Culture and ethics

To a new dialogue on the Islam

May 2006 -

Pakistani professor of religious studies Riffat Hassan on religious stereotypes, ethics and violence.

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Indian publishing house Navayana against caste

April 2006 -

Navayana (Pali for 'new vehicle'), an independent Indian publishing house, seeks to forefront caste as the central faultline of Indian society. Navayana seeks to understand caste and the manner in which it animates aspects of everyday life, so that one can evolve strategies to fight it.

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Debate on Beauty in the Philippines

March 2006 -

The conference The Politics of Beauty brought experts and artists from the entire world together in Manila to talk about what beauty is and how political developments affect what people experience as beauty. But beauty is also closely related to love.

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The caste system in India

April 2006 -

Originating more than 2,500 years ago as varnashrama dharma, a theory of social rank, the caste system in India entails that people are born into certain castes.

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Breyten Breytenbach: Thinking Birdness

February 2006 -

On behalf of Winternachten – International literature festival The Hague, Breyten Breytenbach and Afshin Ellian both wrote an essay centering on the theme ‘Heroes of the Mind’.

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Afshin Ellian: Stop Capitulating to Threats

february 2006 -

On behalf of Winternachten – International literature festival The Hague, Breyten Breytenbach and Afshin Ellian both wrote an essay centering on the theme ‘Heroes of the Mind’.

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Novib / PEN Awards for persecuted writers

december 2005 -

On 19 November, in a ceremony that was part of the Crossing Border Festival held in The Hague, the Tunisian journalist Sihem Bensedrine received one of the five Novib / PEN Awards.

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World Children's Festival travels to Morocco

November 2005 -

The United Nations and UNICEF adopted the Children's Rights in 1989. With their signatures, 191 countries agreed to protect children's rights.

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Amartya Sen on the cultural roots of democracy

October 2005 -

In 'The Argumentative Indian' the Indian philosopher and Nobel price winning economist Amartya Sen argues that cultural traditions contributed to the development of democracy in India.

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Mali’s female musicians refuse to play by the unwritten rules

October 2005 -

Music is Mali's greatest and most important export product. Many musicians are convinced that traditional instruments should only be played by man. Madina N'Diaye and other female musicians don't stick to these unwritten rules.

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