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Cold fury: EU reacts to US stance on Jerusalem
Dec06

Cold fury: EU reacts to US stance on Jerusalem

The European Union’s response to US President Donald Trump’s stance on Jerusalem has been met with cold fury in senior EU echelons, with one political analyst in conversation with The Middle East in Europe describing the development as “yet another American own goal.” In private conversations shared with The Middle East in Europe, EU officials warned the United States in the event could be the ultimate loser if...

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Amnesty reports on how governments fail human rights defenders
Dec05

Amnesty reports on how governments fail human rights defenders

States around the world are failing to effectively protect people who defend human rights, with a resulting rise in preventable killings and enforced disappearances, says Amnesty International said in a new report that follows other verifiable  accounts of how governments are abetting in the elimination of another ‘endangered species’—journalists. Amnesty’s new report, Deadly but Preventable Attacks: Killings and Enforced...

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Asia Society honours the Aga Khan
Nov01

Asia Society honours the Aga Khan

The Asia Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award has gone to the Aga Khan for his contribution to improving the lives of millions of people around the world. The pioneering Ismaili leader has achieved this through art and architecture, sustainable economic development, education and numerous other fields. The Game Changer Lifetime Achievement Award is Asia Society’s most highly regarded honour, given annually to individuals,...

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Silk road art and music in London
Jul20

Silk road art and music in London

Five artists, including known musical figures on London’s creative scene, perform a lunchtime concert in a capsule presentation of music from the Middle East and its eastward extensions along the Silk Road ancient and modern. ‘Summertime in Distant Lands,’ part of an ongoing and well regarded Music@One series, is a collaboration between SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London, and the...

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The Lost Men of Syria at Saatchi Gallery
Jul12

The Lost Men of Syria at Saatchi Gallery

Syria’s grim humanitarian crisis finds yet another sombre expression in The Lost Men of Syria exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, opening 19 July, writes Eastern Art Report arts newsdesk. Photographer Edward Jonkler’s work examines the role of men in refugee camps, and the shifting power dynamics that can often lead to acts of radicalisation and mental illness, with once patriarchal figures becoming “lost’. Fleeing violence...

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Tate Modern honours Princess Fahrelnissa Zeid, modern art pioneer
Apr22

Tate Modern honours Princess Fahrelnissa Zeid, modern art pioneer

Come this June (2017), Tate Modern celebrates the life and works of Princess Fahrelnissa Zeid, an artist who can rightly be seen as one of the female pioneers, in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, of both modernism and abstraction in a western sense, responsive to western aesthetics and sensibilities. Abstraction, through reinterpretation of Arabic/Farsi/Osmanli/Urdu calligraphic forms, isn’t new to a region...

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