Category Archives: Culture

Greek archaeologists: Cultural heritage in danger because of the IMF cuts | ThePressProject

If monuments had a voice of their own, they would tell us what has been going on in Greece in the past two years. In the name of the global economic crisis and with the IMF acting as a Trojan Horse, austerity measures have been undermining public services, welfare state and social cohesion. Democracy and national dignity are under attack. Continue reading…

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Berlin artists’ lock-in protest to halt developers | The Observer

Bohemians and anarchists have joined forces to fight the gentrification of their living space.

Its demise 22 years after the collapse of communism would be a significant loss for a city whose Bohemian reputation is its biggest selling point, and further evidence, say critics, that Berlin is being gentrified beyond recognition.

“It’s time for the citizens of Berlin to ask what kind of future we want,” says Linda Cerna, spokeswoman for the artists. “Will we want to live in a city where everything has been sold or privatised and we just have shopping malls, gated communities and loft apartments?” Continue reading…

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Rightsholders Group to Charge Libraries for Reading Books to Kids

This morning, word got out in Belgian media that SABAM is spending time and resources to contact local libraries across the nation, warning them that they will start charging fees because the libraries engage volunteers to read books to kids. Continue reading…

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Library closures protest to target houses of parliament | guardian.co.uk

With new research from Unison showing that more than 100 libraries across the country have either closed, are run by volunteers or have been turned into social enterprises since April 2011, campaigners prepared to take the battle from a local to a national level at an event organised by new alliance Speak Up for Libraries. Backed by Unison, the Women’s Institute, libraries body Cilip, authors and locals, the group wants the government to “recognise the crisis hitting [libraries] and to take urgent action”. Continue reading…

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The shock-and-awe of mega sports events | openDemocracy

The overlap between the security measures for major sporting events and contemporary war zones are a striking and increasingly globalised phenomenon. Lest we forget that the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup are ostensibly about sport and not security, London 2012 chairman Lord Coe was recently moved to offer his assurance that the British capital will not be a “siege city” come August. However the presence of warships, surface to air missiles, thousands of military personal and pre-emptive bans on protest suggests otherwise. Continue reading…

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