Showing posts from October 22, 2015

Dutch museum achieves the impossible with new Hieronymus Bosch show

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[I just saw The Garden of Earthly Delights at The Prado in Madrid. I would love to see this show and what sound like some wild community celebrations! Wish I had a good excuse to boogie on over to Holland.... To mark the artist’s 500th anniversary, the director of small Dutch museum secures 20 of 25 surviving panels by ‘the devil’s painter.’ *RON*]
Maev Kennedy, The Guardian, 22 October 2015

Seven years ago, the director of a small museum in the Netherlands set out on an impossible quest: he wanted to borrow every surviving work in the world by the wildest imagination in the history of art, Hieronymus Bosch, to celebrate his 500th anniversary in the city of his birth. He did not have a single painting to offer on loan in return.

In an exhibition opening next February, Charles de Mooij will unveil his haul at his Noordbrabants museum in ’s-Hertogenbosch.

He has secured 20 of the 25 surviving panels, including several reunited triptychs and the panel…

Hungary journalist to sue Syrian refugee she tripped

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[I guess she felt she hadn't been hated quite enough yet. Petra Laszlo says she will sue man who was trying to escape war and terror because he "changed his testimony". *RON*]

Al Jazeera staff, 21 Oct 2015
The Hungarian camerawoman who was filmed tripping up a Syrian refugee intends to sue the man she targeted while he was trying to escape war and terror.

Petra Laszlo, who was sacked from her N1TV job after the footage went viral, told a Russian newspaper she would sue Osama Abdul Mohsen, 52, for changing his testimony after initially blaming the police, reports said on Wednesday.

She also threatened to sue Facebook.

Speaking to the Izvestia newspaper, Laszlo said: " We [her and her husband] believe Facebook played a major role in my situation. It helped embitter people against me."

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe awarded 'China's Nobel peace prize'

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[Chinese 'peace.' Confucius peace prize chairman defends decision to give award to leader accused of using systematic violence and torture to maintain grip on power: one big happy psychopathic family. As my friend Harry notes, "Well, he did bring Zimbabwe the peace of the graveyard, so I guess that qualifies him." See also: China Probes Graft in Angola Oil Deals ("Another businessman active in the Africa-China oil trade, Sam Pa, is also under scrutiny in the same investigation, these people say. Mr. Pa, who has previously been named on a sanctions list by the U.S. government for allegedly facilitating graft in Zimbabwe, was detained by investigators at a Beijing hotel." *RON*]
Tom Phillips, The Guardian, 22 October 2015

The chairman of an award dubbed China’s Nobel peace prize has defended the decision to honour Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president, for supposedly “injecting fresh energy” into the global quest for h…

Canada withdrawal will not hinder battle against Isis, US insists

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[No hard feelings? Justin Trudeau’s announcement that Canada will cease involvement in bombing campaigns in Syria and Iraq greeted with resignation in US. Will this continue, depending on who they get for their next president? *RON*]
Ben Jacobs, The Guardian, 22 October 2015

The news that Canada would stop participating in coalition air strikes against Islamic State in Syria struck like a thunderbolt in Ottawa on Tuesday. But, in Washington, the announcement that prime minister-elect Justin Trudeau would keep a campaign pledge to end Canadian participation was met with a shrug.

In his first news conference after his election victory, Trudeau said he had spoken with Barack Obama: “I committed that we would continue to engage in a responsible way that understands how important Canada’s role is to play in the fight against Isil, but he understands the commitments I’ve made about ending the combat mission.”

Despite the close alliance between Canada and…

Justin Trudeau Is Expected to Set a Pragmatic, Not Partisan, Course in Canada

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[It makes me deeply nervous to see the word "pragmatic" (in my mind, basically a synonym for realpolitik) associated with Trudeau, since this is the one word most closely associated with Obama -- a disappointing crypto-Conservative who sold the American voters on rainbows and unicorns. *RON*]

By Ian Austen, New York Times, 21 October 2015

OTTAWA — After his sweeping victory in Canada’s election on Monday, Justin Trudeau received the customary telephone calls from other world leaders. Yet along with their congratulations was the suggestion that he should enjoy the postelection glow because, he said he was told, it’s “all downhill” from here.

Since becoming leader of the Liberal Party two years ago, Mr. Trudeau, 43, has repeatedly emphasized that he wants politics to be about consensus, not ideology. That would be a shift from the hyperpartisan approach of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who has led Canada for nearly 10 years.

But when he ta…

Police carry out more raids on Save the Children staff at Nauru detention centre

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[Nauru is an environmental wasteland created by the phosphate industry while the nation was an Australian 'protectorate.' It's now the location of the Nauru Regional Processing Centre, which is essentially a concentration camp for would-be Australian refugees and immigrants. In 2015, several staff members from the detention centre wrote an open letter claiming that multiple instances of sexual abuse against women and children had occurred. The letter claimed that the Australian government had been aware of these abuses for over 18 months. This letter added weight to the Moss review which found it possible that "guards had traded marijuana for sexual favours with asylum seeker children". *RON*]
Paul Farrell, The Guardian, 22 October 2015
Save the Children staff on Nauru have faced a second series of raids in a further bid to find journalists’ sources at the immigration detention centre on the island.

On Thursday morning the Na…

The NDP lost because it deserved to

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[This seems to be the emerging consensus. The strategic (read "unprincipled") right-ward swing of the NDP is what wiped them out, by making the NDP's position less distinctive, and so, making it easier for people to vote strategically. Naomi Klein nailed it on Twitter when she said, "What we have seen is passion inspires passion -- and strategic leaders inspire strategic voters." *RON*]
By Michael Laxer,, 20 October 2015
It is, ultimately, astounding how facile and false political narratives come back to haunt those who insist on their veracity.

And so it has happened with the "government-in-waiting" Liberal-led NDP.

After being aggressively told that the "left" needed a leader like Tom Mulcair to shed its "radical" and "left" image, the party has been delivered what feels like its worst defeat in its history. While it is true that the party will have a final number of seats …

Stephen Poloz gets another chance to offer friendly guidance

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[Now that he has a boss that may not shut him up, the Bank of Canada governor has produced a laundry list of things the government can do to improve the economy. These include: increase immigration, restrain property prices while inflation remains low, invest in infrastructure and Aboriginal education to suck up under-capacity, provide more access to daycare, drop income-splitting, and deal with economic and productivity effects of the aging population. On the bright side (as long as he actually does them), Trudeau has already promised to do several of these things. *RON*]

By Don Pittis, CBC News, 21 October 2015
In March of 2014, the day before Joe Oliver took over as the federal finance minister, Stephen Poloz offered the country a thoughtful speech that worked perfectly well as a recommendation for what the new minister should do in his new job.

Later today, in his first Monetary Policy Report after this week's federal election, the gove…