Culture

A new indigenous Stolen Generation

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Don’t ever sit comfortably in your armchair and describe the stolen generation as a thing of the past. Don’t do that. At this moment, there are 14,000 Aboriginal babies and children in foster care, out-of-home care, or residential care. The attempted annihilation of the First Peoples continues. Karen, a Kuku Yalanji woman, was the proud grandmother to a new baby. ... Read More »

Pope denounces euthanasia as ‘sin against God and creation’

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has denounced the right to die movement, saying it’s a “false sense of compassion” to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when it’s a sin against God and creation. Pope Francis made the comments to the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors on Saturday. Earlier this month, the Vatican’s top bioethics official condemned as “reprehensible” ... Read More »

CNN to pull out of Russia this year, latest victim of East-West chill

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International television news channel CNN is pulling out of Russia, amid worsening relations between Moscow and Washington. Russia launches Cold War-style media group The channel, which was launched in 1980 and has been broadcasting in Russia since 1993, has confirmed it will cease broadcasting in Russia at the end of the year. “Turner International is assessing its distribution options for ... Read More »

Denying problems when we don’t like the political solutions: Why conservatives, liberals disagree so vehemently

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There may be a scientific answer for why conservatives and liberals disagree so vehemently over the existence of issues like climate change and specific types of crime. Summary: There may be a scientific answer for why conservatives and liberals disagree so vehemently over the existence of issues like climate change and specific types of crime. A new study finds that people ... Read More »

Major Exhibition of Australian Aboriginal Art to Tour US Museums

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Nine Aboriginal Australian artists are coming to the US as part of a five-museum tour beginning next year. Taken from the collection of Miami-based collectors Dennis and Debra Scholl, “No Boundaries” will feature 75 paintings executed by Aboriginal artists between 1992 and 2012. Coinciding with Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015, the tour will include a stop at the Pérez ... Read More »

Inside the Notorious Yarl’s Wood Immigration Detention Centre

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Susan wrings her hands and twitches as she speaks, jerking her head from side to side. She is clearly not well. “I ate washing powder to try and kill myself,” says the nervous woman in her fifties. Her eyes flash wild. “It was all I could find. I wanted to die. I would rather die than go back.” Susan, whose ... Read More »

20 Years of 3XY Radio Hellas

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On Late Night Live a few weeks ago, the sagacious Phillip Adams asked Graeme Blundell if 3XY, a Melbourne radio institution still exists. Graeme in turn mused that it had probably been dissolved. It was to this conversation that my thoughts turned, when I beheld the breathtaking Yiannis Ploutarhos on the stage of Hamer Hall. Clean-cut Yiannis, the sort of ... Read More »

How to Kill a Culture in 3 Easy Steps

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Over the past few years I’ve been filming interviews with random people I’ve met from the streets of New York, to Prague and from the farms of Eastern Europe to the Midwest and Western United States. I’ve interviewed hundreds of people from farmers, artist, workers, professors and even celebrities and pop stars, and in nearly all cases most people especially ... Read More »

Will the pope challenge Turkey on anti-Christian bias?

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Recently the Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis will travel to Turkey Nov. 28-30, the official purpose for which is largely ecumenical. He’ll visit Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople on the feast of St. Andrew, considered their patron in much the same way Catholics regard St. Peter as the first pope. The trip is also a way for Francis to express ... Read More »