Arts & Culture

Blowing up the Parthenon: the power of a symbol

The Parthenon is one of the most famous and recognisable buildings in the world. Bronwen Neil The Conversation Designed as a testimony to Athenian greatness, visible miles from the Acropolis (the citadel) on which it stands, the Parthenon still stands proudly among the remains of a massive complex of buildings that celebrated Athens’s deities. It is a witness to the lasting legacy of the ancient Greeks and their architectural ingenuity. But it is also a very good reminder of the ... Read More »

Meet the first woman to contact one of the world’s most isolated tribes

Anthropologist Madhumala Chattopadhyay floated coconuts to the Sentinelese in an unusually friendly exchange with a tribe hostile to outsiders. Fehmida Zakeer National Geographic The recent death of an American missionary on North Sentinel Island has put the remote island in the Bay of Bengal, officially off-limits to most outsiders for decades, back in the news and raised questions about the… In the later 20th century, the Indian government, which administers the Andaman and Nicobar islands archipelago to which North Sentinel ... Read More »

End the Innovation Obsession

Some of our best ideas are in the rearview mirror. TORONTO — A year ago I stepped into the Samcheong Park Library in Seoul, South Korea, and saw the future. David Sax The New York Times The simple building in a forested park had a nice selection of books, a cafe at its center and a small patio. Classical music played while patrons read, reclining on extra-deep window benches that had cushions to sit on and tables that slid over ... Read More »

North Sentinel Island: uncontacted tribes’ ‘right to be left alone’ doesn’t gel with broader human rights

John Allen Chau knew he might die. The 26-year-old US evangelical missionary was killed, in late November, on North Sentinel Island, by members of the indigenous community that he sought to convert to Christianity. Karolina Follis The Conversation He saw this as his life’s mission – and understood the risks. North Sentinel Island is part of the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. It is home to the Sentinelese people, who are among the world’s last uncontacted tribes – ... Read More »

NSW could pilot ‘morning and afternoon schools’, Rob Stokes says

Education Minister Rob Stokes says he is open to trialling separate morning and afternoon schools  in NSW to reduce traffic peaks and address the enrolment boom. Pallavi Singhal The Sydney Morning Herald “Effectively having double schools by having morning and afternoon schools is one option, it’s already being done in some countries,” Mr Stokes said in response to a question at the launch of a new report into school design by architecture and… “That would create problems in the middle ... Read More »

Solzhenitsyn as he saw himself

Stephen Kotkin on the turbulent life, exile and writing of the Russian author. TLS Listen to the best journalism: Download the Audm app for your iPhone. One hundred years ago this month, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was born in Kislovodsk (“acidic waters”), a curative town in the North Caucasian foothills of Russia, which was then wracked by civil war. Earlier that year, 300 miles north at Novocherkassk, the capital of the Don Cossacks, former tsarist officers had proclaimed the formation of a… The ... Read More »

Photos of the Paris “Yellow Vest” Riots

A third weekend of protest in Paris, France,  turned violent on Saturday, as thousands of “yellow vests” (gilets jaunes) battled with riot police, burned cars, and damaged property. Alan Taylor The Atlantic The protest movement began largely focused on anger toward rising fuel taxes, but has grown into a wider anti-government movement. Paris police reported that 133 people were injured in the riots, and more than 400 were arrested… Photos of the… Read More »

Life on Nauru’s ‘Limboland’ examined in new documentary

The frustration of asylum seekers suspended between states is laid bare in a new documentary, Limboland. David McCowen The Canberra Times Australian artist Lachlan Hinton and photojournalist Mridula Amin travelled to Nauru in September, returning with first-hand video accounts of refugees detained on the tiny pacific island. “The people that we have managed to interview are people that have never been seen or heard by the Australian public,” Hinton said. “They’re people speaking out for the first time about their ... Read More »

Guide To The Classics: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran (original spelling at birth “Khalil”) is a strange phenomenon of 20th Century letters and publishing. Antonia Pont The Conversation After Shakespeare and the Chinese poet Laozi, Gibran’s work from 1923, The Prophet, has made him the third most-sold poet of all time. This slim volume of 26 prose poems has been translated into over 50 languages; its US edition alone has sold over 9 million copies. Its first printing sold out in a month, and later, during the ... Read More »

Best photos of 2018

National Geographic’s 100 best images of the year—curated from 107 photographers, 119 stories, and more than two million photographs… PHOTOGRAPH BY BRIAN SKERRY BY SUSAN GOLDBERG, EDITOR IN CHIEF CURATED BY SARAH LEEN, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY SARAH LEEN HAS a job most people in the world would envy. She looks at photographs for a living. And not just any photographs — National Geographic photographs. As our Director of Photography, Leen estimates she has looked at as many images “as there are stars in the sky,” ... Read More »

‘One of the greatest matriarchs’: Indigenous activist Bonita Mabo dies

She has been remembered as of the country’s most influential advocates for Indigenous Australians and South Sea Islanders. By NITV Staff Writer Source: NITV News SBS Bonita Mabo, the Indigenous rights activist and widow of Edward “Koiki” Mabo, has died aged 75 years.. Mrs Mabo was known for her advocacy work for Indigenous schooling and her campaigning for the rights of Indigenous Australians and Australian South Sea Islanders, and worked alongside her husband’s side throughout his struggle for land rights. Her daughter ... Read More »

Turkey Wipes Out the Christian Culture of Occupied Cyprus

A sixth-century mosaic of Saint Mark, stolen from a church after Turkey’s military invaded Cyprus in 1974, was recently recovered in a Monaco apartment and returned to Cypriot officials. Uzay Bulut Gatestone Institute The ancient masterpiece was described by Arthur Brand, the Dutch investigator who located it, as “one of the last and most beautiful examples of art from the early Byzantine era.” Many other cultural Cypriot relics, from churches and other sites, were stolen from Cyprus by Turkish invaders and ... Read More »

Poet, hero, rapist – outrage over Chilean plan to rename airport after Neruda

Human rights activists argue that the honour is inappropriate for a man who described raping a maid in his memoir The Guardian Pablo Neruda was a Nobel laureate whose poetry chronicled the lives and struggles of ordinary Latin Americans, and whose life was upheld as a symbol of resistance to dictatorship. But a decision to rename Chile’s busiest international airport after him has been met with outrage from human rights activists who argue that the honour is inappropriate for a man ... Read More »

Walkley Awards 2018: winners

Four Corners has dominated Television categories at the Walkley Awards last night. TVtonight It won Camerawork, Current Affairs (Long), Production and Public Service Journalism categories. ABC also won several other categories while SBS picked up a single award for Dateline. There were also awards for the Don Burke investigation for both ABC and Fairfax. The Australian’s Hedley Thomas and Slade Gibson won the Gold Walkley for “The Teacher’s Pet.” Scoop of the Year went to Sharri Markson, Christopher Dore and Kylar Loussikian from ... Read More »

A bold exploration of the pursuit of sobriety

Sitting on Smith Street in Collingwood, actor Jack Charles and playwright Dan Lee are sharing horror stories from their days of addiction. Kylie Northover The Age Charles, as famously depicted in the 2008 documentary Bastardy, was a heroin addict and burglar and spent years sleeping on the streets where he’s now a community elder; Lee was an alcoholic who drank until he… He has come to in pub toilets after being punched out, in the lounge rooms of sympathetic strangers, and ... Read More »

A ‘samurai’ swordsmith is designing a space probe

The ‘tamahagane’ steel used in traditional weapons may be the perfect material to cut through asteroids. Chris Baraniuk BBC If you wanted to slice stuff up in space, what would you bring with you? ‘Samurai’ swords, which have been made in Japan for centuries, might be on your list because the… There are plenty of videos online showing these Japanese swords, also called ‘katana’, cutting up everything from thick boards of wood to metal pipes. Now, a trio of engineers have ... Read More »