Arts & Culture

Turkish singer steps down as UNESCO goodwill ambassador in protest of Turkey stance

Revered Turkish singer Zülfü Livaneli, who has been holding a post as UNESCO goodwill ambassador since 1996, has resigned, accusing the organization of “hypocrisy”, Turkish daily newspapers reported on Wednesday. Livaneli noted in his resignation letter that UNESCO has remained silent in the face of human rights violations, attacks on free speech and… Source: Turkish singer steps down as UNESCO goodwill ambassador in protest of Turkey stance – Turkish Minute Read More »

Ancient crayfish and worms may die out together

Research suggests that bizarre, tentacled worms which live attached to crayfish in the rivers of Australia are at risk of extinction – because the crayfish themselves are endangered. It would be an example of coextinction, where one organism dies out because it depends on another doomed species. Just a few millimetres long, the worms eat even tinier animals in the water or inside the crayfish gill chamber… Source: Ancient crayfish and worms may die out together – BBC News Read More »

Talks break down between German right-wing AfD, Muslim group

Agence France Presse BERLIN: A meeting between Germany’s right-wing populist AfD party and a Muslim organisation ended in acrimony Monday after less than an hour. A co-chair of the Alternative for Germany (AfD), Frauke Petry, said there was nothing left to talk about after the Muslim group had compared her party to the Nazis. Aiman Mazyek, the head of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD), who initiated the meeting held in a Berlin hotel… Source: Talks break down ... Read More »

Rome’s treatment of censured Irish priests a ‘great scandal’

Catholic bishops urged to develop more just and respectful process for dealing with cases.. An Irish priest censured by the Vatican has cast doubts that his future or the futures of other clerics in his situation will improve following last week’s meeting between Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) colleagues and bishops… Source: Rome’s treatment of censured Irish priests a ‘great scandal’ Read More »

Logging to begin in last remaining European primeval forest

Warsaw: It is the last remaining relic of an ancient forest that stretched for millennia across the lowlands of Europe and Russia, a shadowy, mossy woodland where bison and lynx roam beneath towering oak trees up to 600 years old. Conservationists believe the fate of the Bialowieza Forest, which straddles Poland and Belarus, is more threatened that at any time since the communist era due to a new Polish government plan for extensive logging in parts of the forest. The plan ... Read More »

One day at Agkalia (Embrace)

One day at Agkalia *(Embrace) we encountered group of seemingly tough young men. By Giorgos Tyrikos-Ergas * Μια μέρα στην Αγκαλιά… They set themselves apart from the other groups with the families and were just sitting around and loitering making comments about the volunteers, all kinds of insinuations about the women volunteers, and in general: they looked like trouble. When we started giving away food they did not wait in line. They cut in and grabbed it. To my request ... Read More »

Queen’s appoints 18 highly paid academics amid cutbacks

Queen’s said its appointments fit with its aim to create strong and visible academic leadership A DOZEN senior managers appointed as part of a major restructuring by Queen’s University stand to take home more money a year than the First Minister. As academics at Queen’s prepare to take part in a UK-wide strike over pay, it has emerged that the university is spending millions on new… Source: Queen’s appoints 18 highly paid academics amid cutbacks – The Irish News Read More »

Iranian-born refugee wins major literary award, criticises Dutton’s ‘illiterate’ comments

Iranian refugee Osamah Sami, 33, has taken out the Multicultural category at the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, for his memoir, ‘Good Muslim Boy’. The book, which describes his own experiences of fleeing Iran, was printed last year. He took this opportunity to criticise comments made by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on ‘illiterate refugees.’… Source: Iranian-born refugee wins major literary award, criticises Dutton’s ‘illiterate’ comments | SBS News Read More »

Bull spearing outlawed by Spanish regional government

Decision by Castile and León authorities could end killing of bulls by horsemen at annual Toro de la Vega festival.. A regional government in Spain has outlawed the killing of bulls at town festivals in a measure that could stop the animals being speared to death at one of the country’s goriest summer events… Source: Bull spearing outlawed by Spanish regional government | World news | The Guardian Read More »

JK Rowling was right: free speech is for everyone, not just your friendsan

We need to welcome dissent, because we grow from it. If you have to silence the other side, your own arguments can’t be very strong.. Αs the president of PEN America, I was deeply honored to have JK Rowling attend our gala to receive the PEN/Allen Foundation Award for Literary Service. Rowling gave a brief but exquisite address in which she lauded free speech in the broadest terms, saying, “The tides of populism and nationalism… Source: JK Rowling was right: ... Read More »

750-year-old skeletons will give picture of medieval Aberdeen

How an Aberdonian would have looked around 750 years ago is to be reconstructed by one of the world’s top forensic anthropologists.. Professor Sue Black, director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at Dundee University, is in talks with city chiefs on the project after a mass haul of medieval skeletons was made in the city centre earlier this year… Source: 750-year-old skeletons will give picture of medieval Aberdeen – The Scotsman Read More »

Saudi Arabia releases video on National TV teaching husbands how to beat their wives

(AhlulBayt News Agency) – The national television of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has aired a video, in which a self-styled Islamic family doctor is seen teaching men in the country how to ‘… AWD News The national television of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has aired a… The video is believed to have been aired in the country in early February, 2016. The Kingdom’s government is said to have approved the… Saudi Arabia releases… Read More »

Mongolia: Archaeologists Unearth Tomb of Genghis Khan

Öndörkhaan| Construction workers employed in road building near the Onon River in the Khentii province of Mongolia, have discovered a mass grave containing the remains of many dozens of human corpses lying upon a large rudimentary stone structure. Forensic experts and archaeologists were called on… Source: Mongolia: Archaeologists Unearth Tomb of Genghis Khan – World News Daily Report Read More »

Multiculturalism: not an ideal, but a reality

We need to create human societies from people of many different backgrounds.. I’m reading Stan Grant’s book Talking To My Country. A journalist with Aboriginal and Irish heritage, Grant wrote an article last year at the height of the Adam Goodes drama, which proved very telling. The story was both simple and complex. In expressing the historic principle at stake with dignity and clarity while also illuminating the complexities of the issues of Aboriginal identity it raised, Grant was in ... Read More »

Rape is black people’s ‘pastime’, white South African judge says in Facebook rant

South Africans aren’t blind to the fact that race still divides their country. But when an activist named Gillian Schutte went public recently with messages she had exchanged with a high court judge a year ago, she certainly achieved her stated goal: to expose the “deep racism and colonial thinking” that still pervade upper echelons of South African society. Mabel Jansen, who is the daughter of a former governor-general of South Africa during the apartheid years, sent the messages last ... Read More »

Sadiq Khan and the Future of Europe

WASHINGTON — As the votes in London’s mayoral election were being counted on May 5, almost every British Muslim I know seemed to have only one thought: Would Sadiq Khan pull it off? He did. Mr. Khan, the son of Pakistani immigrants, was elected as the first Muslim mayor of a Western capital city, with more than 1.3 million votes, in… Source: Sadiq Khan and the Future of Europe – The New York Times Read More »