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Kerry James Marshall: Challenging racism in art history

Alastair Sooke

For centuries black people appeared in art as slaves or exotic novelties – and the painter Kerry James Marshall wants to challenge these racist ideas. He talks to Alastair Sooke. “When I go to the movies, I’m expected to identify with all of the characters, and most of them are white,” says the African-American artist Kerry James Marshall, sitting on ... Read More »

The Vatican Library’s Amazing Documents Are Finally Online

Gabe Bergado

The news: The Vatican Library is getting an e-upgrade. The official library of the Holy See is undertaking a massive digitization project designed to upload hundred of thousands of books and images from its physical archives into an online database. As Business Insider reports, nonprofit organization Digita Vaticana Oculus was founded in 2013 with the goal digitizing 80,000 manuscripts. That’s just ... Read More »

2 Senate Democrats explore how to protect coal jobs and the environment

On a tr 2b

In June, Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, a defender of the coal industry, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, a champion of the environment, decided to set aside differences and learn about how climate change affects each other’s state. Which is why one bright October morning, Manchin stood with Whitehouse on a trawler in Rhode Island Sound ... Read More »

MEPs set for key vote on Juncker EU Commission team

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The new president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, is presenting his team to MEPs, hoping to get their approval in a vote. His speech in the European Parliament follows days of gruelling cross-examination of the nominees by MEPs. He reshuffled some appointments after objections from MEPs. Parliament’s approval is required for the whole Commission to take office. The Commission ... Read More »

Coal, capitalism and intergenerational justice

Mark Beeson, Professor of International Politics at Murdoch University
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The ANU’s recent decision to stop investing in companies it judges to have behaved in an unsustainable manner environmentally or even socially has attracted a great deal of attention. The overwhelming majority of it has been negative. Politicians, captains of industry and editorial writers have queued up to criticise the ANU and its beleaguered vice chancellor. The ANU managed to ... Read More »

UK farmers warn of pumpkin crisis in runup to Halloween

Rebecca Smithers, consumer affairs correspondent
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Growers say this has been worst pumpkin season in a decade with hundreds of vegetables left rotting in fields after wet weather Jump to comments UK farmers and producers are warning there could be a shortage of pumpkins in the runup to Halloween, with hundreds of thousands rotting in the fields following the wet weather having to be pulped rather ... Read More »

Obituary: Gough Whitlam’s Ideas Must Live On

Ben Eltham
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The local embodiment of a global movement, Gough Whitlam made himself a symbol of Australian social democracy. Remembering his life is a wake-up call to a new generation, writes Ben Eltham. E. Gough Whitlam, Chifley Memorial Lecture, 1957: “The way of the reformer is hard.” Edward Gough Whitlam, the 21st Prime Minister of Australia, died this morning. It’s a measure ... Read More »

Islamic State and the killing of a culture

Salman Rushdie
Devil blowing etc 1a Illustration Andrew Dyson

The great writer Harold Pinter became a clear-spoken, passionate opponent of bigotry, prejudice, censorship and the abuse of power by the powerful. But it was always language that Pinter scrutinised most closely. He spoke, memorably, of discerning “a disease at the very centre of language, so that language becomes a permanent masquerade, a tapestry of lies. The ruthless and cynical ... Read More »

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