Hamid Rahmanian: His four-year journey into ‘Shahnameh’


Since the exhibition Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art opened in February, the museum, in tandem with Shangri La Center for Islamic Art, has hosted a steady stream of talks and workshops by Shangri La artists in residence past and present—Ganzeer, Ayad Alkadhi, Shahzia Sikander, and now Hamid Rahmanian. Rahmanian, working with his wife Melissa Hibbard under their production company Fictionville Studio, is a successful filmmaker—his 2008 documentary The Glass Read more [...]

Crowdsourced maps turn democracy into an art form


A crowdsourced digital art project wants to reconnect the public with democracy through the most exciting medium known to bureaucracy: maps. Parliament wants the project, called Democracy Street, to result in an exhibition of original artworks and maps by November 2015. Using a dedicated mobile and Web app, Parliament is encouraging people to discover and explore streets that have a link to the UK's democratic history. Some streets may share the same name as a Parliamentarian, or be related in Read more [...]

Co-pilot crashed plane into Alps deliberately, investigators believe


The co-pilot of the Germanwings aircraft that crashed in the Alps killing 150 people deliberately started the plane’s final descent while the main pilot was out of the cockpit, investigators believe. Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said as soon as the pilot left the cockpit, the door was closed and the German co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz (28), intitiated the plane’s descent. Mr Robin said this could only have been done voluntarily. Alps air crash: Investigators seek clues in voice recorder ‘At Read more [...]

Injecting Rights Into the US-Afghanistan Relationship


When Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani addresses the US Congress this week, his government's commitment to human rights is likely to get a passing reference in his speech--but given the formidable challenges Afghanistan faces in protecting fundamental human rights, it deserves much more than that. One of Ghani's greatest challenges is dealing with the legacy of warlords and "strongmen" who continue to wield power in much of Afghanistan. Since 2001, US policy in Afghanistan has been dictated by Read more [...]

The Craftsman Brand® Springs Into Season With Expanded Lawn And Garden Product Assortment Available At Sears


Latest Innovations Offer Reinforced Steel Deck Mowers and Powerful 40 Volt Cordless Tools Mar 9, 2015 HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., March 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Craftsman® brand is introducing an innovative lineup of new lawn and garden equipment designed to help homeowners tackle a variety of lawn maintenance tasks – from lawn mowing to hedge trimming.  "From heavy-duty steel frames to outstanding cutting performance, we provide our customers with product solutions to help them achieve the Read more [...]

Mike Baird faces post-election inquiry into changes to UBS privatisation report


New South Wales Coalition may be investigated by Labor and minor parties in the upper house over alleged attempt to amend electricity privatisation report Continue reading... Business | The Guardian Read more [...]