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The Closing of the Western Mind

By Charles Freeman in Features, June 5, 2010

Historian Charles Freeman talks us through his last three books that deal with Paganism, heretics, the early Christian Church, Greek philosophy and the “Swansong of Free Speech”. “Did an authoritarian and politicised early Christian church put paid to the Pagan tradition of Reason, debate and tolerance?”.

Shen Wei Dance Arts

By Valentina Bonelli in Arts and Culture, May 30, 2010

New York-based Chinese choreographer, Shen Wei is now touring with his new dance trilogy “Re-(I, II, III)”. He hit international headlines with his choreography for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Valentina Bonelli caught up with him in Parma.

It’s OK to go to Congo (and New York)

By John Nelson in Features, May 29, 2010

When I say I am going to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), eyebrows generally raise, and “Is that a good idea?” is murmured under furrowed brow.

French Family Life: Adieu!

By Tory McBride in Features,

Modern economic demands have eroded the basic French social structure to such an extent that the traditional vision of French society increasingly fails to reflect the reality of contemporary French family life.

The Defiant People of the Caucasus

By Allston Mitchell in Features,

Oliver Bullough talks to The Global Dispatches about his new book “Let our Fame be Great – Journeys among the defiant people of the Caucasus”.

Stacey Kent in Paris

By Adrien Mory in Arts and Culture, May 24, 2010

Stacey Kent recently played the Grand Rex in Paris to promote her new CD – “Raconte moi”. The US-born jazz singer is no stranger to France. She was awarded the “Chevalier des Arts et Lettres” (2009) in recognition of her contribution to the arts. She mixes timeless French classics like “Le Mal de Vivre” with new songs written by young songwriters.

Nawal al Saadawi

By Allston Mitchell in Politics, May 16, 2010

Author, feminist, psychiatrist, political acitivist with over 40 books published in a multitude of languages. She has braved jail and fundamentalist death lists but still continues to fight injustice both in Egypt and throughout the world. Dr Al Saadawi speaks to The Global Dispatches about her future plans and recent experiences in the USA.

Lipsynch: Avail Yourself of Wonderment

By Cynthia Scott Stamy in Arts and Culture, May 9, 2010

French-Canadian director Robert Lepage has had international success with his innovative theatre productions that have traveled the globe.

Decrepit Florence

By Allston Mitchell in Travel Writing, May 6, 2010

Two middle-aged and poorly disposed travellers make their way to Florence. The result was a series of back aches, some memory loss, far too many half baked impressions and a few insights into where Le Corbusier stole his ideas from and the reason why Winkelmann may have led us all astray, from Benvenuto Cellini that is.

Sharks in Paradise

By Jennifer Gacich in Travel Writing, May 3, 2010

It’s a beautiful balmy morning in paradise and we’re about to plunge into the Pacific Ocean for a dive. Rangiroa, an enormous atoll in the Tuamotus, French Polynesia, is renowned for its spectacular diving, and for good reason.