Provocation

Why Israel and Armenia Should ‘Adopt’ the Yazidis

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JERUSALEM — The recent horrifying New York Times exposé on the Islamic State’s sex slavery system targeting Yazidi women was one of the most-read articles on the paper’s website in the last days. And yes, in a doubly perverse sense it feels good to be morally outraged at ISIS for a few minutes. But let us not get all too ... Read More »

Why Did the ISIS Caliph Rape American Kayla Mueller?

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During her imprisonment, Kayla Mueller, 26-year-old humanitarian aid worker, was repeatedly raped by the leader of ISIS, Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, before she was killed last February. The news of al-Baghdadi’s serial assault habits came out last week. First Things – by Ayman S. Ibrahim ISIS’s al-Baghdadi operates within a shame/honor paradigm, like most of the Middle East and Arab World. ... Read More »

Jack Knox: Victoria philanthropist reveals he survived atomic bombing

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The atomic bomb detonated over Nagasaki at 11:02 a.m. Rudi Hoenson didn’t see the B-29 that dropped it — “We were not allowed to stand and look at things” — but he heard it. Times Colonist – Jack Knox The plane droned overhead as Hoenson and his fellow prisoners of war laboured to clear the rubble left by an earlier ... Read More »

The Twilight of Middle Eastern Christianity

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AINA – They destroy museums, they burn libraries, and yes they hunt vulnerable minorities like the Christians and Yazidis to kill, starve, rape or subjugate. In Iraq and Syria, the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) while killing the present and denying the future, is waging war on history. By Hisham Melhem * In the span of few days we witnessed an ... Read More »

Artists protest against Cuban artist Tania Bruguera’s detention

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Group of 14, including four Turner prize winners, condemns arrest and legal charges over free speech performance piece in Havana Hannah Ellis-Petersen The Guardian Fourteen of the world’s most prominent artists, including Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor and painter Howard Hodgkin, have publicly condemned the detention of Cuban artist Tania Bruguera. In an open letter to the Guardian on Monday, the ... Read More »

The greatest mistranslations ever

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After Google Translate’s latest update, BBC Culture finds history’s biggest language mistakes – including a US president stating ‘I desire the Poles carnally’. Fiona Macdonald BBC Google Translate’s latest update – turning the app into a real-time interpreter – has been heralded as bringing us closer to ‘a world where language is no longer a barrier’. Despite glitches, it offers ... Read More »

Falling for Niki de Saint Phalle

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PARIS — I have never particularly admired French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle’s overly familiar and obvious Nanas (French slang for “broads”) — the gaudy, plump, joyous everywoman figures that made the artist’s case for female affirmation. Nor am I a huge fan of the Stravinsky Fountain at the Centre Pompidou, her collaboration with her husband, the artist Jean Tinguely. ... 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 »

Grimm brothers’ fairytales have blood and horror restored in new translation

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‘It is time for parents and publishers to stop dumbing down the tales for children,’ says editor of uncut edition Rapunzel is impregnated by her prince, the evil queen in Snow White is the princess’s biological mother, plotting to murder her own child, and a hungry mother in another story is so “unhinged and desperate” that she tells her daughters: ... Read More »