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‘Envy of the world’: Macron urges UNESCO to protect French baguette as cultural heritage

President Emmanuel Macron has backed calls from bakers to put the traditional French bread – the baguette – on the list of intangible cultural treasures protected by UNESCO, calling the oblong loaf an “envy of the world.” “The baguette is envied around the world. We must preserve its excellence and our expertise, and it is for this reason that it ...

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Iran bans English in primary schools after calls to end Western ‘cultural invasion’

Published time: 8 Jan, 2018 11:39 Iran has banned teaching English in primary schools, a top education official says. The move comes amid repeated calls from Tehran to put an end to the Western “cultural invasion” of the Islamic Republic. “Teaching English in government and non-government primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations,” Mehdi Navid-Adham, head ...

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Ukrainian police clash with Saakashvili supporters storming cultural center in Kiev (PHOTOS)

Thousands of people supporting Mikhail Saakashvili, the fugitive ex-Georgian president turned Ukrainian opposition figure, have once again taken to the streets of Kiev to take a local cultural center by storm. Some 2,000 people turned up for yet another protest action in support of Saakashvili in the Ukrainian capital on Sunday. The demonstrators marched through the city center to Maidan ...

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Putting a $70mn price tag on friendship: Ukraine seeks to sell cultural center in Moscow

Published time: 14 Nov, 2017 14:54 A group of Ukrainian lawmakers are lobbying to repeal a treaty with Russia governing information and cultural centers, which would allow the Kiev government to sell its cultural-center building in Moscow, according to a Russian daily newspaper. Izvestia reported on Tuesday that a number of Ukrainian MPs led by MP Irina Friz have prepared ...

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Playboy Mansion to cultural monument? LA councillor faces hard sell

Published time: 8 Nov, 2017 19:02 The Playboy Mansion could become a cultural monument, according to a motion introduced by a Los Angeles City Council member. The Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, was owned by Playboy Enterprises from 1971 to 2016, when it was sold for $ 100 million, the LA Times reports. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner lived ...

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‘Cultural appropriation’: Halloween costumes (& fun) under fire

Several colleges across the country are telling students to choose their Halloween costumes carefully, so as to not upset people of minority races. Recent workshops and events at various schools are shedding light on what they see as a big problem. Colleges are using guides, checklists, workshops, threats of investigations and offering 24/7 counseling on the matter of cultural appropriation ...

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Oregon Burrito shop closes amid possible cultural appropriation

A pair of white women shut down their pop-up burrito shop in Portland amid cries of cultural appropriation and accusations that they stole their recipes. The closure of Kooks Burritos comes a week after its owners, Kali Wilgus and Liz “LC” Connely” were featured in the popular Willamette Weekly, Fox News reported. The week-end pop-up shop, initially housed in a ...

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NYC seeks $25M to protect cultural institutions from hate crimes

Amid a spate of hate crimes and bomb threats against Jewish groups, City Council members are asking for $ 25 million to offer grants for increased security for cultural institutions. “We are responding to a dramatic increase in hate crimes in New York City,” said Councilman Mark Levine, chair of the Jewish Caucus, which is making the request to Mayor ...

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Mayor Bloomberg has been a major cultural booster for the city

It feels like ancient history: A new mayor sworn in three months after 9/11 with the city’s cultural fabric fraying, its tourists jittery if they visited at all, its museums losing funding and its streets and soundstages home to only seven television productions. Twelve years later, the cultural life of New York City is as vibrant as it has been ...

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