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The ancient treasures of Yemen are being destroyed

October 18, 2019

As the bombs rain down and the war in Yemen enters its fifth year, antiquities are looted and Yemen’s extraordinary cultural heritage of mosques, archaeological sites and ancient castles are razed and pillaged.

According to a report in The Guardian, at least 712 Mosques and more than 200 archeological sites have been affected.

Where these treasures aren’t looted for profit, they are targeted on purpose, to erase history and culture.

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Social gastronomy: More than a food program

November 6, 2018

If you are homeless, you can eat haute cuisine at Refettorio Gastromotiva for free. The fancy Rio de Janeiro restaurant is at the forefront of an innovative movement to combat hunger and homelessness. As one patron says, “they don’t just socialize the homeless, they humanize us.” It’s all part of a growing “social gastronomy” movement […]

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Can art reform Rio’s violent police force?

September 25, 2018

Tatiana Altberg is teaching police officers in Rio de Janeiro how to make and use pinhole cameras in the hopes that in some small way this can help them reflect on their lives and careers. As part of an international artist-in-residence program, Altberg wants to use art to intervene in the hardened law-enforcement culture of […]

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China’s southern inclination

September 4, 2018

With an eye to work abroad, Chinese students are taking up Spanish and Portuguese, as China’s fascination with Latin American culture grows in tandem with the country’s burgeoning economic (and thus diplomatic) presence in the region. The phenomenon is part of China’s rapidly expanding global footprint, which has the United States deeply concerned. The U.S. […]

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