2019/12/12

H.E. Jamyang Dagmo Kusho

One of the few authentic female Lamas trained in Tibet, known for her deep connection with Tara

Sea of Shadows

When Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers join forces to poach the rare totoaba fish in the Sea of Cortez, their deadly methods threaten to destroy virtually all marine life in the region, including the most elusive and endangered whale species on Earth, the vaquita porpoise.

2019/12/09

The Art of Crossing Borders

The series depicts Turkish immigrants in Germany in the 1970s: Turks formed the largest wave of immigration in that country’s series of postwar recruitments of foreign workers, known as starbeiter, or guest workers (others came from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Morocco, Tunisia, and Yugoslavia). 

2019/12/08

For the first time in its 150-year history, the Vienna State Opera is staging an opera by a woman

Olga Neuwirth says "it feels a little bit strange" to be the first female composer to have a work staged at the Vienna State Opera.

2019/12/04

Jailed physicist released following corruption protest

A Croatian theoretical physicist has been released from prison after he was jailed in August following a two-month sit-in at the science ministry in Zagreb.

“Al-Bab, the Nightmare” / “Jarablus, the Nightmare”

Rape is a crime of war that Syrian rebel groups have largely refrained from committing, but reports of rapes perpetrated by SNA fighters circulate among local Kurds and Kurdish media outlets. Disturbingly, two SNA members, Qassem and Mohsin, confirmed to me the incidence of such cases and could name specific Kurdish and Yazidi women they know who were raped by SNA fighters in Efrîn.

2019/12/03

Two more Tibetans arrested from Zachukha for demanding Tibet’s independence


Zaha Hadid Architects Designs Futuristic Transit Hub That Doubles as a Public Bridge


Conductor Mariss Jansons dies aged 76

Born in Rīga into the musical family of conductor Arvīds Jansons and singer Iraīda Jansone, Mariss moved to what was then Leningrad in 1956 with his parents, where his father worked as a conductor at the Leningrad Philharmonic. Mariss Jansons studied violin, piano and conducting at the Leningrad Conservatory

2019/11/30

Every 20 minutes, there is a rape in India

"[Indian] judiciary is interested in regulating women's sexuality and judging them rather than offering them justice," 

2019/11/28

Central Tibetan Administration “Tibetans ‘minoritized’ by China face imposition of Mandarin”

“Tibetans are deprived of learning their own language on their own land; Tibetans are deprived of teaching their own language on their own land- if this is not human rights violations then what is.”

2019/11/25

Four girls are raped every hour in Brazil

In Brazil, four girls under 13 are raped every hour and every two minutes police receive a report of violence against women

What is domestic violence and abuse?

When people think of domestic abuse, they often focus on domestic violence. But domestic abuse includes any attempt by one person in an intimate relationship or marriage to dominate and control the other

2019/11/23

Women’s Business

When Moaveni asks her subjects why they went to Syria despite reports of cruel punishments and repression of women, they say they didn’t believe what they heard. Nour, the Tunisian, provides some of the most detailed testimony. Suspended from school for wearing a hijab, she is drawn to an extremist mosque and becomes close to young men who seem to respect her and who provide her with a theological justification for ISIS ideology. When the Islamist political party she favors is banned, the obvious answer is to go to Syria, where she and her husband hope they can live by their religious beliefs. To her, “the crucifixions and sex slave markets were the fanciful propaganda of the group’s opponents.” According to Moaveni, Nour regarded the media as the tool of an oppressively secular Tunisian state, while Islamist women in the West filtered out information from news sources that they saw as anti-Muslim—in other words, most media. Like those Americans who discount everything from sources deemed “fake news,” they simply dismissed information that contradicted what they wanted to believe.

2019/11/22

Deliberate policy to injure protesters points to responsibility of those in command

The intention of the Chilean security forces is clear: to injure demonstrators in order to discourage protest, even to the extent of using torture and sexual violence against protesters.

Iran: More than 100 protesters believed to be killed

At least 106 protesters in 21 cities have been killed, according to credible reports received by Amnesty International.

2019/11/20

Vija Celmins: ‘I Just Look, and Paint’

Celmins offers artworks with no focal point, no hierarchy, no instruction about this bit being more important than that bit.

Daphne murder: 17 Black owner Yorgen Fenech arrested

17 Black was identified in a leaked e-mail as one of two sources of income for the Panama companies Hearnville and Tillgate, which were set up by Office of the Prime Minister consultants Nexia BT for Minister Konrad Mizzi and the Prime Minister's chief of staff Keith Schembri.

2019/11/18

There Is Growing Evidence that Our Universe Is a Giant Hologram

If this depiction of space is correct, then like any computer, there is an inherent limit to the universe’s data storage and processing capacity.

A Letter to Flower and Crown (Parwana Fayyaz)

with a hope that someone will help on the other side,
offering them shelter to rest for the night.
I first heard the story about the women fleeing
and losing their ways in crossing the valleys

"A black sun rises in the West of me" (Toby Martinez de las Rivas)

city where the lamb lights hís terrible
mercy in to worldis of worldis, forever & ever
& hís government will never fail, for no glory
is allowed but hís glory, no bone
gouvernance but hís bone gouvernance,
no prison camp but hís prison camp,
hís plantations, hís will & techne, hís punishment
beatings, hís censorship, hís textual criticism,

2019/11/12

White Phosphorous Use in Northern Syria

The Times of London implied that the OPCW chose not to investigate the use of White Phosphorus (WP) due to political expediency: “The suspicion is that the OPCW’s reluctance to investigate reflects western hesitancy to embarrass a Nato member at a time when relations with Turkey are strained.” 

2019/11/11

Lisbon Web Summit shocks with €850 sweater and €780 jumper

People are confused as to why Web Summit, an annual technology conference in Lisbon, is charging hundreds of euros for its clothing.

2019/11/09

Scientists create 'artificial leaf' that turns carbon dioxide into fuel

Scientists have created an “artificial leaf” to fight climate change by inexpensively converting harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) into a useful alternative fuel.

Poorly planned Amazon dam project 'poses serious threat to life'

Environmentalists and scientists warned this would devastate one of the world’s most unique biodiversity hotspots. Economists questioned the viability of a scheme paid for with pension funds and tax revenues, but which is designed to run at only 40% of its 11,200MW capacity. Prosecutors involved in the Car Wash corruption investigation found Belo Monte contractors were paid inflated fees in return for kickbacks to political parties.

2019/11/06

Ghost Gear

there is one particular type of plastic pollution that is especially deadly because it is specifically designed to catch and kill marine wildlife: Abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear, or so-called ‘ghost gear’.

2019/10/28

Green Skull (Sherrie Levine)


“New paths for the Church and for the integral Ecology”

women do everything that the priest does, except consecration of the bread and wine. Why not allow them this mission as well?

2019/10/27

Student makes history by writing thesis in the Incas’ language

Roxana Quispe Collantes received top marks from Lima’s San Marcos university, the oldest in the Americas, for her study on Peruvian and Latin American literature, which focused on poetry written in Quechua.
Scholars say it is the first time in the university’s 468-year history that a student has written and defended a thesis (answering questions from examiners) entirely in the native language – even though it is the most widely spoken indigenous tongue in South America, used by about 8 million people, half of them in Peru.

2019/10/24

Yayoi Kusama with Pumpkin


16 People Have Been Sentenced To Death For The Murder of Nusrat Jahan Rafi

The 16 people sentenced Thursday included the madrasa's principal Siraj Ud Doula, two other teachers, some of Rafi's classmates, and local political leaders from Bangladesh's ruling Awami League party.

Note: more than justice is the world's liberation of a bunch of criminals. Should be applied everywhere.

2019/10/19

Ablutions, 1972 (Judy Chicago, Suzanne Lacy, Sandra Orgel, Aviva Rahmani)


The Great Biomass Boondoggle

Much of the EU’s forest industry operates under strictures, with the result that, as demand for “energy wood” increased, so has harvesting in less regulated forests, especially in the southern US and Canada. There, the wood-pellet industry has grown exponentially, but it has also expanded in the less scrutinized corners of Europe, such as the boreal bog forests of Estonia and the ancient forests of the Carpathian Mountains in Slovakia, Ukraine, and Romania, home to the lynx, bears, and wolves of old European folktales. 

2019/10/14

What is culture?

Sperm whales are matrilineal, which means that females stay with their mothers, forming groups called social units. These social units are comprised of one or two families and are stable over their entire lives. They travel together, socialize together, forage together and learn from each other. Beyond social units, sperm whale societies are also organized at a higher tier called vocal clans. Vocal clans include thousands of individuals and can be recognized acoustically.

Fascist Spain gives harsh sentences for Catalonia's politicians


2019/10/11

"The art world is a cesspool of corruption"


In cold dark matter cosmology

dark matter halos merge under hierarchical growth that results in the merger of the halos’ baryonic counterparts 

2019/10/07

“An anthropological rupture"

France’s national academy of medicine called the practice “an anthropological rupture,” using terminology straight out of Claude Lévi-Strauss’s theory of kinship, in which he posited that one of the central human bonds is that between a husband and wife.

2019/10/06

A Middle East One Step Closer to Its “1914 Moment”

What is certain is that a series of aerial attacks on oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais, both in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province and operated by the state oil firm Aramco, shut off around 50 per cent of the kingdom’s oil production. Yemen’s Huthi movement, which has been locked in a war with Yemeni opponents and their Saudi-led backers since 2015, immediately claimed responsibility. The U.S. promptly dismissed Huthi claims as unfounded and pointed the finger at Tehran