Arts & Culture

Refugee artist detained on Manus Island wins international cartooning award

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Cartoonist Rights Network International says Mr Eaten Fish’s work pushes through secrecy surrounding detention centre Helen Davidson An Iranian man currently detained in the Manus Island detention centre has won an international cartooning award for courage… Source: Refugee artist detained on Manus Island wins international cartooning award | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn vows to reverse cuts and boost arts funding

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to reverse years of “systemic under-funding” for the arts as he launched his culture strategy in Edinburgh. By ANGUS HOWARTH Mr Corbyn said a Labour UK government under his leadership would restore £42.8 million in cuts made over the past six years… Source: Jeremy Corbyn vows to reverse cuts and boost arts funding – The Scotsman Read More »

Why is sexual harassment in the AFP systemic? And can the culture be changed?

A report released this week revealed widespread and entrenched sexual harassment and bullying in the ranks of the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Like similar reviews before it, the extent and severity of sexual harassment in the AFP was reported as “shocking”. The problem was also described as “systemic” and requiring significant “cultural reform”. Acknowledging that sexual harassment is an issue that… Source: Why is sexual harassment in the AFP systemic? And can the culture be changed? Read More »

I created the burkini to give women freedom, not to take it away

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The burkini does not symbolise Islam, it symbolises leisure and happiness and fitness and health. So who is better, the Taliban or French politicians? Aheda Zanetti When I invented the burkini in early 2004, it was to give women freedom, not to take it away. My niece wanted to play netball but it was… Source: I created the burkini to give women freedom, not to take it away | Aheda Zanetti | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Enough with the world tour: Bring the Summer Olympics back home to Greece

The IOC should create a permanent home for the Summer Olympics in Greece, which could ease the nation’s debt JONATHAN ZIMMERMAN Greek gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias knew just what he needed to do after winning the gold medal in the rings competition at the Olympics last week. “I will be quick because my mom is waiting,” he said, before running off to hug her in the… Source: Enough with the world tour: Bring the Summer Olympics back home to Greece – ... Read More »

Why Mulholland Drive is the greatest film since 2000

It puzzles viewers but delights critics. Why has Mulholland Drive topped BBC Culture’s poll of the greatest films of the 21st Century? Luke Buckmaster explains. By Luke Buckmaster Cinema in the early years of the 21st Century has experienced something of an existential crisis. Terms such as ‘TV-like’ or… Source: BBC – Culture – Why Mulholland Drive is the greatest film since 2000 Read More »

Belgian jazz great Toots Thielemans dies at 94

His breakthrough came in 1950 when he toured Europe with Benny Goodman. Belgian harmonica player Toots Thielemans also played with Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald. He passed away in Brussels…. Source: Belgian jazz great Toots Thielemans dies at 94 | Music | DW.COM | 22.08.2016 Read More »

Not everyone’s an artist, but all prisoners would benefit from practising art

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Do we want our prisons to produce people who learn from their mistakes and who have bettered themselves, or people further damaged by punishment? The practice of art and the notion of restorative justice and therapeutic jurisprudence in attending to the offending behaviour of convicted… Source: Not everyone’s an artist, but all prisoners would benefit from practising art | Robert Henderson for IndigenousX | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

The price of victory: comparing the cost of Olympic gold to an elite arts prize

The Olympics is almost over now for another four years, and beyond the glorious highs and heartbreaking lows of participants and spectators, there’s the ritual of the cost-benefit wash-up where we calculate the public cost per medal, and collectively wring our hands at the expense of it all. For Australia, that cost will be about A$12 million per medal. This is the… Source: The price of victory: comparing the cost of Olympic gold to an elite arts prize Read More »

An Open Letter To The Gringos Who Disrespected Brazil

Following the Olympics play out in Rio and watching how Brazil was being mocked by foreigners, I’m sure that many Brazilians felt sick to their stomachs. Adriana Caitano, Journalist and proud Brazilian I certainly did. That’s why I decided to write this letter to people who love to come here to enjoy the beaches and stare at women in bikinis, but disrespect the country that hosts them. Maybe they… Source: An Open Letter To The Gringos Who Disrespected Brazil Read More »

The Lost Children of Alexander the Great: A Journey to the Pagan Kalash People of Pakistan

The New York Times recently published an article that had a fascinating description of the Kalash, an ancient ethnic group living high in the remote mountains of Pakistan’s Hindu Kush. For centuries this light-skinned, pagan people have claimed to be the long-lost descendants of Alexander the Great’s world-conquering armies, which invaded this region in the… Source: The Lost Children of Alexander the Great: A Journey to the Pagan Kalash People of Pakistan Read More »

Ten things you can’t do in Dubai

Laws in the United Arab Emirates have again been thrust into the spotlight after a British citizen in Dubai was arrested for sharing a charity post on his Facebook page. Most people know Dubai is tough on drugs; that tourists can get in trouble for drinking alcohol outside designated areas; and people who have sex in public can find themselves facing the… Source: Ten things you can’t do in Dubai – BBC News Read More »

Fighting for the ‘Soul of France,’ More Towns Ban a Bathing Suit: The Burkini

PARIS — The debate is now so heated in France that one could be forgiven for assuming that the burkini — the full-body bathing suit worn by some Muslim women — had invaded French beaches. Five towns have banned them. Three more are in the process of doing so. Prime Minister Manuel Valls supported the prohibitions on Wednesday, calling the garment part of “the enslavement of women.”… Source: Fighting for the ‘Soul of France,’ More Towns Ban a Bathing Suit: ... Read More »

‘The worst place on earth’: inside Assad’s brutal Saydnaya prison

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Syria’s most notorious jail has been a journalistic blank spot. Now ex-detainees and architects have built an accurate model, using ‘ear-witness’ testimony, of the president’s hellish torture house Samer al-Ahmed remembers the size of the small hatch near the bottom of his cell door because he was regularly forced to squeeze his head through… Source: ‘The worst place on earth’: inside Assad’s brutal Saydnaya prison | Art and design | The Guardian Read More »

Research Check: is it true only half your friends actually like you?

It seems obvious that your friends would agree they are your friends. But recent findings published in the journal PLOS ONE call this into question. At least that’s the message you would take if you went with popular media coverage of the… Source: Research Check: is it true only half your friends actually like you? Read More »

Turkey: New wave of arrests against journalists leave renowned author Aslı Erdoğan in prison

7 August 2017 – PEN International is very concerned about the detention of Aslı Erdoğan, a renowned novelist, columnist and human rights activist, in Turkey following a police raid into her apartment. Her arrest comes alongside more than 20 other journalists and employees from Özgür Gündem newspaper, a pro-Kurdish opposition daily, which was shut down by decree as part of the state of emergency in the country following the failed coup of 15 July 2016. Two further journalists from IMC TV, ... Read More »