Arts & Culture

Explainer: why blackface (and brownface) offend

Last week, Polynesian activists accused Disney of promoting “brownface”after it advertised a full body children’s costume depicting the tattooed Pacific demi-god Maui. Marion Gray  Weeks earlier, a Perth mother who painted her son’s skin black so he could dress for a school parade as his “idol”, AFL footballer Nic Naitanui, was… Source: Explainer: why blackface (and brownface) offend Read More »

Two Dozen Christians Deported From Saudi Arabia For Praying

Saudi Arabia has deported 27 Christians for having a service in their home to mark the festival of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven, according to news reports. Ruth Gledhill  The deportation was carried out because the Christians’ prayers were “unIslamic”, according to EWTN. The women, some of whom had children with them, argued… Source: Two Dozen Christians Deported From Saudi Arabia For Praying | Christian News on Christian Today Read More »

Jordan: Nahed Hattar shot dead ahead of cartoon trial

Gunman kills prominent writer Nahed Hattar outside Amman court where he was facing charges over “offensive” cartoon. A gunman has shot dead prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside a court where he was facing charges for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam, state news agency Petra reported. Hattar was struck by three bullets before the… Source: Jordan: Nahed Hattar shot dead ahead of cartoon trial – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

‘Draw and you’ll go to jail’: the fight to save comics from the censor

From worried parents to policemen with built-in ‘Satan detectors’, underground comics have never lacked enemies. David Barnett And for 30 years Neil Gaiman and his friends have fought back in the name of free speech In 1994, Mike Diana found himself in jail near his home in Largo, Florida. Sitting alongside rapists, muggers and murderers, he… Source: ‘Draw and you’ll go to jail’: the fight to save comics from the censor | Books | The Guardian Read More »

Breda O’Brien: Zappone has got it wrong on childcare

Incentivising people to send children to a crèche ignores many other options Breda O’Brien According to a recent ICTU (Irish Congress of Trade Unions) study of its members, just under 30 per cent of parents rely on relatives for childcare, about 30 per cent on childminders in their own or the… Source: Breda O’Brien: Zappone has got it wrong on childcare Read More »

Bridging past and present, the African American Museum opening is a dynamic celebration

In a dim, quiet backroom in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a gray-haired man paused in front of a bronze casket, and he stood to pay his last respects to Emmett Till. By Monica Hesse and Krissah Thompson “Jesus,” whispered the man, a retired college administrator named Samuel L. Wright. He leaned forward. He saw that behind the glass, inside the coffin, lay a picture of the… Source: Bridging past and present, the African American Museum ... Read More »

Athens’ unofficial community initiatives offer hope after government failures

From abandoned municipal offices to theatres and car parks, informal local movements are reclaiming public space in the Greek capital. With the city’s progressive mayor on board they could reshape politics too Helena Smith in Athens Navarinou Park – part playground, part open-air cinema, part vegetable garden and verdant oasis – was never meant to be. On that, all of its… Source: Athens’ unofficial community initiatives offer hope after government failures | Cities | The Guardian Read More »

Kim Kardashian takes out New York Times ad calling for recognition of ‘Armenian genocide’

Kim Kardashian takes out a full-page ad in The New York Times to hit back at people who deny the massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians a century ago was genocide. It was in response to the Wall Street Journal publishing an advertisement earlier this year, which supported the denial of the event. The United States and Australia are among the… Source: Kim Kardashian takes out New York Times ad calling for recognition of ‘Armenian genocide’ – ABC News ... Read More »

Christian convert from Islam sent back to prison in Iran

A Christian convert from Islam in Iran has been sent back to prison in spite of suffering long-term health issues. Ruth Gledhill  Maryam Naghash Zargaran, who has gone on hunger strike twice while in prison, had been released last month to get medical treatement after serving three years of a… Source: Christian convert from Islam sent back to prison in Iran | Christian News on Christian Today Read More »

Early pre-Hispanic use of indigo blue in Peru

Archaeological research has identified the use of cultivated cotton ( Gossypium barbadense ) in the ancient Andes dating back to at least 7800 years ago. Because of unusual circumstances of preservation, 6000-year-old cotton fabrics from the Preceramic site of Huaca Prieta on the north coast of Peru retained traces of a blue pigment that was analyzed and positively identified as an… Source: Early pre-Hispanic use of indigo blue in Peru | Science Advances Read More »

Irene Watson appointed University of South Australia’s first Indigenous pro-vice chancellor

The University of South Australia is hoping to increase Indigenous enrolments with the appointment of its first Indigenous pro-Vice Chancellor Irene Watson. BY NICOLA GAGE The inaugural position was created after the university announced it would close its David Unaipon College, with its programs to merge into the mainstream campus… Source: Irene Watson appointed University of South Australia’s first Indigenous pro-vice chancellor – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari review – chilling

The epic, widely celebrated Sapiens gets the sequel it demanded: a breathless, compulsive inquiry into humanity’s apocalyptic, tech-driven future Tim Adams The Guardian Yuval Noah Harari began his academic career as a researcher of medieval warfare. His early publications had titles like “Inter-frontal Cooperation in the Fourteenth Century and Edward III’s 1346 Campaign” or “The Military Role of the Frankish Turcopoles”. Then, the story goes, having won tenure at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he embarked on a crusade of ... Read More »

Turkey has detained a prominent novelist. We unite to say this vendetta must end

Ahmet Altan and his brother, Mehmet Altan, were taken away in a dawn raid on Saturday. We call for his release and for freedom of expression to be respected. Orhan Pamuk, JM Coetzee,Elena Ferrante and others We the undersigned call upon democrats throughout the world, as well as those who care about the future of Turkey and the… Source: Turkey has detained a prominent novelist. We unite to say this vendetta must end | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Is having anti-Canadian values a Canadian value?

Canada is again caught up in an immigration controversy which calls for screening potential newcomers for their beliefs. by Antonia Zerbisias Last week, Canadian Conservative MP Kellie Leitch, former minister for the status of women in Stephen Harper’s cabinet, hit voters with a “survey” asking if immigrants should be vetted for possible “anti-Canadian values”. The punchlines – even from fellow Conservatives – were predictable. Could “anti-Canadian values” mean disdain for the… Source: Is having anti-Canadian values a Canadian value? – Al Jazeera English Read More »

The tragedy of Eaten Fish, the award-winning cartoonist on Manus Island

His cartoons will some day he recognised as important, world-class chronicles of the worst human behaviour since the World War II concentration camps. Thus spoke Robert Russell, executive director of Cartoonists Rights Network International, after awarding the 2016 international award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning. The cartoons Russell is referring to are the work of a 25-year-old Iranian… Source: The tragedy of Eaten Fish, the award-winning cartoonist on Manus Island Read More »