Culture as a binding factor in our society, interview with Camilla Habsburg-Lothringen

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Djoeke Altena (nsnbc) : We need culture to know where we came from, says her Imperial and Royal Highness Archduchess of Austria and Princess of Tuscany Camilla Habsburg-Lothringen. “In a time where society is complaining, is frustrated and not making the best of what we have, there we need culture. The cultural field enables us to build up dialogues More...

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Jacqueline Boyd (TC) : For most of us, commuting is a task to be endured. Busy, noisy and often cramped, the world’s underground transport systems are places that we humans tolerate as a matter of necessity. But More...

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nsnbc : A female staffer at the Interior Ministry in Belgium has been suspended for producing porn, in the elevator at the office of the General Director. The highest administrative court ruled against her complaint More...

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Jesus Walked With Dinosaurs: Russian Orthodox Archdiocese in Tatarstan

nsnbc : The Archdiocese of the Russian Orthodox Church in Tatarstan published an article in a local newspaper and on its website, claiming that the Bible shows dinosaurs existed some 2,000 years ago. In other words, More...

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Islamisation and its Discontents

Azly Rahman (nsnbc) : I am back writing for the public. I took a few-weeks-hiatus from my Malaysiakini column to write a few literary essays, chapters from my memoir of growing up in the “sewel but sober and sensible More...