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The Beauty of Melania Trump

Melania Trump’s remarks at the Republican National Convention are making news because they appear to have been lifted, in part, from a 2008 speech given by Michelle Obama. But Melania’s speech was distinct from the First Lady’s in a significant way. When she talked about her upbringing, she elevated the importance of beauty as a part of her personal narrative. It was one more way that she, and her husband,...

Commentary : Counter-Terrorism Workshop a Testimony to International Support in South Asia

It is an unacceptable reality that thousands of lives are lost each year due to terrorism. The most immediate impacts are felt by families and communities, often our most vulnerable populations, as individuals cope with the trauma of losing loved ones and the imposing sense of insecurity in day to day activities. South Asia has suffered enormous consequences of terrorism. At the domestic level, these attacks...

Newfoundland: The Rock is a multifaceted gem with innumerable sagas

Newfoundland and Labrador is littered with lines. There are fishing lines, clotheslines, ancestral lines, beelines, code lines, lines laden with knitted woollens and yarns of a humorous kind, but what you won’t find are long waiting lines. The longest line I experienced on my recent trip to the island of Newfoundland was while waiting to get off the Atlantic Marine Ferry in Port aux Basques, after a six-hour...

Thandie Newton: I’m stripping on TV to empower my two young daughters

She’s an impassioned women’s rights campaigner who has spoken of her fury at being exploited as a young actress. But now Thandie Newton is stripping off for her latest role – and says it is to empower her two young daughters. The star plays a robot prostitute on a futuristic holiday resort in new TV sci-fi drama Westworld. Speaking about the role in The Mail on Sunday’s You magazine today, she says:...

The Book of Bruce: “Born to Run” is the Springsteen Bible fans have been waiting for

Bruce Springsteen’s legendary concerts aren’t for the faint of heart, the cynical, or the disbelievers. If the man asks you to put your arms in the air, well, you better put your arms in the air. If he asks you to give him a train, well, you give that man a train. Similarly, Springsteen’s recently released autobiography, “Born To Run,” will ask a lot of the reader, and to get the most out of it, you...

Here’s the real reason your friend’s ‘gluten-free’ diet is probably making them feel better

(Pixels) As more and more of your friends go gluten-free, you may be wondering: Is there something to this latest diet craze? Is gluten intolerance a thing? Is it getting more common? The answer is, simply, no. Only about 1% of people worldwide actually have celiac disease, the rare genetic disorder that makes people intolerant to gluten, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. In other words, in a room...

‘It’s my body, my choice, my terms’: Activist and actress Thandie Newton says her new role as a robot sex-worker is her most empowering yet

I am fishing the plastic lining bag out of an empty ice bucket so that Thandie Newton can fill it with the tiny foil-wrapped sweets from the decanter on the table. ‘My kids love these little sherbet pips,’ she says when she spots them. ‘They’ll be over the moon if I take these home for them.’ Her three children, aged between two and 15, are in London, while Thandie and I are in a hotel suite at the...

Canada’s Newfoundland offers unique town names and beautiful scenery

Canada’s Atlantic province of Newfoundland and Labrador is littered with lines. There are fishing lines, clotheslines, ancestral lines, beelines, code lines, lines laden with knitted woolens and yarns of a humorous kind, but what you won’t find are long waiting lines. The longest line I experienced on my recent trip to the island of Newfoundland was while waiting to get off the Atlantic Marine Ferry in Port...

No roads lead to Gaultois

“Words cannot describe the beauty of Gaultois! There are no roads, only footpaths and an occasional ATV. They now have a population of about 130 people, but some seniors leave for the winter. They do have a modern school, Primary to Grade 12, with 23 students. Last June there were three graduates, and three kids will be starting primary this September.” When Valerie Baxendale sent this email to her sister...

I Escaped a North Korean Prison Camp

On days I thought about death, the thought of seeing my son again was all that kept me going. To my neighbours in the Manchester street where I live, I’m just a normal mum. I smile as I pass them on the school run each morning, my husband is out washing the car at weekends and my son can be seen most nights after school playing out in front of the house with other boys. But they have no idea of the agonising...