Arts & Culture

In Meluku, East Of Eden

The story of spices is the story of temptation—and human civilisation’s rise and fall. A string of fabled, fragrant islands forms its kernel. Amitav Ghosh Outlook At my writing desk, as in my kitchen, I find it impossible to escape the lure of spices. Their flavours enliven many of… In Meluku, East… Read More »

South Africa: Countdown for Matric Results

Pretoria — The wait is almost over for the Class of 2016 as Matric learners will tomorrow find out their fate as the National Senior Certificate Examination (NSC) results are set to be released. AllAfrica This evening, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will announce the… South Africa: Countdown… Read More »

Mexico’s 500-year jungle dwellers

The Lacandon Maya lived deep in the jungles of southern Mexico with limited outside contact until the turn of the 20th Century, when loggers and missionaries began to arrive. Susannah Rigg BBC News I first met Daniel Chankin in the highland town of San Cristobal de las Casas in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Daniel, a Lacandon Maya who… Mexico’s 500-year jungle dwellers Read More »

Istanbul was our past, Istanbul is our future

This attack is on the culture of tolerance, on the pluralism of Muslim countries that is represented in Istanbul. Hamid Dabashi Al  Jazeera News I have now blissfully forgotten how many times I have visited Istanbul, or why is it I feel so much at home there. Last time I was… Istanbul was our… Read More »

John Berger, art critic and author, dies aged 90

Booker-prize-winning author of titles including Ways of Seeing, G and A Painter of our Time had been living in Paris Mark Brown, Arts correspondent The Guardian John Berger, the Booker-prize-winning novelist and visionary writer who helped transform the way a generation looked at and perceived art, has died aged 90. Berger had a… John Berger, art… Read More »

In Lebanon’s Tripoli, culture defeats youth radicalization

In October 2016, the online initiative Ta3a Sob El Fan (Come to Art) began to highlight the creativity of Tripoli’s youth by sharing poems, drawings, songs and video clips created by children and teenagers from the northern Lebanese city. Florence Massena Al Monitor It was an occasion to encourage the youth to spread their ideas, as well as to show the rest of Lebanon that Tripoli is not only about war. Tripoli is often In Lebanon’s Tripoli… Read More »

The Christianophobia in the UK and in Syria are connected

Here in the UK and across the pond the anti-Russian and anti-Christian hysteria continues to fever-pitch, signalling as it does the last mad flings of the mad regime of Obama and his neocon-liberal cabal. Robert Eastern KATEHON I have previously written that we have an almost total media blackout on the… The Christianophobia in… Read More »

How crowdfunding can connect people to their heritage and community

The glistening white sails of Sydney Opera House and the red brick and bluestone of Geelong’s industrial mills have little in common at first glance. The Conversation Fiona Gray, Cristina Garduño Freeman and Matt Novacevski But for both these places crowdfunding has led people to connect with these buildings. Hubcaps to Creative Hubs (#Hc2CH) is a… How crowdfunding can connect… Read More »

World’s first emojis on display at New York’s MoMA

New York art museum displays 176 original emojis seen as way of “bridging communication gaps” between different communities. Al Jazeera News Pavni Mittal New York City – You don’t need to be an art connoisseur to appreciate New York’s Museum of Modern Art. A must-do on every… World’s first emojis on… Read More »

Saudi jailed for call to end male control over women

A Saudi man has been jailed for one year for calling for an end to the Muslim kingdom’s guardianship system that gives men wide controls over women, local media said Tuesday. RIYADH – Agence France–Presse Hurriyet The man, who was also fined 30,000 riyals ($8,000) by a court in the… Saudi jailed for… Read More »

Muslim choir girls sing Arabic Christmas carols in touching video from Beirut

Footage captured at a December concert in the Lebanese capital warms hearts all over the world Bethan McKernan Independent Footage of a Muslim girls’ choir singing Christmas carols at a church concert has emerged from the Lebanese capital of Beirut. The ensemble of around 40 girls can be seen in a video singing ‘Silent Night’ in Arabic at St Elie Greek Catholic Church, located in a majority Muslim neighbourhood of the… The Imam Sadr Foundation choir was taking part in a… Muslim choir girls… Read More »

The White Envelope

It’s just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. As told by Nancy W. Gavin ‘becomingmimimalist‘ No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the… The White Envelope… Read More »