Artivism Continues.

In my last blog, I wrote about Fujii, a far-right Japanese nationalist who made into headlines for kicking a Statue of Peace - a statue memorializing Japanese military “comfort women” - that was recently enacted in Taiwan. Several days after the kicking incident, Nikkei Asian Review, a moderately conservative Japanese newspaper released a report that... Continue Reading →

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Resisting for peace or peace as resistance? Two Filipina women changing the world

In a recent report, the Silsilah Dialogue Movement, a peace movement founded in 1984 by an Italian, Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra, has been credited for “transforming” Sta. Cruz, a Muslim village on the Sta. Cruz Island in the Philippines. Fr. Sebastiano’s life and work was focused on creating peace and dialogue between Christians and Muslims for... Continue Reading →

A(r)tivism: statue as a form of activism

Last month, a right-wing Japanese official visiting Taiwan kicked a memorial statue of a ‘comfort woman’ in Taiwan, outraging the Taiwanese public who further demanded a hostage of the Japanese until he made a public apology. Why fuss about a kick at a bronze statue? After all, Mitsuhiko Fujii, the ultimate kicker and the representative... Continue Reading →

France’s Menace: Arabic

"...Is this about fighting Islamism or about bringing it into the National Education Ministry?" -Luc Ferry (Former conservative education minister) 'Allahu Akbar'. (God is [the] Greatest) What did you immediately think of after reading those two words? God? Terror? Threat? Peace? Community? Sadly, due to the influence of media, most people get suspicious and scram.... Continue Reading →

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