Arts & Culture

Israel suspends UNESCO ties over al-Aqsa resolution

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Israeli PM says UN body has lost its legitimacy by adopting resolution that rejected Jewish ties to the holy site. Israel has suspended cooperation with UNESCO a day after the United Nations cultural body passed a resolution that sharply criticised… Israel suspends UNESCO… Read More »

Explainer: are Bob Dylan’s songs ‘Literature’?

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Bob Dylan has won this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. The media has reported on this surprising choice by asking musicians, poets, and writers if Dylan’s songs are indeed “literature”. Irvine Welsh, the… Explainer: are Bob…  Read More »

Cave art: Etchings hailed as ‘Iberia’s most spectacular’

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Cave art as much as 14,500 years old has been pronounced “the most spectacular and impressive” ever discovered on the Iberian peninsula. About 50 etchings were found in the Basque town of Lekeitio. They include horses, bison, goats and – in a… Cave art: Etchings… Read More »

‘How could this happen in Australia?’: Cairns cafe worker responds to customer’s racial slur

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A Queensland cafe worker who was racially vilified by a customer who refused her assistance because of the colour of her skin, says she’s appalled that such an incident could still happen in Australia. By Peter Theodosiou Former refugee Josie Ajak, 20, was on shift last week at the busy Gloria Jeans cafe in central Cairns when a female customer refused her assistance, instead requesting her to ‘get a… * ‘How could this… Read More »

Girl under 15 married every seven seconds, says Save the Children

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One girl under the age of 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a new report by Save the Children. The study says girls as young as 10 are forced to marry much older men in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia. Save the… Girl under 15 married every seven… Read More »

How retro storytelling can help boost imaginative capacity

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Everyone loves a good story. It’s a vital part of human experience. There’s an element of story in just about every form of popular culture, and also in the sciences and arts. Faye Miller  Stories began as the earliest form of oral folklore shared around the campfire and have evolved into interactive e-books. There is now renewed appreciation of the… How retro… Read More »

Chinese Communist Party readies crackdown on Christianity

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China’s governing Communist Party is set to launch a nationwide crackdown on Christianity. Chinese Communist Party readies crackdown on Christianity – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Correspondents Report By China correspondent Matthew Carney Correspondent Matthew Carney travels through the country and speaks to churchgoers who are worried they could soon be arrested. The Communist Party has just enacted much tougher… Chinese Communist Party readies… Read More »

Not Just For Laughs: How Australian Satirists Are Undermining White Supremacist Patriarchy

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Diverse local comedians are making institutional racism and sexism laughable, writes Liam McLoughlin. By Liam McLoughlin  A thin layer of sludge has settled over the stagnant cesspool of Australian public discourse. This frothing film of conservative white men is granted unfettered access Not Just For Laughs: How Australian… Read More »

PNG villagers teach ancient practices to celebrate culture, protect environment

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Some of Papua New Guinea’s most isolated villagers are being encouraged to celebrate their culture to balance the negative impacts of resource extraction and development. By Papua New Guinea correspondent Eric Tlozek Dancing, costume-making and natural oil harvesting have all been demonstrated at one of PNG’s most remote cultural events — the… PNG villagers teach ancient practices to… Read More »

When race and class collide, the biggest challenge is using your voice

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For a new series from the Australia Indonesia Centre, four writers and thinkers – two Australian (Alice Pung and Susan Carland), two Indonesian (Leila Chudori, Eliza Vitri Handayani – were invited to reflect on key issues facing their societies • Read more about the Australia Indonesia Essay Series Alice Pung When you are seven months pregnant, your husband and… When race and class collide, the… Read More »

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: When my time comes, I want the option of an assisted death

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Throughout my life, I have been fortunate to have spent my time working for dignity for the living. By Desmond Tutu I have campaigned passionately for people in my country and the world over to have their… Archbishop Desmond Tutu: When my time comes, I want… Read More »

On National Poetry Day we should be championing the artform’s diversity

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Despite women and people of colour dominating poetry slams, it’s still white men who get most of the paying gigs and festivals Bridget Minamore When it comes to the diverse range of people championing poetry in the UK, we seemingly have a lot to celebrate this National Poetry… On National Poetry Day we should be championing the… Read More »

Read With Raf October: The Fighter by Arnold Zable

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The Read With Raf book for October is Arnold Zable’s ‘The Fighter’, a biography of Henry Nissen, champion boxer and youth social worker. Grab the book from your local library, or buy a copy from your local bookstore and read along with Raf and Alicia Sometimes this month. Author Arnold Zable is an award-winning Australian writer and storyteller, who garnered widespread acclaim for his 1991 memoir ‘Jewels and… Read With Raf… Read More »

Ode to Lesbos, the villagers who helped refugees – in pictures

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Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Daniel Etter, whose images from Kos touched the hearts of millions last year, returned to Greece this September to photograph the islanders who feature in the new documentary short Ode to Lesvos, created by Johnnie Walker® to shine a light on the inspirational acts of compassion shown in response to the refugee crisis. Daniel Etter Ode to Lesbos, the villagers who helped… Read More »

I’ve fought my whole life for secularism – I know that banning the burkini makes no sense

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The great French scholar of secularism Jean Baubérot said that a secular state does not discriminate against people on the grounds of their religion or non-religious worldview.. Andrew Copson Independent Today judges in France will rule on the legality of the burkini ban which has been enforced across 26 towns on the grounds that the… I’ve fought my… Read More »

Japanese politicians wear ‘pregnancy’ vests to urge men to help at home

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In Japan, where women do five times as much housework as men, three male politicians have donned “pregnancy” vests in a campaign urging men to help out more at home. TOKYO – Reuters In a video titled “The Governor is a Pregnant Woman,” the three men, all governors of southwestern prefectures, put on a 7.3 kilogram (16 pound) vest that simulates a… Source: Japanese politicians wear ‘pregnancy’ vests to urge men to help at home – ASIA Read More »