Arts & Culture

Why Mulholland Drive is the greatest film since 2000

It puzzles viewers but delights critics. Why has Mulholland Drive topped BBC Culture’s poll of the greatest films of the 21st Century? Luke Buckmaster explains. By Luke Buckmaster Cinema in the early years of the 21st Century has experienced something of an existential crisis. Terms such as ‘TV-like’ or… Source: BBC – Culture – Why Mulholland Drive is the greatest film since 2000 Read More »

The Lost Children of Alexander the Great: A Journey to the Pagan Kalash People of Pakistan

The New York Times recently published an article that had a fascinating description of the Kalash, an ancient ethnic group living high in the remote mountains of Pakistan’s Hindu Kush. For centuries this light-skinned, pagan people have claimed to be the long-lost descendants of Alexander the Great’s world-conquering armies, which invaded this region in the… Source: The Lost Children of Alexander the Great: A Journey to the Pagan Kalash People of Pakistan Read More »

Fighting for the ‘Soul of France,’ More Towns Ban a Bathing Suit: The Burkini

PARIS — The debate is now so heated in France that one could be forgiven for assuming that the burkini — the full-body bathing suit worn by some Muslim women — had invaded French beaches. Five towns have banned them. Three more are in the process of doing so. Prime Minister Manuel Valls supported the prohibitions on Wednesday, calling the garment part of “the enslavement of women.”… Source: Fighting for the ‘Soul of France,’ More Towns Ban a Bathing Suit: ... Read More »

‘The worst place on earth’: inside Assad’s brutal Saydnaya prison

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Syria’s most notorious jail has been a journalistic blank spot. Now ex-detainees and architects have built an accurate model, using ‘ear-witness’ testimony, of the president’s hellish torture house Samer al-Ahmed remembers the size of the small hatch near the bottom of his cell door because he was regularly forced to squeeze his head through… Source: ‘The worst place on earth’: inside Assad’s brutal Saydnaya prison | Art and design | The Guardian Read More »

Research Check: is it true only half your friends actually like you?

It seems obvious that your friends would agree they are your friends. But recent findings published in the journal PLOS ONE call this into question. At least that’s the message you would take if you went with popular media coverage of the… Source: Research Check: is it true only half your friends actually like you? Read More »

Turkey: New wave of arrests against journalists leave renowned author Aslı Erdoğan in prison

7 August 2017 – PEN International is very concerned about the detention of Aslı Erdoğan, a renowned novelist, columnist and human rights activist, in Turkey following a police raid into her apartment. Her arrest comes alongside more than 20 other journalists and employees from Özgür Gündem newspaper, a pro-Kurdish opposition daily, which was shut down by decree as part of the state of emergency in the country following the failed coup of 15 July 2016. Two further journalists from IMC TV, ... Read More »

Two decisions to address family violence

By Arouba Al-Muneef THE growing number of family violence cases, especially the attack on women, shows the increasing awareness among women to protect their rights and their confidence in authorities. Studies show that one out of five women is subject to physical torture. About 53 percent of men who participated in the survey said they… Source: Two decisions to address family violence – Saudi Gazette Read More »

Uncle Sam goes for gold, too: Up to $9,900 per Olympic gold medal

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Michael Phelps swims fast, but not fast enough to beat Uncle Sam, who awaits him at the finish line each time he wins a medal. His total income tax bill for the 2016 Games? Up to about $55,000 for his five golds and one silver. Olympic athletes who bring home medals also bring home cash — $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze — paid for by the United States Olympic Committee. Like any prize winner, from a jackpot ... Read More »

Signs of Pure Altruism Converge in the Brain And Increase with Age

EUGENE, Ore. — Aug. 15, 2016 – Combining insights from psychology, behavioral economics and neuroscience, University of Oregon researchers have found converging signs of pure altruism and behavior that increase with age in the brain. People give to charity for numerous non-altruistic reasons, such as showing off their generosity to others. To isolate pure altruism from other motivations, researchers triangulated methods from the… Source: Signs of Pure Altruism Converge in the Brain And Increase with Age – ScienceNewsline Read More »

He Predicted Today’s Greece in 388 B.C.

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Greece’s economic collapse and social disarray make the country ripe for satire, which helps explain why a centuries-old comedy by Aristophanes is a big hit there this summer. The Daily Beast Nick Romeo ATHENS — In a neighborhood of shuttered shops and crumbling 19th century buildings less than a mile from the Acropolis, someone has scrawled a graffito on the side of a… Read More »

‘Hope’ Is a Verb, and It Can Revive Our Democracy

Our moral movement is spreading out from North Carolina, one powerful gathering at a time. By Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II When I was growing up in eastern North Carolina, I used to love to sit in my grandmama’s kitchen and listen to her sing as she made dinner… Source: ‘Hope’ Is a Verb, and It Can Revive Our Democracy | The Nation Read More »

Pokemon Go: Thai junta uneasy about game’s launch due to different ‘walking culture’

Pokemon Go’s debut in Thailand has alarmed the country’s generals, prompting the kingdom’s junta chief to warn youngsters against playing too much and the army to ban the game from barracks. The mobile app was recently made available in Thailand, delighting many in a country where Japanese subcultures have a significant following… Source: Pokemon Go: Thai junta uneasy about game’s launch due to different ‘walking culture’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Leonard Cohen managed that rare thing: to talk with clarity about death

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The songwriter’s letter to Marianne Ihlen in her last hours was beautiful, poetic and to the point. Yet so often we deal with death in an inane, mawkish way Suzanne Moore Α short goodbye. A few sentences. But words of such clarity, simplicity and beauty. Many of us have by now read Leonard Cohen’s letter to a… Source: Leonard Cohen managed that rare thing: to talk with clarity about death | Suzanne Moore | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

No more ‘Pokemon Go’ at Hiroshima atomic bomb memorial

It was a bit touch and go for Hiroshima officials, but the atomic bomb memorial park in the western Japanese city is now Pokemon No.. The city had asked the developer of the popular “Pokemon Go” smartphone game to remove the creatures and sites that appeared in the park by last weekend, when a… Source: No more ‘Pokemon Go’ at Hiroshima atomic bomb memorial – ASIA Read More »

Yusra Mardini delights with butterfly heat win for Refugee Olympic Team

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There will be plenty of inspiring swims in the Rio pool this week but few to match the personal odyssey completed by Yusra Mardini on the opening day of competition. Last year the Syrian teenager was battling in the sea for survival with fellow asylum seekers while trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos. To go from there to winning the opening heat of the 100m butterfly at the Olympic Games is the ultimate illustration of drawing strength from ... Read More »

Why Self-Help Guru James Altucher Only Owns 15 Things

It was around 10 a.m. on a sun-drenched summer morning, and James Altucher, perhaps the world’s least likely success guru, was packing his worldly possessions, about 15 items, into a small canvas carry-on bag. “If I were to die, my kids get this bag,” Mr. Altucher said sardonically as he packed away his laptop, iPad, three sets of chinos, three T-shirts and a Ziploc bag filled with $4,000 worth of $2 bills (“People always remember… Source: Why Self-Help Guru James ... Read More »