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[l] at 8/3/20 7:50am

A historical reading of Erdogan's decision shows how competing narratives and culture wars between pro-West modernising elites and counter-elites imbued with Ottoman nostalgia have played out in the symbolic attribution of Hagia Sophia.

- Outside in / Comment
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[l] at 8/2/20 4:00pm

The artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen has been using the camera in fresh and original ways for over 20 years to develop a poetic imagery of the human condition. Exhibitions of his work were on at London's Tate Britain and Tate Modern until sudden closure due to Covid-19.

- 2020/04 / article, 2020/04 Steve McQueen
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[l] at 7/29/20 7:42am
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[l] at 7/29/20 7:42am
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[l] at 7/29/20 7:42am

‘Populist' is now an insult in the US, especially when applied to anti-expertise reactions to the current pandemic. But the true history of US populism is of a long fight to place medical experts at the service of the wellbeing of ordinary people.

- 2020/08 / article
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[l] at 7/29/20 7:42am

Donald Trump was already tweeting in 2012 that it was ‘time to get out of Afghanistan' , though it remains to be seen if he will manage any better than Barack Obama: 18-year-old US soldiers setting off to fight there today were not born when the war started. Every attempt to disengage the US militarily — from Syria, Libya, South Korea or Germany — draws loud protests in Washington, with the war lobby crying that the Russians are coming. The US defence budget, $738bn in 2020, may be 10 times (...)

- 2020/08 / editorial
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[l] at 7/29/20 7:41am

Donald Trump made his presidential office serve his personal financial interests. He wasn't the first.

- 2020/08 / article
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[l] at 7/29/20 7:41am

The music of JS Bach has never not been heard since his death 270 years ago, although there were times it fell out of fashion. Today hardly anyone would dare not to like it; most of us love him unreservedly.

- 2020/08 / article
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Iran strictly controls all music, including pop, and hip-hop is seen as indecent. Young rappers, some outside Iran, are using it as a vehicle for political protest.

- 2020/08 / article
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[l] at 7/29/20 7:41am

Papers in Arabic began as a way for regional rulers, and western colonial powers, to communicate with their subjects in the language they use, which is shared in written form across the region.

- 2020/08 / article
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The hajj has been suspended around 40 times since the year 631 as a result of fires, wars or cholera outbreaks. In 2020 it fell victim to the Covid-19 pandemic. The pilgrimage was to have taken place between 28 July and 2 August, and would have attracted 4.3 million hajji from 180 countries to Mecca, including 1.7 million Saudis. In February the foreign ministry ‘temporarily' closed Saudi Arabia's borders to pilgrims wanting to go on the umra, and on 21 June the government restricted the hajj (...)

- 2020/08 / box, 2020/08 Mecca
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Pilgrimage to Mecca comes second only to hydrocarbons as Saudi Arabia's main source of income, and the country aims to exploit it still further.

- 2020/08 / article, 2020/08 Mecca
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[l] at 7/29/20 7:41am

Glaciers in the tropical Andes have shrunk faster over the past 30 years because of climate change. This means already drought-prone cities such as La Paz will lose a large part of their water supply.

- 2020/08 / article, 2020/08 Bolivia
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[l] at 7/29/20 7:41am

President Macron promised that African artefacts, many seized by colonists, would be returned to their countries of origin. European museums and art dealers opposed that, so nothing has been sent back, and African art is still being stolen to order.

- 2020/08 / article
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Who should be but isn't at the peace talks table for the many wars afflicting the daily lives of millions? Women. They do the work on the ground but are cut out of negotiations for peace.

- 2020/08 / article
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Who should be but isn't at the peace talks table for the many wars afflicting the daily lives of millions? Women. They do the work on the ground but are cut out of negotiations for peace.

- 2020/08 / article
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[l] at 7/29/20 7:41am

The word ‘meritocracy' was used in the 1950s as a warning of a tyranny in which the cleverest, or rather most educated, ruled society and passed on their privilege. That dystopia has now arrived.

- 2020/08 / article
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[l] at 7/28/20 1:37am

Source: ‘Mineral commodity summaries 2018', USGS

- Economy / Map, 2018/09 Electric cars

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[l] at 7/27/20 5:34am

The coronavirus crisis has revived the hunt for populists. Like the cartoonish Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro, these are said to despise science, the separation of powers, complexity and the rule of law. Chantal Mouffe, a renowned theorist of populism, responds.

- 2020/05 / article, Newly translated, Exclusive
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[l] at 7/21/20 7:27am

In the post-Soviet era, Russian corruption has been a public-private partnership run by an oligarch class profiting from state-led crony capitalism.

- 2019/09 / article, 2019/09 - corruption
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[l] at 7/20/20 11:48am

The unexpected team in this month's election will be Alberto Fernández, former critic of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, and the lady herself, attempting to create a new Peronist consensus.

- 2019/10 / article

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