Biography

Simone Veil: French politician and Holocaust survivor dies

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The French politician, women’s rights champion and Holocaust survivor Simone Veil has died at the age of 89. BBC Best known in France for her instrumental role in legalising abortion in the 1970s, she went on to serve as the first president of an elected European… Ms Veil, a liberal, later re-entered French politics, returning to the cabinet in the 1990s. President Emmanuel Macron described her as “inspiring” and the… Simone Veil: French… Read More »

Father of abuse victims Anthony Foster

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Tributes are pouring in for Anthony Foster who became a tireless and high-profile advocate for child sexual abuse victims after his daughters were raped by a priest. Melissa Cunningham The Age Mr Foster, 64, died after suffering a stroke on Friday evening. He rose to national prominence after he publicly accused Cardinal George Pell of stalling the family’s compensation claim against the Catholic Church when he… Father of abuse… Read More »

Farewell John Clarke: in an absurd world, we have never needed you more

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It cannot be the final arkle! Surely the inventor of Dave Sorenson, greatest and most persistently injured of farnarklers, will rebuild himself for the next… Robert Phiddian  The Conversation Please tell me this is only the umlaut, and John Clarke will be back for the second… In our more than usually absurd world, we have never needed him… Farewell John Clarke… Read More »

His work for peace is what really matters

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Derry has been moved by many republican funerals through the decades of strife and conflict, but yesterday’s spectacle was bigger than any one tradition. Michael Cliffor Irish Examiner Martin McGuinness was seen off as a favourite son of this intimate city, rather than a republican leader. Divisions fell away… His work for… 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 »

John Berger, art critic and author, dies aged 90

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Booker-prize-winning author of titles including Ways of Seeing, G and A Painter of our Time had been living in Paris Mark Brown, Arts correspondent The Guardian John Berger, the Booker-prize-winning novelist and visionary writer who helped transform the way a generation looked at and perceived art, has died aged 90. Berger had a… John Berger, art… Read More »

Fidel Castro dead at 90, state television announced

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FORMER Cuban president Fidel Castro has died, Cuban state television has announced. News.com.au The revolutionary icon was aged 90. His brother, President Raul Castro announced… Fidel Castro dead at 90, state television… Read More »

Fidel Castro, Cuba’s leader of revolution, dies at 90

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Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former president and leader of the Communist revolution, has died aged 90, his brother has said. “The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening (03:29 GMT Saturday),” President Raul Castro said. Fidel Castro ruled Cuba as a… Fidel Castro, Cuba’s… Read More »

Belgian jazz great Toots Thielemans dies at 94

His breakthrough came in 1950 when he toured Europe with Benny Goodman. Belgian harmonica player Toots Thielemans also played with Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald. He passed away in Brussels…. Source: Belgian jazz great Toots Thielemans dies at 94 | Music | DW.COM | 22.08.2016 Read More »

John RWD Jones obituary

Human rights lawyer who helped ensure justice for some of the most demonised defendants.. The human rights barrister John RWD Jones devoted himself to helping those in peril in the courts. He was a leading architect of the nascent system of… Source: John RWD Jones obituary | Law | The Guardian Read More »

Hopes of Coexistence in Syria

Does Samar Yazbek’s diary of the Syrian civil war merely represent the dreams of an exile? By Frederick Deknatel In the spring and summer of 2011,
 Samar Yazbek, an outspoken Syrian writer and journalist in Damascus from a prominent Alawite family, kept a diary of… Source: Hopes of Coexistence in Syria | The Nation Read More »