Zimbabwe court fines novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga over protest | Human Rights News

Dangaremba, who was nominated for the Booker Prize in 2020, is a prominent critic of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government. Prize-winning Zimbabwean novelist and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga has been fined and given a six-month suspended jail sentence after a court found her guilty of “inciting public violence” during a 2020 anti-government protest. Dangarembga was tried alongside … Read more

Photos: Art smuggled out of Israeli prison displayed in Ramallah | Arts and Culture News

Ramallah, occupied West Bank – Throughout his eight months in an Israeli prison, 26-year-old Palestinian artist Mohammad al-Azeez Atef found refuge in the calligraphy skills he developed from a young age. In his seven-by-four-metre (23-by-13-foot) rectangular room in Israel’s Offer prison, where he lived with seven other men, Atef would spend his nights drawing from … Read more

How samovar tea is warming hearts in Qatar | Arts and Culture

Doha, Qatar – Mohammed Ali, a restaurateur in Qatar’s capital Doha, has a story about a female customer who would come to his shop every day with a flask and have it filled with karak tea. One day, her driver brought the flask and said the woman was in a hospital ready to give birth. … Read more

Daily blackouts put Lebanon’s ancient artefacts at risk | Arts and Culture News

Beirut, Lebanon – The severe power shortages plaguing Lebanon are not only hitting homes and private institutions, but are also affecting major cultural centers and putting priceless exhibits at risk. The National Museum of Beirut experienced even worse blackouts than usual over two weeks in August, receiving only one or two hours a day of … Read more

Palestinian comic fans denounce Marvel’s ‘Sabra’ as propaganda | Israel-Palestine conflict News

Ramallah, occupied West Bank – Marvel Studios’ decision to feature an Israeli superhero called “Sabra” in its upcoming film has been met by outrage from Palestinian artists who say it is evidence of “racism” and “white-washing colonialism”. Marvel, which is based in New York and is owned by Disney, announced late last week that the … Read more

Why Marvel’s Mossad superheroine Sabra is all kinds of wrong | Israel-Palestine conflict

Over a period of two days just outside Beirut in September 1982, Israeli-backed Lebanese militiamen slaughtered up to 3,500 Palestinian refugees and Lebanese civilians in what became known as the Sabra and Shatila massacre. Pregnant women were stabbed in the stomach; fetuses were ripped out. Children had their throats cut; Young men were lined up … Read more

The teeth makers of Kandahar | Business and Economy

Listen to this story: Kandahar, Afghanistan – In a small shop off a bustling street in the center of Kandahar city, Haji Muhammad Sultan is busy at work. It is an early morning in March and the first customers of the day are flooding into the bazaar outside. Inside the shop, the delicate chip of … Read more

Hollywood made me hate myself – it must apologise | Racism

On August 15, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it had apologised to Sacheen Littlefeather, a Native American activist who suffered abuse when she took a stand in the 1970s anti-Indigenous racism in the United States film industry. Littlefeather was racially abused after she declined Marlon Brando’s Best Actor award for … Read more

Michael Jordan’s 1998 NBA Finals jersey sells for record $10.1M | Basketball News

Famed US basketball player Michael Jordan’s Game 1 jersey from the 1998 NBA Finals has been sold at auction for $10.1m – a record for any game-worn sports memorabilia, auction house Sotheby’s has announced. The red, number-23 jersey from Jordan’s “Last Dance” season with the Chicago Bulls fetched 20 separate bids, Sotheby’s said in a … Read more

Al Jazeera hosts event matching filmmakers with key players | Arts and Culture News

Al Jazeera Documentary organized a new international project – Al Jazeera Documentary Industry Days – in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The region’s first-of-its-kind event marked its conclusion at a decadent theater in the heart of the Bosnian capital. AJD Industry Days was an integral part of the Al Jazeera Balkans Documentary Film Festival, acting as … Read more