Torture

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 »

UN to be told of torture of Aussie kids

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In a submission to the UN, an advocacy group for survivors of child abuse has outlined horrific details of torture in Australian institutions. Allegations of police complicity in the abuse of children in care in Australia will be put to the United Nations this week. A delegation from Care Leavers Australian Network (CLAN) flies to Geneva on Tuesday to meet ... Read More »

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

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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 ... Read More »

Our eyes are blind to Tamil torture

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Trevor Grant was the cricket writer when I joined The Age in 1985. I remember him as a friendly, independent character with whom I talked sport. In 1989, he joined News Corp, finally leaving in 2009 after he became “disillusioned with the direction of the newspaper [the Herald Sun]”. I didn’t know what happened to him thereafter and was somewhat ... Read More »

Pictures at an execution: The condemned in art

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A new exhibition aims to humanise condemned prisoners. From the sword to the electric chair, the death penalty has inspired challenging art, writes Jason Farago. One man, before dying, said, “I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me.” Another said, “I’m going to a beautiful place.” A third: “I am innocent, innocent, innocent.” Those were their last ... Read More »

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 »

New Gitmo Commander: ‘Majority of Detainees Have… a Relative Degree of Freedom’

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GUANTANAMO BAY Rear Admiral Kyle Cozad says you need “skin about an inch thick” to work at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Dozens of recent news reports have alleged detainees are abused by military guards and subjected to brutal force-feedings by nurses. There’s also the general negativity that surrounds Gitmo, where the 149 remaining detainees — once among 779 branded the “worst of the worst” — have been ... Read More »

One Controversial Art Exhibit — And Its Cancellation — Sends an Unsettling Message About Race

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On its fall calendar, London’s Barbican performing arts center had slated a controversial production called “Exhibit B – The Human Zoo.” The performance featured black actors shackled, bound and gagged, chained and caged in 12 tableaux vivants all to make a point about the history of colonial powers in Africa. The performance’s ambition was to reflect upon, raise awareness about and ultimately skewer the racist model villages (or human ... Read More »

How Bosnia is helping identify Cypriots murdered 50 years ago

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In the 1960s and 1970s, hundreds of Cypriots disappeared. Now, there is a renewed effort to find out what happened to them – mass graves are being dug up and a laboratory in Sarajevo is helping to identify the bodies. Forty years ago, Maria Georgiadis (above in the white dress), lost her whole family – her mother, her father, her ... Read More »