The artists promoting peace in Thailand’s conflict-plagued south by Caleb Quinley

Saiburi, Thailand – With his hands tucked in his jacket pockets, Anas Pongpraset slightly nods towards two collapsed buildings in front of him. “That’s where the car bomb went off,” says the 35-year-old of an explosion that rocked the Chinatown district of the small town of Saiburi in Thailand’s deep south in 2012. “It killed both Buddhists and Muslims. There...

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...

Making and knowing: how theatre helps to explore a city’s identity

What gives an urban area a particular quality? What is the mood, feeling or atmosphere that makes a “place”? At a superficial glance city spaces might seem defined by road layouts and buildings, infrastructure and zoning laws. But my interest as a researcher and theatre maker is in investigating the kinds of everyday interactions that give these spaces an identity...

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...