Poetry on the ugliness of war

Tehran-baseddsc_1429 Hoonaar Publication has released a collection of poems called ‘Longing for Peace’ (in Persian ‘Dar Arezou-e Solh’). The collection comprises 81 poems by 70 renowned poets from across the world, who have portrayed the cruelty and ugliness of war. The poems have been translated by author, poet, literary researcher and translator Ziauddin Khosrowshah.

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War, food and Manga

Food, conflict and storytelling. An interesting feature on how Manga, the Japanese comic books, look at an intersection of these themes.

The modern manga industry came into being after World War II. It started with Osamu Tezuka, creator of Astro Boy, who was influenced by Walt Disney. “That American content was brought over by the American Occupation,” says Leyla Aker, Senior Vice President of Publishing at Viz Media, a company that specializes in Japanese graphic novels and anime. “During the American occupation of Japan a large portion of the Japanese population was subsisting on hand-outs given by the American forces.”

Conflict Kitchen

A fascinating photo essay on Conflict Kitchen in Konbini. From the essay:

“Pittsburgh-based Conflict Kitchen only serves food from countries with which the United States is currently in conflict.

“Since its inception, Conflict Kitchen has been the only restaurant in Pittsburgh serving food from countries like Venezuela, Palestine, North Korea, Afghanistan and Iran. Rubin says their customer base is as diverse as the food they serve.”

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