Eminence

‘Palikari,’ a Greek migrant’s story destined to echo in eternity

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The documentary was filmed in a number of locations, including Oakland, California, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Chicago, Illinois. The filmmakers also visited a number of sites in Colorado, where the Ludlow Massacre took place. These included Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs It could have been a scene from Orthodox Easter anywhere in Greece: Relatives, friends and co-workers gathering ... Read More »

Entwining Tales of Time, Memory and Love

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Gabriel García Márquez, foreground, with Colombian journalist José Salgar in 2003. As a writer, Mr. García Márquez found the familiar in the fantastic.CreditAndres Reyes/FNPI, via Associated Press The Magus of magical realism, Gabriel García Márquez — who died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City, at the age of 87 — used his fecund imagination and exuberant sleight of hand to ... Read More »

World Bank cuts China growth forecast

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The World Bank has trimmed its growth forecast slightly for China, citing a “bumpy start to the year”. It now expects the Chinese economy to grow by 7.6% in 2014, down from its earlier projection of 7.7%. A slew of disappointing figures has triggered concerns of a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy. However, the bank said recent reforms unveiled ... Read More »

Indian voters kick off world’s biggest election

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The nine-phase parliamentary election ends on May 12 and the results should be announced four days later Indians began voting in the world’s biggest election on Monday which is set to sweep the Hindu nationalist opposition to power at a time of low growth, anger about corruption and warnings about religious unrest. India’s 814-million-strong electorate are forecast to inflict a ... Read More »

Afghanistan presidential election hit by unexpected problem – too many voters

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Country braced for fraud and Taliban violence but failed to anticipate Afghans flocking to elect Hamid Karzai’s successor In anxious preparation for a historic presidential election, Afghanistan fortified its cities against attack, primed observers to detect fraud … then was blind-sided by a problem no one had even dared to imagine – unprecedented voter enthusiasm. Defying Taliban threats and the ... Read More »

Debunking the Anzac myth starts with the stories we tell our children

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An illustrated book about the battlefield’s real legacy encourages young Australians to contemplate the futility of war John Schumann has turned his anti-war anthem I Was Only Nineteen into an illustrated children’s book. Video: Allen & Unwin As the centenary of the first world war approaches, our children will hear an awful lot of stories about glorious Australian battlefield victories, ... Read More »

Afghanistan: Before and after the Taliban

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The people of Afghanistan will go to the polls on 5 April to vote for their first new president since Hamid Karzai took over after the fall of the Taliban in 2001. In the past 13 years, thousands have been killed and billions of dollars spent trying to secure a peaceful future for the country’s inhabitants. Afghanistan has a population ... Read More »

Syria artist sets Guinness record for world’s largest mural

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Moaffak Makhoul and his team complete mural in Damascus, two months shy of third anniversary of grim conflict in Syria. DAMASCUS – A Syrian artist has set a Guinness record for the world’s largest mural made of recycled materials, aiming to inspire hope and creativity in his war-ravaged country. Guinness World Records announced on its Facebook page that Moaffak Makhoul ... Read More »