Arts & Culture

Journalist chronicled contribution of Greeks to building the nation

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Kosta Nikolopoulos Journalist, Greek community activist 16-11-1947 – 16-1-2015 Political journalist Kostas Nikolopoulos, who has died in Melbourne aged 67, was one of the most influential and respected voices of Melbourne’s Greek community, and an elder statesman of ethnic media in Australia. He was a tireless community activist whose contribution to public life transcended the pages of the Greek-language newspaper ... Read More »

Young & Jacksons: A tribute to a Melbourne pub celebrating 140 years

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Wayne Harrison is no stranger to the world stage. He’s directed the closing ceremony of the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and the New Year’s Eve Celebrations on Sydney Harbour, and these days when he’s not at home in London he’s jetting across the US directing the Spiegelworld productions in New York and Las Vegas. The Age – John Bailey It puts him in ... Read More »

Turkey blocks website of its first atheist association

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Hurriyet – It took less than a year for a Turkish court to block the website of the country’s first official atheism association. The Atheism Association, the first of its kind in any Muslim-majority country, was officially founded in Istanbul’s Asian-side neighborhood of Kadıköy in April 2014. However, the Gölbaşı 2nd Civil Court of Peace in Ankara has finally moved to ... Read More »

Sinan Antoon: an Iraqi novelist living in continuous mourning

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A forthcoming translation of Antoon’s third novel Ya Mariam, which comes in the wake of latest Isis atrocities, has Antoon wondering: ‘how do you write about a country that is disintegrating?’ The Guardian - Farid Farid “How do you write about a country that is disintegrating?” says Sinan Antoon, on the line from his office at New York University. His words ... Read More »

Islamophobia is a reasonable reaction to jihadi violence and Islam’s aversion to criticism

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A SPECTRE is haunting Australia – the spectre of Islamophobia. At least that’s what progressive voices in the media have been telling us. Courier Mail - Ted Lapkin * The airwaves and newspapers have lately been filled with dire predictions of a massive grassroots anti-Muslim backlash that’s always just around the corner. Last week, left-wing barrister Julian Burnside accused Prime ... Read More »

Stoned rabbits are the anti-marijuana movement’s weakest ploy yet

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With mounting research debunking weed myths and extensive public support for medical marijuana, prohibitionists have officially run out of ideas The Guardian – Ngaio Bealum, Contact author @ngaio420 There have been many half-baked arguments made in favor of cannabis prohibition, but the one made by a Utah DEA agent in a recent hearing on medical marijuana has to be one of the strangest ... Read More »

Olive Oil Museum Tops CNN’s List

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TV channel CNN compiled a list with the 11 top food museums in the world. Among them, the Museum of Olive Oil Production, on Lesvos island, Greece, focuses on how Greece’s olive oil industry was transformed by the introduction of machinery. The museum, which is located at the village of Agia Paraskevi, is housed inside a beautiful stone building, where ... Read More »

Haiti and the Greek revolution

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“Haiti’s connection with Greece has more to do with modern Greece than with Ancient Greece,”  writes Caribbean writer Jean Charles. He goes on to say: “The culture of faking the sentiment of patriotism ….is now ingrained in insidious ways where upper echelons of Greek media intertwined with the political structure prevented reporting of financial mismanagement that may cloud any hope ... Read More »

William Barak apartment tower portrait revealed

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After six months under wraps, a 31-storey portrait of indigenous leader William Barak was momentarily revealed to the world on Monday. The Age – Aisha Dow The 85-metre face has been created in the balconies of a new Grocon apartment building at the former Carlton United and Brewery site on Swanston Street. The 530-apartment project is due to be launched on ... Read More »

Fidel Castro’s revolutionary lover dies at the age of 89

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BBC - Natalia Revuelta, a Cuban socialite who emptied her bank account and sold her jewellery to support Fidel Castro when he was planning his insurgency, has died at the age of 89 in Havana. She caught the eye of Fidel Castro when he was a young revolutionary in 1952. He used her home for meetings when he was plotting ... Read More »