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    Rick Steves Donates George W. Bush’s $1 Million Tax Cut to Arts Center

    EDMONDS — Travel TV host and publisher Rick Steves is giving $1 million to the Edmonds Center for the Arts, and he’s making a political statement in doing so. Steves said Thursday his donation equals what he saved from the tax cuts approved by former President George W. Bush beginning in 2001. “Over the last decade, my [...] Read more

    Whole Foods could replace Williamsburg art center

    BROOKLYN—Monster Island arts centre in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is closing in September after seven years because of rising property prices in the area. “Monster Island has become one of the last standing institutions of what Williamsburg once was, a hub of creativity and excitement. The closing of it is very sad,” said Vashti Windish, the director of [...] Read more
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    Jeanette Ingberman, Co-Founder of the Influential Exit Art Gallery, Dies at 59

    NEW YORK—On August 24th, Jeanette Ingberman, who co-founded the stalwart, pioneering nonprofit gallery Exit Art in 1982 and helped lead it for three decades, died  in New York City. She was 59. The cause was complications resulting from leukemia, according to an official at Exit Art. With the artist Papo Colo, whom she met while [...] Read more
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    Israeli protest leaders lash out at ‘deceptive’ government-appointed panel

    ISRAEL—The leaders of the social protest yesterday lashed out at the government-appointed committee tasked with resolving the social crisis, saying it was “cynical and deceptive” and calling on chairman Professor Manuel Trajtenberg to resign. Speaking at a press conference in Tel Aviv yesterday, protest leaders announced the resumption of the campaign with a large march [...] Read more
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    Students hold sit-in at immigration building in LA

    LOS ANGELES— Activists say nine illegal immigrant students and their supporters were arrested in demonstrations at immigration offices in Los Angeles over a fingerprint sharing program. Youth activist Mohammad Abdollahi and five illegal immigrant students and graduates held a sit-in Wednesday at the building where federal officers ready immigrants for deportation. Abdollahi says officers detained them and one supporter [...] Read more
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    Chilean protester threatened via Twitter

    SANTIAGO — The Chilean Supreme Court ordered the protection of a student protester who received death threats through a social networking Web site, officials said. The president of University of Chile’s student federation, Camila Vallejo, was placed under police protection after receiving threats through Twitter from a high-ranking culture ministry official, La Tercera reported Wednesday. The [...] Read more
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    Chile faces 2-day shutdown over ‘utopian’ demands

    SANTIAGO— Chile is bracing for a nationwide, two-day shutdown as unions, students and a center-left coalition of political parties demand fundamental changes in society. They want to replace Chile’s dictatorship-era constitution, which concentrates vast power in the presidency, with a new charter that enables popular referendums and makes free education a right for all citizens. [...] Read more

    U.S. citizens in Chile urged to avoid the student demonstrations by the U.S. Embassy

    SANTIAGO—The U.S. Embassy in Santiago alerts U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Chile of the likelihood of continuing disturbances in Santiago and other urban centers in connection with the student protest movement. A planned national strike and the anniversary of the 1973 military coup also present opportunities for unrest. The U.S. Embassy urges American [...] Read more
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    Foreign Students in Work Visa Program Stage Walkout at Plant

    PALMYRA, Pa. — Hundreds of foreign students, waving their fists and shouting defiantly in many languages, walked off their jobs on Wednesday at a plant here that packs Hershey’s chocolates, saying a summer program that was supposed to be a cultural exchange had instead turned them into underpaid labor. The students, from countries including China, [...] Read more
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    Repression of student demonstrations in eastern Malawi

    BLANTYRE, Malawi — A student leader says that police used tear gas to break up student demonstrations in eastern Malawi days after organizers called off nationwide anti-government protests. Patrick Phiri, student union president for Chancellor College in Zomba, on Thursday said students plan to hold vigil outside the school until a deadlock involving professors is [...] Read more

    Art activists demand Tel Aviv mayor Huldai rethink makeup of panel for choosing new art museum director

    ISRAEL—Dozens of artists and curators signed a letter sent this week to Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, demanding that the participants named to the appointments committee supposed to choose a new head for the Tel Aviv Museum be scratched. The petitioners indicate what they consider to be “serious malfunctions” in the way the museum is [...] Read more
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    Chile police chief to testify on violence at student protests

    SANTIAGO—Amidst allegations of excessive force and police brutality, Chile’s Chamber of Deputies called on Director Eduardo Gordon of the Carabinero police force Monday to explain the force’s control tactics during the recent student demonstrations.The Chamber of Deputies plans to address several issues voiced by citizens and highlighted in local media throughout the three months of [...] Read more

    Iraqi Cultural Delegation Visits Delaware

    DELAWARE—Since 2008, a U.S.-Iraqi partnership has been building in Erbil, the largest city in the Kurdish Region and home to the ancient 8,000-year-old Erbil citadel. The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (IICAH)—a collaboration between the U.S. Embassy Baghdad, the U.S. Department of State, Winterthur Museum, the University of Delaware, and the Walters [...] Read more

    Artists occupy UNICEF building in Chile to support student protests

    SANTIAGO- A group of 70 Chilean artists occupied the Santiago offices of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday in support of 40 schoolchildren who are on hunger strike to demand free public education.  The occupation ended after UNICEF joined criticism of the Chilean education system.  ’Chile has one of the most segmented education systems in Latin [...] Read more
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    U.S. opens new front in fight with for-profit colleges

    WASHINGTON DC—After tightening rules, government sues operator of vocational schools. As students prepare to go back to school, a long-simmering dispute between government regulators and the for-profit college industry has boiled over, with a lawsuit charging that one of the major players engaged in a giant fraud.Last Monday, the Department of Justice filed a complaint [...] Read more
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    Estimated 70,000 attend periphery social justice protests

    ISRAEL—An estimated 50,000 to 70,000 Israelis took part in a series of demonstrations held across the country on Saturday night, as part of the social issues movement that has gripped the nation over the past month. Unlike the previous three weeks, protest leaders decided not to hold a mass protest in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, [...] Read more

    Chilean Students Refuse Talks with Congress

    SANTIAGO—he announcement was made by Camila Vallejo, president of the Federation of Chilean Students (FECH), at the end of a general meeting of the Confederation of Students (CONFECH). Vallejo said that the possibility of talks depended on the government response to student demands, and that the student mobilizations would continue. She said demonstrations have been [...] Read more
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    Conditions of Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei’s Detention Emerge

    HONG KONG — Ai Weiwei, a prominent Chinese artist and dissident, said on Friday that he had been kept in a tiny room throughout his nearly three-month detention last spring and watched 24 hours a day by shifts of two uniformed military police sergeants who never left his side.  During a brief telephone interview, Mr. Ai [...] Read more

    Chilean president rebuffs student protests

    SANTIAGO — Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has rebuffed demands by students who have mounted mass protests for free university education, telling them “nothing is free in this life.”  ”We all want education, healthcare, and many more things for free, but I want to remind them that nothing is free in this life. Someone has to [...] Read more
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    Sotheby’s locks out unionized art handlers, sparks picket line

    NEW YORK- Unionized art handlers and fellow Teamsters picketed outside Sotheby’s on Tuesday after the auction house locked the workers out last week following a drawn-out contract dispute. The 43 art handlers, members of Teamsters Local 814 whose contract expired in early July, were told by the auction house on Friday they could not return [...] Read more
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    Riot police break up Santiago marches demanding education reforms

    CHILE— Riot police fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse violent protesters on the fringe of an otherwise peaceful student demonstration in the capital Santiago. Tens of thousands of teachers, students, parents and sympathetic labour activists marched in central Santiago on Tuesday for the fifth time in two months to demand reforms from [...] Read more

    Call for Saturday protests in Israel

    JERUSALEM — Israel’s social protest movement on Wednesday called for demonstrations to be held across the Jewish state on Saturday except in Tel Aviv which saw mass rallies last week. “We decided not to stage demonstrations in Tel Aviv but to call for rallies across the country,” protest leader Stav Shafir told AFP.  ”The important [...] Read more

    Reforms Generate Small Change for Bahrain Universities

    BAHRAIN—“The mere fact that the king has appointed this commission and the Interior Ministry is cooperating shows me things have changed,” Cherif Bassiouni, head of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, told Reuters on Thursday. But things have not changed enough for many Bahraini teachers, students and activists. Jalila al Salman, teacher and Vice-President of the [...] Read more
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    Chilean police and students clash in banned protests

    SANTIAGO—Riot police battled high school and university students in the streets of Chile’s capital Thursday, firing water cannons and tear gas and using officers on horseback to break up flaming barricades. Police detained 552 students and at least 14 police officers and two young people were injured. Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter and other Chilean authorities [...] Read more

    School board sees duelling demonstrations over Muslim prayers

    TORONTO—About a hundred demonstrators congregated on the steps of the Toronto District School Board on Monday evening toting signs and shouting chants condemning the city’s public schools for allowing Muslim prayer groups. “No Islam in our schools! Never, never, never!” shouted Ron Banerjee, director of the Canadian Hindu Advocacy. The demonstration comes several weeks after [...] Read more
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    Kiss-Ins and Dances, Young Chileans Push for Reform

    SANTIAGO— A blanket stretched over their legs, Johanna Choapa and Maura Roque, both 17, sat in front of the stage in a chilly school auditorium last week as more than 300 parents and teachers debated whether to continue supporting their hunger strike aimed at pressuring the Chilean government to reform the country’s education system. “We [...] Read more