Japan’s Resilience: a Myth?

Japan’s Resilience: a Myth?

By Paul Anel          April 27, 2012
Japan, Resilience. Reading Time: 3 min.

Japan's "resilience" to the catastrophe of the Tohoku Earthquake is widely praised, and looked at as a model. But looking at statistics, and talking to Japanese people, I discovered that this so-called and much-admired "resilience" hides a different, and tragic, reality.

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Three and a Half Good Reasons to Run to the IFC Center

Three and a Half Good Reasons to Run to the IFC Center

By Paul Anel          April 27, 2012
Movie, Food, Reading Time: 3 min

IFC Center – and many other movie theaters throughout the US – is now showing a documentary about one of Japan's "living national treasure," Jiro, the 85-year-old man who turned sushi-making into an art form. A necessary reminder of the depth and beauty that one can only find in simplicity. A treat for the heart!
 

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“Shall we dance?” / Tango: an intense interior conversation

“Shall we dance?” / Tango: an intense interior conversation

By Natalia Fassano          April 20, 2012
Interview, Dance, Reading time: 5min

John H. is passionate about tango, which he has danced for more than 10 years. In this interview, he tells us what the Argentinian dance can reveal about human relationships.

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Mission of Peace-building in Darfur

Mission of Peace-building in Darfur

Apolline Bergier          April 20, 2012
Reading time: 3min

Passionate about conflict resolution through mediation, Randall Butler created, in 2007, the Institute for a Sustainable Peace (ISP*). He shared with us his experience and those of his colleague in the ISP, Makki Ibrahim Makki, with the leaders of “Fur” and “Bin Mansur,” two Darfur Tribes, which have been at war for over 10 years.

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Good Morning Vietnam!

Good Morning Vietnam!

By Paul Anel          April 13, 2012

Reading Time: 2 min

I know, Vietnam sounds like a bad word, but it is not quite as bad as it sounds… not anymore. Let's make it clear: yes, communists still run the country. But times are changing, as Bob would say. The Regime is divided and on the brink of a schism: while the old-timers, those who hold fast to the torch of ideology and proudly look back at the 70's, are now carrying the weight of their own eighties, a new and more liberal generation of politicians increasingly occupy the scene…

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The Sabbath of History: William Congdon

The Sabbath of History: William Congdon

By Gonzague Leroux    April 6, 2012
Culture – Art – Reading Time: 4 min

The Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, CT, offers until September an exhibition entitled The Sabbath of History: William Congdon – Meditations on Holy Week. This exhibition combines major artworks by William Congdon, a foremost painter of the 50’s in New York, with pieces by Pollock, Rothko, Motherwell and Newman, with passages from “Meditations on Holy Week“ by Joseph Raztinger (Pope Benedict XVI). After his conversion to Catholicism in 1959, Congdon started a series of about 200 Crucifixes, through which we can capture theological insights and the story of a conversion of a soul. He interweaves art and theology in a new way for our modern times.

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