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Tibetans continue protests against China despite crackdowns

On July 17, Lobsang Lobzin, an 18-year-old Tibetan monk set himself on fire inside Tsodun Kirti Monastery in Barkham County, eastern Tibet. This was his protest against China’s occupation of…

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Up to 90,000 Rohingya Muslims now refugees

Between 50 and 90,000 Muslims Rohingya have been displaced by communal violence in Myanmar, according to human rights organization Amnesty International. The majority have fled to neighboring Bangladesh, although 16…

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Olympic Zen: the athletic body in 2012

They were first held in around 700 BC, in honor of the Greek god Zeus. Women and non-Greeks were banned. But, today, the Olympics is a global event, pitting the…

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Continuing Syrian crisis increases likelihood of violence spreading

Although backed by the US, a UN Security Council resolution that would have hit the Syrian government with sanctions was rejected by Russian and China on Thursday, undoing four months…

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Asia’s unwanted Muslims

Denied citizenship in Myanmar, Rohingya Muslims have been streaming out of the country to seek refuge in neighboring Bangladesh. Yet, the future of Asia’s unwanted Muslims, and, consequently, of the…

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Militant feminine: vanguards of style

In 2012 Moschino launched its collection of military chic womenswear in Milan. In mostly black and white with touches of “girly pink,” the brand’s final statement on war seemed to…

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Cheekbones: A brief history

Until about a century ago women, depicted in painting and other visual media, had cheeks, but, you’ll  notice, not cheek bones. There’s rouge and skin, but the cheekbones aren’t a…

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Fashion, Islam, and the politics of identity

“It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances,” wrote playwright Oscar Wilde. “The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.” Appearances are as…

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Organic futurism: aesthetics and technique out of nature

It was a couple of decades ago when I first came across the work of Koji Tatsuno. The work of Tatsuno, a relatively unknown and self-taught Japanese fashion designer, was…