Arts & Culture

Two decisions to address family violence

By Arouba Al-Muneef THE growing number of family violence cases, especially the attack on women, shows the increasing awareness among women to protect their rights and their confidence in authorities. Studies show that one out of five women is subject to physical torture. About 53 percent of men who participated in the survey said they… Source: Two decisions to address family violence – Saudi Gazette Read More »

Uncle Sam goes for gold, too: Up to $9,900 per Olympic gold medal

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Michael Phelps swims fast, but not fast enough to beat Uncle Sam, who awaits him at the finish line each time he wins a medal. His total income tax bill for the 2016 Games? Up to about $55,000 for his five golds and one silver. Olympic athletes who bring home medals also bring home cash — $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze — paid for by the United States Olympic Committee. Like any prize winner, from a jackpot ... Read More »

Signs of Pure Altruism Converge in the Brain And Increase with Age

EUGENE, Ore. — Aug. 15, 2016 – Combining insights from psychology, behavioral economics and neuroscience, University of Oregon researchers have found converging signs of pure altruism and behavior that increase with age in the brain. People give to charity for numerous non-altruistic reasons, such as showing off their generosity to others. To isolate pure altruism from other motivations, researchers triangulated methods from the… Source: Signs of Pure Altruism Converge in the Brain And Increase with Age – ScienceNewsline Read More »

We should give the Olympics back to Greece, permanently

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In a spirit of international cooperation and common sense I think we should promote the idea of just giving the Summer Olympics to… Amanda Vanstone * The Age Permanently. By all accounts they made a reasonable fist of it when they last had them and could do so time and time… It has a… We should give… Read More »

He Predicted Today’s Greece in 388 B.C.

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Greece’s economic collapse and social disarray make the country ripe for satire, which helps explain why a centuries-old comedy by Aristophanes is a big hit there this summer. The Daily Beast Nick Romeo ATHENS — In a neighborhood of shuttered shops and crumbling 19th century buildings less than a mile from the Acropolis, someone has scrawled a graffito on the side of a… Read More »

‘Hope’ Is a Verb, and It Can Revive Our Democracy

Our moral movement is spreading out from North Carolina, one powerful gathering at a time. By Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II When I was growing up in eastern North Carolina, I used to love to sit in my grandmama’s kitchen and listen to her sing as she made dinner… Source: ‘Hope’ Is a Verb, and It Can Revive Our Democracy | The Nation Read More »

Pokemon Go: Thai junta uneasy about game’s launch due to different ‘walking culture’

Pokemon Go’s debut in Thailand has alarmed the country’s generals, prompting the kingdom’s junta chief to warn youngsters against playing too much and the army to ban the game from barracks. The mobile app was recently made available in Thailand, delighting many in a country where Japanese subcultures have a significant following… Source: Pokemon Go: Thai junta uneasy about game’s launch due to different ‘walking culture’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Leonard Cohen managed that rare thing: to talk with clarity about death

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The songwriter’s letter to Marianne Ihlen in her last hours was beautiful, poetic and to the point. Yet so often we deal with death in an inane, mawkish way Suzanne Moore Α short goodbye. A few sentences. But words of such clarity, simplicity and beauty. Many of us have by now read Leonard Cohen’s letter to a… Source: Leonard Cohen managed that rare thing: to talk with clarity about death | Suzanne Moore | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

No more ‘Pokemon Go’ at Hiroshima atomic bomb memorial

It was a bit touch and go for Hiroshima officials, but the atomic bomb memorial park in the western Japanese city is now Pokemon No.. The city had asked the developer of the popular “Pokemon Go” smartphone game to remove the creatures and sites that appeared in the park by last weekend, when a… Source: No more ‘Pokemon Go’ at Hiroshima atomic bomb memorial – ASIA Read More »

Yusra Mardini delights with butterfly heat win for Refugee Olympic Team

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There will be plenty of inspiring swims in the Rio pool this week but few to match the personal odyssey completed by Yusra Mardini on the opening day of competition. Last year the Syrian teenager was battling in the sea for survival with fellow asylum seekers while trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos. To go from there to winning the opening heat of the 100m butterfly at the Olympic Games is the ultimate illustration of drawing strength from ... Read More »

Why Self-Help Guru James Altucher Only Owns 15 Things

It was around 10 a.m. on a sun-drenched summer morning, and James Altucher, perhaps the world’s least likely success guru, was packing his worldly possessions, about 15 items, into a small canvas carry-on bag. “If I were to die, my kids get this bag,” Mr. Altucher said sardonically as he packed away his laptop, iPad, three sets of chinos, three T-shirts and a Ziploc bag filled with $4,000 worth of $2 bills (“People always remember… Source: Why Self-Help Guru James ... Read More »

Teach teenagers about sexting and not how to preserve their virtue

Casual sex is the new normal and teenagers are not being armed with the tools to deal with it.. Netflix and chill, shift, dank, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, bae and fam: buzz words for the modern teenager. The language is changing so rapidly that parents are googling the urban dictionary But how different is 2016 teenage etiquette? Source: Teach teenagers about sexting and not how to preserve their virtue Read More »

Syria’s secret library

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When a place has been besieged for years and hunger stalks the streets, you might have thought people would have little interest in books. Mike Thomson BBC But enthusiasts have stocked an underground library in Syria with volumes rescued from bombed buildings – and users dodge shells and bullets to reach it. Down a flight of steep steps, as… Syria’s secret… Read More »

Mainstream News Media Culture Gives Progressive Ideas No Chance

And you thought our parliament was toxic. Trying consuming our mainstream media. James Rose looks at the decline of progressive ideas in a fetid sea of sensationalism. Many are looking with trepidation across a world which seems filled with hate and self-loathing, a dangerous place not fit for sensible people. While we can make our judgements on the… Source: Mainstream News Media Culture Gives Progressive Ideas No Chance – New Matilda Read More »

Israel Knesset’s Education, Culture, and Sports Committee Recognizes Armenian Genocide

Urges Israeli Government to Also Formally Recognize the Crime JERUSALEM, Israel (A.W.)—Israel’s Knesset’s (Parliament) Education, Culture, and Sports Committee announced on Aug. 1 that it recognized the Armenian Genocide and urged the government to formally acknowledge the crime as such. “It is our moral obligation to recognize the Armenian genocide,” said committee chair Yakov Margi… Source: Israel Knesset’s Education, Culture, and Sports Committee Recognizes Armenian Genocide | Armenian Weekly Read More »

The best cities in the world for book lovers

The streets of Edinburgh and Hong Kong are overflowing with books. Istanbul and Singapore, less so. Every year the World Cities Culture Forum collects information on how people consume culture around the world. The organization looks at… Source: The world’s cities with the most bookstores and libraries per capita — Quartz Read More »