Ali Aziz

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Why Cristiano Ronaldo's Ballon D'Or Sends the Wrong Message

Last month, Cristiano Ronaldo opened a museum in his own honor in his native Madeira. Last week, he accepted the award of "Grand Officer" of Portugal.<p>One might think that he'd just retired, having won the World Cup for his homeland. Or maybe the Champions League. Or at least the Ballon d'Or.<p>No, at …

We need to talk about TED | Benjamin Bratton

Science, philosophy and technology run on the model of American Idol – as embodied by TED talks – is a recipe for civilisational disaster<p>In our culture, talking about the future is sometimes a polite way of saying things about the present that would otherwise be rude or risky.<p>But have you ever …

Mahmoud Abbas accused of being traitor over rejection of Israel boycott

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has been accused of being a traitor by activists after publicly rejecting calls for a boycott of Israel.<p>His unambiguous statement, made in the aftermath of Nelson Mandela's death, has fuelled a bitter debate on the legitimacy and efficacy of sanctions over …

I wrote the Anarchist Cookbook in 1969. Now I see its premise as flawed

Forty-four years ago this month, in December 1969, I quit my job as a manager of a bookstore in New York City's Greenwich Village and began to write the Anarchist Cookbook. My motivation at the time was simple; I was being actively pursued by the US military, who seemed single-mindedly determined …

The real war on Christmas is our corporate-driven material culture

War is hell.<p>And let's face it, the battle for peace on earth and goodwill towards men isn't for the faint of heart. Or, apparently, for the faint of light. That's the premise of ABC's new, three-part special – "The Great Christmas Light Fight". After all, how better to commemorate the birth of the …

Mads Mikkelsen on Danish cinema, Lars von Trier and Hannibal Lecter

Mads Mikkelsen, as handsome as you like, lowers himself into a seat, rolls a cigarette and stares handsomely out over the sea. Did I mention he was handsome? Not only is he wearing the kind of shiny suit that only the handsomest among us can get away with, he's also sporting a radioactive tan that …

When a Christian and Muslim met in Paris

It's the season when nearly a third of the global population is preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus. I am a Christian and I love this time of year, but not necessarily because of the focus on the Christ child. Don't get me wrong, I am awed by the doctrine of the Incarnation, but to be honest, …

Unspeakable horrors in a country on the verge of genocide

A massacre of the innocents is taking place in the heart of Africa as the world looks the other way.<p>One man describes how his four-year-old son's throat was slit, and how he saw a snake swallowing a baby. A woman explains that she is caring for a young girl because her mother went searching for …

Slate's 'minutes to read' feature dumbs down journalism | Bob Garfield

Slate now offers readers estimates of how long it takes to scan articles. It's like those disclaimers on the pharma commercials<p>This article will take you 3 minutes 45 seconds to read. (2 minutes 30 seconds celsius.) You will expend 60 calories and learn two new vocabulary words, including a synonym …

Lion hunter Melissa Bachman isn't the problem. South African law is

According to many websites, everyone – or rather "the internet" – hates Melissa Bachman. In case you haven't heard of Bachman, she's an American TV personality from Minnesota who is an avid hunter. Recently, she came to my country of South Africa and killed a male lion. It wasn't the incident …

Lily Allen says her video for Hard Out Here isn't to do with race. She is wrong

The last time I checked my privilege it was wedged somewhere behind the Habitat sofa. But at least I have some idea where it might be. The applause given to Lily Allen's new video Hard Out Here has made me both sad and angry. Are our expectations of anything vaguely feminist so low we can wave …

You can keep your overpriced, overhyped Lululemon yoga pants

Yoga is a physical and spiritual practice for any age or experience level. But only women of a particular economic privilege and physical slimness can buy Lululemon Athletica yoga pants, the status symbol of yogis du jour.<p>Lululemon sells pants and tops in sizes 2 to 12 (US sizes). In short, size …

Lady Gaga interview: 'I don't find myself that sexy actually'

This Wednesday, <i>The Culture Show</i> is running a half-hour special on the pop phenomenon that is Lady Gaga, hosted by me. This is considered as something of a scoop. Despite Gaga's willingness to promote her new album, <i>Artpop</i>, she is hard to pin down: she is wanted by so many media outlets, from Graham …

Remembrance of things past: Marcel Proust on film

This year has been punctuated by a rash of anniversary-themed books and articles anticipating the first world war centenary, and indeed attempting snapshots of how Europe looked and felt in 1913, eerily poised on the precipice. The other centenary is similar in many ways: on 8 November 1913, Marcel …

What you learn about humanity from living on the streets

Passers-by mainly ignore me, a homeless woman sitting on the sidewalk or a bench. The people who do speak to me are either curious, or harpies who give me unsolicited and useless advice, or the more irritable who chastise me. I try to explain by example that there are good, decent, employable but …

Thousands join teachers' protest in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro was once again racked by violent protest on Tuesday night as a teachers strike became the latest rallying point for public discontent over public services and police brutality.<p>Several tens of thousands joined a demonstration in support of teachers, who are opposed to a salary and …

Has the school of pop shut its doors?

In the same week that the National Literary Trust revealed that only 28.4% of children in Britain read for pleasure outside of school (down from 38.1% in 2005), it was heartening to see the blanket media coverage afforded David Bowie's top 100 reading list, as collated by the Art Gallery of …

If the 1% stifles New York's creative talent, I'm out of here

I'm writing this in Venice, Italy. This city is a pleasantly confusing maze, once an island of fortresses, and now a city of tourists, culture (biennales galore) and crumbling relics. Venice used to be the most powerful city in Europe – a military, mercantile and cultural leader. Sort of like New …

Hanif Kureishi: in praise of adultery

Marriage as a problem, and as a solution, has always been the central subject for drama, the novel and the cinema, just as it has been at the centre of our lives. Most of us have come from a marriage, and, probably, a divorce, of some sort. And the kind of questions that surround lengthy …

Thank you, Facebook Inc, but what developing nations need is net freedom

Facebook and some tech industry allies say they want to bring the internet to the billions of humans who don't already have it, because truth, justice and the Silicon Valley way are the path to a wonderful future for all. No, they didn't say it quite that way in the launch of Internet.org – tag …

Al Jazeera America: the news channel Americans deserve

Al Jazeera America debuted its first batch of original programming last night, to some fanfare, slightly more catcalls, and many technical glitches. It didn't air as widely as it could have, in part because of disputes with carriers. I hope these get worked out in the network's favor, because it …

The American Dream rewards few, enslaves millions | Bhaskar Sunkara

My ideology tells me to tear it all down. Yet, like everyone else, I'm sucked into a system that offers a mirage of self-improvement<p>I've been working odd jobs and starting businesses all my life. It's a hustler spirit fitting with my immigrant roots, a key part of my identity. Quintessentially …

We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of Lulzsec, Anonymous and the Global Cyber Insurgency by Parmy Olson – review

While the identities of Lulzsec and Anonymous hackers baffled the world's security forces, journalist Parmy Olson managed to gain extraordinary access to the groups, leading to this fascinating account<p>It is perhaps a little hard to remember now, but in 2010, there seemed to be a new global …