Historical

Bernard-Henri Levy: ‘I’ve always found it quite shocking and beautiful to speak to one’s enemy’

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Interview / ‘Coming to the aid of the other is an unconditional commandment’ On recent trip to Israel, French-Jewish intellectual promoted his new book on Judaism and explained what it’s like to be a modern-day Jonah By PIERRE-SIMON ASSOULINE The Times of Israel French-Jewish celebrity intellectual Bernard Henri-Levy was in Israel recently for a whirlwind of events which included the promotion of his new book on Judaism and the presentation of a new documentary on the Iraqi city of… Bernard-Henri ... Read More »

Losing Faith: Why Faith Bandler felt the 1967 referendum’s promise was betrayed

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I met Faith Bandler in 2007. I was making a radio documentary for the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, when an overwhelming majority of Australians voted to change the… RN By Daniel Browning for Awaye! ABC A lead campaigner for the “yes” vote, Faith was a radical in her own way: a socialist with an ASIO file, who with Aboriginal activist Pearl Gibbs and Jessie Street formed the… Her ideas weren’t radical enough for some, particularly after the… Losing ... Read More »

Uluru statement: Aborigines prefer the horizon to the foreground

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Delegates to the Aboriginal constitutional convention probably did themselves, as well as indigenous Australians, a great favour last week by making some perfectly reasonable, but… Jack Waterford Brisbane Times They have given the government an excuse to walk away from a promise to conduct a referendum “recognising” prior… It’s a proposal, like so many gestures on Aboriginal affairs, of some symbolic significance but devoid of any capacity to make an… Uluru statement: Aborigines… Read More »

Uluru summit delivers clear message to Australian lawmakers

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Lawyers and legal academics have weighed in on new calls for constitutional reform to empower Australia’s first peoples as part of the nation’s next serious step towards Indigenous… Melissa Coade Lawyers Weekly A group of Indigenous Australians have issued a statement following three days of meetings at Uluru last week, with many describing it as a national way forward for serious… Two propositions were expressed in the Statement from the Heart to come from the Uluru National… Uluru summit delivers… Read More »

Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa, scientists find

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The history of human evolution has been rewritten after scientists discovered that Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa. Sarah Knapton The Telegraph Currently, most experts believe that our human lineage split from apes around seven million years ago in central Africa, where hominids remained for the… But two fossils of an ape-like creature which had human-like teeth have been found in Bulgaria and… Europe was the… Read More »

It’s 50 years since Indigenous Australians first ‘counted’. Why has so little changed?

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In 1967 Australia voted in a landmark referendum to finally include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in its census. But, as Paul Daley reports, the fight for genuine equality for the country’s first people is far from over The Guardian Sol Bellear, a former rugby league player for South Sydney Rabbitohs and Aboriginal rights activist, sits in the soft autumn sunshine at a cafe intersecting Redfern Park and the oval that remains the spiritual home of his beloved… It’s 50 ... Read More »

Video: 150 years of Canadian foreign policy

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On July 1, Canada celebrates 150 years of nationhood — marking the uniting of three British colonies (Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick). How has Canada’s foreign policy changed over… OpenCanada With the anniversary in mind, this OpenCanada video, written by journalist Michael Petrou and animated by Emmy Award-winning art director Santosh Isaac, explores the challenges and… From Canada’s outsized contributions during… Video: 150 years… Read More »

Pope Francis arrives in Portugal to canonise children at Fátima shrine

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Pontiff hopes message of young shepherds who saw Virgin Mary apparition 100 years ago still resonates with Catholics Associated Press in Rome The Guardian Pope Francis has arrived in the Portuguese town of Fátima to honour two children whose visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago marked one of the most important events of the 20th-century Catholic church. Tens of thousands of devotees lined the pontiff’s route and tossed petals as his motorcade drove… Pope Francis arrives… Read More »

Immigration will remain a toxic issue until Britain faces up to its colonial past

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Emmanuel Macron has condemned France’s behaviour in Algeria. Until Britain is similarly honest about its history, we will still think in terms of “us” and “them” David Wearing The Guardian Both Ukip and Theresa May trumpeted their anti-immigrant credentials yesterday, with fresh and not-so-fresh policies for the election. Hostility to foreigners is now an… Immigration will remain… Read More »

Holocaust denial flyers distributed around University of Queensland widely condemned

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The University of Queensland, their student union and the chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission have all condemned Holocaust denial flyers that have been distributed on… Rachel Clun Brisbane Times It is understood the flyers, which have also shown up at universities in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney, have been pinned to noticeboards and put on… Dr Melanie O’Brien, an… Holocaust denial flyers… Read More »

Will Trump release the missing JFK files?

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Unless the president intervenes, we’ll soon know more secrets about the Kennedy… PHILIP SHENON Politico The nation’s conspiracy-theorist-in-chief is facing a momentous… Will President Donald Trump allow the public to see a trove of thousands of long-secret government files about the event that, more than any other in modern American history, has fueled… The answer must come within… Will Trump release… Read More »

Love triangle trivializes more important theme in “The Promise”

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The Armenian Genocide is a curiously unexplored moment in our modern history, cinematically speaking. By Lindsey Bahr The Associated Press The Berkshire Eagle That fact alone makes director and co-writer Terry George’s “The Promise ” intriguing enough. Historical fiction generally has it over documentaries in inspiring mass interest, especially when actors as appealing as Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale and… Love triangle trivializes… Read More »

Australian politics explainer: the MV Tampa and the transformation of asylum-seeker policy

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Some time before August 23 2001, a small Indonesian fishing boat, the KM Palapa 1, left Indonesia en route to Christmas Island with 438 asylum seekers aboard. Alex Reilly  The Conversation Like many before them, the asylum seekers hoped to reach Australia and apply for permanent protection visas. The Palapa’s engines failed in international waters between Indonesia and… Australian politics explainer… Read More »

Artist is Creating a Parthenon Made of 100,000 Banned Books: A Monument to Democracy & Intellectual Freedom

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With the rise of Far Right candidates in Europe and in America, along with creeping dictatorship in Turkey and authoritarianism in the Philippines, the idea of democracy and freedom of speech feels under threat more than… Open Culture While we don’t talk about political solutions here on Open Culture, we do believe in the power of art to… Argentine artist Marta Minujín is creating a large-scale artwork called The Parthenon of Books that… Artist is Creating… Read More »

Remembering fallen war heroes is insincere if it excludes those suffering today

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied does not deserve nastiness – many Muslim Australians know the tragedy of war better than… Mariam Tokhi The Guardian As a first-generation Muslim Australian, I’ve often wondered what Anzac Day should mean to… The furore (and social media savagery) over Yasmin Abdel-Magied’s seven words have reignited that… Remembering fallen war… Read More »

Ancient humans may have reached Americas 100,000 years earlier than previously thought

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Teeth and bones of an elephant-like creature unmistakably modified by human hands were… TheJournal.ie  © AFP 2017  HIGH-TECH DATING of mastodon remains found in southern California has shattered the timeline of human migration to America, pushing the… Teeth and bones of the elephant-like creature unmistakably modified by human hands, along… Ancient humans may… Read More »