Arts & Culture

Why victims aren’t coming forward about forced marriages

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Since forced marriage was criminalised in March 2013, over 230 cases have been referred to the AFP, but advocates say this number does not reflect the real number at risk. Sandra Siagian ABC They are calling for more measures to be introduced to protect victims and provide a safe space for them to come forward. No prosecutions here — why? Since the criminalisation of forced marriage in Australia, there have been no successful prosecutions. Commander Lesa Gale, who heads the ... Read More »

Is Our Wealth and Privilege Making Us Miserable?

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Psychologist Adam Blanch considers why so many Australians are anxious despite being safer, wealthier, more privileged and more educated than ever before. Adam Blanch ProBono “Dear Adam, I am interested in your perspective. I look around and think as a society that we have more than we have ever had, but everyone seems more anxious and more depressed than ever before. What do you think is going on?” – Anon Dear Anon, I have had the privilege of living in ... Read More »

To design safer parks for women, city planners must listen to their stories

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The rape and murder of aspiring comedian Eurydice Dixon in an inner-city Melbourne park – while deeply shocking – is part of an avalanche of gendered violence perpetrated against women in cities every day. Dr. Nicole Kalms The Conversation Nothing can protect women from the random acts of violence committed by some men but engaging with the stories of women and girls is crucial for making cities safer. Planners, architects, the police and politicians need to put aside the traditional ... Read More »

How Native American food is tied to important sacred stories

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The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling, on June 11, that asked Washington state to remove culverts that block the migration of salmon. Rosalyn R. LaPier The Conversation The ruling has significant implications for Northwest Coast tribes, whose main source of food and livelihood is salmon. The legal decision stems from the 1855 Stevens treaties when Northwest Coast tribes retained the “right to take fish” from their traditional homelands. Fighting to protect salmon habitat, however, is more than ... Read More »

SA’s ethnic schools to expand under languages initiative

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South Australia’s ethnic schools network will be expanded to allow more students to study secondary language into Year 12 as part of a suite of measures announced by the… Stephanie Richards InDaily Education Minister John Gardner said the government was working with the state’s Ethnic Schools Association to ensure more schools offered out-of-school-hours language programs beyond the… As InDaily previously reported, the proportion of South Australian students choosing to study a language in Year 12 has fallen by more than half in ... Read More »

Illegal trade in antiquities: a scourge that has gone on for millennia too long

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Looting of artefacts has always been a sign of military might or economic power. Evangelos Kyriakidis The Conversation Over millennia, conquering generals would take away with them trophies to adorn their cities. In more recent centuries, the wealthy upper classes would make “grand tours” of classical sites and acquire – through whatever means – anything from vases to statues to entire temple friezes to show off at… Owning a piece of antiquity was seen as demonstrating wealth, a love of ... Read More »

MoMA at NGV is a landmark exhibition – rich, dazzling and profoundly visually exciting

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The 15th Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, is the gallery’s biggest, grandest event in this series – and is almost guaranteed to be the… Sasha Grishin The Conversation It is an exhibition where all of the big names are present – Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Lyubov’ Popova, Piet Mondrian, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Roy ... Read More »

Édouard Louis: ‘I want to be a writer of violence. The more you talk about it, the more you can undo it’

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His debut about his violent childhood was an international sensation. Now the French author has written a novel about being brutally assaulted Angelique Chrisafis The Guardian In the lonely, shell-shocked days after Édouard Louis was raped and almost killed in his Paris flat in 2012 – as he sat through tense interviews with police officers or scrubbed his home to get rid of his attacker’s smell – he felt the urgent need to write about it. “I had told the police my story,” says the ... Read More »

Welcome to the Ramsay Centre for the Cheering on of Western Civilisation

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If only students at Australian universities could study stuff like Shakespeare, Latin and the scourge of ball tampering, they wouldn’t need us. The Guardian First Dog on the Moon … Read More »

Forced marriage convictions are welcome but for many victims stigma is still judge and jury

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In the four years since a change in the law regarding forced marriages in England and Wales, there have been two cases where parents have been convicted of forcing their daughters to marry by taking them out of the… Geetanjali Gangoli The Conversation One case, in Birmingham in May 2018, involved taking a daughter to Pakistan, the other – in Leeds, also in May 2018 – involved a couple luring their daughter to Bangladesh for a… These were the first ... Read More »

Europe’s youth wave

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The average EU leader is now under 50, with populists leading a generational shift. We map the new crop and the crumbling center. Ryan Heath Politico In 2018 European politics it’s hip to be young, male and railing against the establishment. While many expected the Continent’s economic crisis to upend the political order, the backlash took longer to build, and unfurled itself at the ballot box rather than the street, starting with the election of then 40-year-old Alexis Tsipras in… ... Read More »

Religious freedoms should include spiritual beliefs too

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Nearly a third of Australians at the last census checked “None” when asked about their religion, up from 19% in 2006. What many people might not realise is that while some “Nones” are indeed atheists or agnostics, a substantial percentage do have faith. Jeremy Patrick The Conversation It’s just not in mainstream religion as we generally understand it. The number of people identifying as “spiritual but not religious” appears to be rising in the western world. A 2017 McCrindle report ... Read More »

Kamila Shamsie wins Women’s prize for fiction for ‘story of our times’

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Home Fire, which reworks Sophocles’ Antigone to tell the story of a British family caught up by Isis, takes £30,000 award Alison Flood The Guardian Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire, which reworks Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone to tell the story of a British Muslim family’s connection to Islamic State, has won the Women’s prize for fiction, acclaimed by judges as “the story of our times”. The British Pakistani author’s seventh novel riffs on the ancient Greek play in which Antigone is forbidden ... Read More »

The art of healing: five medicinal plants used by Aboriginal Australians

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People have lived in Australia for at least 65,000 years. In all those generations the land provided original Australians with everything they needed for a healthy life. Beth Gott The Conversation At least half the food eaten by the first Australians came from plants, and it was the task of women to collect them. Fruits, seeds and greens were seasonal, but roots could usually be dug up all year round, because the earth acted as a natural storage cupboard. The ... Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn vows to give Elgin Marbles back to Greece

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Jeremy Corbyn has promised to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece if he is elected prime minister. The Times Speaking to a leading Athens newspaper, the Labour leader urged Theresa May to begin “constructive discussions” with Greece to repatriate the ancient masterpieces, which have been in the British Museum since they were removed from the Parthenon by the 7th Earl of Elgin in the early 19th century. He told Ta Nea: “As with everything stolen or removed from a country ... Read More »

Michael Pollan Drops Acid — and Comes Back From His Trip Convinced

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Michael Pollan has long been concerned with the moral dilemmas of everyday life. Tom Bissell The New York Times “Second Nature,” his first book, was ostensibly about gardening, but really about ways to overcome our alienation from the natural world. “A Place of My Own,” his second, chronicled the “radically unhandy” Pollan’s construction of his writing studio. “The Botany of Desire,” his third and possibly greatest book, put him back in the garden, though in a more global state of ... Read More »