culture

After Taliban Music Ban, Songbook Teaches Afghan Children to Sing Again

By Magdalena Mis LONDON, June 14 – When Louise Pascale, an American music teacher, pulled a three-decade-old Afghan children’s songbook from her bookcase, she realised she was likely holding a treasure lost to Afghan children following a music ban imposed by the Taliban. Playing instruments was banned during the period of Taliban rule in late-1990s

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From Cars to Bags, Artist Brightens Up Gaza Streets with Calligraphy

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, April 25 – With a thick black marker pen in hand, Palestinian graffiti artist Belal Khaled carefully draws an intricate Arabic calligraphic design on a silver Skoda. The art work decorates the sides of the car, running along the windows and down its doors, the latest in the 24-year-old’s mission to

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Daesh Nets Millions from Antiquities: Russia

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, April 6 -Daesh militants in Syria and Iraq are netting between $150 million and $200 million a year from illicit trade in plundered antiquities, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations said in a letter released on Wednesday. “Around 100,000 cultural objects of global importance, including 4,500 archaeological sites, nine of

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Classical Indian Dance Helps Trafficking Victims to Heal, Study Shows

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, Feb 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Classical Indian dance could be an effective form of therapy for victims of human trafficking and sexual violence, helping them to overcome their traumatic experiences and gain confidence, a pilot study has shown. The six-month study of 50 female survivors in Kolkata and Mumbai found

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