Arts & Culture

Fifa World Cup report: Michael Garcia findings to be released

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Fifa executives have unanimously agreed to publish a “legally appropriate version” of a report into allegations of World Cup bidding corruption. BBC So far only a disputed summary of Michael Garcia’s 430-word report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments has been published. Releasing the full report – likely be heavily redacted to preserve witness anonymity – ... Read More »

War’s many victims

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Atrocities, culture and religion Erasmus, Religion and public policy / Τhe Economist – BY B.C IF YOU know anything about the laws of conflict, you probably know that destroying or stealing the cultural and spiritual heritage of an enemy or an occupied land can be a war crime, especially if it’s done in a systematic way. That principle is laid out with ever-growing clarity in every modern document that aspires to ... Read More »

Atatürk in the Nazi imagination

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It isn’t easy to find much original to say about Nazi Germany, but this new title on the Nazis’ view of Turkey and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk has recently caused quite a stir. Hurriyet – William Armstrong – william.armstrong@hdn.com.tr Harvard historian Stefan Ihrig’s deeply researched book explores the extraordinary, hitherto little-known hold that the Turkish war of liberation and the Kemalist nation-building ... Read More »

Poetry Professor Barry Spurr Resigns From Sydney University

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Australia’s leading – and most infamous – professor of poetry has called it quits from one of the nation’s most prestigious institutions. Chris Graham * reports. Professor Barry Spurr has this morning resigned from the University of Sydney after the publication of a string of racist and misogynistic emails he wrote to University colleagues and friends. It follows a long-running ... Read More »

The Arab World’s Vanishing Christians

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PRINCETON – This Christmas, like every Christmas, thousands of pilgrims and tourists will travel to the Middle East to celebrate the holiday in the land of the Bible. Project Syndicate – Christian C. Sahner is the author, most recently, of Among the Ruins: Syria Past and Present. read more In Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem will lead a ... Read More »

Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard?

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Computers may dominate our lives, but mastery of penmanship brings us important cognitive benefits, research suggests The Guardian – Anne Chemin In the past few days you may well have scribbled out a shopping list on the back of an envelope or stuck a Post-it on your desk. Perhaps you added a comment to your child’s report book or made a ... Read More »

Ethnic Cleansing of Jews in Turkey

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How a Population Dropped to Two Gatestone Institute – Uzay Bulut The real question is: Now that the ethnic-cleansing campaign of the Turkish regime has been “successfully” completed, and there are only two Jews left in Edirne, why is the governor of the city still so angry? The sweet little secret in both Turkey and Europe is that anti-Semites do not ... Read More »

Fossils & Minerals @ Lalaounis Jewelry Museum

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A new temporary exhibition titled “From Zeus to Earth and from Chile to Neapolis” with fossils and minerals from the private collection of geologist Kostas Manakos, is running at the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum until December 31. It includes more than 300 exhibits from Brazil, Peru, Canada, India, China to Australia, Etna, Vesuvius and the North Pole. The oldest piece ... Read More »

Getting to Know the Artisans Who Make Other People’s Art

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There are many invisible people who make the art world run: art handlers, registrars, conservators, exhibition designers. Hyperallergic – Jillian Steinhauer We don’t often see these people listed on press releases or wall placards, but it’s thanks to their work that we get to have meaningful aesthetic experiences. One of the largest groups of behind-the-scenes laborers is artisans — the welders, sculptors, painters, finishers, and ... Read More »