Arts & Culture

Arab and Islamic leaders condemn terror plot targeting Makkah’s Grand Mosque

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JEDDAH: Leaders from around the Arab world have condemned a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in Makkah, which Saudi security forces said on Friday they had… Arab News King Salman received a cable from Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, emir of the Kuwait, in which he expressed Kuwait’s strong condemnation of terrorist schemes, which contradict teachings of Islam and all religious and human… Cables were also received from … Arab and Islamic… Read More »

With cameras banned, CNN sends sketch artist to White House briefing

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The White House has been prohibiting cameras at some press briefings, so on Friday CNN got creative and sent a sketch artist. Brian Stelter CNN Bill Hennessy, the network’s regular sketch artist for Supreme Court proceedings, headed over to the White House on Friday afternoon and drew Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s afternoon briefing. He didn’t have his usual easel, but he stood in the back of the briefing room to document the… With cameras banned… Read More »

Government can support public interest journalism in Australia – here’s how

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Independent journalism’s importance to healthy democracies is undisputed. Johan Lidberg The Conversation In a time of rising autocratic tendencies around the world, this independent check on power is more needed than ever. This is well illustrated by US President Donald Trump’s disrespect for the balance-of-power doctrine in general and for the US judiciary in… Government can support… Read More »

What does the Anna Stubblefield case teach us about sentencing and sexual assault?

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Analysis A former chair of philosophy at Rutgers University had sex with a man who can’t speak. RN By Eleanor Gordon-Smith for The Philosopher’s Zone ABC The resulting court battle raised questions about when and why suffering matters in sentencing — and Anna Stubblefield went to jail. You might remember reading about it in the New York Times. For a minute it looked like the story would end there: Stubblefield looking open-mouthed over her shoulder in the black and… What ... Read More »

The Cartoonist Who Makes You Look Twice

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With Boundless, Jillian Tamaki makes a profound case for the primacy of images in storytelling. Rowan Hisayo Buchanan The Atlantic “Boundless” could be Jillian Tamaki’s motto. Over her 14-year career, the cartoonist has consistently leaped in new directions. Whether designing book covers using embroidery, illustrating articles for The New York Times, or creating a… The Cartoonist Who… Read More »

Decoding the music masterpieces: Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor

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Opinion Clara Schumann, the wife of the great composer Robert Schumann, wrote in her diary on May 25, 1854: Liszt sent Robert today a sonata dedicated to him and several other things with a friendly letter to me. But the things are dreadful! The Conversation By Zoltán Szabó, Sydney Conservatorium of Music ABC [Johannes] Brahms played them for me, but they made me utterly wretched … This is nothing but sheer racket — not a single healthy idea, everything confused, ... Read More »

California Approves Millions for Armenian Museum and Genocide Education

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ANCA-WR Praises State Legislators GLENDALE, Calif.–The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region (ANCA-WR) praised California Legislators for their efforts in securing funding for the Armenian American Museum and… The Armenian Weekly On June 15, the California State Legislature adopted a budget with considerable attention given to the… “The Armenian National Committee of America Western Region (ANCA-WR) is very… California Approves Millions… Read More »

Ironists of a Vanished Empire

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Edge of Irony: Modernism in the Shadow of the Habsburg Empire by Marjorie Perloff The New York Review University of Chicago Press, 204 pp., $30.00 Marjorie Perloff is one of America’s leading critics of poetry, having spent a long career writing on the work of avant-garde poets from Frank O’Hara to Charles Bernstein. But though she is the author of many books, she wrote in her 2004 memoir, The Vienna Paradox, “when I see [my] name in print…there is always ... Read More »

Should you get a vote if you don’t understand politics? Academics offer democracy rethink

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Democracy has always been a messy form of government and is often unpredictable. RN By Antony Funnell for Future Tense ABC Both qualities can be a strength, but as we know from recent international experience, they can also be a liability. The election of Donald Trump, for instance, produced a result at odds with the wishes of the majority of voters. Elsewhere in the world, in democracies like Turkey, Hungary, Poland and the… Should you get… Read More »

Can you separate the artist from the art?

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A museum acknowledges an artist it features was a serial sexual abuser – it’s very rare for the art world to put work in this context, writes Fisun Güner. Fisun Güner BBC Just how true is the following statement: an artist’s work should have value in its own right, no matter what sort of life the artist led, and even if they have damaged or hurt others? Perhaps we might put the answer on a… Can you separate… Read More »

How to Go the Resistance Distance: Pop-Up Schools for Novice Activists

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Modeled after the Civil Rights Era’s citizenship and freedom schools, the new Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership teaches skills for the… Chuck Collins yes! More than 200 people crammed into a meeting room at Smith College to listen to Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum speak at the May 4 opening ceremony of the… The new school provides in-person training opportunities in activism in five… How to Go… Read More »

Too white, too black, or not black enough? This is not a question for others to decide

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Many young First Nations people feel confused about their identity and where they belong. Constantly being questioned about who you are doesn’t help, writes @IndigenousX host Shannan Dodson Shannan Dodson The Guardian Growing up with a last name associated with Aboriginal activism, my identity is often decided for me. In some ways it becomes a validation of my Aboriginality. As I do not fit the stereotypical “mould” of what an… Too white, too… Read More »

Scottish Episcopal Church votes to allow same-sex marriage

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The Scottish Episcopal Church has voted to allow same-sex couples to marry in church. Patrick McPartlin The Scotsman The historic ‘Yes’ vote will see the denomination become the first Anglican Church within the UK to allow gay couples to marry. The majority of the Anglican communion still oppose same-sex marriage. Ahead of the vote, the conservative Anglican group Global Anglican Future Conference said: “If this action is taken it… Scottish Episcopal Church… Read More »

‘Inspiring’ reporter and journalism educator Jill Singer dead at 60

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Journalist Jill Singer has died at the age of 60 The award-winning reporter, who also taught scores of journalists while at RMIT University, was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder earlier this year. Broede Carmody Michael Lallo The Sydney Morning Herald Her family announced her death on Facebook, remembering her as a “bright life who made a difference”. Former students have flocked to her Facebook page to leave tributes, remembering her as an… ‘Inspiring’ reporter and… Read More »

Melbourne lawyers act out

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A group of Victorian lawyers are set to star in a thought-provoking play. Tom Lodewyke LawyersWeekly The barristers, solicitors and in-house counsel will perform in BottledSnail Productions’ A Conversation. The play, written by Australian playwright David Williamson, presents a “moving and dramatic” mediation between the family of a young woman, who was raped and murdered, and the family of her… Melbourne lawyers act… Read More »

Commencement speaker warns graduates: ‘You are entering a low social esteem, often thankless, profession’

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Commencement speeches are, by and large, moments when a speaker tries to “uplift” graduating students with hopeful expectation for the… Valerie Strauss The Washington Post By his own admission, speaker Elias Vlanton did something a bit different Friday, when he delivered the address to graduates of the Master of Arts in Teaching program at St. Mary’s College of… [The greatest commencement speech ever] Vlanton, who taught social studies in… Commencement speaker warns… Read More »