Politics

Kerry James Marshall: Challenging racism in art history

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For centuries black people appeared in art as slaves or exotic novelties – and the painter Kerry James Marshall wants to challenge these racist ideas. He talks to Alastair Sooke. “When I go to the movies, I’m expected to identify with all of the characters, and most of them are white,” says the African-American artist Kerry James Marshall, sitting on ... Read More »

MEPs set for key vote on Juncker EU Commission team

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The new president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, is presenting his team to MEPs, hoping to get their approval in a vote. His speech in the European Parliament follows days of gruelling cross-examination of the nominees by MEPs. He reshuffled some appointments after objections from MEPs. Parliament’s approval is required for the whole Commission to take office. The Commission ... Read More »

‘Over Half’ of British Donations to Minor Syrian Relief Charities Go to Fund ISIS

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Over half the UK’s humanitarian donations to Syria via smaller charities end up in the hands of ISIS and other Islamist groups, according to London-based anti-radicalisation think-tank the Quilliam Foundation. “When you take out the major charities like the British Red Cross and the Red Crescent, more than half of the ‘aid’ that goes out to Syria ends up with ... Read More »

Coal, capitalism and intergenerational justice

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The ANU’s recent decision to stop investing in companies it judges to have behaved in an unsustainable manner environmentally or even socially has attracted a great deal of attention. The overwhelming majority of it has been negative. Politicians, captains of industry and editorial writers have queued up to criticise the ANU and its beleaguered vice chancellor. The ANU managed to ... Read More »

An Intimate Portrait of Edward Snowden

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Citizenfour, Laura Poitras’s documentary about Edward Snowden, premiered to a sold-out audience at the New York Film Festival on October 10. The film was not originally part of the festival lineup, its inclusion only announced less than a month prior. The premiere understandably generated an overwhelming amount of anticipation, promising a personal look at the enigmatic figure who leaked a ... Read More »

Home Office ‘chaos’ over asylum appeals

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Theresa May’s department withdraws thousands of asylum refusals before appeals, leaving people in legal limbo Jump to comments Thousands of decisions by the Home Office to refuse asylum seekers and migrants permission to remain in the UK have been withdrawn before a series of appeals. A letter to Labour MP Paul Blomfield from Home Office minister James Brokenshire, filed in ... Read More »

As a Briton, I hang my head in shame. We must return the Parthenon marbles

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Now Amal Clooney has reignited the debate over the Parthenon’s crowning glory, it’s time we rectified a historic wrong. Reunite these ancient sculptures with their home Almost every day I take a walk around the Acropolis. “Around” is the operative word, because the Greeks have gone to great lengths to unite their Athenian antiquities with a pedestrian path. At the ... Read More »

Indonesia’s transition to democracy under threat as new president is sworn in

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On October 20, the new president of Indonesia, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, will be sworn in, but his incoming administration already faces political crisis. It might just be the crisis Indonesia needs to complete its transition to democracy. After Suhartoresigned in 1998, Indonesia rapidly introduced the institutions of liberal democracy, including popular elections, separation of powers and legal and judicial checks ... Read More »