New cities in the sand: inside Egypts dream to conquer the desert

Four decades ago Egypt embarked on the most ambitious new cities building programme in the world. Their boom shows no sign of stopping Seen from space, Africa. This week Guardian Cities meets the 90-year-olds who built the Bulgarian city of Dimitrovgrad after the second world war (many still live there) and visits the bizarre Bahria Town development promising Karachi residents protection from terror attacks and violent crime. We look at Hong Kongs plan to build artificial islands for 1.1 million people and examine Egypts dream to conquer the Sahara. We remember past visions of future cities and ask, is there ever a good reason to start a city from scratch? Nick Van Mead Was this helpful? Thank you for your …

Tsipras rallies faithful but Greece is set to reject his radical dream

Charismatic prime minister was once a hero of progressives but is likely to lose election after years of political compromise In Syntagma Square, all the way from the grubby marble stairs opposite the Greek parliament down to the bottom of the plaza, people have gathered. Some are holding flags the red, white and purple flags of Syriza, the once-radical leftist party whose leader they have come to hear. Hip-hop thunders from giant speakers. The air is heavy and hot. An expectant crowd has been kept waiting for over an hour in temperatures turbocharged by massive spotlights. By the time Alexis Tsipras appears, many are sweating profusely. Still they roar their approval. The countdown has begun. This is the embattled prime …

1MDB: Wolf of Wall Street producer charged with embezzling millions

Riza Aziz, stepson of former Malaysian PM Najib Razak, accused of receiving $248m into Swiss bank accounts The Wolf of Wall Street producer Riza Aziz, who is the stepson of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, has been charged with embezzling millions of dollars from the Malaysian government. Riza, who ran a Hollywood production company 1MDB, which was controlled by Najib. Each charge carries a five-year jail sentence. Riza is now the third member of the former first family of Malaysia to face multiple charges linked to misappropriated 1MDB funds. Najib, who was toppled from power in May 2018, is facing 42 corruption charges and his first trial of at least three is ongoing. Najibs wife and Rizas mother, Rosmah …

‘We’re afraid’: the queer Brazilian sex artists targeted by Bolsonaro

After the far-right president tweeted a video of their transgressive street performance, the two queer artists fled So Paulo but now theyre pushing back Queer people have been afraid since the president was elected, says Paulx Castello. He has been demonising us from the start but this was different. Here we were personally under attack. The artist, who has a mohican, is now instantly recognisable to most Brazilians. In March, he featured in plunged the country into a culture war. Numerous art exhibitions and theatre performances, many with queer themes, have been forced to close, either through direct political interference or from concerns about the safety of performers. Most recently, a show featuring nudity by the Rio de Janeiro collective …

Requiescat in pace: Finland’s Yle radio axes Latin news show after 30 years

Public broadcaster cancels weekly summary Nuntii Latini as original presenters retire Finlands public broadcaster Yle has ended its weekly Latin language news bulletin, after three decades on the air, the broadcaster announced. Since its debut in 1989, Nuntii Latini has offered a five-minute summary of the weeks national and foreign news in the classical language. In later years the show was also made available online, garnering it around 40,000 listeners around the world, including some from the Vatican. The last bulletin was broadcast on June 14, and detailed the agreement between the US and Mexico on immigration, talks between the presidents of China and Russia and the end of the Latin programme, which post ferias aestivas non continuabuntur (will not …

Priests in hard hats to attend Notre Dames first mass since fire

Limited service to be held two months after Paris blaze amid warnings of lead pollution risk The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is to hold its first mass since it was ravaged by fire, as environmental campaigners continued to warn over fire destroyed the roof of the 850-year-old landmark, will be held in a side-chapel and limited to about 20 people for obvious security reasons, the diocese said. In attendance will be mainly priests and canons, but not members of the parish. The priests and religious representatives will all have to wear hard hats. Led by the archbishop of Paris, Michel Aupetit, the service will be broadcast live on a religious TV channel. The cathedral and the square in front …

Swiss women strike to demand equal pay

Hundreds of thousands protest against culture of sexism in everday life Hundreds of thousands of women across Switzerland have taken to the streets to demand higher pay, greater equality and more respect, protesting that one of the worlds wealthiest countries continues to treat half its population unfairly. Nearly 30 years after the first nationwide equal rights demonstration by Swiss women, a purple wave of pram marches, whistle concerts, extended lunch breaks, giant picnics and city-centre rallies took place on Friday. In 2019, we are still looking for equality, Clara Almeida Lozar, one of the committee women organising the Grve des Femmes or Frauenstreik at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, told Swissinfo. We realise there has to be …

Schoolgirls for sale: why Tokyo struggles to stop the ‘JK business’

The persistent practice of paying underage girls for sex-related services, known in Japan as the JK business, has seen charities step in where police have come up short On a humid Wednesday night the streets of Kabukicho, Tokyos most famous red light district, hum with people. Some are tourists, here to gawp and take selfies, but others are customers. Adverts for clubs flash and sing and girls dressed as maids hold signs offering deals for local bars. In a grubby shopfront a perky cartoon featuring a cute Mr Men-style creature offers part-time work. The ad, which has an alarmingly catchy jingle, doesnt specify what the work is, but it doesnt need to: the answer is all around us on the …

Biden and Trump are just two sides of the same misogynistic coin | Arwa Mahdawi

Donald Trumps disdain for women manifests itself in crass braggadocio, while Joe Bidens is in the form of patronizing paternalism Sign up for the Week in Patriarchy, a newsletter on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. other Democratic candidates, Biden announced he 2016 report by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, an anti-abortion organization, asserts that since 1976 the amendment is responsible for over two million births. The Hyde amendment hasnt just compelled women to give birth against their wishes; it has killed them. Bidens blithe avowal that there were sufficient monies and circumstances to help poor women access abortions in the past insults the memory of women like tried to prevent rape and incest exceptions from being added to it.) But …

Court battles and cash hassles: Woodstock 50 loses its stardust

Organisers are still upbeat but the future of festival to mark events anniversary is increasingly uncertain It was billed as the pulled the plug on $30m of backing in April. A series of subsequent court orders first found that Dentsu Aegis did not have the right to cancel the event, and subsequently that festival organisers could not stop their former financial backer from being involved in the planning the event. If nothing else, the legal dramas played out in court are in the spirit of Woodstocks previous incarnations in 1969, 1994 and 1999, marked respectively by love, mud and violence. But Marc Kasowitz, lawyer for Woodstock 50s organiser Michael Lang, Poughkeepsie Journal last week: Woodstock will prevail. Theres little certainty …

‘I wouldn’t be the refugee, I’d be the girl who kicked ass’: how taekwondo made me

The long read: When she arrived in the US as a 10-year-old refugee, Dina Nayeri found it hard to fit in. But that all changed when she hatched a plan to get into Harvard by becoming a taekwondo champion When I was 13, three years after arriving in the US with my mother and brother, I devised a plan to get into the Ivy League. I was a refugee kid with no money and I lived in Iran, she had done horse-riding and tennis. But then the revolution happened, and her sporty body was draped and forgotten. Banned from public exercise, she took to pounding her ass against walls to get that chic, saddle-flattened effect of the late 70s. Sometimes …

Kevin Spacey in surprise appearance at sexual assault case hearing

Spacey, 59, accused of groping young man in Nantucket bar in 2016 and faces up to two and a half years in jail if convicted Wearing a gray suit and glasses, Kevin Spacey appeared on Monday at a Massachusetts courthouse where a judge was set to hold a hearing in the case accusing the disgraced actor of groping a young man at a Nantucket bar in 2016. Spaceys appearance was a surprise as he was not required to attend the hearing and has stayed away from the courthouse except for a brief hearing in January, which he also tried to avoid. The 59-year-old former House of Cards actor, who has pleaded not guilty to a charge of indecent assault and …

‘He didn’t destroy me. We carry on. He lost’: survivors of terror attacks look back

From London to Nice, Berlin to Oslo, 11 people caught up in attacks across Europe reflect on the horror, the hope and the kindness of strangers. Portraits by Mathias Braschler and Monika Fischer Hager Ben Aouissi Promenade des Anglais, Nice, 14 July 2016 86 people killed, 450 wounded We had to roll underneath the truck. We were the only people to stand up again: Hager Ben Aouissi with her daughter Kenza I was there with my family. We were going home after the Bastille Day fireworks, but Kenza, who was four at the time, wanted something from the sweet stall, so we stopped with my father. He went on towards a toy stall and my mother and sister kept walking. …

Extreme abortion laws shine light on Trump’s courting of religious right

Evangelical backing for a thrice-married celebrity is not as odd as it seems: on abortion, the supreme court and more, the president has delivered win after win After bowing his head in prayer, King Cyrus, deeply flawed men who nevertheless carried out Gods will. David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, suggests Christian evangelicals start with an assumption of human depravity that sets expectations low, so Trumps lying and philandering and Twitter rage and can be overlooked. Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, Barker also noted the parallel between Christian nationalism and white nationalism over Trumps 2016 election slogan, Make America great again. He said: While it is certainly true, …

London media agency carries Viktor Orbn’s nativist message

V4NA, which pumps out stories on dangers of migration, has links to Hungarys government Islam can take over Sweden in 50 years. Migrants unhappy with the free money they get. Welcome to the world according to the V4 News Agency (V4NA), a newly launched London-based media outlet with strong links to Viktor Orbns far-right government in Hungary. Domestically, Orbn has built his political platform on opposing migration to Europe, a message Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Why we are addicted to conspiracy theories

The long read: Outsiders and the disenfranchised have always embraced the existence of wild plots and cover-ups. But now the biggest conspiracy-mongers are in charge In January 2015, I spent the longest, queasiest week of my life on a cruise ship filled with conspiracy theorists. As our boat rattled toward Mexico and back, I heard about every wild plot, secret plan and dark cover-up imaginable. It was mostly fascinating, occasionally exasperating and the cause of a headache that took months to fade. To my pleasant surprise, given that I was a reporter travelling among a group of deeply suspicious people, I was accused of working for the CIA only once. The unshakeable certainty possessed by many of the conspiracy theorists …