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Thursday 8th May 2014

Words, like sculptures, are sites of struggle

Words, like sculptures, are sites of struggle
Description
During the recent upheavals in Ukraine, the global media has reported periodically on street protests that focus on statues in public spaces. By March 2014, news outlets were noting that an interactive map produced by protesters had recorded the toppling of more than 100 statues of Lenin across the country.
Date:
Thursday 8th May 2014
Categories:
Arts and Law
Thursday 17th April 2014

Instruments of torture

Description
Recent reports of Ukrainian soldiers in a Crimean base blasting out songs by Cher to drown out amplified propaganda onslaughts by the besieging Russian army remind us again that playing music need be neither innocent nor benign. Of course, music and the sound of instruments have been used to military ends at least since Joshua's trumpets flattened the walls of Jericho; a modern parallel might be the US army's 2004 bombardment of Fallujah with high-volume songs by the heavy metal band Metallica.
Date:
Thursday 17th April 2014
Categories:
Arts and Law
Thursday 27th February 2014

Should 'life' mean life?

Description
Last week the Court of Appeal decided that the 'life' sentences of two murderers really will mean 'life' in prison, exceptional circumstances aside.
Date:
Thursday 27th February 2014
Categories:
Arts and Law, Life and Environmental Sciences, Research, Social Sciences
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