Rosa Parks House seeks refuge in Berlin

Berlin: Rosa Parks may have refused to move to the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955, but her house has now made a move of its own – across the ocean all the way to Berlin. American activist Rosa Parks‘ refusal to be segregated triggered a wave of ultimately successful protests against racial discrimination and…

Gig economy given thumbs down by workers

Since Richard Murray lost his job as a strategy consultant in February last year, he has churned through many “gig economy” jobs including being an Uber driver, private tutor, freelance researcher, copy-writer and web developer. The 29-year-old from western Sydney is part of the new generation of workers for whom performing flexible and diversified tasks…

Palm abhor

IMAGE: Fighting a fire on peat forest land in Kuala Kapuas, Central Kalimantan. The Western focus on saving the endangered Borneo orang-utan from palm oil plantations overlooks the industry’s effect on indigenous communities and the climate change impact of the loss of peat forests. In Indonesia early last month, Australian trade minister Steve Ciobo made…

Cement nixer

While plans to build a major cement project in Timor-Leste have brought the welcome promise of jobs for local people, the environmental and social costs could be catastrophic. The district of Baucau, home to Timor-Leste’s second-largest city, sits on a large limestone formation. For local subsistence communities, this provides their water catchment. For a mining…

Can Gay Dating Apps Replace Gay Bars? Opinions Vary

Gay and genderfluid people from around the world sound off on the good and bad of the rise of gay dating apps. Before smartphones, arriving in a new city as a gay guy meant engaging in detective work to find other queers. Depending on the era, that might have meant using weighty gay travel guides like Spartacus, scouring the…