Arts & Culture

Remembering Phil Ochs, the Other Great Jewish Folksinger of the ’60s

It was 40 years ago this weekend, on April 9, 1976, that Phil Ochs was found dead at his sister’s home in Far Rockaway, Queens. He was one of the best-loved of the generation of young singer-songwriters of the 1960s, but he was much more than that. He was the most eloquent, wittiest, most piercing political bard… Source: Remembering Phil Ochs, the Other Great Jewish Folksinger of the ’60s – Opinion – Forward.com Read More »

Christians fear losing ancient churches in Turkey after government takeover

For centuries, Christians in Turkey, though a minority in the predominantly Muslim country, have maintained and protected their sacred places of worship. These ancient churches are even older than Islam. Now, Christians in Turkey are fearful that they… Source: Christians fear losing ancient churches in Turkey after government takeover | Christian News on Christian Today Read More »

Behold, nine of the most badass women in history

Because all too often, women are ignored in history books.. 1.Tru’ng Sisters, (c. 12-43 AD).. Trưng Trắc and Trưng Nhị are renowned national heroes of Vietnam. When Trắc’s husband was executed by the Chinese during an offensive, they took up arms to fight back, gathering an army of 80,000 people to repel the Chinese invasion. They succeeded in driving the… Source: Behold, nine of the most badass women in history Read More »

Austria plans to seize house where Hitler born

The Austrian government says it plans to seize Adolf Hitler’s birth house in an attempt to stop it being a focal point for Nazi sympathisers.. Officials say the decision was taken after several years of discussion about how to prevent neo-Nazi interest… Source: Austria plans to seize house where Hitler born – BBC News Read More »

Grand National 2016 Protest Outside Aintree Racecourse

‘You bet, they die.’ Animal rights campaigners shouted “shame on you” to racegoers attending the final day of the Grand National meeting on Saturday. Dozens of protestors stood outside Aintree Racecourse, holding placards that read “National disgrace” and “You bet, they die”… Source: Grand National 2016 Protest Outside Aintree Racecourse Read More »

British-born Kim West reunites with son Ben Ford after 30 years, falls in love and plans to have his baby

In what can be called a strange love story a 51-year-old woman has reportedly fallen in love with her biological son, who has left his wife in Colorado to pursue a relationship with his mother. Kim West, who grew up in Islington, London, had given up her son for adoption soon after his birth, but they… Source: British-born Kim West reunites with son Ben Ford after 30 years, falls in love and plans to have his baby Read More »

Greens leader Richard Di Natale launches plan to ban all gambling ads

Greens policy would be next step after Gillard government put a stop to promotion of live odds during matches.. Advertisements for gambling would be treated like tobacco promotions and banned completely under a policy announced by the Greens… Source: Greens leader Richard Di Natale launches plan to ban all gambling ads | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Hopes of Coexistence in Syria

Does Samar Yazbek’s diary of the Syrian civil war merely represent the dreams of an exile? By Frederick Deknatel In the spring and summer of 2011,
 Samar Yazbek, an outspoken Syrian writer and journalist in Damascus from a prominent Alawite family, kept a diary of… Source: Hopes of Coexistence in Syria | The Nation Read More »

Australia declares: I Stand with Lee Lin Chin

On Tuesday of this week, we wrote about the absurd campaign being waged against Gold Logie nominees Lee Lin Chin and Waleed Aly. But the day after, things got even more ridiculous with a piece written by News Corp’s Victoria Hannaford “six reasons why Waleed Aly shouldn’t win Gold”. Thankfully, the team behind SBS 2’s The… Source: Australia declares: I Stand with Lee Lin Chin | Daily Review: film, stage and music reviews, interviews and more Read More »

How to Preserve the Fragile Calm at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade

A deceptive calm on Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade is unlikely to hold under pressure from the ongoing “third intifada”, widespread dissatisfaction among Palestinian youth and growing Jewish Temple activism. Bolstering the 1967 Status Quo arrangement remains crucial, but immediate attention must be on maintaining more recent understandings on access to the Esplanade as the religious… Source: How to Preserve the Fragile Calm at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade – International Crisis Group Read More »

Bangladesh activist Nazimuddin Samad hacked to death

The murder is the latest incident of aggression against secular bloggers and activists in the Muslim-majority country. A law student who posted pro-atheism comments on social media has been murdered, Bangladeshi police said, in the latest incident in a series of killings of secular activists and bloggers in the country… Source: Bangladesh activist Nazimuddin Samad hacked to death – AJE News Read More »

Historic land rights settlement ‘too late’ for many traditional owners

The big regret when one of the country’s longest-running and most hard-fought Aboriginal land claims moved close to settlement on Wednesday was that so many of the land owners had not lived to witness history being made. Almost four decades after lodging a claim for a huge tract of land on the Cox Peninsula, west of Darwin, surviving traditional owners joined with politicians to announce the terms for settlement… Source: Historic land rights settlement ‘too late’ for many traditional owners Read More »

Donald Trump and the Borderers

The Republican front-runner’s appeal seems rooted in a distinctive political culture—born in the British borderlands, and still flourishing in America’s southern highlands. Imagine a successful presidential candidate whose political style was “characterized by intensely personal leadership, charismatic appeals to his… Source: Donald Trump and the Borderers – The Atlantic Read More »

Fears As Gold Logie Might Go To Non-White Person

The mainstream media is in a panic today over fears that the coveted Gold Logie award might be given to someone who isn’t white.   Nominations of The Project’s Waleed Aly and The Feed’s Lee Lin Chin for the award have created ripples in the media as commentators struggle to deal with the notion that someone may be celebrated for their work even if they aren’t technically white and in some cases might controversially have an entirely different cultural background… ... Read More »

Web app helps public transport users decide whether they should pay their myki fine

Public transport users in Victoria caught without a valid myki ticket can now turn to their phone for instant advice. A new mobile-friendly website, mykifines.org.au, helps users decide whether to pay an on-the-spot penalty fare when confronted by a ticket inspector… Source: Web app helps public transport users decide whether they should pay their myki fine – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »