Language is intrinsically related and inseparable from the roots of identity, not only personal identity but also collective identity - that of a nation and a nationality, as in Malta and the Maltese language. Using a language as a tool and a vehicle for expression weaves roots deep within the collective consciousness of that nation, whilst time ensures their strength. The question and concern with identity continues to infiltrate various sectors of society, particularly art forms such as literature, poetry and music. Music has especially always possessed the power to hold, communicate and transmit language and although music and language are processed by different areas of the brain, both rely on the ability to detect differences in tone, pitch, rhythm, interpretation, phrasing and tonal memory, amongst other things. This makes an interesting case for music's ability to enhance not only the learning of a language, but perhaps even the remembering and re-engaging with it Mario - … [Read more...] about FIRST: Saved by Song… Song-writing in the Maltese language within an emerging contemporary scene
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Claire Denis understands France from the outside. An itinerant childhood in French West Africa in the 1940s and 1950s has made her films intimate with the issues of race and the colonial past which haunt the West Unlike the chilly analysis of one of her few rivals in the front rank of European directors, Michael Haneke, Denis addresses her themes through sensual bodies and human contact. The Foreign Legionnaires of her most acclaimed film, Beau Travail (1999), thread through North African streets and nightclubs, and back in Paris, 35 Shots of Rum (2008) spends intimate time with Alex Descas’ train driver, his family and friends in a suburban immigrant community. Denis is a warm-blooded cinema master, an intellectual who happily casts off into life’s drift and flow. Her new film, Let the Sunshine In, shows the lighter side of the 71-year-old. More directly autobiographical than usual, as it follows middle-aged artist Isabelle (Juliette Binoche), who barely has time … [Read more...] about Let the Sunshine In: Claire Denis’ new film shows off her lighter side but – the French director is still on fierce form
Did you know there are over 9,000 Irish people who live in France? That's officially at least. And with a huge number of Brits applying for Irish nationality due to Brexit, the number of "Irish" in France could soar in the coming years. There are 9,086 to be exact, according to the most recent figures given to The Local from France’s Statistics Agency, Insee. But where are they all? In short, they are spread all over the France from the capital to the countryside, although there are certain regions that have attracted more Irish than others. The sun might have something to do with it. And according to one estate agent the "Irish buyers are back in love with France". "Property prices in the Republic of Ireland are booming again (12.3% increase last year) and owners are using their new found equity to buy in France again," Mary Hawkins from Leggett Immobilier told The Local. "Leggett Immobilier saw sales to Irish buyers triple in 2017 and this year shows no signs … [Read more...] about Where are all the Irish living in France?
WASHINGTON — Both Democrats and Republicans think the stalemate between President Trump and Congress over immigration can help them in November's congressional elections. Each could be right. In House races across the country, both parties are using the fight over immigration — fanned by tweets from Mr. Trump about a crisis on the Mexican border that others say doesn't exist — to fire up base voters in midterm elections. Democrats think it can help them reach minorities, young people and suburban moderates repelled by Mr. Trump's strident anti-immigrant stances, while Republicans have noted his success in using promises to crack down on immigration to energize disaffected conservatives. As a result, Democrats are using the issue to emphasize inclusivity and are targeting border regions, suburbs and areas with immigrant populations. Republicans, whose districts tend to be less diverse, plan to make immigration a law-and-order issue that appeals to conservatives all … [Read more...] about Dems, GOP use immigration differently in midterm campaigns
03/04/2018 By Le News Leave a Comment In 1989, war correspondent Edward Girardet came face to face with Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden threatened to kill him. This time around it’s money and principle rather than his life that are at stake. On 4 April 2018, he’ll be in a French court defending himself against a defamation charge brought by a French mayor, a situation he describes as stupefying and an attack against freedom of the press. Peter Hulm, who writes for Global Geneva, the Geneva-based magazine that Girardet founded, explains the background and larger context of the situation in the following article. Innovative journalism has been Edward Girardet’s watchword since the beginning of his career. Not that he ever promoted himself as a reporter producing original work that few others could emulate. Few people could have made a living out of telling New York taxi-drivers on radio about the seemingly arcane activities of the United Nations in Geneva, as Ed was doing … [Read more...] about How a Swiss-American journalist ended up in court for defending French cultural heritage