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A real “Parippu”

Daily Mirror Editorial The philosopher Diogenes was eating bread and lentils for supper. He was seen by the philosopher Aristippus, who lived comfortably by flattering the king. Said Aristippus, “If you would learn to be subservient to the king you would not have to live on lentils.” Said Diogenes, “Learn to live on lentils and … Continue reading

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Art of Doing Nothing

Abhik Roy (Statesman, India) The Dutch concept of niksen or doing nothing exhorts us to drop out of the working world just for a little while. Research findings consistently indicate that by being busy at all times, we are slowly but surely losing our ability to be still and do nothing because our brains are … Continue reading

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Rose seeds from Syria: the refugee family cultivating a new life

Guardian, UK Roses are used to flavour many popular Syrian foods and drinks Sweet-smelling success for Syrians who have settled in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley is dampened by growing anti-Syrian sentiment by Jenny Gustafsson in the Bekaa valley; photographs by Alia Haju When the plastic bucket is filled with roses, Nahla al-Zarda takes it into the … Continue reading

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Political March to the Gallows

Island By ASGAR HUSSEIN A drowning man, it is said, will clutch at a straw. This perhaps explains President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to reactivate the gallows. As the presidential election looms closer, he may have imagined that such a move will bolster his battered reputation. Looking at it cynically, his decision to execute drug traffickers … Continue reading

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The Truth About Julius Caesar and “Caesarean” Sections

Myth: The Caesarean section procedure ultimately derives its name from Julius Caesar, who is often (falsely) claimed to have been the first baby born via Caesarean. It’s hard to pinpoint where exactly this story started, though a 10th century document is the likely culprit. The Suda, a Byzantine-Greek historical encyclopaedia, is one of the earliest records citing Caesar as … Continue reading

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