New York Art Community Responds To Apparent Beheading Of Jamal Khashoggi By Rejecting Saudi Funds

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New York Art Community Responds To Apparent Beheading Of Jamal Khashoggi By Rejecting Saudi Funds

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and Columbia University have responded to the apparent seizure and Turkish reports of hideous torture and beheading by the Saudi government of Washington Post journalist and American legal resident Jamal Khashoggi.

ArtNet News reports that Saudi funding for a new Arab art initiative is under the microscope. The diplomatic crisis coincides with the launch in New York of the first-ever Arab Art & Education Initiative, a year-long cultural exchange across the city’s five boroughs.

The Middle East Art Institute, a think tank based in Washington, DC, withdrew from the program almost immediately after news broke about Khashoggi walking into the Saudi embassy in Istanbul and not being seen again.

Eighty-five percent of the Arab Art and Education Initiative’s funding comes from sources outside of Saudi Arabia, according to artNet News.

Dem. Rep Raul Grijalva Expands Proposed Protections Under CECIL Animal Trophies Act

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Dem. Rep Raul Grijalva Expands Proposed Protections Under CECIL Animal Trophies Act

US Rep. Raul Grijalva (Ariz.), the top House Democrat overseeing endangered species legislation on trophy hunting, has expanded Endangered Species Act protections with new requirements that legal animal imports must help conserve the animal’s species.

Grijalva named the legislation — not introduced for the first time — the Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies Act, or CECIL Animal Trophies Act, after Cecil the African lion whose 2015 killing by American dentist and big-game hunter Walter Palmer caused an international uproar.

CECIL would prohibit elephant and lion trophy imports from Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Zambia, and it comes at a time when many Trump supporters who are big-game hunters are infuriated by delays in easing restrictions against killing the animals.

“The bottom line is they are afraid as shit to get off the fence,” Dwight Miloff, a frequent trophy hunter, told The Hill. “They know if they get off the fence the anti-hunting people will be up in arms, and if they don’t grant them the people who put in the money for the permit will be pissed off.”

In A Time Of Turmoil, Dr. Mukwege's Nobel Peace Prize Is A Heavenly Gift For Us All

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In A Time Of Turmoil, Dr. Mukwege's Nobel Peace Prize Is A Heavenly Gift For Us All

Introduction from Anne: Professor De Reus considered the humanitarian righteousness of awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Congolese physician Denis Mukwege in 2015, a tremendous honor that was not his that year.

AOC has a decade-long history of writing about the courageous vision of Dr. Mukwege and the horrific challenges faced by women of the Congo. To awaken on October 5, 2018 and read that Dr. Mukwege and activist Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman once taken captive by ISIS, were sharing the 2018 Nobel prize was truly good news at a stressful time in America and around the world.

I met up with Professor De Reus in my own East Coast backyard and also watched her TEDx Talk featured at the end of her article. If you don’t know about Dr. Mukwege and his Panzi Hospital, Lee Ann De Reus shares an excellent 2015 overview.

Liya Kebede In 'Modern Bohemia' By Bjorn Iooss For Sunday Times Style Magazine UK Sept. 30, 2018

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Liya Kebede In 'Modern Bohemia' By Bjorn Iooss For Sunday Times Style Magazine UK Sept. 30, 2018

Top model Liya Kebede is styled by Verity Parker in ‘Modern Bohemia’, a psychedelic mix of good vibrations clothes from Gucci, Prada, Balenciaga and more. Bjorn Iooss flashes the Ethiopian beauty and global women’s activist for The Sunday Times Style Magazine UK.

Like Christy Turlington Burns, featured today about her upcoming fifth installment documentary around maternal health, Kebede is also dedicated to maternal health as an ambassador for the World Health Organization and through her own Lemlem Foundation.

Global Citizen Dakota Johnson Covers Tatler UK November 2018, Lensed By Jack Waterlot

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Global Citizen Dakota Johnson Covers Tatler UK November 2018, Lensed By Jack Waterlot

Actor Dakota Johnson covers the November 2018 issue of Tatler UK. The upcoming ‘Suspiria’ star is styled by Petra Flannery in luxe looks lensed by Jack Waterlot.

Speaking about playing Anastasia Steele in ‘Shades of Grey’, Dakota tells Tatler: “Playing sexual characters is interesting to me,' she says. 'I find it powerful... I've always been fascinated by women who are in touch with their sexuality, who are proud of it, who are not passive about it. I don't think that in order to be respected and in order to feel powerful that you need to be sexless.' She rails against the double standards in society that mean a man can be aggressive and admired for it, whereas 'if you're forthright [as a woman], if you're bossy, and you say what you mean and mean what you say, then sometimes you might be called a bitch or a diva.' She pauses. 'Which is wild.'“

When Time’s Up was formed, Dakota says,'My grandmother (Tippi Hedren) was like, "Guys! This has been going on forever!" It's terrible. She's so strong. She's so elegant. She's so smart and so talented. Her career was completely ruined because she said no. Because she stood up for herself. And so Hitchcock destroyed her. It's not okay to behave in a certain way in order to put yourself in a position of power or leverage. I think my grandmother is extremely supportive of the movement. My mother is extremely supportive. This does need to change.'

'The Model Mafia' Is Stronger Together, Lensed By Carlota Guerrero For Porter Edit September 28, 2018

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'The Model Mafia' Is Stronger Together, Lensed By Carlota Guerrero For Porter Edit September 28, 2018

The September 28 issue of Porter Edit focues on The Model Mafia and the banner headline ‘Stronger Together’. Tracy Taylor styles the model flock for images by Carlota Guerrero.

AOC has followed the Model Mafia and model activism since it began. Here’s the images and Porter Edit article for reading, while we pull in our archives.