Arts & Culture

Parliament awards Sakharov Prize to Yazidi women

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Murad Basee and Aji Bashar are advocates for the Yazidi community, the Parliament said. By CYNTHIA KROET Two Yazidi women, who have advocated the plight of survivors of horrific abuse by ISIL in Iraq, have been awarded the European Parliament’s 2016 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the… Parliament awards Sakharov… Read More »

Portrait of Antarctic explorer Syd Kirkby picked as people’s choice in Black Swan Prize

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A portrait of an Australian Antarctic explorer has won the People’s Choice Award at the 2016 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture. By Sam Bold Queensland artist Tom McBeth painted the portrait of WA explorer Syd Kirkby MBE and will pocket $7,500 in… Portrait of Antarctic… Read More »

The Road to a Treaty

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Our nation’s future lies in settling the demons of our past. A Treaty with Australia’s First Peoples is best path to get us there, writes Jeff McMullen. Jeff McMullen If you make the long journey to Possession Island, that jewel in the turquoise sea off the tip of Cape York, the folly of our past and the path to a brighter and… The Road to… Read More »

Rottnest Island: Black prison to white playground

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Today Rottnest Island, off Fremantle, is a popular holiday spot, but few realise the island’s dark past as a prison for Indigenous men. RN, By Kirsti Melville for Earshot Glen Stasiuk, a lecturer and Indigenous researcher at Murdoch University, was just a teenager when he first went camping with his mates on Rottnest Island — Wadjemup — in the… Rottnest Island: Black… Read More »

Sweden places ban on drone filming without surveillance permit

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If you were thinking of using a drone to document your travel to cities like Stockholm or Gothenburg, you will be disappointed to learn Sweden has now stopped your thumbs in their figurative tracks. The country’s Supreme Administrative Court has effectively banned personal drone filming, unless deemed to be for the purpose of… Sweden places ban… Read More »

The Silver Lining When Bill Leak Wins His Racial Discrimination Case

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You win some, you lose some. And New Matilda editor Chris Graham thinks Aboriginal Australia is about to lose small, but ultimately win big. By Chris Graham  In case you’ve been living under a rock, cartoonist for The Australian newspaper, Bill Leak is being taken to the… The Silver Lining… Read More »

The other Bob Dylan

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Dylan’s silence and support for the Israeli oppressor makes a mockery of his stature as an “angry humanitarian”. by Ali Saad As the media hype surrounding Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize for Literature begins to fade away, the coverage – so far – appears to be concentrating only on one corner of the… The other Bob… Read More »

The Books My Dad Won’t Read? Mine

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Last November, a week after I had last seen him, my father passed out while sweeping the driveway (he’s the kind of man who sweeps the driveway, the kind of man who thinks something like passing out is caused by either having had too much coffee or not enough coffee), and within 24 hours of being admitted to the emergency room, he was told he had leukemia. By JENNINE CAPÓ CRUCET The doctors said that, without treatment, he… The Books ... Read More »

Small Island, Big Song: Musicians across oceans join together through a single song

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A man sits by the edge of a river in remote Taiwan, playing a song on a jaw harp. A month later, another man heads into a forest on the side of a volcano in his native Hawaii, hears the song and adds an extra percussive layer using a… Small Island, Big… Read More »

The Nobel Committee got it wrong: Ngugi wa Thiong’o is the writer the world needs now

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Every year I root for Ngugi wa Thiong’o to win the Nobel Prize for literature. By Rajeev Balasubramanyam * The Kenyan writer has been a favorite to win for years. This year, according to gambling site Ladbrokes, the odds were 4-to-1 in Ngugi’s favor, with Haruki Murakami second at 7-to-1, and Don DeLillo at 12-to-1. Had Murakami or… The Nobel Committee… Read More »

Review: Sonic Sea at the Environmental Film Festival

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The sounds of the sea are associated with tranquillity and relaxation. Gary Truong  Tracey Rogers People go to the beach to enjoy the soothing crash of ocean waves. But beneath the surface of the ocean, there is no peace and quiet for whales and dolphins. The increasing use of the… Review: Sonic Sea at… Read More »

Italy PM brands UNESCO Jerusalem vote ‘unacceptable’

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“It is incomprehensible and unacceptable, it was a mistake,” Renzi told Italian radio. World Bulletin / News Desk Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, on Friday described a UNESCO resolution condemning Israel’s actions in east Jerusalem as “incomprehensible and unacceptable” and said his officials should have voted… Italy PM brands… Read More »

Whisky industry loses battle over minimum drink price

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Doctors yesterday hailed a court ruling in favour of minimum pricing for alcohol claiming Scotland’s health would dramatically improve as a result of the measure to reduce heavy drinking. The Court of Session backed the Scottish Government’s controversial plans to impose a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol, taking a… Whisky industry loses… Read More »

Documentary film-makers face decades in prison for taping oil pipeline protests

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Deia Schlosberg and Lindsey Grayzel face felony charges that first amendment advocates say are part of a growing number of attacks on freedom of the press Sam Levin in San Francisco Two documentary film-makers are facing decades in prison for recording US oil pipeline protests, with serious felony charges that… Documentary film-makers… Read More »

In 887, Robert Lepage has built a memory palace out of theatr

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Robert Lepage’s autobiographical show at the Melbourne Festival, 887, is named for his childhood apartment building: 887 Avenue Murray in Quebec City. Lepage wrote, designed, directed and performed 887, but to call it a one-man show does not give enough credit to the equal performance of the… In 887, Robert… Read More »

As a Briton, I hang my head in shame. We must return the Parthenon marbles

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Now Amal Clooney has reignited the debate over the Parthenon’s crowning glory, it’s time we rectified a historic wrong. Helena Smith Reunite these ancient sculptures with their home Almost every day I take a walk around the… As a Briton, I… Read More »