Letters

What is our crime?

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Open Letter From A Mother Who Is To Be Deported From Detention In Australia To Nauru With Her Australian Born Baby 25 babies born in Australia – and their siblings – (making up 44 children) are to be deported to Nauru as per the recent passing of the Migration Bill by the Senate. Open Letter: What is our crime? What ... Read More »

Stella Young’s letter to herself at 80 years old

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I learned the truth at 17. That I was not wrong for the world I live in, writes Stella Young. This piece was originally published in late November, we are republishing it now in light of the news of Stella Young’s death. Dear eighty-year-old me, Eighty, hey? Eighty. Eighty is a long way from where I write to you now. ... Read More »

Was van Gogh Killed? New Research Says He Was Shot

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The troubled life and demise of Vincent van Gogh follows a well-known trajectory: the precocious genius, the art world’s indifference, the onset of angst and madness, and then, tragically, his suicide at age 37. Or so we thought. But according to the groundbreaking research of Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, the painter didn’t shoot himself: he was ... Read More »

Paris Festival Censors Photo of Mother-Daughter Embrace

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A photograph of a mother and her young daughter embracing has been removed from a gallery exhibition in Paris after seven anonymous letters prompted the gallerist and the director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) to censor the work. The photograph in question, titled “Mother and Daughter II” (2014), is a composite of four images showing the artist, Diane ... Read More »

Open letter: Living in the hell called Nauru

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I am writing as a mother in Nauru house of detention. After 10 months of being detained on Christmas Island, my three-member family was brought here: myself and my husband and my son who is not yet three. As I knew we were going to be forcefully taken to Nauru, I felt sadness and spent all the night crying in ... Read More »

Who’s afraid of the Marquis de Sade?

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The radical 18th Century libertine left a profound mark on our culture. He’s everywhere – but why does he still scare us? Jason Farago explains. “Either kill me or take me like this, for I will not change,” wrote the imprisoned Marquis de Sade to his wife in 1783. It could only be one or the other for the most ... Read More »

The Scottish Referendum and Cyprus

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Mr. David Cameron Prime Minister of the United Kingdom London Mr Prime Minister THE SCOTTISH REFERENDUM AND CYPRUS We write to you on behalf of the Greek Cypriot refugees and displaced people from the District of Kyrenia, in Cyprus. We became refugees and displaced , following the Turkish invasion and occupation of 37% of Cyprus,  in 1974. Please be reminded that ... Read More »

200 Turkish intellectuals call for help to Kobane

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Two hundred Turkish academics, writers and civil society activists issued a statement on Sept. 27, calling on the Turkish people as well as all international organizations, especially the United Nations, to take a strong position in defense of Kobane, which has been under siege of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. The statement is as follows: ... Read More »

Nurse says she’s tired of treating ISIL terrorists

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A nurse who works at a private hospital in Mersin, a city and province on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, has told Turkish authorities and Parliament that she is sick and tired of treating members of the terrorist organization the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which now calls itself the “Islamic State.” Comments The nurse, who was ... Read More »

An open letter to Prime Minister of Germany

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To the Hon. Angela Merkel Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Dear Chancellor Merkel We have been informed that Germany has decided to represent the views and arguments expressed by subsequent governments and people of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (The FYROM) in the name dispute between the latter and the people of Greece. The views that Germany ... Read More »