Posts Tagged Social affairs

Chinese art colony’s free-speech illusion shatters

In this photo taken Sept. 20, 2014, Chinese artist Li Dapeng talks to reporters in front of one of his works depicting a typical Chinese scene featuring figures with grotesque pig heads at his studio in the Songzhuang art district in eastern Beijing, China. Artists in Songzhuang have long enjoyed rare creative freedoms by keeping their art and conversation mostly away from the public, but police arrested 13 people who work or live in the district in October after they posted online pictures and commentary support pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong.(AP Photo/Jack Chang)

BEIJING (AP) — Just a few weeks ago, oil painters in eastern Beijing’s Songzhuang art district had welcomed foreign reporters into their studios and shown off works tackling such touchy subjects as China’s prisons and Communist Party politics. Over lunch, they candidly lamented the state of free speech in China while chewing on chicken and downing glasses of beer.

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1 detained for attacks on Albanian shops in Serbia

Serbian soccer fans react during the Euro 2016 Group I qualifying match between Serbia and Albania, at the Partizan stadium in Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. The 2016 European Championship qualifier between Serbia and Albania was abandoned on Tuesday after skirmishes broke out on the pitch involving players and fans over an Albanian flag that was flown above the stadium by a drone. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police say they have detained one person suspected in a spate of attacks on Albanian-owned businesses in northern Serbia after a soccer brawl this week at a game between Serbia and Albania.

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Thai soaps trigger outcry over romanticizing rape

In this Sept. 26, 2014 photo, Thai actress Pimthong Washirakom poses after an interview in Bangkok, Thailand. Up-and-coming starlet Pimthong's debut role as a dangerously beautiful "bad girl" who gets raped in the soap "The Rising Sun" aired last month. Pimthong said that filming of the scene, in which a police detective locks her in his office and rapes her, took place after the girl's rape on the train in July. As the cameras rolled, she broke down in tears. A recent real-life rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl on an overnight train in Thailand has focused national outrage on Thai popular culture, and particularly TV soaps for sending messages that trivialize - and some say encourage - rape. (AP Photo/Thanyarat Doksone)

BANGKOK (AP) — In a famous scene from Thailand’s award-winning soap opera “The Power of Shadows,” the handsome protagonist gets drunk and rapes the leading lady. He later begs her forgiveness, and they live happily ever after.

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Michigan president addresses athletic concerns

University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel makes a statement to start the regents meeting at the Riverfront Center on the Flint campus Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 in Flint, Mich. Michigan President Mark Schlissel says he's being "thoughtful and deliberative" in examining issues facing the school's athletic department.  (AP Photo/The Ann Arbor News, Melanie Maxwell) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan President Mark Schlissel said Thursday he is examining issues within the school’s athletic department.

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Review: ‘White People’ is edgy; has memorable cast

In this image released by Roadside Attractions, Tyler James Williams appears in a scene from "Dear White People." (AP Photo/Roadside Attractions, Ashley Nguyen)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A cheeky provocation wrapped in a zingy punchline, Justin Simien’s “Dear White People” recalls other memorably promising debuts — by filmmakers named Spike, for instance, whether Lee or Jonze. An ambitious satire that questions just how “post-racial” America has become, the film is never at a loss for words, but sometimes confuses galvanizing rhetoric for legitimate deliberation.

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