Arts & Culture

Why the nude still shocks

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A new exhibition explores art’s long fascination with the naked form. BBC By Sam Rigby Why do representations of the human body continue to cause controversy? Sam Rigby finds out. Why the nude… Read More »

A 1,000-year-old promise of peace

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Two Muslim families hold the keys to the doors of Jerusalem’s holiest church in order to keep the peace between three feuding Christian denominations. BBC By Sara Toth Stub On a recent Sunday morning, Adeeb Jawad Joudeh Al Husseini was sitting on a bench just inside the… A 1,000-year… Read More »

Fidel Castro dead at 90, state television announced

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FORMER Cuban president Fidel Castro has died, Cuban state television has announced. News.com.au The revolutionary icon was aged 90. His brother, President Raul Castro announced… Fidel Castro dead at 90, state television… Read More »

Fidel Castro, Cuba’s leader of revolution, dies at 90

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Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former president and leader of the Communist revolution, has died aged 90, his brother has said. “The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening (03:29 GMT Saturday),” President Raul Castro said. Fidel Castro ruled Cuba as a… Fidel Castro, Cuba’s… Read More »

‘There’s definitely a global movement to eradicate women’s rights’: Garbage singer Shirley Manson

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Shirley Manson, frontwoman of 90s indie band Garbage, is bewildered. ABC Monique Schafter “Why any woman would want to divorce themselves from the idea of equality is beyond my understanding,” she told 7.30. She is reflecting on the current state of… ‘There’s definitely a global movement to… Read More »

Lawren Harris painting goes for record $11.2 million

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Auction house estimated Harris 1926 oil canvas painting “Mountain Forms” would go for $3-$5 million. By LAUREN LA ROSE The Canadian Press The Lawren Harris painting Mountain Forms smashed a Canadian art record in Toronto on Wednesday night by selling for just over $11.2 million, more than double the… Lawren Harris painting… Read More »

Why female genital mutilation still exists in modern Singapore

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Female genital mutilation is carried out by communities around the world. But though it is not commonly associated with modern, cosmopolitan Singapore, it is quietly happening all the time, as the BBC’s Yvette Tan writes. By Yvette Tan BBC News Zarifah Anuar didn’t find out she had been circumcised as a child until she was 23. She was just two weeks old when her… Why female genital… Read More »

Turkey Converts Hagia Sophia to MosqueTurkey Converts Hagia Sophia to Mosque

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This is how the minds of Islamic supremacists seem to work: If you want churches to remain churches, it means you are “disturbed by the Koran or Islamic prayers,” and you disrespect or “insult” Islam. by Robert Jones According to Islamic scriptures, those who “insult” Islam or its prophet Muhammad are to… Turkey Converts Hagia… Read More »

Humans arrived in Australian interior 49,000 years ago, archaeologists believe

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Site yields artefacts including tools and a bone from huge wombat-like creature that indicate humans activity 10,000 years earlier than previously thought Nicola Davis Humans arrived in the arid interior of Australia 10,000 years earlier than previously thought, archaeologists working at a… Humans arrived in… Read More »

Italy’s earthquake affects us all – theirs is a cultural richness like no other

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The basilica of St Benedict in Norcia has been destroyed by Italy’s latest earthquake – and it is deeply sad to see such rich history trashed by nature Jonathan Jones Buildings are not people. It is an immense mercy that, so far as is currently known, there were no fatalities in the… Italy’s earthquake affects… Read More »

The secret of how life on Earth began

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Today life has conquered every square inch of Earth, but when the planet formed it was a dead rock. How did life get started? By Michael Marshall How did life begin? There can hardly be a bigger question. For… The secret of… Read More »

The escaped American slave who felt an equal man in Edinburgh

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It was after arriving in Scotland that former plantation slave Frederick Douglass was made to feel like an equal man for the first time. Frederick Douglass arrived in arrived in Edinburgh in 1846, eight years after escaping the brutal regime of his owner on a plantation in Maryland, and… The escaped American… Read More »

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 »