image edited by Fernando Kaskais FILE PHOTO: Hungarian folk dancers. © Attila Kisbenedek / AFP A Hungarian city’s bid to become the European Union’s next “Capital of Culture” was allegedly rejected by EU officials because its video entry showed too many smiling, dancing, white Christians, the city’s mayor says. Székesfehérvár, Hungary’s ninth-largest city, submitted a short video as part of its entry for the 2023 European Capitals of Culture contest, a competition designed to “celebrate the cultural features Europeans share.” Featuring folk dancers, young couples, mothers, babies and even two elderly gentlemen playing chess in a park, the video was rejected. The EU panel … Continue reading Too many ‘happy white people’? Hungarian city outraged at exclusion from EU culture contest
Katy Perry performs during her ‘Witness: The Tour’ in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Scott Legato/Getty For Adorno, popular culture is not just bad art – it enslaves us to repetition and robs us of our aesthetic freedom by Owen Hulatt is a teaching fellow in philosophy at the University of York. His research focuses on profundity in music and art. His latest book is Adorno’s Theory of Aesthetic and Philosophical Truth: Texture and Performance (2016). Edited by Nigel Warburton Classical music and high European culture were at the heart of Theodor Adorno’s philosophy and outlook on life. He was born in 1903 in Frankfurt in … Continue reading Against popular culture
AMOR – the different types of love illustrated by Joan Alturo. Joan Alturo is an editorial illustrator from Barcelona, Spain. In his creative work he captures a concept and then he develops the idea. Everything is expressed through his metaphorical visual language, always with a critical, provocative, and fun touch. Joan Alturo’s series “AMOR” illustrates different types of love in 12 conceptual artworks. The illustrations share a uniform style and color scheme. This is what he says about his work: “Few words, so small, enclose such a big concept. Few words, so tiny, have been used so much for such a constant use, … Continue reading AMOR Illustration Series by Joan Alturo
AN incest map has revealed where in Europe you can still legally have sex with your siblings. Shockingly, it is still legal in Spain, France while in the Republic of Ireland it is still legal bewteen siblings of the same-sex as there is no law prohibiting the act. In the UK, incest is against the law under terms of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. The map was created on mapchart.net and shared on Reddit. Consensual incest is fully legal in Spain, Russia, and is not strictly prohibited under Portuguese law. There are also now laws against the practices in France, … Continue reading AN incest map has revealed where in Europe you can still legally have sex with your siblings.
Photo by Getty Images Medieval people knew that love and pain and dread and desire made the experience of education possible, and could also sow ruin Irina Dumitrescu is professor and head of English medieval studies at the University of Bonn. Her writing and scholarship has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Yale Reviewand The Forum for Modern Language Studies, among others. Her latest book is The Experience of Education in Anglo-Saxon Literature(forthcoming, 2018). She lives in Bonn in Germany. Edited by Sam Haselby Around the year 1116, Fulbert, the canon of Notre-Dame Cathedral, sought a live-in tutor for his gifted niece. The young woman … Continue reading Teachers and students
by Isaac Davis, Staff Writer Waking Times With every major event in our world, there is always a side of the story that always brushed under the rug of public awareness for political reasons. For years we’ve been hearing about the mass migration of millions of Muslims into all corners of Europe, and heard the divisive arguments for and against allowing this to occur. In 2016 we reported on comments made by the Dalai Lama, who offered a very realistic viewpoint on the situation, noting that while it is undoubtedly compassionate to help suffering people, there is a limit as to what … Continue reading #120DB – EUROPEAN WOMEN UNITE TO STOP THE WAVE OF SEXUAL ABUSE BY MIGRANT MEN
by Buck Rogers, Staff Writer Waking Times Among the many strange and suspicious statues, fountains, facades and structures that occupy Vatican City, the Pope’s Audience Hall stands out for its uncanny resemblance to a snake. Completed in 1971, the peculiar structure sits only partly within the actual boundary of the City/State, and the whole building, inside and out is unmistakably reptilian. It’s officially named the Paul VI Audience Hall, after Pope Paul the Sixth, who reigned from 1963 to 1978. Apparently he was a decent Pope, although he has been implicated in covering up or ignoring the sexual abuse of young boys … Continue reading INSIDE THE POPE’S REPTILIAN AUDIENCE HALL IN VATICAN CITY