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After the attack on a residential area in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, the EU foreign ministers plan to discuss further economic sanctions against Russia on Thursday. The EU is yet again being far too hesitant, some commentators criticise. Others go a step further and say Ukraine should be given weapons.
France is taking new steps to combat terrorism and believes French citizens can play an important role in identifying potential jihadis.
Italian lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting on Thursday (29 January), leaving Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hoping to push through his candidate only in a fourth round, when the required threshold of votes is lower.
Even before the leftist Syriza party’s overwhelming victory in Greece’s recent general election, it was obvious that, far from being over, the crisis was threatening to worsen. And it does not take a prophet to predict that the Greek election result will leave the European Union’s German-backed austerity policy in tatters.
Mutual recognition between people and cultures moves in mysterious ways, the cartoon its Rorschach test.
On Tuesday’s 100-days-to-go mark for the general election, UKIP published a list of ‘100 great reasons‘ to vote for them.
We want to be sure that the new Commission will not deregulate the labour market, because EU citizens are more important than the market, said Marita Ulvskog.
The European continent, ravaged by war for much of the last century, has been transformed to a bastion of justice, tranquility and progress, writes Egidijus Vareikis.
The Irish political elite is deeply invested in an essentially religious narrative: Ireland sinned, Ireland confessed, Ireland did penance, Ireland has been forgiven, Ireland will be rewarded. If Syriza’s strategy in Greece succeeds, this will be exposed as a folly.
The fact that SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) won last Sunday’s national elections in Greece was not a surprise. It had been leading opinion polls for months. The fact that the radical left SYRIZA formed a coalition government with the right wing ANEL (Independent Greeks) within hours of its electoral victory was not particularly surprising either. Greece has been governed by coalition governments that have included both left-of-centre and right-of-centre parties since 2011. The left-right dimension of party competition has become secondary to the issue of the terms of Greece’s membership of the Eurozone and both SYRIZA and ANEL are opposed to the current terms, which they feel have been imposed on Greece.
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Turkish fighter jets entered Greek airspace after Panos Kammenos flew over uninhabited islets off Turkey coast which nearly triggered war in 1996
Greece’s new nationalist defence minister has prompted Turkey to scramble fighter jets just days after taking office by taking a helicopter trip over the uninhabited islets off the Turkish coast that nearly triggered a war in 1996.
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Turkish singer who kept his trousers backstage
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Erdoğan likens himself to Britain’s Queen as Turkish government suspends metal workers’ strike in the name of NATIONAL SECURITYIn Uncategorized on January 30, 2015 at 20:15
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Sure, we love the internet for how it makes freely available so many cultural artifacts. And sure, we also love the internet for how it allows us to disseminate our own work. But the internet gets the most interesting, I would submit, when it makes freely available cultural artifacts with the express purpose of letting creators use them in their own work — which we then all get to experience through the internet. The new Public Domain Project will soon become an important resource for many such creators, offering as it does “thousands of historic media files for your creative projects, completely free and made available by Pond5,” an entity that brands itself as “the world’s most vibrant marketplace for creativity.”
Yesterday I wrote about the hugely influential film journal Cahiers du cinéma. It is not hyperbole to say that the publication not only altered the course of cinema history but it also, most likely, affected the way that you understand film. If you think of The Shining as a Stanley Kubrick movie instead of a Jack Nicholson flick, you can thank Cahiers du Cinema.
Dostoevsky, a doodler? Surely not! Great Russian brow furrowed over the meaning of love and hate and faith and crime, diving into squalid hells, ascending to the heights of spiritual ecstasy, taking a gasp of heavenly air, then back down to the depths again to churn out the pages and hundreds of character arcs—that’s Dostoevsky’s style.
Last month, we featured Every Frame a Painting, Tony Zhou’s series of video essays examining the filmmaking techniques of directors like Martin Scorsese, Edgar Wright, Steven Spielberg, and David Fincher. His newest piece looks at just one element of just one scene, but one directed by one of the highest figures, if not the highest figure, in the cinematic pantheon: Akira Kurosawa. Zhou, as any cinephile might expect, has a full-length examination of “the Emperor” of Japanese film in the works, but for now he’s put out a short video essay on the geometry of a couple minutes from The Bad Sleep Well (1960).
Soir Bleu by Edward Hopper, 1914.
The trend has now become delightfully clear: the world’s best-known art institutions have got around to the important business of making their collections freely viewable online. We’ve already featured the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Rijksmuseum, and the National Gallery (as well as new, internet-based institutions such as theGoogle Art Project and Art.sy). Today, we bring news that the Whitney Museum of American Art has joined in as well.
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