Arts & Culture

Read the Full Text of President Obama’s Speech on Immigration

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In a primetime address to the nation Thursday night, President Obama announced sweeping executive action to change U.S. immigration policy. His plan — the largest overhaul of the immigration system in five decades — will protect nearly 5 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation. Eligible immigrants can begin applying for protections in the spring. Here are the president’s remarks as prepared ... Read More »

Atul Gawande: The Smiling Angel of a Happy Death

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It is said that victorious Roman generals, on city parades following battlefield triumphs, would be followed by a servant. “Memento Mori,” the servant would say over and over. “Remember that you have to die.” Later, still-life paintings were punctuated by symbols of the finite – rotting fruit, wilting flowers, bubbles – as reminders of life’s transience. Early self-help books, with ... Read More »

The Twelve Greek Apostoles

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My octogenarian great aunt, my grandmother’s sister, is a most formidable woman. Possessed of a steely brow, piercing eyes and thick hair, carefully restrained within a plait the thickness of a handspan, that reaches all the way to her knees, she is renowned within the family and beyond for her practical, no nonsense approach to life, an approach that can ... Read More »

Local activists are paying with their life to protect their forests in Peru

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Developed world’s greed for hardwood, palm oil, natural gas and beef is killing people on environmental frontiers Jump to comments Edwin Chota was killed in the forest he had fought to protect. The Peruvian environmental activist had appealed to his government for help after receiving death threats from the illegal loggers that plagued the area around his village, deep in ... Read More »

Erdoğan vows to teach Turkish children Muslim discovery of Americas

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has instructed Turkey’s educational institutions to adopt a policy of highlighting the contribution of Islam to global science and arts, including the discovery of the American continent by Muslim sailors some 300 years before Columbus. “I have to be clear that there is an important responsibility falling on the shoulders of our Education Ministry and YÖK ... Read More »

Athens Biennale Won the ECF Princess Margriet Award 2015

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The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) has announced that the Athens Biennale is one of two winners of the ECF Princess Margriet Award for 2015, along with Kiev’s Visual Culture Research Center. According to the ECF, the jury met in October 2014 “and agreed unanimously to give the 2015 edition of the Award to these two courageous cultural initiatives”. The Award, which ... Read More »

WA plan to close 100 remote and Indigenous communities ‘devastating’

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Traditional owners savage Colin Barnett’s government, saying ‘we are deeply fearful about the potential impact’ Jump to comments Plans by the West Australian government to close more than 100 remote and primarily Indigenous communities is the “biggest threat to our people since the shocking events of the 1960s”, traditional owners and native title holders of the Fitzroy Valley have said ... Read More »

Arab Americans Getting Ready for 2016

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Next week, Arab American leaders and activists from a dozen key electoral states will convene in Washington to map out a political strategy for 2016. Despite the very real challenges facing the leaders who will gather, this generation of Arab Americans can approach the future with some confidence given the progress that has been made the last three decades. Thirty ... Read More »

Erdoğan says America was discovered by Muslims, not Columbus

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America was discovered by Muslims, not by Christopher Columbus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has claimed, vowing to build a mosque “on that hill” in Cuba if the authorities of the Caribbean nation grant the permit. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the first LatinAmerican Muslim leaders summit in Istanbul on Nov. 15, Erdoğan slammed colonialism before referring to a ... Read More »

Art Collective Sues German Politician for Libel: “It Is About Freedom of Art”

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The German art collective known as the Center for Political Beauty (CPB) doesn’t mess around. In a strange twist, the group has sued Berlin’s interior minister for defamation after he publicly criticized them for moving a Berlin Wall memorial without authorization, RBB has reported. The 1971 memorial consists of seven white crosses bearing the names of people killed attempting to escape across the Berlin Wall ... Read More »