Culture

Tough Russian Anti-Capitalist Literature

Imagine Moscow being taken over by some international corporate cartel. By a monster which has its own factories and office buildings, security services, private prisons, re-education (‘training’) centers, and its obedient mass media outlets. Imagine that it also has detailed databases on almost everyone who really matters in the capital… Source: Tough Russian Anti-Capitalist Literature Read More »

I’m not an emigrant who pines for Ireland; I’ve made another home abroad

I’m lucky to have two homes now, in Leitrim and South Africa Cian Mac Eochaidh in Johannesburg “You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” – Miriam Adeney I consider myself lucky… Source: I’m not an emigrant who pines for Ireland; I’ve made another home abroad Read More »

Saudi Arabian clerics declare Pokémon ‘un-Islamic’

The fatwa says franchise promotes ‘global Zionism’ but does not mention Pokémon Go.. Saudi Arabia’s top clerical body has renewed a 15-year-old edict that the Pokémon game franchise is un-Islamic, Saudi media said on Wednesday, although the fatwa made no mention of the successful new Pokémon Go mobile game… Source: Saudi Arabian clerics declare Pokémon ‘un-Islamic’ Read More »

Sonia Kruger responds to media storm, defends her right to comment on Muslim immigration

Television host Sonia Kruger has responded to the media storm caused by her comment thatshe would like to see Muslim immigration in Australia stopped in the interests of safety. The World Today By Sarah Sedghi She made the comment on Channel Nine yesterday in response to a column written by Andrew Bolt in News Corp papers about immigration policies and terrorism… Source: Sonia Kruger responds to media storm, defends her right to comment on Muslim immigration – ABC News (Australian ... Read More »

A Muslim get-out-the-vote group plans a flag initiative

The Canadian-Muslim Vote, a group established to encourage Muslims to cast ballots in elections, now hope to put a Canadian flag in front of every mosque.. John Geddes Jawad Rathore wants to see a big Canadian flag flying from a prominently positioned flagpole in front of every mosque in the country to send the simple message that Muslims are proud Canadians… Source: A Muslim get-out-the-vote group plans a flag initiative Read More »

What does this image tell us about Britain?

As the new Prime Minister Theresa May is photographed kneeling before the Queen, Kelly Grovier looks at a 16th-Century artwork that reveals as much as it hides.. After days of political tumult in Westminster, a single image of calm suddenly emerged on Wednesday evening from the inner sanctum of royal authority: The Queen granting private audience to a genuflecting Theresa May, who has succeeded David Cameron as prime minister of the United Kingdom. Easily dismissed as nothing more than a ... Read More »

How to find the centre of Canada

When we discovered our nation’s geographic middle was not where everyone thought it was, we had to go there. The spirit of Canada guided every step.. By Meagan Campbell I’m standing on Arctic tundra at the exact centre of Canada, wearing a stranger’s jacket, bearing a pebble from Parliament and whooping with glee with a helicopter pilot, a videographer, two Inuit guides and a dog named Diesel. Amid a metropolis of mosquitoes, I dig a Canadian flag into the moss ... Read More »

Racism is not human nature. A work of fiction can help us understand that

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Pauline Hanson’s racist vitriol is legitimised by commentators who urge us to listen to her. My new book When Michael Met Mina looks at other ways to dismantle racism.. The sheer weight of racist legacy and entrenched Islamophobic narratives was made clear to me all too often while researching Islamophobia, racism and multiculturalism in Australia… Source: Racism is not human nature. A work of fiction can help us understand that | Randa Abdel-Fattah | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Why Are American Jews Abandoning Israel?

The price of assimilation has been Jewish identity.. Dov Waxman, Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016) 328 pp., $29.95. ON APRIL 19, three days before this year’s start of Passover, the Jewish holiday celebrating the Israelites’ exodus from bondage in ancient Egypt, six protestors were arrested at the Boston office of AIPAC, “America’s pro-Israel lobby.” They had chained themselves to a mock Seder table. Their group, IfNotNow, claims to “seek an American ... Read More »

‘I am gay – but I wasn’t born this way’

Is sexuality purely the result of our biology? Brandon Ambrosino argues that simplistic explanations have ignored the fluid, shape-shifting nature of our desires.. By Brandon Ambrosino / Images by Ignacio Lehmann “You can’t be gay.” She was on top of me… Source: BBC – Future – ‘I am gay – but I wasn’t born this way’ Read More »

Creationism Banned From UK Schools

The United Kingdom government has banned the teaching of creationism as a scientific theory in free schools and academies, which are the equivalent of a ‘public’ school in the United State. The move was done in the interests of having a “broad and balanced curriculum,” according to UPI. The remarkable decision was part of a document published on June 9th that laid out new clauses for church academies and stated that creationism is not widely accepted as a scientific theory. ... Read More »

French Australian Preschool’s plea to safeguard its future

The French Australian Preschool is calling on the community to help raise a $1 million shortfall needed to safeguard its future. The privately run preschool and its vast outdoor play area hold 40 years of fond memories for thousands of graduates and 128 current students… Source: French Australian Preschool’s plea to safeguard its future Read More »

Thoughts on the sociology of Brexit

The geography reflects the economic crisis of the 1970s, not the 2010sIt became clear early on in the night that Leave had extraordinary levels of support in the North East, taking 70% of the votes in Hartlepool and 61% in Sunderland. It subsequently emerged that Wales had voted for Leave… Source: Thoughts on the sociology of Brexit – Political Economy Research Centre Read More »

Stolen Generation compensation, scholarship scheme among NSW Parliament recommendations

A New South Wales parliamentary inquiry into the Stolen Generations recommends the state set up a compensation scheme for survivors.. The Upper House committee reviewed the landmark 1997 report Bringing Them Home, which made 50 recommendations including the national apology delivered by former prime minister Kevin Rudd in 2008… Source: Stolen Generation compensation, scholarship scheme among NSW Parliament recommendations – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Mehdi Savari: Actor, Prisoner, And Improbable Star Of Manus Island

Famous throughout the camp and the island, Mehdi’s dramatic skills have provided solace to the men imprisoned in Australia’s detention centre. On the night locals attacked the compound, his reputation may also have saved his life. Behrouz Boochani, a journalist detained on Manus, reports. I had not met him yet. I had only heard… Source: Mehdi Savari: Actor, Prisoner, And Improbable Star Of Manus Island – New Matilda Read More »

‘When you talk, you heal’: Indigenous prison guards to help inmates rehabilitate

Ida Hanley knows she can help Canberra’s Indigenous inmates heal.. Her family, themselves ripped apart by the stolen generations, understand all too well the enduring pain and hurt that follow many Indigenous Australians into jail… Source: ‘When you talk, you heal’: Indigenous prison guards to help inmates rehabilitate Read More »