Independence movements in europe: edinburgh and glasgow say “si”

Scottish separatists hope Catalonia will boost their own independence. Their solidarity irks Spain’s government.

Solidarity with Catalonia at a party conference of the Scottish National Party Photo: dpa

The Senyeras, the Catalan flags, still hang on many windows in Edinburgh and Glasgow. On the street, some wear a "Si" pin. Most of them are supporters of the Scottish National Party (SNP), the party of Scottish head of government Nicola Sturgeon. They are expressing their solidarity with the Catalans because they hope for a boost for their own country’s independence.

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Tiña’s “positive mental health music”: speaking without being ashamed.

It’s liberating to perform as a man in pink. With their new album, London band Tina tries to find their footing in an alienated world.

Men in Pink. London band Tina comes from the environment of The Windmill club Photo by Tom Delion.

When Josh Loftin awoke from restless dreams one morning, he found himself transformed into a monstrous nothingness in his bed. "It clicked. I collapsed as if someone had turned off the light," Loftin tells the taz. Loftin is the lead singer of the London-based band Tina, which recently released its debut album, Positive Mental Health Music.

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Rhythmic blues from london: kanye west is not king

L. A. Salami, the young singer-songwriter from London, has it going on. His new album "The Cause of Doubt & a Reason to Have Faith" shows that.

As a couch potato, you can also lounge creatively, like L.A. Salami Photo: Diane Sagnier

The city as a source of friction, this is a theme one encounters in contemporary pop, especially in hip-hop and grime – genres, in other words, that are aptly subsumed under "urban." The first musical love of Lookman Adekunle Salami, alias L. A. Salami, however, was Bob Dylan. An unusual preference for a young Londoner with Nigerian roots. Now Salami’s third album "The Cause of Doubt & a Reason to Have Faith" is released, great wandering stream-of-consciousness folk; everyday vignettes that not least also work off life in the city – a rather unconventional perspective in the singer-songwriter genre.

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Opposition figure in azerbaijan: on the verge of a coma

Politician Tofig Yagublu has been on hunger strike for over two weeks. He is protesting his sentence of four years in prison for vandalism.

Musavat Tofig Yagublu during an interview before his imprisonment Photo: Karimov/pacific press/imago

He is apparently determined to go to extremes: Azerbaijani opposition politician Tofig Yagublu threatened on Wednesday to stop drinking water if the guilty verdict against him is not overturned. On September 3, the 59-year-old was sentenced by a court in the capital Baku to four years and three months in prison for vandalism. Since then he has been on hunger strike.

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Proposal of the minister of defense: akk wants a protection zone in northern syria

The defense minister has proposed an international security zone for northern Syria. She wants to break with the rather restrained Syria policy so far.

The minister plans to present her proposal on the sidelines of the meeting of NATO defense ministers Photo: Stefan Boness/Ipon

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is urging Germany and its EU partners to become more involved in the northern Syria conflict. "My proposal is that we establish an internationally controlled security zone involving Turkey and including Russia," the CDU leader told Deutsche Welle on Monday.

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Basic income test in finland: for many, a “piece of freedom”

After two years, the trial of an unconditional basic income has come to an end in Finland. Now it is being evaluated.

Little money, a lot of courage: Drum maker Juha Jarvinen also received the Finnish basic income Photo: dpa

For those affected, the balance is positive. "The psychological aspect was very important for me," says Sini Marttinen. She had already been used to working independently and had always had a whole bunch of different jobs to make ends meet. The additional 560 euros were a good basis, "a feeling of greater security. But of course not enough to live on alone.

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Magazine launch: giving space to voices

"Contemporary And" is dedicated to the diversity of contemporary art from Africa and the Diaspora. On Thursday, they present their new issue.

Flavio Cerqueira, I told you…, 2016. bronze and books Photo: Flavio Cerqueira / Goodman Gallery

Akinbode Akinbiyi is a chronicler of urban life. Like a flâneur, he moves through the streets of mainly African megacities, Lagos, Cairo, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, capturing everyday scenes with his SLR camera: people waiting and passing by, double-decker buses, billboards, intersections, seemingly trivial things that translate the rhythm of modern life into poetic images. Currently, you can see them at documenta14 in Kassel – and in the latest print issue of Contemporary And.

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Koffi olomide abused women: singer imprisoned in congo

One of the most famous singers of the Democratic Republic of Congo is sentenced in a summary trial. Kenya had previously expelled him.

Music in Congo is emotion: funeral of Papa Wemba on May 4, 2016 Photo: ap

A court in the Democratic Republic of Congo has sentenced one of the country’s best-known musicians to 18 months in prison in a summary trial. Koffi Olomide was arrested at dawn Tuesday at his home in the capital Kinshasa, immediately brought before a judge and found guilty of assault and convicted by mid-afternoon.

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“Conversion therapies” for homosexuals: commission prepares ban

Homosexuality does not require therapy, according to Health Minister Spahn. He wants to ban therapies that seek to change people’s sexuality.

Do not need so-called "conversion": women at an LGBTQI parade in Miami Photo: ap

German Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) wants to ban therapies of homosexuals with the aim of changing their sexuality. As his ministry announced in Berlin on Wednesday, he has appointed an expert commission to advise on the design of the ban. "Homosexuality is not a disease and does not require therapy," Spahn explained earlier in the taz interview. That is why he is in favor of a ban on so-called conversion therapy, he said.

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Liam neeson talks about homicidal thoughts: racism of an audience favorite

The actor tells in an interview that he once had homicidal thoughts against black men. Brave confession or totally off the mark?

Did Liam Neeson want to speak out against racism, or promote his film? Photo: ap

Most celebrities pay close attention to what they say in interviews and how what they say might be understood. Northern Irish actor Liam Neeson has now chosen a different path. He has confessed to having once harbored racist violent fantasies in the past. Courageous confession? Or just out of line?

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