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Cultural Workers in Turkey Prepare for Hunger Strike over Underemployment

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Cultural workers in Turkey are set to go on hunger strike in protest of their unemployment and its endangerment of the country’s vulnerable cultural resources. In reaction to the government’s broken promise to hire 50 workers among the thousands of unemployed cultural heritage professionals, the Association of Culture and Art Workers (Kültür Sanat Emekçileri Derneği, or KSED) is taking desperate measures. If ... Read More »

Cambodians launch fresh rally against Aussie refugee deal

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PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) — More than 100 human rights activists, youths and Buddhist monks marched on streets here on Friday in the latest round of protests against a refugee deal that Cambodia signed with Australia last month. Under the deal, Australia will send refugees, who intend to seek asylum in Australia, and are being held at an offshore detention camp ... Read More »

Australian support for Hong Kong protests runs second to business interests

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There has been a deafening silence in support of the students protesting for greater democracy in Hong Kong. This movement, known as the umbrella revolution (for protection against tear gas), has been underway since September 28. It is a civil disobedience campaign concentrated in the Central business and governmental district and called therefore the Occupy Central with Love and Peace ... Read More »

Unesco threatens to put Venice on its Heritage at Risk list

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Concern over development projects prompts request for a monitoring mission This Friday, 17 October, is the final deadline for environmental comments to be submitted to the Italian government regarding its desion to deep-dredge a channel through the lagoon so that the vast cruise ships can enter the port of Venice without sailing through the city. Since the decision was announced ... Read More »

Pictures at an execution: The condemned in art

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A new exhibition aims to humanise condemned prisoners. From the sword to the electric chair, the death penalty has inspired challenging art, writes Jason Farago. One man, before dying, said, “I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me.” Another said, “I’m going to a beautiful place.” A third: “I am innocent, innocent, innocent.” Those were their last ... Read More »

Alevis rally in Turkish capital against jihadist attacks

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Members of a group of Alevi associations gathered in the Turkish capital Ankara on Oct. 12 to hold a rally to protest jihadist violence launched by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, as well as compulsory religions classes in Turkey. Some deputies from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) also joined the rally in ... Read More »

Vanessa Redgrave premiers documentary on Bosnia labor rights

Actress Vanessa Redgrave arrives for the world premiere of the documentary "Bosnia Rising" in Sarajevo

British actress and activist Vanessa Redgrave premiered a documentary late on Friday made with her son about a workers’ uprising in Bosnia this year that typifies the pain of post-communist transition in eastern Europe. “Bosnia Rising” centers on the fight to save a detergent factory in the northern Bosnian town of Tuzla, once a hub for the metals and chemicals ... Read More »

Hong Kong protest leaders threaten to occupy government buildings

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Demonstrations continue into sixth day as protesters demand resignation of region’s chief executive, Leung Chun-ying • Live blog – Wednesday’s developments in Hong Kong protests Jump to comments  Student leaders of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have threatened to occupy government buildings if the region’s chief executive does not resign by the end of Thursday, amid growing uncertainty about where ... Read More »

One Controversial Art Exhibit — And Its Cancellation — Sends an Unsettling Message About Race

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On its fall calendar, London’s Barbican performing arts center had slated a controversial production called “Exhibit B – The Human Zoo.” The performance featured black actors shackled, bound and gagged, chained and caged in 12 tableaux vivants all to make a point about the history of colonial powers in Africa. The performance’s ambition was to reflect upon, raise awareness about and ultimately skewer the racist model villages (or human ... Read More »