Arts & Culture

The other Bob Dylan

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Dylan’s silence and support for the Israeli oppressor makes a mockery of his stature as an “angry humanitarian”. by Ali Saad As the media hype surrounding Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize for Literature begins to fade away, the coverage – so far – appears to be concentrating only on one corner of the… The other Bob… Read More »

The Books My Dad Won’t Read? Mine

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Last November, a week after I had last seen him, my father passed out while sweeping the driveway (he’s the kind of man who sweeps the driveway, the kind of man who thinks something like passing out is caused by either having had too much coffee or not enough coffee), and within 24 hours of being admitted to the emergency room, he was told he had leukemia. By JENNINE CAPÓ CRUCET The doctors said that, without treatment, he… The Books ... Read More »

Small Island, Big Song: Musicians across oceans join together through a single song

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A man sits by the edge of a river in remote Taiwan, playing a song on a jaw harp. A month later, another man heads into a forest on the side of a volcano in his native Hawaii, hears the song and adds an extra percussive layer using a… Small Island, Big… Read More »

The Nobel Committee got it wrong: Ngugi wa Thiong’o is the writer the world needs now

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Every year I root for Ngugi wa Thiong’o to win the Nobel Prize for literature. By Rajeev Balasubramanyam * The Kenyan writer has been a favorite to win for years. This year, according to gambling site Ladbrokes, the odds were 4-to-1 in Ngugi’s favor, with Haruki Murakami second at 7-to-1, and Don DeLillo at 12-to-1. Had Murakami or… The Nobel Committee… Read More »

Review: Sonic Sea at the Environmental Film Festival

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The sounds of the sea are associated with tranquillity and relaxation. Gary Truong  Tracey Rogers People go to the beach to enjoy the soothing crash of ocean waves. But beneath the surface of the ocean, there is no peace and quiet for whales and dolphins. The increasing use of the… Review: Sonic Sea at… Read More »

Italy PM brands UNESCO Jerusalem vote ‘unacceptable’

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“It is incomprehensible and unacceptable, it was a mistake,” Renzi told Italian radio. World Bulletin / News Desk Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, on Friday described a UNESCO resolution condemning Israel’s actions in east Jerusalem as “incomprehensible and unacceptable” and said his officials should have voted… Italy PM brands… Read More »

Whisky industry loses battle over minimum drink price

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Doctors yesterday hailed a court ruling in favour of minimum pricing for alcohol claiming Scotland’s health would dramatically improve as a result of the measure to reduce heavy drinking. The Court of Session backed the Scottish Government’s controversial plans to impose a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol, taking a… Whisky industry loses… Read More »

Documentary film-makers face decades in prison for taping oil pipeline protests

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Deia Schlosberg and Lindsey Grayzel face felony charges that first amendment advocates say are part of a growing number of attacks on freedom of the press Sam Levin in San Francisco Two documentary film-makers are facing decades in prison for recording US oil pipeline protests, with serious felony charges that… Documentary film-makers… Read More »

In 887, Robert Lepage has built a memory palace out of theatr

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Robert Lepage’s autobiographical show at the Melbourne Festival, 887, is named for his childhood apartment building: 887 Avenue Murray in Quebec City. Lepage wrote, designed, directed and performed 887, but to call it a one-man show does not give enough credit to the equal performance of the… In 887, Robert… Read More »

As a Briton, I hang my head in shame. We must return the Parthenon marbles

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Now Amal Clooney has reignited the debate over the Parthenon’s crowning glory, it’s time we rectified a historic wrong. Helena Smith Reunite these ancient sculptures with their home Almost every day I take a walk around the… As a Briton, I… Read More »

Palestinian builds dream car despite Gaza challenges

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Car enthusiast in blockaded Gaza Strip puts ingenuity to test, builds replica of classic 1920s-era Mercedes World Bulletin / News Desk At first glance, Muneer Shindi’s automotive workshop looks just like most others in Gaza City’s industrial district. But upon closer inspection, his badly-kept secret can be seen stowed in the… Palestinian builds dream… Read More »

Qatar retrospective exhibits Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi

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Iraqi artist’s major retrospective in Doha is a “manifesto” against events following the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Andrew Chappelle Doha, Qatar – Dia Azzawi, the 77-year old Iraqi pioneer of modern Arab art, has described his latest major exhibition as a… Qatar retrospective exhibits Iraqi… Read More »

Bid to pressure BBC for ‘Scottish Six’ defeated in Commons

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MPs have rejected an attempt to increase the pressure on the BBC over a “Scottish Six” news programme after the SNP attached a demand for broadcasting to be devolved to the corporation’s latest charter agreement. By PARIS GOURTSOYANNIS Seeking to amend the motion agreeing the latest ten-year deal on BBC funding, the SNP’s Westminster culture spokesman John Nicolson claimed the… Bid to pressure BBC… Read More »

Hong Kong’s Occupy street art legacy is almost vacant

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Two years ago, the streets of Hong Kong teemed with Umbrella Movement protesters creating a vast amount of public art. There is little sign of it now By JOYCE LAU In 2014, the art gallery owner Françoise Thurière took part in an exhibition at the Conrad Hong Kong that was all but deserted. The… Hong Kong’s Occupy… Read More »

Israel suspends UNESCO ties over al-Aqsa resolution

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Israeli PM says UN body has lost its legitimacy by adopting resolution that rejected Jewish ties to the holy site. Israel has suspended cooperation with UNESCO a day after the United Nations cultural body passed a resolution that sharply criticised… Israel suspends UNESCO… Read More »

Explainer: are Bob Dylan’s songs ‘Literature’?

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Bob Dylan has won this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. The media has reported on this surprising choice by asking musicians, poets, and writers if Dylan’s songs are indeed “literature”. Irvine Welsh, the… Explainer: are Bob…  Read More »