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[23 Oct 2012 | One Comment | ]
Kuwaiti Blogger Highlights Middle East Art Scene

We interviewed Mashaael Basheer, Kuwaiti Journalist and Art Blogger about her perspectives and experiences working in media, and her support of artists and art movements in the Middle East and around the world.
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Can you share with us a little about your personal background, and what inspired you to pursue a career as a journalist and art blogger?
My name is Mashaael Basheer, 27 from Kuwait. I hold a Master’s degree in Modern Communication and Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication & Journalism and currently work as Editor at the Kuwait News Agency …

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[22 Oct 2012 | One Comment | ]
Keeping Hope Alive: The Story of Bassam and Rami

Shelley Hermon
London, United Kingdom
“People who managed to outstrip the conditioning of their societies and cultures: something that is close to impossible for us as human beings. That is how I got to Bassam and Rami and how I came to tell this remarkable story.”
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It was 12 noon on a hot day in Tel Aviv on the 21st of September and I was on my way to the Cinematheque for the world premier of my film Within The Eye of The Storm. The International Day of Peace was our chosen day …

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[18 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]
Butterfly without Fins, A Novel from Palestine

We interviewed Palestinian writer Dima Saleh about the inspiration for her novel Butterfly without Fins. Her answers are below.

Why did you decide to start writing?
Writing for me is not a decision I made, but more of a necessary act, like when someone feels like there is something inside them that they need to get out – I would compare it to giving birth! I started writing poetry when I was an adolescent, but I didn’t have the courage to show it to anyone at that time. In 2007 after I …

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[17 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]
Microfinance Creates Healthy Foundations for Women

Meghan Johnson
Cartagena, Colombia
“The goal is to create opportunity and agency for the residents of one of the poorest cities in Colombia, and they’ve made enormous differences for thousands of families – 7,000 so far, in fact.”
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“What does it mean to you to have a floor?”
I stared blankly.  Floor?  Well, you can’t have a house without a floor.  Linoleum?  Hardwood?  Tile?  What the heck does she mean, what does it mean?
Isabela continued in Spanish.  ”I asked the women, what does it mean to you to now have a floor in your …

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