Category: Miscellaneous

Heart of Serenity

Lida’s new painting “Heart of Serenity” (oil on canvas, 90 x 70cm) is dedicated to the damaged relations between Iran and USA. She says: “If Georgia O’Keeffe the female painter was a heart of the USA, then I am a female painter heart of Iran. She brought attention to the beauty of flowers with her art, I bring those flowers...

Pop culture: restoring Namibia’s forgotten resistance music

There is a rich history of 20th century music in Namibia that was suppressed and all but erased by political forces. Now an archive project called Stolen Moments – Namibian Music History Untold is restoring it to the public domain. It is a national treasure hunt for the Namibian music culture that wasn’t allowed to flourish during apartheid in Namibia...

Abdellatif Laâbi’s letter to Ashraf Fayadh “Je vis des moments difficiles”

Preface to the French translation of Ashraf Fayadh second collection November 29, 2019 in Non Fiction, Source: The dreaming machine n 5 My dear Ashraf, Though I am not accustomed to this, I would like to start this letter with a quote: “courage is a matter of organization”, as André Malraux used to say. Why is that?  You know that...

One Step at a Time By Tamir Ben Kalifa

In front of her teammates and Israeli peers, Rahel Gebretsadik, a 15-year-old Eritrean immigrant with a petite frame, a shaggy ponytail and an infectious laugh, stood alone on a white wooden box emblazoned with the blue number one. A medal, minted with the menorah from the Arch of Titus, the emblem of the State of Israel, hung around her neck....

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...

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...

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