damien Hirst’s Art May Have Leaked Formaldehyde Fumes, Study Says

Damien Hirst’s Art May Have Leaked Formaldehyde Fumes, Study Says | Filosofia | Scoop.it
The British artist is known for works that displayed animals suspended in the carcinogenic compound, but they may have exposed visitors or staff members.
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The British artist Damien Hirst has used chemicals in his art and now some scientists fear, that they could have caused some problems at least to the staff of the exhibition. Of course the artist has not been intentionally acting like this, but, what are the limits of art, in general? Are all living creatures to be put as artistic objects? Is art something, that can justify acts that wouldn't be justified otherwise?
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Swachh Bharat offers cab ride to women for a better life ahead - The Economic Times

Swachh Bharat offers cab ride to women for a better life ahead - The Economic Times | Filosofia | Scoop.it
Social justice ministry joins hands with cab services companies like Ola, Uber and Meru to transform lives of manual scavengers.
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It is interesting, that to become a taxi-driver, you need to train that much self-defence. This tells, that the violence is still in India quite a common phenomenon. Of course, the prejudices are high about women being taxi-drivers, but this is one, albeit small, step towards makinfg the Indian women de facto visible in the common forum. I wonder how many of the would-be drivers are literate, but it should be the top priority overall. Both to girls and boys.
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History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places | Smithsonian

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This architect, Zaha Hadid, seems to specialize in modern curves. I think, that such buildings are marvellous in places with space. They need air, and, as in London, water. She seems to take the needs of the environment seriously, although the budget was not always her main concern. R.I.P.
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Study of Teenagers Asks: Who's Happier, Boys or Girls?

Study of Teenagers Asks: Who's Happier, Boys or Girls? | Filosofia | Scoop.it
A W.H.O. report on adolescent health and happiness in Europe and North America raised concerns abut the overall well-being of 15-year-old girls, who reported poor or fair health and increased dissatisfaction with their bodies.
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Who is the happiest? The girls seem to be less happy than the boys, according to this study. But, why are the girls less happy than the boys? Is it to do with the less sex, alcohol and marihuana? I dear to doubt? What about the western lifestyle with its continually growing demands to be better at school and train more at leisure and be more beautiful than any other? What, if the answer can be found in the lifestyle and demands of us, adults? We speak something and we do something else. 
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Japan plans more economic stimulus measures | The Japan Times

Japan plans more economic stimulus measures | The Japan Times | Filosofia | Scoop.it
The government has decided to hammer out more economic stimulus measures to address the rising uncertainty over the economy, officials said Friday. Prime M
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What does the economical stimulus actually mean? Is it giving a stimulus to the economy in general and to the loan-taking in particular? There is hard time in the economy, overall. But, Japan has really not suffered by the migration crisis. It has to tackle with the China and it's slow grow. The government has to tackle also these not so sexy problems as equally as possible. And for sure, it is easier to take loan, than really to cut down. How is Abe really going to finance these operations?
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China to build second railway line into restive Tibet

China to build second railway line into restive Tibet | Filosofia | Scoop.it
In 2006, China opened the railway to Lhasa, which passes spectacular icy peaks on the Tibetan highlands, reaching altitudes as high as 5,000 m (16,400 ft) above sea level
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Is this second railroad really what the Tibetans need? They are nomads, munks and peasants, who need peace and rest to enrich their country, and now this second railroad to promote turism. I wonder what this means to minerals and forests. It seems, that the neighbouring countries are a little bit dubious of this Chinese project. And, has anyone asked the Tibetans about this project?
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