Arts & Culture

Interview with a Bookstore: Melbourne’s Readings, the best bookshop in the world

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The people behind the independent Melbourne store that just won International Bookstore of the Year talk fostering local literature, great regulars and Australian book recommendations… Source: Interview with a Bookstore: Melbourne’s Readings, the best bookshop in the world | Books | The Guardian Read More »

Male speakers boycott all-male panels to protest lack of female representation

Five male conference speakers want to see conference organisers involve more women. Five of Australia’s most booked male conference speakers will boycott panels that don’t include women, criticising organisers for taking the lazy way out by opting for “dude fests”… Source: Male speakers boycott all-male panels to protest lack of female representation Read More »

Women of Palestine in their Israeli jails

Filmmaker Mai Masri ups the ante in telling the story of Palestinian women in Israeli prisons. In his now legendary painting, Women of Algiers in their Apartment/Femmes d’Alger dans leur appartement (1834, oil on canvas), Eugene Delacroix captured something so provocative, so elemental, about Arab and Muslim women at the height of the… Source: Women of Palestine in their Israeli jails – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Malawi’s albinos at risk of ‘total extinction,’ U.N. warns

Malawi’s albinos are at risk of “total extinction” amid escalating attacks against them for their body parts, the United Nations warned. Albinism is a genetic condition that leads to little or no pigment in the eyes, skin and hair. The southern African nation has about 10,000 albinos, according to the U.N… Source: Malawi’s albinos at risk of ‘total extinction,’ U.N. warns – CNN.com Read More »

John RWD Jones obituary

Human rights lawyer who helped ensure justice for some of the most demonised defendants.. The human rights barrister John RWD Jones devoted himself to helping those in peril in the courts. He was a leading architect of the nascent system of… Source: John RWD Jones obituary | Law | The Guardian Read More »

Breda O’Brien: It’s complicated – our relationship with Catholicism

We may not choose to actively support something – but heaven help anyone who tries to say that we are not entitled to it. ‘It’s complicated’ is a Facebook relationship status, denoting anything from a relationship on the rocks to one that doesn’t fit standard parameters, but is working relatively well… Source: Breda O’Brien: It’s complicated – our relationship with Catholicism Read More »

Hope burns bright for Indian tigers

Tiger, tiger burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? So wrote William Blake, who lived from 1757 to 1827. But Blake could not have… Source: Hope burns bright for Indian tigers – Asia Times Read More »

Chasing Asylum first look review – asylum seeker documentary is vital and gut-wrenching

This viscerally intense exposé of Australia’s asylum seeker policy will make audiences feel like a brick smashed to pieces with a sledgehammer. If the debate about asylum seekers attempting to come to Australia has made your heart a little heavy over the years, be prepared for it to feel like a brick smashed to pieces with a… Source: Chasing Asylum first look review – asylum seeker documentary is vital and gut-wrenching | Film | The Guardian Read More »

The war on elephants

How the very existence of Africa’s elephants is threatened by poachers, traffickers and Asia’s appetite for ivory. WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES Bloated and eerily upright the large adult elephant was still standing where it had been killed – just next to the stream – its face hacked off… Source: BBC News – The war on elephants Read More »

Islamic State fails to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka

After three decades of war with a local terrorist group, the island nation was beginning to enjoy peace and normalcy when the Syrian crisis erupted drawing some Sri Lankan Muslim youth to the conflict zone. Colombo responded quickly by joining hands with civil and religious groups to educate people about the danger of joining extremists groups like the… Source: Islamic State fails to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka – Asia Times Read More »

On Passover, Israel and “Demographic Threats”

The weeklong Jewish festival of Passover is coming to a close, but like many Jews around the world I’m still digesting the myriad questions, answers and discussions that ensued as we retold the biblical story of the Exodus at our seder. While it’s a story our community returns to over and over again, I’m continually astonished at… Source: On Passover, Israel and “Demographic Threats” Read More »

Nelson Mandela statue erected in Ramallah

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has unveiled a statue of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The unveiling ceremony on April 27 was attended by Palestinian government ministers, diplomats, the leaders of various Palestinian factions and hundreds of Palestinian citizens… Source: Nelson Mandela statue erected in Ramallah – MIDEAST Read More »

Where is the balance and credibility in our federal government’s arts policy?

With the demise of the National Program for Excellence and the invention of the Catalyst Fund by the federal government in November 2015, the arts community is still at a loss around the real intent of this pool of funding. Information on the… Source: Where is the balance and credibility in our federal government’s arts policy? Read More »

Syrian refugee carries Olympic flame through Greek camp – video

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A 27-year-old disabled Syrian refugee carries the Olympic flame through the Elaionas refugee camp in Greece on Tuesday. A freestyle swimmer, basketball player and former judo wrestler, Ibrahim al-Hussein receives the flame from the head of Greece’s Olympic committee, Spyros Capralos, at the camp near Athens, which houses around 1,500 people… Source: Syrian refugee carries Olympic flame through Greek camp – video | Sport | The Guardian Read More »

Urfa Masood to be Victoria’s first female Muslim magistrate

Urfa Masood, appointed by the Attorney-General on Tuesday, will be the first Muslim woman to sit on the bench of any Victorian court… Source: Urfa Masood to be Victoria’s first female Muslim magistrate Read More »

Nepal’s Hard Rock Cafe

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In 2015, on April 25, Kartok Lama was in her teashop in the upper Langtang Valley. Nestled against a monolithic boulder which formed its back wall, her teashop in the Himalayas was a natural resting point for trekkers hiking through the 4,000 metre high valley she calls home. She… Source: Nepal’s Hard Rock Cafe Read More »