Militant Nationalism Is Threatening Turkey’s Social Fabric

Adem 1a

The cycle of violence that has engulfed Turkey amid the resumption of the fight between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Turkey is increasing its toll. The wider and bloodier it gets, the more consequential it becomes. The Huffington Post – Galip Dalay, Research Director, Al Sharq Forum What started as largely contained low-intensity warfare between the military and the PKK is increasingly having implications for the fabric of Turkish society and leaving its imprint on Turkey’s collective psyche. Since ... Read More »

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city’s past was killed for protecting its future

Egor 1a

After a month, the militants realised that Khaled  al-Asaad knew nothing – or would say nothing – and so they decapitated the old man and strung his torso to a Roman pillar The Telegraph – Robert Fisk Isis has killed “the guardian of Palmyra”. Tortured for a month and then beheaded for refusing to betray the secret location of the Roman’s city’s priceless artefacts, Khaled al-Asaad’s gruesome death has appalled his fellow archeologists. “[He was] a joyful guy. You had ... Read More »

Why Israel and Armenia Should ‘Adopt’ the Yazidis

Saf 1a

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 comfortable with our outrage over what the Times titled “Theology of Rape,” because we like to forget just how easily ... Read More »

Why Did the ISIS Caliph Rape American Kayla Mueller?

Why 1a

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. Ms. Mueller represented an American object. Shaming her reflects the supremacy and dominion of the Caliph and Muslims over the ... Read More »

Jack Knox: Victoria philanthropist reveals he survived atomic bombing

Rudi Hoenson 1a LLLL

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 conventional air raid, one that had killed the man sheltering next to him. This time, death arrived without warning. Hoenson ... Read More »

The Twilight of Middle Eastern Christianity

AINA logo 1a LL

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 orgy of destruction at the Mosul museum where exquisite artifacts and magnificent winged bulls from the era of the Assyrian ... Read More »

Artists protest against Cuban artist Tania Bruguera’s detention


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 group of artists – which includes four Turner prizewinners – collectively expressed their concern at Bruguera’s arrest and the subsequent ... Read More »

The greatest mistranslations ever


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 a glimpse of a future in which there are no linguistic misunderstandings – especially ones that change the course of ... Read More »

Falling for Niki de Saint Phalle


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. Hyperallergic – Joseph Nechvatal So I was somewhat reluctant to hit the Grand Palais to see herretrospective. But I was very ... Read More »

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


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 from East Germany. Minister Frank Henkel had called the CPB “thieves” and described their actions as “despicable” attempts to gain attention. His ... Read More »

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


‘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: “I’ve got to kill you so I can have something to eat.” Never before published in English, the first edition ... Read More »

Paris Festival Censors Photo of Mother-Daughter Embrace


A photograph of a mother and her young daughter embracing has been removed from a gallery exhibition in Paris after seven anonymous letters prompted the gallerist and the director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) to censor the work. The photograph in question, titled “Mother and Daughter II” (2014), is a composite of four images showing the artist, Diane Ducruet, cuddling with her daughter. Both of them are nude. It was to be featured in L’intime comme illusion (The ... Read More »

Pussy Riot On Art, Activism, and Their Name’s Hilarious Russian Translation


On November 2nd, Pussy Riot members Masha Alekhina, Nadya Tolokonnikova, and Petya Verzilov joined Klaus Biesenbach for a discussion at MoMA PS1, in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition, “Zero Tolerance“, which features the group’s work. After making an unsurprisingly badass entrance in colored sunglasses (sans facemasks) and a pause to take an Instagram photo from the stage, the trio dropped some wisdom, both hilarious and heartbreaking, on the crowd. For example: Ever wonder what the name “Pussy Riot” translates to in ... Read More »

Canada’s new human rights museum shares oral histories from genocide survivors

canmus-2 (1)

WINNIPEG (AFP).- A new museum in Canada’s western prairies has amassed a unique collection of personal stories from genocide survivors, human rights defenders and others, and wants to share them. Dedicated to the 60-year-old notion of human rights, a singular but intricate ideal, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba will open its doors on November 11. It was conceived by now-deceased mogul Izzy Asper, who once controlled CanWest Global Communications Corp, one of the world’s largest media ... Read More »

How to Kill a Culture in 3 Easy Steps


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 in the United States, haven’t a clue about what culture is. I’ve gotten responses from, “Its some fifty-dollar word that ... Read More »

Who’s afraid of the Marquis de Sade?


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 extreme author of the 18th Century. Sade, an unstoppable libertine, was in the middle of what would be an 11-year ... Read More »