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 »

Harper Lee, elusive author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ is dead at 89

Her novel, one of the most cherished books of all time, was her only published book — until the sensational release of “Go Set a Watchman.”… Source: Harper Lee, elusive author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ is dead at 89 – The Washington Post Read More »

Scalia Changed the Course of American Law

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Antonin Gregory Scalia has died. For some, it is the painful loss of a husband or father. For those who knew him, it is the loss of a good friend. For law students, it is the loss of a justice who wrote opinions with rigorous analysis, clarity of expression, and at times an acerbic wit. The National Interest – Paul J. Larkin Jr. * For conservatives, it is the loss of a standard-bearer and icon. For liberals, it is the loss of ... Read More »

Dimitris Tsaloumas and the Music of the Unseen

‘The poetry of Dmitris Tsaloumis, who died earlier this month, will be read time and again by young poets who want to feel the otherness of poetic language or experience the otherness within the poetic language. His translingualism is the home of contemporary sensitivity: “I arrived on time though I had no address,” he says one of his poems. He reached Australian poetry at the right moment, when a poetic regime change was necessary and desired. In his best poems, ... Read More »

George Jonas, one of the finest

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My friend, George Jonas, died Sunday age 80. He was one of the finest writers I ever read and, undoubtedly, the finest I ever knew personally. Toronto Sun – BY LORNE GUNTER On his passing, George’s son Alexander said “He lived to find the right word, the right turn of phrase and the music in his writing.” I can think of no more apt way to describe George’s style. His words had the power of hammers, but the touch of feathers. His columns ... Read More »

‘I’m still there, in my dreams’: Thomas Blatt, survivor of daring escape from Nazi death camp, dies

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Thomas Toivi Blatt was certain he would die on the evening of October 14, 1943. Sarah Kaplan He was 16 years old, orphaned, Jewish, a prisoner of the Nazis at one of their brutal death camps, Sobibor. And he was about to take part in one of the most daring revolts of concentration camp captives, one that nearly every participant knew was doomed. “We had no dreams of liberation,” Blatt later wrote. “We hoped merely to destroy the camp and to die from bullets rather than from gas. ... Read More »

A sad day for our Europa Donna Cyprus family

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Today is a sad day for our Europa Donna Cyprus family. We lost one of our founding members and member of our Board for the last 15 years, Eleni Kourri, our Nitsa. I choose to write this in English to share this sad news with our Europa Donna European family as Nitsa was an active ED member attending the advocacy training, all the Pan European conferences, and was one of the first Cypriot women who spoke out for women with ... Read More »

C. K. Williams in The New Yorker

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The poet C. K. Williams, who died on Sunday, at the age of seventy-eight, published his first poem in The New Yorker nearly fifty years ago. The New Yorker – By David Haglund * It ran in the April 2, 1966, issue, and was titled, “The World’s Greatest Tricycle Rider.” It begins: The world’s greatest tricycle rider is in my heart, riding like a wildman, no hands, almost upside down, along the walls and over the high curbs and stoops, his bell rapid-firing, ... Read More »

Remembering EL Doctorow, the conscience of the USA

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Novelist EL Doctorow has died in a Manhattan hospital from complications of lung cancer. He was 84. The Conversation – Michael Wutz * He was the recipient of many distinguished literary prizes, among them the National Book Award, two National Books Critics Circle Awards, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Humanities Medal, and most recently, the Library of Congress Prize for American fiction. Shortly after the news of ... Read More »

Sir Nicholas Winton, rescuer of 669 Jewish children during the Holocaust, dead at 106

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“Who’s helping the children?” Emily Langer That was the question that Nicholas Winton, a 29-year-old English stockbroker, asked when he found himself in Prague in 1938. As war loomed in Europe, humanitarian groups had initiated efforts to aid Jews, political refugees and other groups endangered by Hitler’s advancing threat. But Winton found no such effort under way specifically for the children of Czechoslovakia. I knew that for every Jewish child safely deposited on the platform that day, there were hundreds ... Read More »

Obituary Tariq Aziz

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Tariq Aziz, former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq has passed away. Twelve years of suffering in Iraqi jails have ended and he can finally  rest in peace. The Brussells Tribunal – by Hans von Sponeck & Denis Halliday * Unwell, deprived of adequate medical help and abandoned by the outside world, he was held hostage by Iraqi governments following the illegal invasion of Iraq by the US and the UK governments in 2003. Tariq Aziz was needed by a struggling authority as ... Read More »

‘King of the Blues’ Blues Legend B.B. King Dead at Age 89

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LAS VEGAS – B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. AP – ABC News – By KEN RITTER Associated Press His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. PDT. He said funeral arrangements were underway. Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg ... Read More »

Fraser didn’t move left, the party moved right

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Vale Malcolm Fraser, I didn’t know him well. Who did, really, outside his family? But if I may one brief personal reminiscence, it is of the last time I saw him to speak to for more than a few minutes, about a decade ago when I spoke at the opening dinner of the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival. The Sydney Morning Herald – Peter FitzSimons It was a time when John Howard’s government was at its furthest extreme and I finished the ... Read More »

Malcolm Fraser obituary

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Former Australian prime minister came to power in controversial circumstances after the dismissal of the Whitlam government but became a vocal proponent for progressive causes The Guardian – Christopher Zinn The Australian politician Malcolm Fraser, who has died aged 84, transformed himself from the patrician Liberal behind the historic dismissal of the Labor government in 1975 to a vocal proponent for progressive causes often at odds with his own party. He became increasingly estranged from former colleagues, with views, and latterly ... Read More »

Fraser’s politics didn’t shift much after 1975, but the rest of Australia’s did

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Malcolm Fraser’s commitment to human rights never changed – the rest of the country shifted so far right he seemed to undergo a transformation The Guardian – Julian Burnside Malcolm Fraser died in the early hours of 20 March, 2015. He was 84. He will be missed by millions of Australians. In the couple of hours after his death was announced, I received messages of grief and condolence from many people who have always associated themselves with Labor. It’s a remarkable ... Read More »

Journalist chronicled contribution of Greeks to building the nation

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Kosta Nikolopoulos Journalist, Greek community activist 16-11-1947 – 16-1-2015 Political journalist Kostas Nikolopoulos, who has died in Melbourne aged 67, was one of the most influential and respected voices of Melbourne’s Greek community, and an elder statesman of ethnic media in Australia. He was a tireless community activist whose contribution to public life transcended the pages of the Greek-language newspaper Neos Kosmos, where was deputy editor for the past 20 years. The Age – Victoria Kyriakopoulos and Fotis Kapetopoulos In a ... Read More »