Category: Literature

Book Review: FUNDAMENTAL THEORIES OF ETHNIC CONFLICT: EXPLAINING THE ROOT CAUSES OF RACIAL AND ETHNIC HATE

Edited by: Muli Wa Kyendo Published by: Syokimau Cultural Centre, Nairobi, Kenya, www.syokimauculturalcentre.org. 2019, 156pp, ISBN 978-9966-7020-6-7 (paperback) 978-9966-7020-5-0 (e-book) Available at: https://www.amazon.com/Fundamental-Theories-Ethnic-Conflict-Explaining/dp/9966702067 Review by: Emily Keles-Muli, University of Kabianga, Kenya Key words: Conflicts, theories, ethnic groups, ethnic conflict, theories of conflict, ethnicity, social science Easy to read and quite informative, Fundamental Theories of Ethnic Conflict by Muli wa Kyendo...

Michitsuna no Haha (935-995) and Japanese female literature

Michitsuna no Haha (935-995) and Japanese female literature Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese female writer (diarist) and waka poet Michitsuna no Haha (Michitsuna’s mother) was born in 935 and she passed away in 995. Her writings, or diaries of truth and lament, highlight the trials and tribulations that she faced during her time on this earth. Indeed,...

“Making that album was like a cleansing” By: Michiel van Oosterhout

He taught singer Bobby Brown African lullabies and saw Richie Havens perform his anthem ‘Freedom’ at the legendary 1969 Woodstock music festival. Long before Wasswa Birigwa became a household name in Ugandan business and politics, he was a celebrated musician both in his home country and the United States. In the early 1970’s he released an Afro-American folk jazz album...

How language makes and unmakes our world: French language policies in Algeria, storytelling, and post-colonial recovery – Part 2

As part of  our #MDAcademics space, in a two part essay, Barâa Arar discusses the impact of French Language policies in Algeria, how it impacts not only language but a whole culture, and how to overcome. Read Part one here The Algerian novelist Ahlam Mosteghanemi chose to write in Arabic instead of French, as part of her resistance to her country’s colonized past, “Only...

How language makes and unmakes our world: French language policies in Algeria

As part of  our #MDAcademics space, in a two part essay, Barâa Arar discusses the impact of French Language policies in Algeria, how it impacts not only language but a whole culture, and how to overcome. Part One Language is a fundamental hallmark of the human experience. Without language we cannot express trivial things; “Pass the salt, please”, “Make a left...

The Dubai group that’s on a mission to make reading ‘cool’ again

Meet the literary ladies behind the Dubai chapter of Book Fairies, which aims to get people reading again by hiding novels around the city Abeer Acero, blogger and book reviewer, launched the Dubai chapter of the international Book Fairies movement. Courtesy The Book Fairies Shahd Thani hid her first book at last year’s ­Emirates Literature Festival. The blogger and novelist...

Lida’s art manifesto “Humanitarian Art Manifiesto” 2008, School of Music, posadas MIsiones Argentina

Lida’s art manifesto “Humanitarian Art Manifesto” used during music event at the School of Music, in Posadas, Argentina.Event leader Ms Maria Elena Lopez Vinader (international music therapist working with blind children):

Peace Education: Pedagogy of the Middle Class

Introduction When I visited Paulo Freire at his Geneva office in 1975, I asked whether someone like me, concerned about justice issues, ought to leave my comfortable setting with the middle class in Hawai‘i and instead pick up a rifle and join the rebels in Latin America. (It was a hypothetical question.) Without hesitation, he said there are justice issues...

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