Arts & Culture

Yusra Mardini delights with butterfly heat win for Refugee Olympic Team

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There will be plenty of inspiring swims in the Rio pool this week but few to match the personal odyssey completed by Yusra Mardini on the opening day of competition. Last year the Syrian teenager was battling in the sea for survival with fellow asylum seekers while trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos. To go from there to winning the opening heat of the 100m butterfly at the Olympic Games is the ultimate illustration of drawing strength from ... Read More »

Why Self-Help Guru James Altucher Only Owns 15 Things

It was around 10 a.m. on a sun-drenched summer morning, and James Altucher, perhaps the world’s least likely success guru, was packing his worldly possessions, about 15 items, into a small canvas carry-on bag. “If I were to die, my kids get this bag,” Mr. Altucher said sardonically as he packed away his laptop, iPad, three sets of chinos, three T-shirts and a Ziploc bag filled with $4,000 worth of $2 bills (“People always remember… Source: Why Self-Help Guru James ... Read More »

Teach teenagers about sexting and not how to preserve their virtue

Casual sex is the new normal and teenagers are not being armed with the tools to deal with it.. Netflix and chill, shift, dank, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, bae and fam: buzz words for the modern teenager. The language is changing so rapidly that parents are googling the urban dictionary But how different is 2016 teenage etiquette? Source: Teach teenagers about sexting and not how to preserve their virtue Read More »

Syria’s secret library

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When a place has been besieged for years and hunger stalks the streets, you might have thought people would have little interest in books. Mike Thomson BBC But enthusiasts have stocked an underground library in Syria with volumes rescued from bombed buildings – and users dodge shells and bullets to reach it. Down a flight of steep steps, as… Syria’s secret… Read More »

Mainstream News Media Culture Gives Progressive Ideas No Chance

And you thought our parliament was toxic. Trying consuming our mainstream media. James Rose looks at the decline of progressive ideas in a fetid sea of sensationalism. Many are looking with trepidation across a world which seems filled with hate and self-loathing, a dangerous place not fit for sensible people. While we can make our judgements on the… Source: Mainstream News Media Culture Gives Progressive Ideas No Chance – New Matilda Read More »

Israel Knesset’s Education, Culture, and Sports Committee Recognizes Armenian Genocide

Urges Israeli Government to Also Formally Recognize the Crime JERUSALEM, Israel (A.W.)—Israel’s Knesset’s (Parliament) Education, Culture, and Sports Committee announced on Aug. 1 that it recognized the Armenian Genocide and urged the government to formally acknowledge the crime as such. “It is our moral obligation to recognize the Armenian genocide,” said committee chair Yakov Margi… Source: Israel Knesset’s Education, Culture, and Sports Committee Recognizes Armenian Genocide | Armenian Weekly Read More »

The best cities in the world for book lovers

The streets of Edinburgh and Hong Kong are overflowing with books. Istanbul and Singapore, less so. Every year the World Cities Culture Forum collects information on how people consume culture around the world. The organization looks at… Source: The world’s cities with the most bookstores and libraries per capita — Quartz Read More »

Harvard Bioscience spends $1.7M on embezzlement investigation

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SAM BONACCI Harvard Biosceince has so far put $1.66 million into a forensic investigation, according to the company’s financial report in which a loss of $700,000 was reported for the first two quarters of the year. The company had undertaken an investigation of a possible embezzlement of less than $50,000 from a subsidiary company in March… Source: Harvard Bioscience spends $1.7M on embezzlement investigation | WBJournal.com Read More »

Normandy attack: France aims to prevent ‘war of religions’

François Hollande to meet faith leaders after murder of priest by Islamic State supporters.. Lara Marlowe Paris Correspondent President François Hollande will meet leaders of all French religious communities this morning in the hope of preventing a war of religion after… Source: Normandy attack: France aims to prevent ‘war of religions’ Read More »

Nigeria pastor arrested for chaining up son for ‘stealing’

Nigerian police arrest a church pastor, accused of keeping his nine-year-old son chained up for more than a month as a punishment for stealing.. Police say they rescued the boy and arrested Pastor Francis Taiwo after a tip-off in the town of Ota in south-western Ogun State… Source: Nigeria pastor arrested for chaining up son for ‘stealing’ – BBC News Read More »

Turkey president Erdogan: Women are not equal to men

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says women cannot be treated as equal to men, and accuses feminists of rejecting motherhood.. “You cannot put women and men on an equal footing,” he told a meeting in Istanbul. “It is against nature.” Source: Turkey president Erdogan: Women are not equal to men – BBC News Read More »

Australia once banned Catholics from mass and vilified the Irish. Haven’t we learned anything?

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As an Irish Australian, Nick Earls says that when it comes to distinguishing cultural difference from threat, ‘we should be better at this by now’ Nick Earls The Guardian I was passing through airport security somewhere in North America in October 2001 when I realised it: I was no longer the face of terrorism, and… Australia once banned… Read More »

Leslie Jones Brags on TV About Getting Twitter Users Like Milo Yiannopoulos Banned

TV and movie star Leslie Jones went on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” last night and bragged about getting Twitter users — including alt-right firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos — banned from social network after a private meeting with CEO Jack Dorsey. Jones, a “Saturday Night Live” cast member who stars in the new all-femaleGhostbusters, was the target of Twitter trolls earlier this week. Milo Yiannopoulos found that he was suspended from Twitter on Monday night — permanently… Source: Leslie Jones Brags ... Read More »

Just how offensive did Milo Yiannopoulos have to be to get banned from Twitter?

On Tuesday night, Twitter permanently banned the conservative writer Milo Yiannopoulos as it cracked down on a wave of racist abuse targeting the “Ghostbusters” actor Leslie Jones. Twitter also told the Breitbart Tech writer, who is also one of the best-known figures among the Internet’s “alt-right,” that his account would not be restored. The permanent suspension is the social network’s strongest response against those who break its abuse and harassment policies, but we know very little about how Twitter decides ... Read More »

Turkish academics talk about living in fear: ‘It’s the final stage of a witch hunt’

After the coup attempt that failed to remove Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, the government has gone on the offensive against what it says is a vast network of plotters, which it calls a “parallel state” run by exiled cleric and Erdogan enemy Fethullah Gülen.. By Alberto Riva and Asli Pelit Some of the targets of the purge are pretty obvious, with thousands of military officers… Source: Turkish academics talk about living in fear: ‘It’s the final stage ... Read More »

China’s Muslims under threat of religious persecution

China’s president Xi Jinping, who has been accused of implementing draconian laws against religion since taking office in 2012, spoke directly to Chinese Muslims today – signifying a possible crackdown on a group that has so far avoided his harsh measures.. While visiting a mosque in the northwestern autonomous region of Ningxia, home to more than two million Muslims, Xi urged Chinese Muslims to practise their religion as part of Chinese society and “carry forward the patriotic tradition”… Source: China’s ... Read More »