Arts & Culture

Friends or foes? Art’s long, complicated relationship with religion

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(CNN) – When you enter the world of art, you are, like it or not, entering the realm of religion. Consider some of the world’s most famous works of art — the Parthenon Marbles, the Buddhas of Bamiyan, The Last Supper, the Blue Mosque — and it becomes clear just how deeply the history of art has been colored by the history of religion. Aaron Rosen CNN But these are all examples from earlier epochs. What about more… Friends or foes… Read More »

Zweig: The writer who dreamed of a world without boarders

ERGYHN Stefan Zweig in 1940. Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist and biographer. 28 November 1881 - 22 February 1942.. Image shot 1940. Exact date unknown.

The exiled author killed himself in despair over Nazism. But before he did, he said Brazil had become what he hoped Europe could be, writes Benjamin Ramm. Benjamin Ramm BBC Seventy-five years ago, in February 1942, Europe’s most popular author committed suicide in a bungalow in the Brazilian town of Petrópolis, 10,000 km (6,200 miles) from his birthplace in Vienna. In the year… Zweig: The writer… Read More »

Muslims ‘Overjoyed’ As Donations Pour In To Repair Vandalized St. Louis Jewish Cemetery

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Muslim activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi have launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the repair of a St. Louis Jewish cemetery that was vandalized over the weekend — and the… Shira Hanau Forward The campaign, which aimed to raise $20,000, exceeded its target in three hours — and had drawn more than $55… Muslims ‘Overjoyed’ As… Read More »

Yassmin Abdel-Magied said nothing wrong. She should not have to face this venom

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To find the truth of Islam is to seek the specificities of time, place, culture and politics. There are no truths to be found in broad generalisations… Joumanah El Matrah The Guardian When it comes to Muslim women, everyone’s a feminist, even if that aspiration for Muslim women’s equality comes at the expense of, well … a Muslim woman… Yassmin Abdel-Magied… Read More »

How modern technology is reshaping Thailand’s ancient animist beliefs

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Mass urbanisation and an increasingly interconnected world are pushing animism to embrace the 21st century David Hutt Southeast Asia Globe Magazine In a cramped café in Bangkok’s Nak Niwat precinct, the coffee could be cursed. Not because the… How modern technology… Read More »

What would Banksy think of Toronto’s ‘new’ Banksy?

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A restored work by the famed street artist was used as part of a package of ‘community benefits’ to help ease restrictions on new downtown towers. Murray Whyte The Star Banksy, the still-anonymous British street-art prankster turned multi-million-dollar entertainment mogul, can add a new line to his impressive résumé: Toronto condominium facilitator. While technically not… What would Banksy… Read More »

Tearful Nazeem talks ISIS, Sydney Siege and Pauline Hanson

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COMEDIAN Nazeem Hussain shows a different side of himself in tonight’s episode of I’m A Celeb, breaking down in tears as he opens up about life as a… Nick Bond   news.com.au Enlisted by Steve Price to speak to the campmates about himself for the broadcaster’s “Jungle Radio” segment, Hussain reflects on the… “One of the things that… Tearful Nazeem talks… Read More »

Exclusive: Oxford University may break with 700 years of tradition and open a foreign campus – after France offers Brexit sweetener

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Oxford University might break with 700 years of tradition by establishing its first foreign campus in response to Brexit, The Telegraph… Harry Yorke The Telegraph French officials met senior staff at Oxford last week and revealed new proposals that they hope would guarantee future European Union funding for a… Exclusive: Oxford University… Read More »

Are Soas students right to ‘decolonise’ their minds from western philosophers?

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Outraged headlines erupted when students launched a campaign to challenge the great western philosophers. We went to the source of dissent – London’s School of Oriental and African Studies – to investigate Kenan Malik The Guardian “They Kant be serious!”, spluttered the Daily Mail headline in its most McEnroe-ish tone. “PC students demand white… Are Soas students… Read More »

Jannis Kounellis obituary

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Pioneer of the arte povera movement who created spectacular sculptures out of mundane objects Christopher Masters The Guardian Jannis Kounellis, who has died aged 80, made a highly distinctive contribution to one of the most provocative artistic movements in postwar Europe. As a pioneer of arte povera in the late 1960s, he… Jannis Kounellis… Read More »

Hungary is removing statue of philosopher György (Georg) Lukács – He was Marxist and Jewish

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Removing a statue of a philosopher? You may expect something like this to happen in Nazi Germany in the 1930s but not in Budapest in 2017. Hungarian Free Press  A couple of weeks ago the Budapest City Council decided that the statue of György Lukács will be removed from a Budapest park in the 13th district.. The renowned philosopher… Hungary is removing… Read More »

Home comforts: the Italian hotel giving refugees a showcase for their culinary skills

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Part of a government project, Villaggio La Brocchi is a hotel focused on helping refugees – and by allowing them to shape the menu gives guests a taste of east Africa amid the Tuscan hills.. Silvia Marchetti The Guardian In the Tuscan countryside north of Florence, the scent of ginger, cardamon, cloves and other exotic spices fill the… Home comforts: the… Read More »

The Red Detachment of Women marches forward – but to where?

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National Ballet of China has been traveling the world performing its signature oeuvre, which has attracted both anger and applause Antonia Finnane Asia Times The National Ballet of China has come to Melbourne armed to the teeth for the Australian premiere of its signature oeuvre, The Red Detachment of Women, first staged in 1964. This strongly narrative… The Red Detachment… Read More »

Rembrandt drawing ‘hidden’ in museum for 250 years found

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Known as “the Braunschweig terrier,” the image is believed to date from around 1637; it has been in the museum’s collection since 1770. Judith Vonberg CNN Professor Thomas Doring, the museum’s curator of prints and drawings, was first alerted to the error two years ago while cataloging the museum’s 10,000 drawings for a digital archive. “It’s been on… Rembrandt drawing ‘hidden… Read More »

Coalition to change native title laws to protect mining and agriculture deals

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George Brandis announces bill to reverse court ruling that threw land use agreements thrown into doubt, including deal between Adani and… Joshua Robertson The Guardian The Turnbull government will change native title laws to protect land use agreements thrown into doubt by a recent court ruling, including a… Coalition to change… Read More »

This Is How Sand Looks Magnified Up To 300 Times

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Comparing something to a grain of sand is usually supposed to mean that it’s small or insignificant, but Dr. Gary Greenberg’s microscopic photography aims to turn this stereotype on its.. boredpanda.com sandgrains.com His photographs of miniscule grains of sands magnified up to 300 times reveal that each grain of sand can be beautiful and… Greenberg’s story is a.. This Is How… Read More »