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How Japanese research became the centre of a conservative culture war

Yoshihide Suga is facing his first controversy as Japan’s new prime minister. Kimimasa Mayam/EPA

Karin Narita, Queen Mary University of London The Japanese research community is in turmoil. On October 1, after less than three weeks as prime minister, Yoshihide Suga rejected the appointment of six scholars to the governing body of the Science Council of Japan (SCJ) in an unprecedented move. The decision was widely criticised, sparking protests that it amounted to an …

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Facebook, YouTube moves against QAnon are only a first step in the battle against dangerous conspiracy theories

Romanian supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theories shout slogans against the government’s measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections, like wearing a face mask, during a rally in Bucharest in August. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Romanian supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theories shout slogans against the government’s measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections, like wearing a face mask, during a rally in Bucharest in August. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) Marc-André Argentino, Concordia University Recent decisions by Facebook and YouTube to crack down on the far-right conspiracy theory movement known as QAnon will disrupt the …

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Who really defeated the Islamic State – Obama or Trump?

People look at the remains of an exploded vehicle that the Islamic State used as a suicide bomb, on display in Iran in September 2020. Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto via Getty Images

People look at the remains of an exploded vehicle that the Islamic State used as a suicide bomb, on display in Iran in September 2020. Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto via Getty Images Brian Glyn Williams, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth One common claim by President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has been that his administration beat IS, or what’s formally known as the Islamic …

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Dispatch from a refugee camp during the COVID-19 pandemic

Migrants, most of them wearing face masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19, gather outside the temporary refugee camp in Kara Tepe as they wait to depart from Lesbos for mainland Greece on Sept. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Panagiotis Balaskas)

Migrants, most of them wearing face masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19, gather outside the temporary refugee camp in Kara Tepe as they wait to depart from Lesbos for mainland Greece on Sept. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Panagiotis Balaskas) Petra Molnar, York University, Canada and Kenya-Jade Pinto, York University, Canada When the COVID-19 pandemic first appeared, and we were …

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Dissidents of the Turkish government are living in fear in Canada

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan applauds during a conference in Istanbul in July 2020 as lawmakers made speeches before voting on a bill that would give the government greater powers to regulate social media. (Turkish Presidency via AP)

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan applauds during a conference in Istanbul in July 2020 as lawmakers made speeches before voting on a bill that would give the government greater powers to regulate social media. (Turkish Presidency via AP) Mehmet Bastug, Lakehead University and Davut Akca, University of Saskatchewan Turkey’s long arm and espionage activities against dissidents living in exile in …

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‘Caliphate’ podcast and its fallout reveal the extent of Islamophobia

An anti-Islamic protester during a demonstration at Toronto City Hall on March 4, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

An anti-Islamic protester during a demonstration at Toronto City Hall on March 4, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov Fahad Ahmad, Carleton University and Tarek Younis, Middlesex University On Sept. 25, the RCMP arrested Shehroze Chaudhry, a Muslim man, for allegedly fabricating his affiliation with the Islamic State group (ISIS). Chaudhry — popularly referred to by his supposed nom de guerre, …

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Coronavirus culture: the questions social scientists are asking about our new day-to-day life

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Shutterstock Alan Bradshaw, Royal Holloway Scientific analysis of COVID-19 is dominated by medical and pharmaceutical questions of vaccines and risk minimisation. But meanwhile, social scientists must track the emerging social orders where new conventions and senses of self and kinship are forming. They are finding that a brand new coronavirus culture is emerging, and with it, many unexpected questions. The …

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Self-harm in immigration detention has risen sharply. Here are 6 ways to address this health crisis

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DARREN ENGLAND/AAP Kyli Hedrick, University of Melbourne and Rohan Borschmann, University of Melbourne Newly published data have revealed the number of self-harm incidents in Australia’s immigration detention centres spiked during the first seven months of this year. While rates of self-harm among detained asylum seekers were already known to be high – in fact, 200 times higher than in the …

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