Freya Newman, the whistleblower behind Frances Abbott’s scholarship, should be thanked not punished

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Freya Newman blew the whistle on a questionable scholarship awarded to Tony Abbott’s daughter – and she’s now paying dearly for having done so  Jump to comments Last week Freya Newman pleaded guilty to accessing restricted records at Whitehouse School of Design in Sydney. As is now well known, Frances Abbott, a daughter of Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott, received a $60,000 ... Read More »

Greeks captivated by Alexander-era tomb at Amphipolis


The discovery of an enormous tomb in northern Greece, dating to the time of Alexander the Great of Macedonia, has enthused Greeks, distracting them from a dire economic crisis. Who, they are asking, is buried within. In early August, a team of Greek archaeologists led by Katerina Peristeri unearthed what officials say is the largest burial site ever to be ... Read More »

Jacqui Lambie stumbles over sharia explanation

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Jacqui Lambie has again told Muslims who adhere to sharia law to get out of the country. However, in an embarrassing television interview today, the Palmer United Party senator struggled to explain just what sharia is. Sharia is the moral, legal and religious code followed by all Muslims, but made notorious by extremist groups like Islamic State wanting to implement ... Read More »

Desmond Tutu: ‘Lay bare the horrors of the past’

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South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu has supported calls for a truth and justice commission to expose “the horrors of the past” suffered by Aboriginal Australians. In a statement released for World Peace Day on Sunday, the former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town said it should be followed by a “national healing process for all Australians”. Aboriginal elders Djiniyini Gondarra, senior ... Read More »

First major exhibition devoted to Niki de Saint Phalle in twenty years opens in Paris


PARIS.- Niki de Saint Phalle (1930 – 2002) is one of the most renowned artists from the mid-twentieth century. Throughout her prolific career, Saint Phalle created a complex body of work in various media which was deeply embedded with socio-political issues. With themes ranging from joyful to profound to intellectual, the paradoxal nature of her work has yet to be ... Read More »

Palmer refuses to back Lambie’s Muslim stance

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Clive Palmer has distanced his party from incendiary statements on the burqa and sharia law by PUP senator Jacqui Lambie. Senator Lambie has refused to back away from her comments that the burqa should be banned and Muslims adhering to sharia should “get out” of the country. On Sunday, she went further, claiming Islamic law “involves terrorism” and the burqa ... Read More »

Does Human Rights Watch Understand the Nature of Prejudice?


A powerful advocate appears to believe that anti-Semitism is sparked in part by Jewish behavior. A few days ago, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth,tweeted the following statement: “Germans rally against anti-Semitism that flared in Europe in response to Israel’s conduct in Gaza war. Merkel joins.” Roth provided a link to a New York Times article about the rally, which took ... Read More »

After the referendum: the 10 most pressing questions facing the union

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When can Scotland expect to receive agreed new powers and why are we talking about English devolution as well?  Jump to comments Now that Scotland has voted no, what new powers are the main political parties offering? In his pivotal speech ahead of the referendum, Gordon Brown offered a“modern form of home rule”. Quite what that means is yet to be decided. ... Read More »

Memory and Regret: Jenny Holzer’s “Dust Paintings”


Is an exhibition ever too beautiful for its own good? Jenny Holzer’s new show at Cheim & Read, Dust Paintings, is ravishing. But the sensuality of these text-based abstractions, done in oil on linen in mostly muted colors, runs counter to their content, which is derived from declassified government reports of brutalization and death during the Afghan War. At what point ... Read More »