Arts & Culture

Breda O’Brien: It’s complicated – our relationship with Catholicism

We may not choose to actively support something – but heaven help anyone who tries to say that we are not entitled to it. ‘It’s complicated’ is a Facebook relationship status, denoting anything from a relationship on the rocks to one that doesn’t fit standard parameters, but is working relatively well… Source: Breda O’Brien: It’s complicated – our relationship with Catholicism Read More »

Hope burns bright for Indian tigers

Tiger, tiger burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? So wrote William Blake, who lived from 1757 to 1827. But Blake could not have… Source: Hope burns bright for Indian tigers – Asia Times Read More »

Chasing Asylum first look review – asylum seeker documentary is vital and gut-wrenching

This viscerally intense exposé of Australia’s asylum seeker policy will make audiences feel like a brick smashed to pieces with a sledgehammer. If the debate about asylum seekers attempting to come to Australia has made your heart a little heavy over the years, be prepared for it to feel like a brick smashed to pieces with a… Source: Chasing Asylum first look review – asylum seeker documentary is vital and gut-wrenching | Film | The Guardian Read More »

The war on elephants

How the very existence of Africa’s elephants is threatened by poachers, traffickers and Asia’s appetite for ivory. WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES Bloated and eerily upright the large adult elephant was still standing where it had been killed – just next to the stream – its face hacked off… Source: BBC News – The war on elephants Read More »

Islamic State fails to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka

After three decades of war with a local terrorist group, the island nation was beginning to enjoy peace and normalcy when the Syrian crisis erupted drawing some Sri Lankan Muslim youth to the conflict zone. Colombo responded quickly by joining hands with civil and religious groups to educate people about the danger of joining extremists groups like the… Source: Islamic State fails to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka – Asia Times Read More »

On Passover, Israel and “Demographic Threats”

The weeklong Jewish festival of Passover is coming to a close, but like many Jews around the world I’m still digesting the myriad questions, answers and discussions that ensued as we retold the biblical story of the Exodus at our seder. While it’s a story our community returns to over and over again, I’m continually astonished at… Source: On Passover, Israel and “Demographic Threats” Read More »

Nelson Mandela statue erected in Ramallah

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has unveiled a statue of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The unveiling ceremony on April 27 was attended by Palestinian government ministers, diplomats, the leaders of various Palestinian factions and hundreds of Palestinian citizens… Source: Nelson Mandela statue erected in Ramallah – MIDEAST Read More »

Where is the balance and credibility in our federal government’s arts policy?

With the demise of the National Program for Excellence and the invention of the Catalyst Fund by the federal government in November 2015, the arts community is still at a loss around the real intent of this pool of funding. Information on the… Source: Where is the balance and credibility in our federal government’s arts policy? Read More »

Syrian refugee carries Olympic flame through Greek camp – video

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A 27-year-old disabled Syrian refugee carries the Olympic flame through the Elaionas refugee camp in Greece on Tuesday. A freestyle swimmer, basketball player and former judo wrestler, Ibrahim al-Hussein receives the flame from the head of Greece’s Olympic committee, Spyros Capralos, at the camp near Athens, which houses around 1,500 people… Source: Syrian refugee carries Olympic flame through Greek camp – video | Sport | The Guardian Read More »

Urfa Masood to be Victoria’s first female Muslim magistrate

Urfa Masood, appointed by the Attorney-General on Tuesday, will be the first Muslim woman to sit on the bench of any Victorian court… Source: Urfa Masood to be Victoria’s first female Muslim magistrate Read More »

Nepal’s Hard Rock Cafe

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In 2015, on April 25, Kartok Lama was in her teashop in the upper Langtang Valley. Nestled against a monolithic boulder which formed its back wall, her teashop in the Himalayas was a natural resting point for trekkers hiking through the 4,000 metre high valley she calls home. She… Source: Nepal’s Hard Rock Cafe Read More »

George Clooney cites Irish Famine in refugee speech

‘Refugees are people like you and me,’ star says after presenting humanitarian Aurora Prize. Refugees are “people, like you and me”, Hollywood star George Clooney has said during a speech in Yerevan, Armenia… Source: George Clooney cites Irish Famine in refugee speech Read More »

Clooney joins Armenians to mark anniversary of massacre

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Actor George Clooney presented a $1.1 million award on the 101st anniversary of a massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks to a Burundi woman who offered sanctuary to thousands of orphans in the middle of a civil war there. The killing of more than 200 Armenian intellectuals on April 24, 1915 is regarded as the… Source: Clooney joins Armenians to mark anniversary of massacre Read More »

Women’s blessing at in Jerusalem curtailed

A bid by a group of Jewish women to challenge tradition at Jerusalem’s Western Wall with a blessing usually conducted by men was curtailed yesterday after a decision by Israel’s attorney general. The plan was the latest by the group, Women of the Wall, to push for equal prayer rights at the site, the holiest location where Jews are currently allowed to… Source: Women’s blessing at in Jerusalem curtailed – MIDEAST Read More »

Australian sculptor Inge King dies aged 100

Renowned Australian sculptor Inge King, who for more than 60 years was a pioneer of contemporary sculpture in her adopted homeland, has died in Melbourne. “Halfway between 100 and 101,” the centenarian died peacefully in the presence of her family late Saturday night, her long-time gallerist Stuart Purves said… Source: Australian sculptor Inge King dies aged 100 Read More »

Anzac Day: We’ve Already Said Thanks, It’s Time To Move On

Aboriginal people got one national apology. But Anzacs have had more than 100 thank you’s, writes Chris Graham. At the outset, I should say that my Grandfather fought in the Second World War. He did so to protect the liberties and freedoms that I enjoy today. I’m grateful for that. But I think the senseMore… Source: Anzac Day: We’ve Already Said Thanks, It’s Time To Move On – New Matilda Read More »