Arts & Culture

Al-Jazeera network to slash 500 staff

Qatar’s al-Jazeera broadcasting network is laying off about 500 employees or more than 10 per cent of its staff, reflecting financial pressures on the tiny Gulf state due to low global prices for oil and natural gas. Most of those affected are based at its Doha headquarters, according to Sunday’s statement from the network, which is controlled by Qatar’s royal family… Source: Al-Jazeera network to slash 500 staff Read More »

Recognising cultural differences is not racism

Australians would rather celebrate their similarities than discuss what sets them apart – and that’s dangerous. Comparing cultural traits in these politically correct times can elicit rebukes, but brushing over the differences can be even more costly. With more than a million migrants welcomed into… Source: Recognising cultural differences is not racism Read More »

Two Muslim families entrusted with care of holy Christian site for centuries

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Jerusalem (CNN)The key to one of Christianity’s holiest sites is held by a Muslim family, and it has been for centuries. By Oren Liebermann, CNN This is more than just tradition. It is the very essence of Jerusalem, part of what makes the Old City’s cultural and religious history so special. We meet Adeeb Joudeh at the Jaffa Gate to the… * Two Muslim families… Read More »

Economy rests on Christian foundations

I can’t think why, but Easter always reminds me of Christianity. Not, of course, that Christianity has anything to do with the grubby, materialist world of economics. Or does it? Australia is the most unbelieving it has ever been, with the most recent census saying that only 61 per cent people identify themselves as even nominally Christian… Source: Economy rests on Christian foundations Read More »

This is why Finland has the best schools

The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, “Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just about the opposite of what we are doing in the United States.”. Following his recommendation, I enrolled my seven-year-old son in a primary school in Joensuu. Finland, which is about as far east as you can go in the European Union before you… Source: This is why Finland has the best schools Read More »

Emaar’s Dubai Opera to open doors in Downtown Dubai this year

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The city’s first purpose-built multi-format performing arts theatre, Dubai Opera overlooks the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain. Emaar Properties will mark the inauguration of its iconic ‘Dubai Opera’ in Downtown Dubai, with a spectacular line-up of world-class performances later this year. The city’s first purpose-built multi-format… Source: Emaar’s Dubai Opera to open doors in Downtown Dubai this year – Khaleej Times Read More »

Japanese history textbooks come under fire

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By Todd Crowell TOKYO China and South Korea have both officially protested new history textbooks that emphasize Japan’s control over disputed islands — yet another irritant in Tokyo’s relations with its near neighbors. The new textbooks designated for first- and second-year high school students, which… Source: Japanese history textbooks come under fire Read More »

‘You play football with your head, and your legs are there to help you’: Johan Cruyff in quotes

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The Dutch legend, who has died at the age of 68, came up with – and inspired – some of football’s most famous quotes. Cruyff on football “If I wanted you to understand it, I would have explained it better.” “Jack [Charlton] makes out he is not really interested in football, and tells the world he’s going… Source: ‘You play football with your head, and your legs are there to help you’: Johan Cruyff in quotes | Football | The ... Read More »

In the Face of Terrorism, Why it’s More Important Than Ever to Travel

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I woke up yesterday to the news that Brussels just suffered a massive terrorist attack, leaving upwards of 30 people dead and 200 people… Paige Smith The Huffington Post I felt a piercing sadness, I was horrified, and yet I wasn’t… I wasn’t shocked because this devastating news comes just over three months after the world was rocked by ghastly ISIS terrorist attacks in… In the Face… Read More »

Narcissism Is Increasing. So You’re Not So Special.

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In the Greek myth, Narcissus falls in love with his reflection. Sure sounds like Instagram… Source: Narcissism Is Increasing. So You’re Not So Special. – The New York Times Read More »

Martin Luther King Jr. in dialogue with the ancient Greeks

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­ In “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” the soaring and chilling speech he delivered the day before his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. ponders the thought of life in other places and… Timothy Joseph  The Conversation Among other eras in history, he considers the prime of classical Athens, when he could have enjoyed the… Martin Luther King Jr. in… Read More »

How to Live Wisely

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Imagine you are Dean for a Day. What is one actionable change you would implement to enhance the college experience on campus? RICHARD J. LIGHT The New York Times I have asked students this question for years. The answers can be eye-opening. A few years ago, the responses began to move away from “tweak the history course” or “change the… How to Live… Read More »

The history of British slave ownership has been buried: now its scale can be revealed

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A new BBC documentary tells how a trove of documents lays bare the names of Britain’s 46,000 slave owners, including relatives of Gladstone and… The Guardian The Observer David Olusoga The past has a disconcerting habit of bursting, uninvited and unwelcome, into the… This year history gate-crashed modern America in… The history of… Read More »

Sharia 101: a user’s guide for Jacqui La

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Dear Ms Lambie, I believe you may be having some difficulties with the meaning of Sharia law. Let me see if I can help… Jamila Hussain The Sydney Morning Herald The word Sharia in Arabic means a path or a way and is basically a pathway for Muslims to follow to live their lives in accordance with… It is broader than the usual Western concept of law as it includes religious duties such as prayer and… Sharia 101: a… Read More »

My life of hell in an Afghan harem

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Naive and in love, I married a man from Kabul — only to discover the horrible life of a fundamentalist Muslim wife. Phyllis Chesler New York Post Phyllis Chesler, 72, is a feminist scholar and a professor emerita of psychology and women’s studies at City University of New York. In her 14th book, “An American Bride in Kabul” (Palgrave… My life of… Read More »

Theo Angelopoulos: his best films – in pictures

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The Greek director, who died on Tuesday, was celebrated for his beautifully shot and uncompromisingly intellectual cinema. The Guardian Here we look back at his best-known films. Angelopoulos’s Landscape in the Mist is another parable of search without discovery. Two children sneak on board a… Theo Angelopoulos: his… Read More »