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Monday, June 30, 2014

Ten Things of Despair and Disparity

Tracy Emin's shortlist for the Turner Prize in 1999 sparked public debate/Getty
  1. Tracey Emin's most famous artwork "My Bed" features stained sheets, cigarette packets, and discarded condoms.
  2. The woman who became Britain's first female cabinet minister started her working life as a "shopgirl", while in 2009 in Israel two ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspapers altered a photo removing two female ministers so as not to offend their readers by showing women in positions of power.
  3. The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a ban by France on wearing the Muslim full-face veil - the niqab.
  4. The British government insists that disclosures about Britain's spying capabilities based on highly classified documents stolen by Edward Snowden have caused "real and serious damage" to national security.
  5. If an Islamic terrorist is apprehended in the world, it's claimed it doesn't usually take long to trace their career progression back to Britain. The CIA despairingly refers to this as "Londonistan".
  6. Islamist militant group ISIS has said it is establishing a caliphate, or Islamic state, on the territories it controls in Iraq and Syria. They have reportedly used the ancient Roman punishment of crucifixion against eight of their members for being considered too moderate. (Read more)
  7. The funerals of three teenagers who were abducted and murdered while hitch-hiking in the occupied West Bank have been held in Israel, which blames the Palestinian militant group Hamas for the deaths. Hamas has denied any involvement.
  8. The secret filming of business, political and love rivals in intimate situations is now commonplace in China and motivations range from whistle-blowing to blackmail or revenge.
  9. Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris once painted a commissioned portrait of the Queen of England.
  10. Police in London are using a 175-year-old law to arrest buskers.

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