What is Peace? by Anis Hamadeh

Introduction War and violence, say some politicians, may only be the very last means of conflict settlement, when all other means have failed. This opinion is controversial because doves say: war and violence must not be a means of politics at all. War and violence should be resorted to more often, the hawks think. In one way they are not...

Algeria’s dying art: Berber women with facial tattoos tell their stories

By David Sim First appeared on the net December 30, 2015 A facial tattoo was once considered a sign of beauty among Berber women of the Chaouia (or Shawia) region in eastern Algeria’s Aures mountains. The practice is frowned on today by the country’s majority Sunni Muslim population, as it is Haram (forbidden) to alter one of Allah’s creations. Reuters...

‘Film School Africa’ documentary shows filmmaking as art therapy is healing apartheid rifts in South Africa

Apartheid is too recent a memory, culturally, for communities to mix freely without fear. But with films as the common passion, it is “a way to heal” those rifts and create a brotherhood where none existed before By Smita M  Community is a powerful thing. It binds people together, gives them a support structure to depend on and gives life...

Meeting the founder of India’s first community-owned feminist library

Appeared on the net on the 3rd of june 2019 TextJessie Williams Aqui Thami is busy. Apart from working on her PhD, the Mumbai-based artist and activist has just opened the doors of India’s first community-owned feminist library: Sister Library. So it’s no wonder she apologises for her delayed response with “it’s been a little too hectic”. Known for her guerrilla posters,...

Nonkilling Paradigm

Springer academic publishers has just released the new book The Nonkilling Paradigm: For World Peace and Enlightenment, authored by Dr. Katyayani Singh and Dr. Anoop Swarup, Chair of the Center for Global Nonkilling. This new contribution to the development of nonkilling theory emerged from a doctoral dissertation entitled Nonkilling and Global Peace: A Study of Emerging Paradigms and Prospects, that was defended by Katyayani...

‘‘Women of Allah’ versus Women of Heart – Iran versus USA reality

If Georgia O’Keeffe the American female painter represented a heart of the USA, I am an Iranian female painter representing a heart of Iran. Georgia O’Keeffe carries the soul of a nation while bringing attention to the beauty and sensuality of flowers with her art. I carry the soul of Iran while bringing those beautiful flowers to the heart of...

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