Arts & Culture

UK cinemas ban Lord’s Prayer ad before Star Wars

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London: The Church of England said on Sunday it was “bewildered” by the refusal of some of Britain’s biggest cinema chains to show an advert featuring the Lord’s Prayer. The Canberra Times The 60-second advert, which shows a variety of Christians including a police officer, weight lifter and school children each saying one line of the prayer, had been due to be shown next month before screenings of the new Star Wars film “The Force Awakens”. Digital Cinema Media, which provides ... Read More »

Invitation to the Party: Building Bridges to the Arts, Culture and Community

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Acknowledged as the nation’s foremost expert on audience development involving America’s growing multicultural population by the Arts and Business Council, Donna Walker-Kuhne has now written the first book describing her strategies and methods to engage diverse communities as participants for arts and culture. By offering strategic collaborations and efforts to develop and sustain nontraditional audiences, this book will directly impact the stability and future of America’s cultural and artistic landscape. Amazon – by Donna Walker-Kuhne (Author), George C. Wolfe (Preface) ... Read More »

Religious study in schools can play a vital role in countering violent extremism

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Our young people should be taught about the role of religion in society. The Age – Anthony Bergin and Clare Murphy After the horrific terror attacks in Paris, Australian security and law enforcement agencies will be re-examining how we might respond to a simultaneous, co-ordinated mass-casualty attack and the tactics used when hostages are taken. We should also be focused on the prevention of future attacks by considering our counter-extremism response, including undermining the Islamist ideology that’s fuelling jihadism. Our ... Read More »

Seven minutes of meditation can reduce racial prejudice, study finds

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A popular meditation technique that’s intended to create feelings of kindness can also reduce prejudice, according to new University of Sussex research. EurekAlert! AAAS – University of Sussex The study, published online in the journal Motivation and Emotion, found that just seven minutes of Loving-kindness meditation (LKM), a Buddhist practise that promotes unconditional kindness towards oneself and others, is effective at reducing racial bias. Lead researcher Alexander Stell, a Doctoral student in Psychology, said: “This indicates that some meditation techniques ... Read More »

Brisbane asylum seeker accepts Year 12 certificate behind detention bars

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An Iranian girl seeking asylum in Brisbane will on Wednesday “accept” her Year 12 certificate from behind the bars of Darwin’s Wickham Point immigration detention centre. Brisbane Times – Tony Moore * Mojgan Shamsalipoor, now 21, will also receive a Rotary Award for her perseverance as a Yeronga State High School student – effectively while studying under armed guard – and where English is not the student’s first language. Ms Shamsalipoor hopes to become a midwife and tonight her Brisbane-based husband, Milad ... Read More »

Turkish fans boo moment of silence for victims of Paris attacks

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Turkish supporters attending an international football friendly against Greece on Nov. 17 refused to participate in a minute of silence following the recent jihadist attacks on France, choosing instead to boo the commemoration. Hurriyet – Istanbul A section of the crowd at Fatih Terim Stadium in Istanbul’s Başakşehir district had first whistled during the playing of the Greek national anthem, prompting Turkish star Arda Turan to remonstrate with the crowd. Arda’s intervention, however, failed to stop the booing. During the ... Read More »

Cork hosts photographic exhibition commemorating Armenian genocide

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Exhibition put together by Armenian community in Ireland The Irish Times – Barry Roche It was described by US President Theodore Roosevelt as “the greatest crime of the war” and now the Armenian genocide which began in 1915 has been commemorated with a special exhibition of photographs at Cork City Library. “The Iconic Images of the Armenian Genocide” – officially opened by Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Chris O’Leary – features a series of old photographs which depict the genocide ... Read More »

Melbourne Uni sets up fellowship for Greek researchers

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The university expects to welcome its first Greek researcher in 2016 In an effort to assist Greek researchers during the economic crisis, the University of Melbourne has set up the first Greek Australian fellowship. Neos Kosmos – Anastasia Tsirtsakis The initiative, led by Professors Christos Pantelis and Dennis Velakoulis from the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, will give up to two candidates the opportunity to venture Down Under and train under the professors at Melbourne University. “We’ve managed to secure a fellowship ... Read More »

How do I … respond when I see racial abuse in public?

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Onlookers are often silent, and feel guilty afterwards for doing nothing. We suggest how bystanders can intervene or help The Guardian – Kate Lyons A  woman faces sentencing on Friday for racially abusing three women on a bus in October. Simone Joseph called the women “Isis bitches” who had “bombs up their skirts” and told them to “fuck off back to your own country”. Video – Simone Joseph shouts abuse at Muslim women on a London bus in October Fellow ... Read More »

Conversations: Five Things My Father Taught Me

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  ( basilBLOGinc ) My father did not actively teach, but reinforced ideas. This is what I learnt from him: Have faith. Act now. Be punctual. Be prepared. Have compassion. For all the trials and tribulations he faced, and he faced as much as any of us and sometimes more, he kept his faith. It was a complex religion and culture that he tied himself to. His roots went deep down and could not be disturbed. His faith was mixed ... Read More »

Nauru detainee: I just wanted the freedom to enjoy being a mother

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anonymous As the mother of a baby born in detention, this asylum seeker feels guilt for bringing a new life into an uncertain world of incarceration. The Sydney Morning Herald I dreamed of feeling like a normal mother. After being in a relationship with the amazing man that I have loved for 13 years, I wanted to have his child. Eight years after the bitter experience of losing my first child, I wanted  to be able to taste the sweetness of ... Read More »

Britain and the Spectre of Geopolitical Irrelevance

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LONDON—It is difficult to underestimate the impact of a new James Bond movie on the British psyche. GMF – Dhruva Jaishankar, Transatlantic Fellow The films, released now at three- or four-year intervals, give the fleeting sense that Britain still matters on the world stage. Yet Bond has long reflected something of a geopolitical fantasy; his enduring appeal based in part on his inverse relationship with British power. In 1962 — the year that saw the release of Dr. No, the ... Read More »

A controversial religious instruction program is being taught at preschool

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Religious instruction scrapped from curriculum Special religious instruction has been scrapped from school classes in Victoria, but a major provider of the controversial program is now entering a new market: childcare. The Age – Timna Jacks, Education Reporter The state’s largest SRI provider, Access Ministries, is offering a religious instruction program called Explore Christianity, at Emmanuel Early Learning in Endeavour Hills. It plans to expand the course to other childcare centres and kindergartens next year. The revelation comes months after the Victorian government banned ... Read More »

Art helps make the world a better place

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The Sydney Peace Prize has gone to an artist who is changing lives in some of the world’s grimmest places. The Canberra Times – David Hirsch * In September 2015, the 193 member states of the United Nations signed up to a set of international development principles and targets known as the sustainable development goals. These were the product of three years of consultations with individuals, community organisations, businesses, scientists, academics and governments.  The result is nothing less than a ... Read More »

Darwin soccer player who captained Timor-Leste opens up on team’s FIFA controversy

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An Australian caught up in an international player scandal currently before FIFA has revealed details of the controversy involving well over a dozen naturalised Brazilians. ABC – By Jack Kerr Timor-Leste has fielded around 16 naturalised Brazilians since disgraced FIFA president Sepp Blatter addressed the country’s parliament in 2011. A number of others – all playing with clubs in Asia – are believed to be on the books. Jesse Pinto, 25, was Timor-Leste’s captain during the first wave of this ... Read More »

Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina adapted for ‘The Beautiful Lie’

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While the brilliance of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina may be muddied in this TV adaptation, The Beautiful Lie remains a pleasure. The Saturday Paper – Helen Razer Happy readers are all alike, but every unhappy reader is unhappy in their own way. In reading the great novel Anna Karenina, of which ABC1’s drama The Beautiful Lie is a present-day version, unhappiness may be all but assured. But, the form this unhappiness takes can vary quite a bit. Leo Tolstoy gives us ... Read More »