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September 20 2019

Picasso hait la guerre

« Non, la peinture n'est pas faite pour décorer les appartements. C'est un instrument de guerre offensive et défensive contre l'ennemi. » Picasso, Les Lettres françaises du 24 mars 1945. L'exposition que présentait jusqu'au 28 juillet le Musée de l'Armée à Paris, « Picasso et la guerre », renouvelait quelque peu la série qui pourra prendre bientôt la forme d'une comptine : « Picasso et... » . Cette fois, le sujet est plus grave, de surcroît il engage non seulement l'artiste mais le citoyen Picasso. L'exposition — (...)

- Contrebande / Seconde guerre mondiale, Conflits, Guerre, Culture, Histoire, Art

September 19 2019

Trinidad & Tobago government to rethink Sedition Act

"What is needed is an urgent amendment of the Act to qualify seditious intention by adding a specific requirement that the prohibited acts and statements must urge forceful/violent action."
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Azerbaijanis wary about new ‘morality police’

Progressive Baku residents see "morality police" as immoral, and experts say the move will ultimately be ineffective.
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Cooling Earth with asteroid dust, and 3 billion missing birds

On this week’s show, science journalist Josh Sokol talks about a global cooling event sparked by space dust that lead to a huge shift in animal and plant diversity 466 million years ago. (Read the related research article in Science Advances.) And I talk with Kenneth Rosenberg, an applied conservation scientist at Cornell University, about steep declines in bird abundance in the United States and Canada. His team estimates about 3 billion birds have gone missing since the 1970s. This week’s episode was edited by Podigy. Ads on this week’s show: MOVA Globes; KiwiCo.com Listen to previous podcasts. About the Science Podcast [Image: Public domain; Music: Jeffrey Cook]

Yale-NUS college draws criticism in Singapore after canceling a class on ‘dialogue and dissent’

"If we cannot make space and listen to the person that says no, then democracy dies. It’s that fundamental."
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FOTOLOT: Eine solche Selbstbestimmung

Sally Mann wurde durch den Band "Immediate Family" berühmt.  Es hat lange gedauert, bis die  großformatige Wucht von Manns späteren Arbeiten von der Kritik umfänglich anerkannt wurde. Das Jeu de Paume in Paris widmet ihr eine großartige Retrospektive. Von Peter Truschner.

China Central Television urges netizens to doxx Hong Kong protesters and reporters

The state-run TV helped publicise doxxing site hkleaks.ru, which targeted pro-democracy lawmakers, student activists and journalists in Hong Kong.

« Casse-toi, pauv' con ! »

Pas d'apostrophe à « com » pour abréger « communication » ?! Il me semblait pourtant qu'on en mettait une... « Non, l'apostrophe c'est avec Saint-Trop', a patiemment répété ma collègue. Tu sais bien, quand on veut indiquer qu'il y a une ambiguïté, qu'il faut prononcer la lettre finale (“Saint-TropE”). La règle de Francis T., quoi... » Et là, notre discussion du mois précédent m'est enfin revenue. Tout comme le souvenir de Francis T. (salut Francis, au cas où tu lirais ce billet !), correcteur chevronné croisé au Figaro (...)

- L'ornithorynque / Culture, France, Langue

In a Pakistani town, Hindu-Muslim relations are tested after a Hindu temple is vandalised

"[The] government ought to arrest those ruined the Temple and school, no one has the right to harm other religious places."

September 18 2019

Why the Bahamas needs kindness right now

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season has been a frightening one — and the climate crisis makes it even scarier for small islands. But we can rise above the fear by giving.

Once hotbeds of political resistance, Czech secondhand bookstores are slowly disappearing

The few surviving "antikvariat" have turned into nostalgia museums.
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