CAN LIVE THEATER HELP SPUR CLIMATE ACTION?

This year’s Ojai Playwrights Conference tackled the existential threat of climate change. TOM JACOBSUPDATED:AUG 14, 2019ORIGINAL:AUG 13, 2019 Left to right: actors Robin Gerber and Carl Thelander, with artistic director Robert Egan. (Photo: Peggy Ryan) To get from the Pacific Coast to the idyllic, mountain-surrounded town of Ojai, California, you drive by a series of working oil wells, clearly visible just off...

Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947) The Highest mountains stand as the witnesses of the Great Reality by Rene Wadlow

Nicholas Roerich, the Russian painter, explorer, and cultural activist, whose birth anniversary we note on 9 October, stressed throughout his life the role of beauty and culture in bringing humanity together in unity. “True art is the expression of the radiant spirit.” Art is the manifestation of the coming synthesis of the spiritual and the material. The gates of the...

Last Year’s Nobel Prize in Literature Was Canceled Over Scandal and Conflict. Can 2019’s Award Mark a Comeback?

9 OCTOBER 2019 AT 19:33 from TIME by Suyin Haynes This year’s Nobel Prize for Literature marks a first in the award’s 118-year history. On Thursday, there won’t just be one award announced, but two simultaneously: one for 2018 and the other for 2019. Each winner will receive over $910,000 in prize money and the international acclaim accompanying recognition as a Nobel Laureate....

The Lie of Global Prosperity: How Neoliberals Distort Data to Mask Poverty and Exploitation by Seth Donnelly

“We’re making headway on global poverty,” trills billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates. “Decline of Global Extreme Poverty Continues,” reports the World Bank. And “How did the global poverty rate halve in 20 years?” inquires The Economist magazine. Seth Donnelly answers: “It didn’t!” In fact, according to Donnelly’s The Lie of Global Prosperity, virtually nothing about these glad tidings proclaiming plummeting global...

International Humanitarian Law, Constant Challenges, NGO Responses by Rene Wadlow

​ 12 August is the anniversary of the signing of the Geneva Conventions of 1949.  The 1949 Geneva Conventions and the 1977 Protocols Additional are central instruments of International Humanitarian Law.  The Geneva Conventions, are also often called the Red Cross Conventions as the International Committee of the Red Cross is the institution which is to promote and protect the...

Once A Symbol Of Freedom, Sudan’s Pop Radio Station Has Fallen Almost Silent

Enlarge this image When Omar al-Bashir was ousted from the Sudanese presidency in April of 2019, there was an explosion of new culture in Sudan. In a country under strict Islamic law, suddenly, graffiti appeared on walls. Music of all kinds blasted from speakers. Men and women commingled openly at a protest camp in front of military headquarters. Standing as...

Danilo Dolci: Development and Opposition to the Oppression of the Mafia by Rene Wadlow

Danilo Dolci (1925-1997) whose birth anniversary we note on 28 June, was active in the movement for world citizenship and deeply influenced by the non-violent methods of Mahatma Gandhi.  He was often called “The Gandhi of Sicily”.   In 1952, Danilo Dolci went to live in a small, very poor town of western Sicily.  The towns-people watched him and wondered why an...

Documentary on political – art persecution to premiere in Kampala By Gabriel Buule

Courtesy photo of Cranes band where Gitta was a member The tendency of politics falling into collision with the creative art industry didn’t start yesterday that even-though pundits assume that the banning of artiste Bobi Wine’s concert is the genesis of art-political persecution, similar incidences have always been reflected from the days of Idi Amin Dada that saw artistes like...

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