Obituary

Entwining Tales of Time, Memory and Love

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The Magus of magical realism, Gabriel García Márquez — who died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City, at the age of 87 — used his fecund imagination and exuberant sleight of hand to conjure the miraculous in his fiction: plagues of insomnia and forgetfulness, a cluster of magical grapes containing the secret of death, an all-night rain of yellow ... Read More »

Nikos Papadakis obituary

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During three decades as press attache and then head of the press office at the Greek Embassy in London, my father, Nikos Papadakis, became, in many ways, the voice of Greece in Britain. Nikos, who has died aged 68 after suffering a stroke, joined the embassy’s press office in 1976, serving as head of the London office from 1989 until ... Read More »

Maria von Trapp, of ‘Sound of Music’ fame, dead at 99

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The Trapp Family Singers, pictured in 1948, rehearse. From left they are Baroness Maria von Trapp and her daughters, Johanna, Eleanore, Agathe, Hedwig, Rosmary, Martina, and Maria. Daughter Maria Von Trapp died this week at age 99. (Baltimore Sun) STOWE, Vt. (AP) — Maria von Trapp, a member of the musical family whose escape from Nazi-occupied Austria was the basis ... Read More »

Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon dies after eight-year coma

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Death of Sharon, aged 85, comes as less of a shock to Israel than stroke that felled him at height of his premiership in 2006 Link to video: Ariel Sharon dies aged 85 Ariel Sharon, the controversial self-styled “warrior” who dominated Israel‘s military and political landscape for decades, has died eight years after a massive stroke left him in a ... Read More »

Peter O’Toole, star of Lawrence of Arabia, dies aged 81

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‘ Actor who shot to fame in David Lean’s 1962 masterpiece and received eight Oscar nominations has died in hospital in London ‘ Peter O’Toole in 2006: he received his eighth Oscar nomination the following year for his role in the film Venus. Photograph: Nigel Parry/AP The actor Peter O’Toole who found stardom in David Lean’s masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia, ... Read More »

Remembering the people who make rights meaningful

“Human rights are not embodied and protected by declarations, conventions or pieces of legislation; they are embodied and protected by people.” Human Rights Day 2013 falls on the day of Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in South Africa. Hina Jilani celebrates Mandela and the individuals like him who challenge injustice and safeguard the fundamental rights we all share. With the passing ... Read More »

A Tribute to Nelson Mandela

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‘ Multicultural Arts Victoria presents ‘ This Sunday the 15th of December, Melbourne will commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela from 6pm at St Pauls Cathedral followed by tributes and music at Federation Square from 7pm Valanga Khoza and The Royal Swazi Spa will present a concert of South African music and dance with a host of special guests. ‘Now ... Read More »

Statement on the Death of Nelson Mandela

The world has lost the most inspiring figure of the last century. Relentless in resistance, extraordinarily generous in victory, Nelson Mandela never put himself ahead of his ideals. He endured long imprisonment without bitterness. As South Africa’s president, he wielded great power but he never clung to it. He knew when to compromise, and when not to. His wisdom made ... Read More »

Adjunct professor dies penniless after teaching for 25 years

The September 1 death of Margaret Mary Vojtko, 83, an adjunct professor who taught French for 25 years at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, shines a spotlight on the deplorable conditions faced by adjunct professors nationwide and the crisis in higher education as a whole. As an adjunct professor, Ms. Vojtko was paid $3,000 to $3,500 per three-credit course she ... Read More »