Happy International Women’s Day 2014, gals and guys. Enjoy this lovely photographic essay of mothers and daughters from around the globe, pieced together by Al-Jazeera.
Why not browse through a selection of inspiring quotes about women from the International Business Times, too? My personal favourite: ”Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
An abandoned, unused cinema built by an ambitious Frenchman a decade and a half ago has been rediscovered. It’s location? The middle of nowhere, in a vast, deserted peninsula that is otherwise known as the Sinai. You can see more pictures of this unusual outdoor Egyptian theatre here.
A farewell to one of Spain's greatest exports - Paco de Lucia, the phenomenal guitarist. This rumba from 1973, “Entre dos aguas”, sealed his reputation in his home country of Spain and also on the international scene. For more on de Lucia's life and death, you can click here to link through to the BBC.
Magnum Photos just came out with "North African Stories: Then and Now" on their blog. The series “juxtaposes two groups of Magnum photographs taken in North Africa over 50 years apart. In so doing we highlight two key activities for the contemporary agency: the recovery and reappraisal of its physical print archive and the development of a more open and experimental means of creative production, while exploring the shift in documentary practice, through looking at work made in a region new to the majority of these photographers.”
Beautiful photos and an excellent comparison of then and now.
NPR just released yet another short collection of noteworthy international tunes - including, but not limited to, a piece by the up-and-coming Egyptian band Cairokee entitled “Ghareeb Fe Belad Ghareeba”, featuring Egyptian shaabi singer Abd El Basset Hamouda. A mostly underground band, Cairokee rose to fame during the initial 2011 uprising in Egypt. They now craft songs that are pertinent to current events, and with this tune, they attest to feeling like a “stranger in a strange land”.
Several weeks after reading G. Willow Wilson’s “Cairo” graphic novel, and I’m discovering an affection for this type of literature, particularly if it pertains to the Arab World. This one touches upon a not-so-pleasant subject that is particularly prevalent in Egypt these days, one that affects women regardless of creed or race.
"Le Temps de Voir" by Saurez ft. Léonie - one of those beloved fusion songs I can’t get enough of, the current chanson du jour. Suarez is a Belgium-based band consisting of Italian-French and Madagascarian musicians and singers; in this song, which is French for "The Time to See", they feature Léonie, a young lady who recently won the Belgian version of "The Voice". Catchy and apt to get stuck in your head, this song asks: can you lend me your history? Which begs the question - is it possible for anyone to truly walk in someone else’s shoes?
A date vendor stands in his his stall at the edge of the Casabah in Algiers, waiting for his last customers of the day after making a very large sale of the highly sought after “diglat noor" variety. This particular type of date is named so because it said that they are transparent through the light. Algiers, Algeria, May 2013
To those who celebrate, happy Ramadan, and may it rejuvenate your souls, just as the gentle date rejuvenates the body after a long day’s fast.