Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tell KFC to stop using rainforest destruction before it's too late!

Tell KFC to stop using rainforest destruction before it's too late!
KFC is driving the destruction of critical Sumatran tiger habitat with its throw-away packaging! But KFC can stop this by dumping rainforest destroyer APP from its supply chain. Join Greenpeace and take action now!

Tibet Self-Immolations Move to Lhasa

Tobgye Tseten, who died from self-immolation in Lhasa this week, was from Xiahe County, or Labrang in Tibetan, the seat of the famous Labrang Monastery. It is one of my favorite places in the world. When I talked with Tibetans in Labrang in 1996 there was obvious discontent over Chinese rule and the situation only has gotten worse. I don't have my photos of Labrang with me in Kuwait but found this wonderful photo on China Mike's website, he seems like a great guy:  http://www.china-mike.com/

The self-immolations were the most significant act of protest to take place in heavily patrolled city of Lhasa since the uprising in 2008.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Egypt election: early results - live updates

The continuing count of Egypt's presidential election show a tight race for a place on the runoff ballot between the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate Mohammed Morsi (left), the leftist candidate Hamdeen Sabahy, (centre) and Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister Ahmed Shafiq (right). Photograph: EPA Photograph: EPA/AP
Egypt election: early results - live updates

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Chen Guangcheng's First Public Words in US

Watch Chen Guangcheng's 1st public speech (w/ an English interpreter) upon arriving in NYC today.  
Blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng landed at Newark Airport today (Saturday, May 19). He spoke to media and supporters outside New York University ...

Saturday, May 19, 2012

more on the REUSE 5.0 exibition

AUK student Basmah Al-Qatami with her artwork "Rainbow Bicycle Table" made from recycled or reused materials (you can also see another AUK student's artwork in the background ( Noor Al-Sabah's "Re-Floppy.")).
The American University of Kuwait participated in the annual REUSE 5.0 exhibition, held this year on the premises of the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK).
During the exhibition, a number of AUK students and professors showcased their work under two categories; the Social Programs category and the Community category. The AUK exhibits included artwork made of reused or re-purposed materials that promote environmental conservation. The AUK delegation was led by Professor William Andersen of the Art and Graphic Design Program, and Professor Charles Cange of the newly introduced Environmental Studies Minor Program at AUK. AUK's Environmental Studies Program is the first of its kind in Kuwait...
AUK student Alzahra Jamal and her "Pepsragon," 
some visitors to the exhibit, and me.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Kuwaiti MPs Propose Bill Banning Female Judges

Kuwaiti women:  you now have the right to vote, so what do you think of this proposal?
From the Kuwait Times newspaper: Five lawmakers proposed amendments to the current law that governs judiciary work in Kuwait, which if implemented, will disqualify female citizens from being appointed as judges or prosecutors.

niqāb sellers at the Friday Market, Kuwait

Thursday, May 10, 2012

AUK Graphic Design Capstone Exhibition opens Monday, 14 May 6-8pm

Dear colleagues and friends,

It is with great hope that you can join us for the 2012 graphic design senior portfolio / capstone exhibition held at the Auditorium and the Multipurpose room of the American University of Kuwait. The opening reception is on Monday, 14 May from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The exhibit is open to
the public from 15 – 17 May from 10 – 7 pm.

This graphic design exhibition showcases students' capstone projects, an outcome of a semester-long self initiated topic implemented through diverse applications. The course is largely self-directed and students are expected to select and investigate a topic using design as a means to present their findings. Social activism campaigns to re-brand identity is the core essence of this year’s exhibition.

We'd be honored if you came.

Prof. Maryam Hosseinnia + capstone students

Thursday, May 3, 2012

last chance to view ceramic sculptures by Reinaldo Sanguino!

This is the last chance to view : New York City - Kuwait City, an exhibition of ceramic sculptures by Reinaldo Sanguino, in collaboration with Dean Project,New York which closes at Sultan Gallery on 10th May.
Sunday - Thursday , 10am - 4pm
For more info, check our website www.sultangallery.com