Arts & Culture

The artists who fought fascism

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Opening during the Spanish Civil War, the 1937 Paris Exhibition allowed artists to speak out against brutality. Fiona Macdonald BBC News Fiona Macdonald looks at a moment when paintings became propaganda. On 26 April 1937, Nazi… The artists who… Read More »

Why this statue of a young girl caused a diplomatic incident

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(CNN) – In the busy South Korean port city of Busan, the young girl sits on a wooden chair, her fists balled in her lap. Sol Han and James Griffiths CNN She looks impassively forward, her expression unsmiling and determined. Her feet are bare, and on her shoulder sits a small bird. This statue has sparked… Why this statue of… Read More »

Age of Anger

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A lethal weapon in the hearts and minds of a rootless cosmopolitan Teenage Wasteland striving to find its true call as we slouch through the longest of world wars. Pepe Escobar Asia Times Every once in a (long) while a book comes out that rips the zeitgeist, shining on like a crazy diamond. Age of Anger, by… Age of… Read More »

To Avoid A Dystopian Future, We Must Become Savage

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Read ‘1984.’ Read ‘Brave New World.’ But don’t just beware the machinations of the totalitarian state—beware the disenchantment of our age. Gracy Olmstead The Federalist Is Donald Trump the new Big Brother? That’s what everyone’s… To Avoid A Dystopian… Read More »

Divided times: how literature teaches us to understand ‘the other’

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In an era of fear and division, fiction plays a vital role in dramatising difference and encouraging… Amanda Michalopoulou The Guardian Once upon a time there was a Greek, an Englishman, a German and a… They decided they would each write a story that would do its best to explain the… The Greek said, I’m going to… Divided times: how… Read More »

David Attenborough: 90 and ‘still fighting the good fight’

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(CNN) – For Britons stretching back generations, he’s the voice of our planet. Softly spoken and with reassuring cadence, David Attenborough has guided audiences on many a journey through the natural world. CNN From perilous mountaintops to frozen tundra, tropical rainforest to the watery abyss, there are few places his voice has not carried. At 90 years old, we’re… David Attenborough: 90 and… Read More »

#MyFreedomDay: Students stand up to slavery on March 14

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(CNN) – Right now, between 21 and 45 million people are trapped in slavery. At least 5.5 million of those are children. CNN Although slavery is outlawed in every country, criminals earn more than $150 Billion every year from enslaving people. But you can do… #MyFreedomDay: Students… Read More »

‘Breaking News’ Artists Use Mass Media As Their Medium

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Breaking news is everywhere, 24 hours a day. Susan Stamberg npr And now, it’s made its way into an art gallery as well — in an exhibit called “Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media.” In Los Angeles, a Getty… ‘Breaking News’ Artists… Read More »

World’s Priciest Coffee Is Hand-Picked From Elephant Dung

A mahout washes his elephant on November 26, 2016 in Baan Ta Klang, Thailand. 

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Ever since the Kopi Luwak craze began more than a decade ago, coffee connoisseurs have sought unusual ways to make the perfect brew. Adam Majendie Bloomberg Kopi luwak is an Indonesian coffee originally made from part-digested beans defecated by wild palm civets, the gastric process of the animal helping improve the taste of the coffee. But as the luwak… World’s Priciest Coffee… Read More »

How the Women of the Mormon Church Came to Embrace Polygamy

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A HOUSE FULL OF FEMALES Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870 By Laurel Thatcher Ulrich By BEVERLY GAGE The New York Times Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is a historian’s historian. For more than three decades, she has dazzled her profession with archival discoveries, creative spark and an ability to see “history” where it… Her most… How the Women… Read More »

The Science Of Gender: No, Men Aren’t From Mars And Women From Venus

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Testosterone Rex is extinct. Barbara J. King npr That’s the central conclusion of a fascinating new book by University of Melbourne psychologist Cordelia Fine. Testosterone Rex hit the… The Science Of Gender: No, Men… Read More »

The Irish novel that seduced the USSR

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The Gadfly, an English-language book barely known in the West became a sensation behind the Iron Curtain, writes Benjamin Ramm. Benjamin Ramm BBC News One of the most popular English-language novels of the 20th Century is almost unknown in the English-speaking world – a global phenomenon in translation, now neglected in its original form. The Gadfly, by Irish writer… The Irish novel that… Read More »

Sales of George Orwell’s 1984 surge after Kellyanne Conway’s ‘alternative facts’

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Comments made by Donald Trump’s adviser have been compared to the classic dystopian novel, pushing it to become the sixth best-selling book on… Guardian staff The Guardian Sales of George Orwell’s dystopian drama 1984 have soared after Kellyanne Conway, adviser to the reality-TV-star-turned-president, Donald Trump, used the… Sales of George… Read More »

Varmakalai – the ‘deadly’ art that’s dying

Varmakalai - Asia Times

Considered the ‘master’ of martial arts, varmakalai uses ‘vital spots,’ or pressure points, both to hurt and to heal. Its practitioners in southern India guard its secrets closely, even as the practice dwindles Anusha Venkat Asia Times A simple stroke of a trained finger can be lethal, according to practitioners of Varmakalai, which translates into English as “art of vital points.” Targeted at the right spot, or… Varmakalai – the ‘deadly’ art… Read More »

We must rescue Van Gogh from becoming a pop culture cliche

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Loving Vincent is a corny new biopic made from 62,450 hack oil paintings in Van Gogh’s style – and is an insult to the human struggle in his original works Jonathan Jones The Guardian Vincent van Gogh is peculiarly cursed to be travestied, misunderstood and reduced to a kitsch parody of himself. Look at the art section in… We must rescue Van Gogh from… Read More »

East Timor kicked out of 2023 Asian Cup for fake documents

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East Timor has been expelled from the 2023 Asian Cup for falsifying documents of several Brazilian-born footballers, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on… EuroSport Reuters The AFC launched a probe, in conjunction with FIFA, in June last year into the eligibility of certain players after qualifying matches for the… East Timor kicked… Read More »