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Abbas Kiarostami obituary

Following the Iranian revolution in 1979, the country’s vibrant and original cinema took its place on the world stage. Among the many superb film directors who contributed to Iran’s new wave the most celebrated was Abbas Kiarostami, who has died aged 76. Kiarostami, whose subtly enigmatic films …

Middle East

Readers’ travel photography competition: July

Contribute with Guardian Witness<p>Taken any great travel shots lately? Dramatic or understated, home or abroad, we want to see your best shot.<p>We’ll choose and publish a selection of our favourites, and the winning image will be mounted and displayed to the public with the other monthly winners in an …

Travel Photography

Singer-turned-chef Kelis pops up in London restaurant

In a cramped kitchen off London’s Leicester Square, Kelis Rogers is shredding herbs into a vast saucepan where kilos of pork flank simmer away. Behind her three whole pineapples blacken over open coals and a pan bubbling with guava and ginger fills the kitchen with a sweet steamy fragrance. She …

Divorce

Disaster capitalism: the shocking doctrine Tories can’t wait to unleash

One of the most startling aspects of the Brexit debate is the rapidity with which the Conservatives have set it behind them. Within hours of the result David Cameron was on the steps of 10 Downing Street, describing this slim majority as “a very clear result” and proposing irrevocable steps to set …

United Kingdom

How to freeze food – without getting ill

A nation is frozen with indecision thanks to its ignorance of basic food preservation. Follow these tips to avoid waste – and poisoning<p>Time to face our freezer fears. Not the fear of an 80s demon dog residing in the fridge that some of us still possess from binge viewings of Ghostbusters, but our …

Food Preservation

Tim Anderson's strawberry daifuku - recipe

On Sunday 31 July, Tim Anderson, winner of MasterChef 2011 and owner of the Japanese soul food restaurant Nanban in Brixton, will be joining <b>José Pizarro</b> to host a Guardian Members’ dinner.<p>Anderson’s signature style combines his American heritage with a love of regional Japanese cooking and an …

Baking

The subversive power of​ ​the​ ​black dandy

When I was 16, my dad and I were parked outside the Express Dairy in Wembley, chatting in the front of our car. We’d been there for about 10 minutes when there was a knock on the window. It was a police officer. Someone had reported the presence of two suspicious men in a vehicle.<p>As we drove off, …

Black Lives Matter

Foreign firms cancel travel to Bangladesh after Dhaka cafe attack

Foreign companies with nationals working in Bangladesh’s garment and building industries have suspended travel to the country and told workers to stay at home after a deadly attack by Islamic militants on a restaurant in Dhaka.<p>The hospitality sector is also seeing cancellations, hotels are …

Extremism

What do you see when you think of Facebook? New prize-winning research on how social media fits into our social space

<i>Andy Crosby has just won an award for his research proposal on how Facebook users think about how social media fits into their lives. What do you</i> …

Why social media won’t transform our politics

Social media are in their infancy, but it’s already possible to identify two things at which they are extremely good: information sharing and …

Social Activism

Iranian men at their leisure - in pictures

Men across the country and from a broad range of backgrounds posed for Irish photographer <b>Owen McCann</b> who was traveling in Iran. ‘There was an obvious language barrier,’ he says, ‘but I found them to be very gentle and shy. I didn’t detect any macho tendencies among the men I encountered which …

Photography

David Bowie: 10 of the best

The great rock star has died. Here’s his career distilled to nine of his own performances, and one song he gifted to another band<p>1 Space Oddity<p>When David Bowie hit No 5 in 1969, he must have thought he’d finally made it, but his inability to follow Space Oddity with another song that captured the …

The Wanch:搖滾酒吧 x 老香港

灣仔The Wanch明明裡面都是外國面孔,但舊香港電影海報、舊唱機,甚至舊渡輪擺設卻比本地酒吧更「本地」。那擠迫空間混著交談聲,永遠在演奏的舞台,與灣仔酒吧區有點失色的舊香港味混在一起,一度讓我以為Suzie Wong的香港從異國眼光,漸成了真的本地文化。<p><b>夜夜笙歌 Live Music萬歲</b><p>The …

The National Star as Music Teachers on "Comedy Bang! Bang!"

"Comedy Bang! Bang!" is an IFC show spun-off from the popular podcast, hosted by Scott Aukerman with bandleader Reggie Watts. In this week's episode (airing on Friday at 11pm), The National star as themselves in a sketch where they're brought in to be music teachers for an underfunded school's …

Top 10 tips for being a best-selling author

<b>Sophie Kinsella is the bestselling author of the Shopaholic series, Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess and Wedding Night.</b><p>Her novels have been translated into more than 40 languages, and Confessions of a Shopaholic, has been made into a film starring Isla Fisher.<p>Here are Kinsella's top …

Aphex Twin: ‘His music is a perfect mix of mystery and adrenaline’

“Horny” and “smug”, said Richard James when asked by Rolling Stone how he felt about Syro, his first new Aphex Twin album in 13 years. He laughed as he said it but if anyone is entitled to feel a little bit pleased with themselves, it’s him. After so long away, Aphex still has an allure like no …

Stream Aphex Twin's Syro

<b>Update</b>: The stream does not appear to be working in all territories. If you can't stream it on Spotify,~~ it is also streaming on Bleep~~. <b>Update</b>: Bleep is only offering previews, not full tracks.<p>Aphex Twin's new album <i>Syro</i>, his first studio LP since 2001, is out in two days. Unwrap that present …

Suor Cristina, Italy's singing nun, wins TV talent show

Tears, tantrums, and tediously long speeches: all of these are the stuff of any good TV singing contest final. Rarely, however, does the Lord's Prayer feature. Then again, rarely is the contest won by a nun.<p>On Thursday night, to the surprise of almost no one, Cristina Scuccia, a 25-year-old …

英媒:中国“冰山下盎然的公民社会”

<b>最新一期《经济学人》封面文章说,中国放松社团登记法规,向民间力量释放了“合作”的信息,而这与中国社会、政治时局的发展密切相关。文章详细描述了中国非政府组织(NGO)的演进历程和现状,发展前景中的正负因素,称这是“冰山下茂盛的公民社会”。</b><p>中国登记在册的非政府组织数量超过50万,其中不少属于半官方性质,那些真正的民间组织基本上都不碰政治敏感议题。不过,据估计还有150万未注册的民间团体,其中一些从事的活动往往令当局担忧。<p>报道说,这类NGO的数量和影响都在增长,代表了在这个顽固地自上而下统治的国度里存在着一股自下而上的蓬勃的社会力量。对NGO登记注册的松绑,标志着部分兑现了宪法规定的结社自由;就像1 …

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FCC's Wheeler Denies Trying to Divide Internet Into "Haves" and "Have Nots"

"I will not allow some companies to force Internet users into a slow lane so that others with special privileges can have superior service," says Wheeler.<p>FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler denied that he’s trying to divide the Internet into fast and slow lanes in response to a letter sent earlier this week …

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The photobook today

Digital technology has allowed anyone to become a published photographer, yet the market for seminal titles continues to flourish. So what has happened to the photobook?<p>In around 1843, botanist <b>Anna Atkins</b> learnt a neat trick from her friend, the photographer and inventor John Herschel. By pressing …

Writing

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ISPs

Taiwanese Students Storm Parliament To Protest Illegal China Trade Agreement

Many say that Taiwan's ruling KMT party strong-armed a controversial trade deal with China through the legislature, and protestors demand a public review.<p>View this post on Facebook

China

重啟日本爵士高溫熔爐——IMA | 掘火档案

<b>掘火电台</b><b>©</b><b>之「重啟日本爵士高溫熔爐——</b><b>IMA</b><b>」</b><p><b>製作人:熊仔俠</b><b>×</b><b>掘火电台</b><b>©</b><p>大家好,歡迎收聽新一期的掘火電臺。我是主持人熊仔俠。這一期的節目會跟以往的節目有些不一樣。以往的節目都是以「類型」為主線。那這一期節目將會以「樂隊」為主線(胡淩雲說這是首度嘗試)。而這一期的節目叫做「重啟日本爵士高溫熔爐——IM …

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Jack Monroe: poverty can happen to anyone

I didn't manage to say very much on Channel 5's The Big Benefits Row, beyond an opening remark about people not being able to just rock up to a food bank with a carrier bag and help themselves. I started to talk about the Trussell Trust when Edwina Currie, also on my panel, cut over me to talk …