Category: Miscellaneous

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...

Aboriginal community gives gifts of sorrow to Islamic community after Christchurch shootings By Rebecca Puddy

When Aboriginal people from remote communities grieve, they come together in a camp and bring flowers to lay on graves as an expression of their love and sorrow. Senior Aboriginal artist Nyunmiti Burton heard of the attack against Muslim worshippers in Christchurch mosques and wanted to show her sadness and grief, but was separated from the city by thousands of...

Peace and hope in a South Korean art village

  Less than an hour’s drive from Seoul, an art scene is flourishing near the border between the ROK and the DPRK. At first glance, Heyri Art Village is a picturesque day-trip destination for city dwellers to get away from the hustle and bustle. #Peninsula

How an Ancient Indian Art Utilizes Mathematics, Mythology, and Rice BY ROHINI CHAKI

Kōlam festivals are one of the few remaining opportunities to showcase this slowly fading tradition. PADDY PHOTOGRAPHY/GETTY IMAGES BEFORE THE FIRST RAYS OF sunlight stream across the rice fields and mud roads in the Nilgiri Mountains, before they force their way through the high-rises in the urban jungle of Chennai and Madurai, the women of Tamil Nadu are up for the day....

Leonardo Da Vinci Revisited: How a 15th Century Artist Dissected the Human Machine

Susan Broomhall and Ivan Marusic – The Conversation   On the 500th anniversary of his death, this series brings together scholars from different disciplines to re-examine the work, legacy and myth of Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical drawings and mechanical designs reveal his fascination with engineering, motion, anatomy and ageing. Google Art Project, via Wikimedia Commons. 15 Apr...

‘One Child Nation’: How Nanfu Wang Defied China to Expose Its Dark Side

Chris O’Falt Appeared on the net on Feb 2, 2019 12:00 pm  @cofalt “One Child Nation” director Nanfu Wang Yuanchen Liu When Nanfu Wang was still a graduate student at NYU film school, she returned to China – where she was born and lived until her mid-twenties – to film human rights activist Ye Haiyan (a.k.a. Hooligan Sparrow), as she was chased and harassed...

“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...

Plea for peace: 30 songs about war Read

  Rhian Daly Jan 4, 2019 2:09 pm Of all the subjects that inspire songwriters, war and love are a couple of the main contenders. Popular music’s archives are littered with songs rising up against conflict, pleading for peace, and simply depicting scenes of battle throughout history. Here are 30 of the greatest songs about war. Black Sabbath – ‘War...

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