Arts & Culture

Story of cities #17: Canberra’s vision of the ideal city gets mired in ‘mediocrity’

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Chicago pacifist Walter Griffin’s design for Australia’s new capital promised so much – even German beer gardens. But when war broke out, his ideas were shunned by planners and politicians alike, and a more prosaic city emerged… Source: Story of cities #17: Canberra’s vision of the ideal city gets mired in ‘mediocrity’ | Cities | The Guardian Read More »

Hopes of Coexistence in Syria

Does Samar Yazbek’s diary of the Syrian civil war merely represent the dreams of an exile? By Frederick Deknatel In the spring and summer of 2011,
 Samar Yazbek, an outspoken Syrian writer and journalist in Damascus from a prominent Alawite family, kept a diary of… Source: Hopes of Coexistence in Syria | The Nation Read More »

Australia declares: I Stand with Lee Lin Chin

On Tuesday of this week, we wrote about the absurd campaign being waged against Gold Logie nominees Lee Lin Chin and Waleed Aly. But the day after, things got even more ridiculous with a piece written by News Corp’s Victoria Hannaford “six reasons why Waleed Aly shouldn’t win Gold”. Thankfully, the team behind SBS 2’s The… Source: Australia declares: I Stand with Lee Lin Chin | Daily Review: film, stage and music reviews, interviews and more Read More »

How to Preserve the Fragile Calm at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade

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A deceptive calm on Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade is unlikely to hold under pressure from the ongoing “third intifada”, widespread dissatisfaction among Palestinian youth and growing Jewish Temple activism. Bolstering the 1967 Status Quo arrangement remains crucial, but immediate attention must be on maintaining more recent understandings on access to the Esplanade as the religious… Source: How to Preserve the Fragile Calm at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade – International Crisis Group Read More »

Bangladesh activist Nazimuddin Samad hacked to death

The murder is the latest incident of aggression against secular bloggers and activists in the Muslim-majority country. A law student who posted pro-atheism comments on social media has been murdered, Bangladeshi police said, in the latest incident in a series of killings of secular activists and bloggers in the country… Source: Bangladesh activist Nazimuddin Samad hacked to death – AJE News Read More »

Historic land rights settlement ‘too late’ for many traditional owners

The big regret when one of the country’s longest-running and most hard-fought Aboriginal land claims moved close to settlement on Wednesday was that so many of the land owners had not lived to witness history being made. Almost four decades after lodging a claim for a huge tract of land on the Cox Peninsula, west of Darwin, surviving traditional owners joined with politicians to announce the terms for settlement… Source: Historic land rights settlement ‘too late’ for many traditional owners Read More »

Donald Trump and the Borderers

The Republican front-runner’s appeal seems rooted in a distinctive political culture—born in the British borderlands, and still flourishing in America’s southern highlands. Imagine a successful presidential candidate whose political style was “characterized by intensely personal leadership, charismatic appeals to his… Source: Donald Trump and the Borderers – The Atlantic Read More »

Fears As Gold Logie Might Go To Non-White Person

The mainstream media is in a panic today over fears that the coveted Gold Logie award might be given to someone who isn’t white.   Nominations of The Project’s Waleed Aly and The Feed’s Lee Lin Chin for the award have created ripples in the media as commentators struggle to deal with the notion that someone may be celebrated for their work even if they aren’t technically white and in some cases might controversially have an entirely different cultural background… ... Read More »

Web app helps public transport users decide whether they should pay their myki fine

Public transport users in Victoria caught without a valid myki ticket can now turn to their phone for instant advice. A new mobile-friendly website, mykifines.org.au, helps users decide whether to pay an on-the-spot penalty fare when confronted by a ticket inspector… Source: Web app helps public transport users decide whether they should pay their myki fine – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Inside the abandoned city of Pripyat, 30 years after Chernobyl – in pictures

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Tens of thousands were evacuated from the neighbouring city of Pripyat following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. Lynn Hilton visits the deserted city – and finds homes, schools and a fairground left to decay… Source: Inside the abandoned city of Pripyat, 30 years after Chernobyl – in pictures | Cities | The Guardian Read More »

Illegal faith schools pose no physical threat to children, claims Jewish leader

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Illegal Jewish faith schools may have operated with the tacit approval of the authorities because there was no space for their pupils in local state secondaries, the President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews has claimed. Jonathan Arkush stressed he did not “condone” illegal schools, but said there was no “serious evidence of mistreatment of children” despite claims of physical abuse, substandard education and school days of up to 14 hours… Source: Illegal faith schools pose no physical ... Read More »

When it comes to crime, Indigenous Australians and African Americans deserve a ‘sentencing discount’

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Except in cases of violent crime, the most disadvantaged and overrepresented offenders in the court system should automatically receive a reduction in sentencing. Sentencing criminals involves the deliberate infliction of suffering and pain. There are many ways of determining how much hardship should be… Source: When it comes to crime, Indigenous Australians and African Americans deserve a ‘sentencing discount’ | Mirko Bagaric | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Female chief in Malawi breaks up 850 child marriages and sends girls back to school

‘ Theresa Kachindamoto, the senior chief in the Dedza District of Central Malawi, wields power over close to 900,000 people… and she’s not afraid to use her authority to help the women and girls in her district. In the past three years, she has annulled more than 850 child marriages, sent hundreds of young women back to school to continue their education, and made strides to abolish cleansing… Source: Female chief in Malawi breaks up 850 child marriages and sends ... Read More »

Freedom of religion starts at home, Mr. Erdogan

The April 1 Metro article “A new community spirit” was right to highlight the controversy surrounding Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s participation in the opening of the Diyanet Center of America. But there’s another point to be made. The freedom of religion enshrined in the U.S… Source: Freedom of religion starts at home, Mr. Erdogan – The Washington Post Read More »

Mark Ruffalo among names calling for British Museum to drop BP sponsorship

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Artists, scientists and politicians sign letter to Guardian calling on museum to end ‘out of touch’ partnership with oil firm. Almost 100 prominent figures from the arts, science and politics are calling on the new director of the British Museum to drop BP as a commercial sponsor. In a letter to the Guardian, the museum is urged to abandon the “completely out… Source: Mark Ruffalo among names calling for British Museum to drop BP sponsorship | Culture | The Guardian Read More »

Cities for Everyone

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Remember when Ted Cruz tried to take Donald Trump down by accusing him of having “New York values”? It didn’t work, of course, mainly because it addressed the wrong form of hatred. Mr. Cruz was trying to associate his rival with social liberalism — but among Republican voters distaste for, say, gay… Source: Cities for Everyone – The New York Times Read More »