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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...

UN adds reggae music to list of international cultural treasures

Jamaica’s distinctive beat has furthered ‘international discourse on injustice’, says Unesco – while devotees praise it for breaking down colonial race barriers Laura Snapes Appeared on Thu 29 Nov 2018, on  theguardian.com The UN has added reggae music to its list of international cultural treasures worthy of protection and promotion. Jamaica applied for recognition of its musical tradition at a...

Nourishing Communities

By Prof. George Kent November 2018 – There are many guidelines for dealing with specific nutrition problems (No Wasted Lives Coalition; 2018; World Health Organization 2013; 2016). Often treatments are delivered by specialists through community-based nutrition programs. Some are initiated and designed by outside experts and are community-based only in terms of their geographic location. Some community-based programs involve local...

Cache of long-lost photos found in abandoned bathroom reveal secrets of Frida Kahlo’s life

PHOTO: The fixed gaze of Frida Kahlo’s painted self-portraits evolved from taking and posing for photos. (Frida Kahlo Museum: Guillermo Kahlo)       They are images that shed new light on the private life of the world’s most famous female artist. But hundreds of photographs belonging to Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, on show at the Bendigo Art Gallery from this week,...

Designs for life: the Guatemalan women fighting for rights to their textiles

Beautiful handwoven Mayan textile designs are often copied by foreign designers and mass produced. It amounts to intellectual property theft, say the Mayan women who are fighting back In May 2016, the organisation took a motion to Guatemala’s constitutional court, seeking protection for indigenous textiles. In November of the same year, it proposed a legislative reform to existing laws, such...

The art of dissonance: dissecting the language of Donald Trump By IZZY GOLDSTEIN

Modes of communication which allow for compromise are being deliberately delegitimised. Donald Trump on the campaign trail in 2016. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 2.0. “Every word has consequences, every silence too.” Jean Paul Satre’s famous epithet was a popular feature of news headlines when a wave of bombs were sent to high profile Liberals at the...

The ‘fainting’ dance craze taking over South Africa is now infecting Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania – and has already hit China By Bombi Mavundza , Business Insider

King Monada’s Malwedhe has crossed borders, getting everyone in on the #IdibalaChallenge King Monada’s Malwedhe has raised concern at home. Now it is going continental.  China is already in on the action, and the star says he has since been invited to perform in the UK. “This year we Idibala,” says Limpopo-based singer King Monada. His hit song, Malwedhe, which has inspired...

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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