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"We need freedom for true art": Interview with Syrian pianist Malek Jandali

When Syrians took to the streets in March 2011, they rebelled not only against the ruling Assad family, but also against the obscurantism that had been imposed on them for decades. Art as a whole, and music in particular, have played a crucial role in the paradigm shift that has accompanied the revolution, as Syrians discover their voices for the first time.

A new generation of Syrian artists Jandali said dictators fear the soft powers that can transform people’s mind, which is why they target artists and intellectuals. He has personally suffered this persecution. Though he left the country years ago, regime forces have repeatedly ransacked his Syrian home and severely beat his parents in retaliation to his anti-regime activity. But the revolution has allowed for the birth of a generation of artists, breaking away from the decades of official propaganda present in art production.

YouTube Video: Syria Anthem of the Free - Malek Jandali 
ســــــــــــوريـــا نشيد الأحرار- مالك جندلي

The Narrating Gaza website aims to serve as an incubator for a variety of written and visual contributions and diverse human narratives coming from the Gaza Strip, other parts of Palestine and the rest of the world. Almost all of these contributions deal directly or indirectly with the brutal aggression launched by Israel on Gaza in the winter of 2008 and its aftermath.

The website will be a platform for encouraging people, whether they be writers, artists, or ordinary people both young and old - to contribute to the writing of contemporary Palestinian history. It also aims to motivate people to actively participate in the production of their own history by telling their own stories and narratives and relating their personal experiences. It hopes therefore that such a historic and tragic event can be the catalyst for a multitude of observations, contemplations and documentations and that the website will provide a space to reflect on that painful experience in creative and imaginative ways, making these contributions available to all.

(Drawing: War Insane Exhibition by Basel Magousi)

eArtVolution ® is the first online gallery, professional community and educational portal for Arab artists in the MENA offering virtual exhibitions and social networking totally devoted to Art. Our deep interest in the Art field combined with our business, technology and educational know-how are our strength.

eArtVolution ® is the first online gallery, professional community and educational portal for Arab artists in the MENA offering virtual exhibitions and social networking totally devoted to Art. Our deep interest in the Art field combined with our business, technology and educational know-how are our strength.

The Virtual Museum of Iraq is a scientific and cultural initiative promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and realized by the Italian National Research Council.
The purpose of the project is to provide the public with the opportunity, through a web site, of coming into contact with the archaeological  historical and artistic heritage of one of the most important museum institutions in the world, the National Museum of Iraq, in Baghdad.
The museum, the foundation and development of which is linked to the historical and institutional events of Iraq itself, is home to an extraordinary collection of historical treasures. This collection grew and was extended thanks to the scientific surveys conducted by local and foreign archaeological teams starting in the 1920’s.
In 2003 the Baghdad Museum joined the sad list of world cultural sites destroyed or looted during wartime events. Thanks to the continuing efforts by local authorities and the international community, the activity of re-organization has been carry out and partially completed.

The Virtual Museum of Iraq is a scientific and cultural initiative promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and realized by the Italian National Research Council.

The purpose of the project is to provide the public with the opportunity, through a web site, of coming into contact with the archaeological  historical and artistic heritage of one of the most important museum institutions in the world, the National Museum of Iraq, in Baghdad.

The museum, the foundation and development of which is linked to the historical and institutional events of Iraq itself, is home to an extraordinary collection of historical treasures. This collection grew and was extended thanks to the scientific surveys conducted by local and foreign archaeological teams starting in the 1920’s.

In 2003 the Baghdad Museum joined the sad list of world cultural sites destroyed or looted during wartime events. Thanks to the continuing efforts by local authorities and the international community, the activity of re-organization has been carry out and partially completed.

Rawiya is a photography collective founded by female photographers from across the Middle East. Rawiya presents an insider’s view of a region in flux balancing its contradictions while reflecting on social and political issues and stereotypes.
As a collective, Rawiya’s photographers respect the human dignity of the stories they tell, pooling resources and vision to produce in-depth photo-essays and long-term projects. Rawiya, meaning ‘she who tells a story’, brings together the experiences and photographic styles of Myriam Abdelaziz, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Laura Boushnak, Tanya Habjouqa, Dalia Khamissy and Newsha Tavakolian.
Their work is currently being exhibited at the New Art Exchange until 20 April 2013.

Rawiya is a photography collective founded by female photographers from across the Middle East. Rawiya presents an insider’s view of a region in flux balancing its contradictions while reflecting on social and political issues and stereotypes.

As a collective, Rawiya’s photographers respect the human dignity of the stories they tell, pooling resources and vision to produce in-depth photo-essays and long-term projects. Rawiya, meaning ‘she who tells a story’, brings together the experiences and photographic styles of Myriam Abdelaziz, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Laura Boushnak, Tanya Habjouqa, Dalia Khamissy and Newsha Tavakolian.

Their work is currently being exhibited at the New Art Exchange until 20 April 2013.

A groundbreaking document published by the Open Society Foundation, on Tuesday shows that 54 countries, a quarter of the world’s nations, cooperated with the CIA’s extraordinary rendition programme.
(Image Credit: Huffington Post)

A groundbreaking document published by the Open Society Foundation, on Tuesday shows that 54 countries, a quarter of the world’s nations, cooperated with the CIA’s extraordinary rendition programme.

(Image Credit: Huffington Post)

The uprising of women in the Arab world
The Uprising of Women in the Arab World’s campaign was created in October 2011 by a group of activists from various Arab countries. It was an urgent reaction to the social and political developments in the region because we didn’t want the Arab Spring to be aborted. From Tunis to Egypt to Libya to Syria to Yemen to Bahrain…, the Arab revolts are led in the name of dignity, justice and freedom, but we cannot reach for those values if women are being ignored or absented from the main scenery.
(Uprising of Women Logo شعار انتفاضة المرأة - The official logo of the Uprising of Women in the Arab World Design by: Hassan Al Teibi dedicated from him to the Uprising)

The uprising of women in the Arab world

The Uprising of Women in the Arab World’s campaign was created in October 2011 by a group of activists from various Arab countries. It was an urgent reaction to the social and political developments in the region because we didn’t want the Arab Spring to be aborted. From Tunis to Egypt to Libya to Syria to Yemen to Bahrain…, the Arab revolts are led in the name of dignity, justice and freedom, but we cannot reach for those values if women are being ignored or absented from the main scenery.

(Uprising of Women Logo شعار انتفاضة المرأة - The official logo of the Uprising of Women in the Arab World Design by: Hassan Al Teibi dedicated from him to the Uprising)

Infographic: Born at Qalandia Checkpoint
By Naji Elmir, January 2013
Visualizing Palestine is the intersection of communication, social sciences, technology, design and urban studies for social justice.
Visualizing Palestine uses creative visuals to describe a factual rights-based narrative of Palestine/Israel.

Infographic: Born at Qalandia Checkpoint

By Naji Elmir, January 2013

Visualizing Palestine is the intersection of communication, social sciences, technology, design and urban studies for social justice.

Visualizing Palestine uses creative visuals to describe a factual rights-based narrative of Palestine/Israel.

The premier site on Syria, past and present. Includes priceless historical photos, plus exclusives from Syria’s top experts, artists and bloggers.

The premier site on Syria, past and present. Includes priceless historical photos, plus exclusives from Syria’s top experts, artists and bloggers.

Jadaliyya is an independent ezine produced by ASI (Arab Studies Institute), the umbrella organization that produces Arab Studies Journal (www.ArabStudiesJournal.org) and runs the Documentary Film Collective, Quilting Point.

Jadaliyya is an independent ezine produced by ASI (Arab Studies Institute), the umbrella organization that produces Arab Studies Journal (www.ArabStudiesJournal.org) and runs the Documentary Film Collective, Quilting Point.

Syria Deeply is an independent digital media project led by journalists and technologists, exploring a new model of storytelling around a global crisis. Our goal is to build a better user experience of the story by adding context to content, using the latest digital tools of the day. Over time the hope is to add greater clarity, deeper understanding, and more sustained engagement to the global conversation.

Syria Deeply is an independent digital media project led by journalists and technologists, exploring a new model of storytelling around a global crisis. Our goal is to build a better user experience of the story by adding context to content, using the latest digital tools of the day. Over time the hope is to add greater clarity, deeper understanding, and more sustained engagement to the global conversation.

Muftah launched in May 2010 to provide incisive analysis on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that eschewed Western obsessions with terrorism, oil, and Islamism and, instead, highlighted issues and concerns that mattered to the region’s people.
While we believe this work is crucial to improving foreign policy toward MENA, we also aim to move beyond the policymaking community to reach a broader audience in the MENA region and English-speaking world interested in understanding, supporting, or participating in the indigenous, grassroots efforts currently underway to transform regional countries. Our analytical focus also extends to Afghanistan and Pakistan, countries facing similar dynamics in the midst of rapid political and social change.

Muftah launched in May 2010 to provide incisive analysis on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that eschewed Western obsessions with terrorism, oil, and Islamism and, instead, highlighted issues and concerns that mattered to the region’s people.

While we believe this work is crucial to improving foreign policy toward MENA, we also aim to move beyond the policymaking community to reach a broader audience in the MENA region and English-speaking world interested in understanding, supporting, or participating in the indigenous, grassroots efforts currently underway to transform regional countries. Our analytical focus also extends to Afghanistan and Pakistan, countries facing similar dynamics in the midst of rapid political and social change.

Imtidad

Imtidad is one of the top aggregators for breaking news on Libya. The blog is run by Ghazi Gheblawi, a Libyan essayist, poet, and surgeon.

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The Arts magazine Al Adab has a special feature on the Arab revolution.  
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The Arts magazine Al Adab has a special feature on the Arab revolution.  

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