The Hunt for the Nazi Loot Still Sitting on Library Shelves

The hunt for the millions of books stolen by the Nazis during World War II has been pursued quietly and diligently for decades, but it has been largely ignored, even as the search for lost art drew headlines. The plundered volumes seldom carried the same glamour as the looted paintings, which were often masterpieces worth millions of dollars. But recently,...

Kuwaiti girls use martial arts to counter bullies and violence

KUWAITI GIRLS USE MARTIAL ARTS TO COUNTER BULLIES AND VIOLENCE Asma Hasnawi and her daughter Riham spend more than 12 hours a week learning kajukenbo, a mixed martial art the mother says boosts her child’s confidence and thwarts bullying. In a small hall in Kuwait City, women and girls in black uniforms gather to learn the basics of self-defence. On...

Tehran conference to discuss effects of art, peace on sustainable development

TEHRAN – The effects of art and peace on sustainable development will be discussed during a conference, which will open at the Qasr Museum Garden in Tehran on Thursday. The Art, Peace and Sustainable Development Conference will be organized by the Honarnamay-e Aban Art and Cultural Institute in collaboration with the Art and Cultural Organization of the Tehran Municipality, ECO...

War and Peace: A workshop by Bangladeshi artists

Eight Bangladeshi artists submerge themselves into their country’s tumultuous history, universal repercussions of war, and inclusivity of art A large tent made entirely of newspapers welcomes visitors at Akar Prakar gallery with colourful drawings of picturesque landscapes. There are calm rivers, boats quietly floating on their surface, and the brimming sun smiling from far behind. Bringing in a dose of...

11-year-old artist creating hyper-real drawings

Waris Kareem works from a makeshift studio in Lagos An 11-year-old artist is creating waves with his unique creations in Nigeria. From a makeshift studio in a poor neighbourhood in Lagos, Waris Kareem produces incredibly life-like works of art. This 11-year-old from Nigeria is producing life-like works of art pic.twitter.com/bLK9LFjN1x — RTÉ News (@rtenews) June 28, 2018 He began drawing...

MUSIC IN PEACEBUILDING HUB SURVEY

MUSIC IN PEACEBUILDING HUB SURVEY —————————————————–   Dear Friends and Colleagues, This year 2019, the Min-On Music Research Institute (MOMRI) together with partners and like-minded stakeholders, will focus on developing an interactive and engaging website with the aim of serving your needs and interests in Music in Peacebuilding. We call it the MOMRI-HUB. We’d like to hear from you and...

Life in acute focus

TOM KING recommends two outstanding exhibitions of Roman Vishniac’s documentary photographs Three women, Mukacevo, ca. 1935-38 Photo: Roman Vishniac Roman Vishniac Rediscovered Jewish Museum and Photographers’ Gallery, London YOU would struggle to find a more comprehensive study of Jewish life in the 20th century than that carried out by Roman Vishniac, whose extraordinary body of work is currently on show at both...

The artists promoting peace in Thailand’s conflict-plagued south by Caleb Quinley

Saiburi, Thailand – With his hands tucked in his jacket pockets, Anas Pongpraset slightly nods towards two collapsed buildings in front of him. “That’s where the car bomb went off,” says the 35-year-old of an explosion that rocked the Chinatown district of the small town of Saiburi in Thailand’s deep south in 2012. “It killed both Buddhists and Muslims. There...

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