🌍 A change of climate in the media? | The Listening Post (Full)

On The Listening Post this week: A perfect storm of activism, science and politics pushes the biodiversity crisis up the news agenda. Plus, patriotism in Chinese cinema, past and present. A change of climate in the media? It is one of those news stories, maybe the only one, that seems almost too big to cover: climate change and the scientific consensus that the planet is almost at the point of no return. The evidence is overwhelming. A UN report last week warned that roughly one million plant and animal species…

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🇧🇷 Cannes film festival: Brazilian films bring political issues to light | Al Jazeera English

It is a big year for Brazilian cinema at the 2019 Cannes film festival, with seven movies on the schedule. The first screening in Cannes coincided with mass demonstrations back in Brazil against education cuts by President Jair Bolsonaro’s government. Cuts are also hitting the arts sector particularly hard. Al Jazeera’s Charlie Angela reports from Cannes. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera – Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/ #AlJazeeraEnglish #CannesFilmFestival #BrazilArtIndustry

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🇨🇳 When propaganda sells: Blockbuster films and the Chinese State | The Listening Post (Feature)

Cinema has performed an important role in the Chinese Communist Party’s – CCP – media strategy since the early years of the People’s Republic of China. With the introduction of market sales in the 1990s, popular cinema found its own voice and with it, a space in which to satirise China’s rapidly changing society. A space that has at times, put Chinese cinema on a collision course with the state. Since 2017 therefore, the most commercially successful films have had more of a traditional propaganda ring to them. Fusing patriotic…

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🇬🇧 Brexit uncertainty threatens Britain’s steel industry | Al Jazeera English

Tens of thousands of people once worked at the British Steel steelworks in Scunthorpe. But Brexit uncertainty has led its owner to ask the government to loan it tens of millions of dollars, or risk it shutting down. Al Jazeera’s Emma Hayward reports. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera – Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/ #AlJazeeraEnglish #BritishSteel #Brexit

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My Indian Life: Rocket Woman, From India to Mars – BBC News

From India to Mars, how a leap of faith became a journey into space. Kalki meets rocket scientist BP Dakshayani, from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), who programmed a satellite on its mission to the red planet. #MyIndianLife More – bbcworldservice.com/myindianlife #RocketWoman #BBC #BBCNews #podcast #podcasts #KalkiKoechlin Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog

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Miss England’s Muslim headscarf finalist – BBC News

A Muslim law student became the first woman to wear a traditional headscarf on the catwalk of the Miss England final in Nottinghamshire. Sara Iftekhar, from Huddersfield, did not win on Tuesday night but said she had achieved a lot just by entering the competition. Ahead of the final, the 20-year-old, said: “I did not expect to be making history. I do feel proud.” Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog

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Historic India ruling legalises gay sex – BBC News

In a historic decision, India’s Supreme Court has ruled that gay sex is no longer a criminal offence. The ruling overturns a 2013 judgement that upheld a colonial-era law, known as section 377, under which gay sex is categorised as an “unnatural offence”. The court has now ruled discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a fundamental violation of rights. Campaigners outside the court cheered and some broke down in tears as the ruling was handed down. Although public opinion in India’s biggest cities has been in favour of…

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The trail taken by the Russian ‘agents’ – BBC News

Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov (not thought to be their real names) are alleged to have carried out a nerve agent attack in Salisbury in March. Ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were poisoned with Novichok on 4 March. Det Sgt Nick Bailey also fell ill after responding to the incident in Salisbury. Police linked the attack to a separate Novichok poisoning on 30 June, which led to the death of Dawn Sturgess. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog

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