Arts & Culture

Simone Veil: French politician and Holocaust survivor dies

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The French politician, women’s rights champion and Holocaust survivor Simone Veil has died at the age of 89. BBC Best known in France for her instrumental role in legalising abortion in the 1970s, she went on to serve as the first president of an elected European… Ms Veil, a liberal, later re-entered French politics, returning to the cabinet in the 1990s. President Emmanuel Macron described her as “inspiring” and the… Simone Veil: French… Read More »

Canada 150 in Hong Kong: Photos and Report from Consul General Nankivell

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Jeff Nankivell has a lot of celebrating to do this summer. Not only is it the 150th birthday of his nation, but he is also nearing the completion of his first year as the Consul General of Canada to Hong Kong and… Jasmine Lee    Harbour Times On 21 June the Consulate held its largest anniversary reception at the Island Shangri-la Hotel, where the crowd not only commemorated Canada’s milestone, but to also take in the… It is not surprising that ... Read More »

For Turkey’s youngest Jews, ancestral tongue fading away

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For the young generation of Sephardic Jews in Turkey, their ancestral tongue, Ladino, is just a few words for Grandma’s cuisine, a line or two from old songs and… Nazlan Ertan AlMonitor UNESCO considers Ladino, also known as Judeo-Spanish or Judezmo, a severely endangered language. In Turkey, it is spoken by only about 10,000 people, mostly around Istanbul and Izmir. Other Ladino-speaking communities in Greece and North Africa have also diminished, according to the… For Turkey’s youngest… Read More »

Roman gladiators were war prisoners and criminals, not sporting heroes

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For centuries, the bloody gladiator conflicts that the Romans staged in amphitheatres throughout the empire have engrossed and repelled us. Alastair Blanshard The Conversation When it comes to gladiators, it is almost impossible to look away. But the arena is also the place where the Romans feel most foreign to us. The gladiator was the product of a unique environment. He can exist only within a… Roman gladiators were… Read More »

Arab and Islamic leaders condemn terror plot targeting Makkah’s Grand Mosque

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JEDDAH: Leaders from around the Arab world have condemned a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in Makkah, which Saudi security forces said on Friday they had… Arab News King Salman received a cable from Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, emir of the Kuwait, in which he expressed Kuwait’s strong condemnation of terrorist schemes, which contradict teachings of Islam and all religious and human… Cables were also received from … Arab and Islamic… Read More »

With cameras banned, CNN sends sketch artist to White House briefing

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The White House has been prohibiting cameras at some press briefings, so on Friday CNN got creative and sent a sketch artist. Brian Stelter CNN Bill Hennessy, the network’s regular sketch artist for Supreme Court proceedings, headed over to the White House on Friday afternoon and drew Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s afternoon briefing. He didn’t have his usual easel, but he stood in the back of the briefing room to document the… With cameras banned… Read More »

Tachjian’s ‘Daily Life in the Abyss: Genocide Diaries, 1915-1918’ Published by Berghahn Books

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NEW YORK—Vahé Tachjian’s book, Daily Life in the Abyss: Genocide Diaries, 1915-1918, was recently published by Berghahn Books. TheArmenianWeekly Tachjian is the project director and the chief editor of the Berlin-based Houshamdyan website, which aims to reconstruct Ottoman Armenians’ local history and life stories. Historical research into the Armenian Genocide has grown tremendously in recent years, but much of it has focused on large… Tachjian’s ‘Daily Life… Read More »

Government can support public interest journalism in Australia – here’s how

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Independent journalism’s importance to healthy democracies is undisputed. Johan Lidberg The Conversation In a time of rising autocratic tendencies around the world, this independent check on power is more needed than ever. This is well illustrated by US President Donald Trump’s disrespect for the balance-of-power doctrine in general and for the US judiciary in… Government can support… Read More »

What does the Anna Stubblefield case teach us about sentencing and sexual assault?

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Analysis A former chair of philosophy at Rutgers University had sex with a man who can’t speak. RN By Eleanor Gordon-Smith for The Philosopher’s Zone ABC The resulting court battle raised questions about when and why suffering matters in sentencing — and Anna Stubblefield went to jail. You might remember reading about it in the New York Times. For a minute it looked like the story would end there: Stubblefield looking open-mouthed over her shoulder in the black and… What ... Read More »

The Cartoonist Who Makes You Look Twice

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With Boundless, Jillian Tamaki makes a profound case for the primacy of images in storytelling. Rowan Hisayo Buchanan The Atlantic “Boundless” could be Jillian Tamaki’s motto. Over her 14-year career, the cartoonist has consistently leaped in new directions. Whether designing book covers using embroidery, illustrating articles for The New York Times, or creating a… The Cartoonist Who… Read More »

Decoding the music masterpieces: Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor

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Opinion Clara Schumann, the wife of the great composer Robert Schumann, wrote in her diary on May 25, 1854: Liszt sent Robert today a sonata dedicated to him and several other things with a friendly letter to me. But the things are dreadful! The Conversation By Zoltán Szabó, Sydney Conservatorium of Music ABC [Johannes] Brahms played them for me, but they made me utterly wretched … This is nothing but sheer racket — not a single healthy idea, everything confused, ... Read More »

California Approves Millions for Armenian Museum and Genocide Education

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ANCA-WR Praises State Legislators GLENDALE, Calif.–The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region (ANCA-WR) praised California Legislators for their efforts in securing funding for the Armenian American Museum and… The Armenian Weekly On June 15, the California State Legislature adopted a budget with considerable attention given to the… “The Armenian National Committee of America Western Region (ANCA-WR) is very… California Approves Millions… Read More »

Ironists of a Vanished Empire

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Edge of Irony: Modernism in the Shadow of the Habsburg Empire by Marjorie Perloff The New York Review University of Chicago Press, 204 pp., $30.00 Marjorie Perloff is one of America’s leading critics of poetry, having spent a long career writing on the work of avant-garde poets from Frank O’Hara to Charles Bernstein. But though she is the author of many books, she wrote in her 2004 memoir, The Vienna Paradox, “when I see [my] name in print…there is always ... Read More »

Should you get a vote if you don’t understand politics? Academics offer democracy rethink

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Democracy has always been a messy form of government and is often unpredictable. RN By Antony Funnell for Future Tense ABC Both qualities can be a strength, but as we know from recent international experience, they can also be a liability. The election of Donald Trump, for instance, produced a result at odds with the wishes of the majority of voters. Elsewhere in the world, in democracies like Turkey, Hungary, Poland and the… Should you get… Read More »

Can you separate the artist from the art?

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A museum acknowledges an artist it features was a serial sexual abuser – it’s very rare for the art world to put work in this context, writes Fisun Güner. Fisun Güner BBC Just how true is the following statement: an artist’s work should have value in its own right, no matter what sort of life the artist led, and even if they have damaged or hurt others? Perhaps we might put the answer on a… Can you separate… Read More »

How to Go the Resistance Distance: Pop-Up Schools for Novice Activists

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Modeled after the Civil Rights Era’s citizenship and freedom schools, the new Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership teaches skills for the… Chuck Collins yes! More than 200 people crammed into a meeting room at Smith College to listen to Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum speak at the May 4 opening ceremony of the… The new school provides in-person training opportunities in activism in five… How to Go… Read More »