Friday, February 21, 2020

Croatian singer faces criminal charges for 'mocking' national anthem


A singer who performed at the inauguration of Croatia's new president is facing criminal charges over her rendition of the national anthem.
 The complaint, filed by a Croatian lawyer, says Josipa Lisac's performance deliberately mocked the anthem. But her record label and musicians' union said the claim showed a "complete disregard for artistic freedom". Under Croatian law, disrespecting the national anthem can result in a one-year prison sentence. Veteran singer Josipa Lisac has won dozens of awards during her 53-year career, and is renowned for her idiosyncratic performances and fashion sense. She sang Our Beautiful Homeland, accompanied by jazz pianist Zvjezdan Ruzic, during the swearing-in ceremony for Croatia's President Zoran Milanovic on Tuesday. Her performance struck a different tone to the national anthem's usual sombre, bombastic delivery. But in a criminal complaint, Bosko Zupanovic alleges Josipa Lisac's rendition was "not socially acceptable" and broke Croatian law. Mr Zupanovic - who owns several businesses and a local website - alleges that Ms Lisac used "mocking articulations and tonalities" to ridicule the country. "I don't want media attention," Mr Zupanovic told news outlet Index.hr.
 "I used my time to write this application because I considered that it was my civic duty."
 In a joint statement, Croatia Records and the Croatia Musicians Union said the situation was "further proof that we live in a society where basic human and cultural values ​​are on shaky ground".
 They added that Ms Lisac, 70, would not be commenting publicly on the allegations against her.
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Sisyphus makes the best of a bad situation.

By Jason Adam Katzenstein
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Frosty breaks bad.


Danny Shanahan

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We Humans


Stephane Noel

Opening on February 19 th until March 21rst, the 12th Yangon Photo Festival features a series of free exhibitions, screenings and parties across eight locations: Mahabandoola Park, Goethe Villa, French Institute, Yangon Central Railway Station, Rosewood Hotel, Dala ferries, Junction City, Myanmar Deitta and Ala Thit Art Gallery. The festival will bring together over 200 photo documentaries raising awareness on some of the world’s most pressing issues: environmental threats, peace building and social justice. For Christophe Loviny, Founder and Artistic Director of Yangon Photo Festival, this year’s theme “We Humans” is a call to shed light on actions which can inspire us to “save ourselves from self-destruction…”
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Selma Blair and Sphinx


Roger-Ballen - Camara Oscura

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Joep Hijwegen


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Kristy Blackwell

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Painting by Telmo Miel

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Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber


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“Parisian Ketchup” & “Nature(Netflix)Morte” by Ludo in Paris



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Herakut. “Monkey see, Monkey do.”


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Dave The Chimp.


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Word on the Street

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Words Of Wisdom by Nic Joly


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Paulina Wyrt



Behance

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Openness



Incidental Comics

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Top Shots From the 2019 International Landscape Photographer of the Year









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Color of the rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai in May.


Photograph by Nguyen Hoai Van

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Bloomberg Enrages Trump by Buying Greenland


In an apparently successful attempt to get under the skin of Donald Trump, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has purchased Greenland from Denmark.
 In an official statement released on Tuesday, the Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, would not disclose the price that Bloomberg paid for Greenland but indicated that it was an “all-cash offer.” “Mr. Bloomberg has a lot of money,” Frederiksen added.
 News of Bloomberg’s purchase of Greenland reportedly infuriated Trump, who immediately ordered his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to make an offer to buy the Faroe Islands from Denmark.
 Within minutes, however, Denmark rebuffed Kushner’s bid. “We do not believe Donald Trump is capable of running the Faroe Islands,” Frederiksen said.
 As for Bloomberg, his campaign released a brief statement about the historic purchase of the 836,330-square-mile landmass, saying only, “Mike gets it done.”
 The Borowitz Report

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Lesser-Known 2020 Voting Blocs






Josh Freedman and Ginny Hogan illustrate humorous signage for imagined voting blocs in the 2020 Presidential election.

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