Provocation

Who’s afraid of the Marquis de Sade?

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The radical 18th Century libertine left a profound mark on our culture. He’s everywhere – but why does he still scare us? Jason Farago explains. “Either kill me or take me like this, for I will not change,” wrote the imprisoned Marquis de Sade to his wife in 1783. It could only be one or the other for the most ... Read More »

Cristina Fernandez Says ‘Look North’ If Anything Happens to Her

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“ICH” – “TelSur” – The Argentine president slammed the United States saying they are sending “financial and speculative attacks” and wanting a “return to the past, when Argentina was on its knees,” in her address to the nation Tuesday evening. The President of Argentina has suggested that the United States are planning to overthrow her government, and even assassinate her on Tuesday evening. ... Read More »

VICE News Talks Human Rights with Salil Shetty, the Head of Amnesty International

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Terrorism and the threat posed by the Islamic State dominated the first week of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Countries large and small paid lip service to an agenda dictated by the United States and its allies. On Wednesday, as American war planes bombarded Syria without UN authorization, US President Barack Obama oversaw a packed session of ... Read More »

Russian Church Leader Deems Contemporary Art “Filth and Stupidity”

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The leader of Russia’s Orthodox church, Patriarch Kirill I, has some rather, uh, unorthodox views about the state of contemporary art. As reported by the Moscow Times (via RIA Novosti), Kirill’s remarks at an Orthodox festival on Wednesday included a scathing critique of the contemporary arts, which he believes “show some horrors, some nonsense, idiocy.” Kirill apparently doesn’t want to be challenged by culture, ... Read More »

The Emma Watson nude photos hoax shames our ‘news’ culture

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The global news agenda is now regularly held hostage by small bands of loud but tech-savvy idiots. We can do better than this The internet is eating itself. This week’s cycle of backlash and counter-backlash has swirled around Emma Watson and a string of apparent threats of public humiliation made against her after she addressed the UNon feminism and gender equality. Shortly after Watson ... Read More »

Caution advised on terror laws

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Terror-related violence has come to Australia, but we must not let fear override our freedoms, experts warn. Two law enforcement officers lie in hospital and an 18-year-old man is dead after warnings about a lone wolf terrorist attack became reality outside a Melbourne police station on Tuesday night. Police claim that Numan Haider, an 18-year-old man of Afghan descent with alleged terrorist links, ... Read More »

First major exhibition devoted to Niki de Saint Phalle in twenty years opens in Paris

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PARIS.- Niki de Saint Phalle (1930 – 2002) is one of the most renowned artists from the mid-twentieth century. Throughout her prolific career, Saint Phalle created a complex body of work in various media which was deeply embedded with socio-political issues. With themes ranging from joyful to profound to intellectual, the paradoxal nature of her work has yet to be ... Read More »

Does Human Rights Watch Understand the Nature of Prejudice?

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A powerful advocate appears to believe that anti-Semitism is sparked in part by Jewish behavior. A few days ago, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth,tweeted the following statement: “Germans rally against anti-Semitism that flared in Europe in response to Israel’s conduct in Gaza war. Merkel joins.” Roth provided a link to a New York Times article about the rally, which took ... Read More »

Some Final Words on New Zealand’s Crazy Election Campaign

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The 2014 New Zealand election has been overrun by grubby scandals, mass surveillance accusations, hackers, bloggers, spies, political black ops, indigenous Maori radicals, and a larger-than-life German internet millionaire by the name of Kim Dotcom. New Zealand, with its population of just under 4.5 million, has never seen anything like it. Unsurprisingly these ructions are causing consternation among the political and media classes. The six year honeymoon ... Read More »