Falling for Niki de Saint Phalle


PARIS — I have never particularly admired French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle’s overly familiar and obvious Nanas (French slang for “broads”) — the gaudy, plump, joyous everywoman figures that made the artist’s case for female affirmation. Nor am I a huge fan of the Stravinsky Fountain at the Centre Pompidou, her collaboration with her husband, the artist Jean Tinguely. ... Read More »

The Three Hierarchs

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In the top drawer of my desk resides a stained chromolithograph icon of the Three Hierarchs. This was given to me by my grandmother when I was studying for my first exam in year seven. Informed that it belonged to my father and was the sole reason that my father was able to complete his studies, I secreted same in ... Read More »

Islamic Terrorism: The Taboo Topic

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The political violence of the Koran is eternal and universal. The political violence of the Bible was for that particular historical time and place. This is the vast difference between Islam and other ideologies.” — Bill Warner, Director, Center for the Study of Political Islam. Gatestone Institute -  Uzay Bulut The word has turned into a place where free speech ... Read More »

Swedish envoy to Turkey: Criticizing ISIL does not equal Islamophobia

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Sweden’s ambassador to Ankara urges for a balanced approach in dealing with Islamist terror attacks, saying a distinction should be made between criticizing Islamist extremists and Islamophobia. ANKARA – Hurriyet – Emine Kart Nobody should stigmatize all Muslims for the crimes committed by fundamentalists, yet nobody should label criticism of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its ... Read More »

No need to breed like rabbits: Pope

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Pope Francis says Catholics don’t have to breed ‘like rabbits’ and should instead practice ‘responsible parenting’. SBS - Source: AAP Catholics are not required to procreate “like rabbits,” Pope Francis says, tackling family planning issues days after reiterating the Catholic Church’s opposition to artificial contraceptives. “Some people believe that to be good Catholics, we need to be like rabbits,” the Pope said ... Read More »

Meet the honor brigade, an organized campaign to silence debate on Islam

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Asra Q. Nomani, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, is the author of “Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam.” The Washington Post – By Asra Q. Nomani “You have shamed the community,” a fellow Muslim in Morgantown, W.Va., said to me as we sat in a Panera Bread in 2004. “Stop writing.” Then 38, I had ... Read More »

Witch doctors banned in Tanzania in bid to curb attacks on albinos

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Tanzania has banned witch doctors in a bid to curb a rising wave of attacks on albinos. More than 70 albinos, who lack pigment in their skin, hair and eyes, have been murdered in the east African nation in the past decade for black magic purposes, according to United Nations figures. Many victims have been hacked to death and body ... Read More »

Faith leaders oppose calls for religious freedom bill in Georgia

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Sixty faith leaders have opposed calls for a religious freedom bill to be enacted in the state of Georgia. Christian Today – Lucinda Borkett-Jones The leaders issued a joint letter the same day as religious conservatives attended ‘Standing for our Faith’ rally at the Georgia State Capitol. The rally was a response to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s decision to sack fire chief Kelvin ... Read More »

Former highest-ranking U.S. cardinal blames ‘feminization’ for the Catholic Church’s problems

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Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke is a man with a lot of enemies. The Washington Post - Terrence McCoy The former archbishop of St. Louis, who once said supporters of abortion rights shouldn’t receive communion, became the highest-ranking American in the Vatican during the tenure of former Pope Benedict on the strength of unabashed conservatism. But as soon as Pope Francis arrived on the ... Read More »

Religious freedom is no bar to voicing criticism

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IN the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, we need to talk about what freedom of religion actually means. This is because erroneous views about freedom are holding us back from having vital public conversations about the role of faith in our society. Herald Sun – SUSIE O’BRIEN Freedom of religion means one person has to respect another person’s right to ... Read More »