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How Poland’s divisive election is fuelling anti-LGBT ‘hate speech’ | Culture Clash

As Poland prepares for the second round of the country’s divisive presidential election on Sunday, incumbent president Andrzej Duda has been accused of using “hate speech” in an anti-LGBT campaign. In an address at an election rally, he told supporters that LGBT activism is an “ideology” more “destructive than communism”. [contfnewc] [contfnewc] [contfnewc] “He’s telling us that we are some kind of demons and is dehumanising us in every corner of his election rally,” activist Bart Staszewski told Culture Clash. Bart accused the Duda of using “hate speech” against LGBT people in order to win conservative votes. A third of Poland has already declared itself “LGBT free”, in a move condemned by the European Commission as a breach of fundamental rights. The “LGBT free zones” announced by local municipalities are not legally enforced but campaigners argue they normalise discrimination. [contfnewc] “I feel that homophobia can be more visible here because the politicians support homopho..

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Leopold II statues row: ‘There’s no pride in genocide’

Statues of Belgium’s former King Leopold II and other colonial monuments should be removed “as soon as possible” as the first step in a long-term plan in facing up to the country’s past, activists say. The Belgian Network for Black Lives Matter (BNFBL), which took part in last weekend’s anti-racism demonstration in Brussels, dismissed suggestions that statues should be kept and better contextualised. [contfnewc] [contfnewc] [contfnewc] “Adding a short explanation to the monuments is not enough. The removal of statues would only be a beginning, how history is thought in Belgium needs to be reformed, decolonised,” the group said in a statement sent to Euronews on Wednesday. An estimated 10,000 protesters joined Sunday’s demonstration in Brussels, part of the wave of outrage sparked by the death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of police in the US that has since developed into a global cry for racial justice. Some climbed the statue of Belgium’s longest-reigning monarch ..

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Coachella and Stagecoach festivals cancelled

As the US passes 2m positive tests for Covid-19, the major festivals – already postponed – have now been called off Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals will not take place this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a health official in California has said. The festivals had already been postponed from April to October in a bid to escape the worst of the health crisis. Coachella, one of the worlds biggest music festivals, was due to be headlined by Rage Against the Machine, Frank Ocean and Travis Scott. Stagecoach is a country music festival that is held annually at Indios Empire Polo Club. However Cameron Kaiser, a public health official in Riverside County where the events would have taken place, said he would not feel “comfortable” with them going ahead amid fears the pandemic could worsen later in the year. According to John Hopkins University, the United States has now recorded more than 2m positive tests fo..

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Federal Government is helping creative artists internationally.

[contfnewc] Because of the corona pandemic, many creatives fear for their livelihoods. This is how the Federal Government is helping creative artists internationally. Culture can unite, especially in times of crisis; it can help us to reflect on the world or to forget it for a few minutes. But because of the Corona crisis, concerts are being cancelled worldwide, theatres, museums and galleries remain closed. From Tokyo to Berlin, many artists are worried about their livelihoods. To ensure that the creative industries are maintained and that creative artists can weather the crisis, the Federal Government is supporting them in Germany and around the world. Billions of euros in aid have been approved for creative artists in Germany, as well as further support measures for the solo self-employed and micro-businesses, and easier access to basic social security benefits. You can find more information here. Global safety net for creative artists The Federal Government is also supporting ..

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500 union activists gather for May Day in Lisbon amid global pandemic

[contfnewc] Hundreds rallied for workers’ rights on May Day in Lisbon while respecting social distancing limits applied to stem contagion amid the coronavirus pandemic. Portugals main union organized the event with special measures in place. [contfnewc] [contfnewc] [contfnewc] Protesters respected social-distancing measures, standing several metres away from each other as they gathered on a large grass-covered promenade where the traditional May Day marches end. Wearing face-masks, around 500 protesters carried signs with messages against layoffs and precarious job contracts. Normally, thousands of people march across the city on May Day. Portugal’s state of emergency will end on Sunday, seeing the reopening of small stores, hair salons, libraries and government tax departments. [contfnewc] However, most shops are set to reopen on Monday, as most of Portugal’s shops are usually closed on Sunday. According to John Hopkins University, Portugal has recorded over 1,000 coronavirus..

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US comedian Carmen Lynch joins us live at 7pm on Lockdown Lowdown

This evening the Lockdown Lowdown show is not only going global, but starring US comedian Carmen Lynch. Our popular online Lockdown Lowdown series is hosted by the brilliant Barcelona-based comedian Chris Groves – the so-called (or self-labelled) star presenter of the TV show, Manual de Supervivència for TV3. For the past few weeks, funnyman Groves has been treating his multiple fans to a lighthearted look at life in lockdown, alongside various special guests. ALSO READ: Introducing Lockdown Lowdown This evening from 7pm, Groves will be linking up live with the New York-based comedian Carmen Lynch, who has appeared on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Conan OBrien – and also on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. She is also a regular on Comedy Central. In 2017 Carmen Lynch performed a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with her show Lynched and she also works in Spanish-speaking countries doing stand-up in Spanish. Her c..

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What future will millenials have after COVID-19? | Culture Clash

Euronews- Lockdowns have become the last line of defence, but they’re disproportionately hitting young workers. In the UK alone younger people were more than twice as likely to work in a sector completely shutdown, the Institute for Fiscal Studies found. Many of these jobs have simply disappeared in Millenials. For millennials this will be their second global financial crisis in just 12 years, striking many as they attempt to make their first steps on the career and property ladders. It’s reignited debate about whether our economic system itself is a major part of the problem. “Our generation has been promised a lot, because the generation before us rode this massive wave of this big financial and housing boom, and became very, very rich off the back of it,” 26-year-old economist Grace Blakely told me. “There was just this assumption that would happen for everyone. That you would have a constant increase in wages. The economy would carry on growing. You’d be able to get a mortgag..

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Nazi death camp Buchenwald quietly marks 75 years since liberation

DW- Only employees of Buchenwald’s memorial site attended the anniversary event due to Germany’s coronavirus lockdown measures. Authorities called out increasing right-wing extremism in a “Thuringian declaration.” With the coronavirus lockdown still in force across Germany, authorities in the state of Thuringia were forced to cancel multiple commemoration events dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Instead of survivors meeting at the site, only employees of the camp’s present-day museum marked the occasion by laying wreaths at the memorial on Saturday. Around 56,000 people were killed at Buchenwald and the nearby satellite installation Dora before it was freed by US soldiers in April 1945. Leaders, surviviors unite against far right On Saturday, authorities published the “Thuringian Declaration,” describing it as a centerpiece of this year’s memorial events and urging members of the public to sign it. The document was initially s..

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Qatar Is Becoming an Art Powerhouse and Its New National Museum Proves It

The Jean Nouvel–designed museum is a new status symbol for one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Eighteen years of development, $400-plus million dollars in construction, a footprint of 560,000 square feet, nearly one mile of gallery space—a lot of significant numbers tell the story of Dohas new National Museum of Qatar. Officially opened on March 28, the striking complex set between the downtown skyscrapers and Doha Bay was designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, who just two years ago revealed the glittering new home of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.[contfnewc] For his latest project, though, the Pritzker Prize winner went even bigger—as befits Qatar, which is now the wealthiest country per capita in the world (as evidenced by everything from the countrys over-the-top national airline to the gold stadium it has planned for World Cup 2020).[contfnewc] [contfnewc] [contfnewc] Tasked with creating a multi-layered, experiential museum that engages its visitors and invigorates ..

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