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The Revitalising Force of Compassion
Adrian Grima   

The Revitalising Force of Compassion | babelmed | mediterranean cultureMaltese poet Adrian Grima talks to acclaimed British Palestinian writer Selma Dabbagh who participated at the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival last September 2012.

 
Negotiating These Strange Days | Marina Espasa
Teodor Reljic   
Negotiating These Strange Days | Marina Espasa | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe Catalan writer Marina Espasa, was invited among the many international authors visiting Malta as part of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival, which focused on the global economic recession. Interview by Teodor Reljic, Malta Today.
 
Arabic Graffiti/ Le Graffiti arabe, Beirut Art Centre
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Arabic Graffiti/ Le Graffiti arabe, Beirut Art Centre | babelmed | mediterranean cultureAs part of the exhibition WHITE WALL, a book launch of the new and revised French edition, Le Graffiti arabe, and a presentation of the project Arabic Graffiti will take place at Beirut Art Center on the 31st October 2012.

 
On board the Pobeda
Paolo Martino   

On board the Pobeda | babelmed | mediterranean cultureVartuhi left Beirut in 1946, to reach Soviet Armenia aboard a ship called "Pobeda". In Stalin's land, however, the survivors of the genocide saw the dream of a homeland turn into a nightmare. Travelling to the Caucasus on the paths of migrations. Fourth episode of the story "From the Caucasus to Beirut".

 
Sub-Saharan Migrants in Algeria
Ghania Khelifi   
Sub-Saharan Migrants in Algeria | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe security situation in the Sahel will not improve the image of Sub-Saharan migrants living in Algeria. Already victims of everyday racism and serious violations of their human rights, they will now be suspected of collusion with armed Islamists.
 
Sexual Freedom at the Kingdom of Conservatives
Mohamed Khadhiri   

Sexual Freedom at the Kingdom of Conservatives | babelmed | mediterranean cultureSince the past couple of months, in Morocco there is a lot of controversy over the issue of sexual freedom. A controversy that has turned into calls for murder, in a campaign of abuse and insults addressed to journalists and artists brandishing the slogan: sexual freedom neither more nor less.

 
Culture(s) and terroir. Tunisia rediscovers its authentic tastes
Adel Habbassi   

Culture(s) and terroir. Tunisia rediscovers its authentic tastes  | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe Laboratoire des Études Maghrébines, Francophones, Comparées et Médiation Culturelle has organised an international symposium entitled “Taste and disgust,” on the 13th and 14th of July in Monastir, Tunisia. This conference is a continuation of two previous editions that have addressed various issues related to “taste”.

 
“To Write is to Intervene in Time”
Melike Akova   

“To Write is to Intervene in Time”  | babelmed | mediterranean cultureAs a novelist and a poet, Hasan Ali Topta? fearlessly plays around with time and place. His first novel, Bir Gülü?ün Kimli?i, was published in 1987 and he has continued his literary adventure ever since, with works translated into many languages.

 
16th Edition of the Arab Film Festival, US
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16th Edition of the Arab Film Festival, US | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe 16th Edition of the Annual Arab Film Festival will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Los Angeles from the 11th to the 21st of October 2012.

 
Virtual Palestinians: From Sabra and Chatila to Arab Spring
Youssef Rakha   
Virtual Palestinians: From Sabra and Chatila to Arab Spring | babelmed | mediterranean cultureOn the 30th anniversary of the Sabra and Chatila massacre, it is worth rereading Jean Genet’s song to the beauty of revolutionaries.
 
Migrants in Algeria: interview with the human rights activist Fouad Hassam
Ghania Khelifi   
Migrants in Algeria: interview with the human rights activist Fouad Hassam  | babelmed | mediterranean cultureHuman rights activist, Fouad Hassam is always present in the struggles and protest for rights. The arrests, the bans he suffers from the authorities have failed to silence him. Interview.
 
Kahina, The Woman They Don’t Love
Ghania Khelifi   

Kahina, The Woman They Don’t Love | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThis figure of Algeria’s past represents the possibility of a diversity that is intolerable in the eyes of the single thought holders.

 
The prison Inside me: meeting with Samar Yazbek
Isabelle Mayault   

The prison Inside me: meeting with Samar Yazbek | babelmed | mediterranean cultureWell before the Syrian uprising, Samar Yazbek was challenging the existing taboos of Syrian society in her novels. Since the early days of the revolution, she was involved in the pro-revolutionary movements on the ground, despite the daily threats she was submitted to. Mashallah News met with her in Paris where she currently lives in exile.

 
Nostalgia before memories
Paolo Martino   

Nostalgia before memories | babelmed | mediterranean cultureProfessor Adakessian’s slow pacing up and down the halls of the Armenian University of Haigazian, Rafi and his shoe factory in centre city Beirut, the present that shows up again in the old pictures of the Pobeda, the Russian ship that carried thousands of Armenians from the Lebanon to Soviet Armenia. The third episode of the story “From the Caucasus to Beirut”.

 

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