Arts & Culture

Wickets In The Sand

BY Razia Desai It might have been Robert Mugabe saying it, but the old rogue had a point: “I want everyone to play cricket in Zimbabwe” the president once said. “I want ours to be a nation of gentlemen.” A civilized country should indeed be able to hold its own in the sporting arena. And the United

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Amid Floods, Pakistan’s Kalasha People Fear For Their Way of Life

By Rina Saeed CHITRAL, Pakistan, Nov 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) For Akram Hussain, unprecedented monsoon floods that drenched his Hindu Kush mountain valley this year were a danger to more than just homes and crops. His 4,000-strong Kalasha people, who live in three remote valleys in northwest Pakistan, preserve an ancient way of life, including

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Arundhati Roy Joins List of Writers, Scholars To Return Indian Award

BY Staff Reporter Booker Prize author and activist Arundhati Roy joins a list of Indian scholars, intellectuals and filmmakers who have returned their awards, or resigned from their organizations, to protest “the growing intolerance” in the country. The prize winning author of “God of Small Things” Roy said she would be returning her National Award

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How to Win Back Jihadis Without Using Reason

By Pauline Mevel and Chine Labbé PARIS (Reuters) Anthropologist Dounia Bouzar used to try religious arguments to turn young people away from militant Islam – and failed. So the 51-year-old grandmother developed her own techniques along the lines of Alcoholics Anonymous. Her main rule: Don’t try to reason with people. “Characteristically, a young person who

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New Star Trek TV Series Underwhelms Fans

BY Jill Serjeant NEW YORK, Nov 2 (Reuters) The sci-fi show Star Trek is boldly going into the streaming universe, with a series that will introduce characters and alien civilizations but which left fans on Monday largely underwhelmed. CBS said the series, starting in January 2017, will be shown primarily on the network’s streaming and

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Independent Indian Movie Sheds Light on Disability and Sexuality

BY Anna Yazijyan DUBAI (Nov 2) Forbidden love, a relentless struggle for happiness and a desire to live a “normal” life form the crux of Shonali Bose’s award-winning film Margarita With a Straw. Seen by many as controversial, the movie is an emotional and inspiring story about Laila (Kalki Koechin), a girl with cerebral palsy

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Fashion Forward Dubai

A new contender in the ring By Arfa Shahid  Dubai is aspiring to fashion heights. But the occidental gaze of the fashion world has oft-viewed the emirate as a tasteless, money-driven, brand-conscious city, lacking in its street-style. Now, some are beginning to question that. Can Dubai lay claim to its own independent fashion sense –

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Five Drones to Consider for Your Family This Christmas

  Filed Under: Tech & Science, Drones, Consumer Technology Christmas is in two months, but it’s never too early to brainstorm gift ideas for your family. With the surging popularity of hobbyist drones—more than a million drones are expected to be sold this holiday seaso—perhaps you are considering one for your loved ones. One caveat:

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Joanna Newsom’s High Dive

“Wikipedia is amazing,” exclaims Joanna Newsom. The harpist and songwriter likely won’t read the entry about herself, but she frequently dives down Wikipedia rabbit holes. “Reading something on Wikipedia will often send me off in a new direction,” she says. While living in New York’s Greenwich Village several years ago, for instance, Newsom found herself

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Russia Adds Crimean Cultural Sites to its Official Monuments List

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree to include more than 220 sites on the annexed Crimean peninsula on the list of monuments of cultural and historical significance to Russia. According to the document published on Tuesday on the Russian Cabinet Minister’s officialwebsite the Prime Minister has tasked the Ministry of Culture with

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