Associated Press photographer Burhan Obzilici recently won the World Press Photo of the Year award for his striking image of off-duty police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas standing over the dead body of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov. In the photo, Karlov’s murderer is frozen in rage, mouth half-open, screaming in vindication; in a highly symbolic […]

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen….” So begins George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984, originally published in 1949. In 2017, nearly 70 years after being written, the novel has resurged to the top of several bestseller lists. Set in Oceania, a totalitarian police superstate controlled and heavily surveilled by […]

To many Americans, it might have felt as if the world ground to a halt after the 2016 elections. A constant bombardment of breaking news headlines finally assuaged us: the year-and-a-half long media-saturated, scandal abundant, exhaustive campaign was finally coming to an end. A wholly unexpected set of results, however, had the exact opposite effect. […]

Eight Days a Week a recently released documentary, directed by Ron Howard, sheds light on the early touring years of The Beatles as they played across America for the first time. The four mop-topped bandmates, John, Paul, George, and Ringo, were without a doubt the most recognizable and famous personalities in the world and possibly history […]

Amongst Venezuela’s internationally recognized figures, 35-year-old Gustavo Dudamel is especially unique: he is a global celebrity in the world of classical music. Currently heading the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simon Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, he is one of the most accomplished and recognized classical conductors in the world. He is frequently invited as […]

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