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Artists Bring Human Richness at Times of Strife – and must be allowed to Speak about the Israel and Gaza

By Lowell Gasoi, Carleton University | – The current Israel-Hamas war has dominated the news for the past few months. As reports of military machinations and diplomatic efforts have gained attention, the art world has struggled with responses to the horrors of this war. For example, controversy and calls for transparency and accountability followed the […]

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The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam: “When New Year’s rainclouds wash the tulip’s face”

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – In the quatrains attributed to the medieval Iranian astronomer Omar Khayyam, the Rubáiyát, the renewal that comes with New Year is an important theme. Since the Iranian New Year is held on the spring solstice (typically March 21), it is associated with the rebirth of greenery. This year I’m sharing […]

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The Carnage in Gaza Cries Out for Repudiation and Opposition. Maybe Poetry Can Help.

By Norman Solomon, World BEYOND War, November 16, 2023 Two centuries ago, Percy Shelley wrote that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” Yet elite power has routinely vetoed their best measures. Still, the ability of poetry to inspire and nurture is precious, including when governments are on protracted killing sprees. In Gaza, more […]