Arts & Culture

#MyFreedomDay: Students stand up to slavery on March 14

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(CNN) – Right now, between 21 and 45 million people are trapped in slavery. At least 5.5 million of those are children. CNN Although slavery is outlawed in every country, criminals earn more than $150 Billion every year from enslaving people. But you can do… #MyFreedomDay: Students… Read More »

2017 isn’t ‘1984’ – it’s stranger than Orwell imagined

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The best selling book on Amazon is ‘1984’ – which was originally published in… John Broich Independent A historian from Case Western Reserve University considers how the novel resonates with today’s… A week after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, George Orwell’s “1984” is the best-selling book on… 2017 isn’t ‘1984… Read More »

‘Breaking News’ Artists Use Mass Media As Their Medium

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Breaking news is everywhere, 24 hours a day. Susan Stamberg npr And now, it’s made its way into an art gallery as well — in an exhibit called “Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media.” In Los Angeles, a Getty… ‘Breaking News’ Artists… Read More »

World’s Priciest Coffee Is Hand-Picked From Elephant Dung

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Ever since the Kopi Luwak craze began more than a decade ago, coffee connoisseurs have sought unusual ways to make the perfect brew. Adam Majendie Bloomberg Kopi luwak is an Indonesian coffee originally made from part-digested beans defecated by wild palm civets, the gastric process of the animal helping improve the taste of the coffee. But as the luwak… World’s Priciest Coffee… Read More »

How the Women of the Mormon Church Came to Embrace Polygamy

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A HOUSE FULL OF FEMALES Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870 By Laurel Thatcher Ulrich By BEVERLY GAGE The New York Times Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is a historian’s historian. For more than three decades, she has dazzled her profession with archival discoveries, creative spark and an ability to see “history” where it… Her most… How the Women… Read More »

The Science Of Gender: No, Men Aren’t From Mars And Women From Venus

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Testosterone Rex is extinct. Barbara J. King npr That’s the central conclusion of a fascinating new book by University of Melbourne psychologist Cordelia Fine. Testosterone Rex hit the… The Science Of Gender: No, Men… Read More »

The Irish novel that seduced the USSR

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The Gadfly, an English-language book barely known in the West became a sensation behind the Iron Curtain, writes Benjamin Ramm. Benjamin Ramm BBC News One of the most popular English-language novels of the 20th Century is almost unknown in the English-speaking world – a global phenomenon in translation, now neglected in its original form. The Gadfly, by Irish writer… The Irish novel that… Read More »

Sales of George Orwell’s 1984 surge after Kellyanne Conway’s ‘alternative facts’

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Comments made by Donald Trump’s adviser have been compared to the classic dystopian novel, pushing it to become the sixth best-selling book on… Guardian staff The Guardian Sales of George Orwell’s dystopian drama 1984 have soared after Kellyanne Conway, adviser to the reality-TV-star-turned-president, Donald Trump, used the… Sales of George… Read More »

Varmakalai – the ‘deadly’ art that’s dying

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Considered the ‘master’ of martial arts, varmakalai uses ‘vital spots,’ or pressure points, both to hurt and to heal. Its practitioners in southern India guard its secrets closely, even as the practice dwindles Anusha Venkat Asia Times A simple stroke of a trained finger can be lethal, according to practitioners of Varmakalai, which translates into English as “art of vital points.” Targeted at the right spot, or… Varmakalai – the ‘deadly’ art… Read More »

We must rescue Van Gogh from becoming a pop culture cliche

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Loving Vincent is a corny new biopic made from 62,450 hack oil paintings in Van Gogh’s style – and is an insult to the human struggle in his original works Jonathan Jones The Guardian Vincent van Gogh is peculiarly cursed to be travestied, misunderstood and reduced to a kitsch parody of himself. Look at the art section in… We must rescue Van Gogh from… Read More »

East Timor kicked out of 2023 Asian Cup for fake documents

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East Timor has been expelled from the 2023 Asian Cup for falsifying documents of several Brazilian-born footballers, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on… EuroSport Reuters The AFC launched a probe, in conjunction with FIFA, in June last year into the eligibility of certain players after qualifying matches for the… East Timor kicked… Read More »

Turkey Turns Church into Museum; Greece Builds New Mosque

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When one walks about Christians in Turkey, one tends to think of them as migrants who moved to the area after Muslims took over, or as if Muslims have always been the majority… Uzay Bulut The Gatestone Institute The truth is, Bilecik and the rest of AsiaMinor, which today has a tiny, dwindling… Turkey Turns Church… Read More »

The world’s best wildlife photography reveals a fragile, beautiful realm

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From a leopard slipping through a Mumbai alleyway to giant cuttlefish courting under the sea, the striking images featured in the current Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition are at once beautiful, technically astounding and, often… Mathew Berg Jessica Williams The Conversation Before the widening rupture… The world’s best… Read More »

Kosovan artists’ ‘Migrant Colors’ on show

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A collective exhibition titled ‘Migrant Colors’ is now on display in Istanbul, bringing together the works of six artists from Kosovo, displaying unique examples of their art Anadolu Agency Daily Sabah The “Migrant Colors” exhibition is now on in Beşiktaş, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Kosovo Prizren Culture and Solidarity Association (Kosova Prizrenliler Kültür ve Yardımlaşma Derneği). Hosted by the municipality of… Kosovan artists’ ‘Migrant Colors’ on… Read More »

The problem with photojournalism and Africa

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Why African photographers don’t get to tell African photo stories in Western media. M Neelika Jayawardane Al Jazeera News Whenever “Africa” is in the headline of mainstream US and European media sources, especially those that are highly regarded, I wince. I know the storyline is going to… The problem with photojournalism… Read More »

What’s HOT at the 2017 Midsumma Festival

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Now in it’s 30th year, the Midsumma Festival is Melbourne’s largest celebration of queer culture. With over 130 events held over a 3 week period – 2017 is ramping up to be one of the biggest… Arts Review Australian Arts Review takes a look at some events worth checking… A Night at the Musicals Fairfax Studio… What’s HOT at… Read More »