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Three thousand students gathered in Beijing on May 4, 1919, to protest against the preliminary provisions of the Treaty of Versailles, which gave to Japan the German-held territories in Shandong Province.[1] A national boycott of Japanese products ensued, followed by a general strike in Shanghai, which was the country’s industrial capital at the time. The… Read the full article

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Until 50 years ago, the name of Domenico Zipoli (Prato, 1688 – Córdoba, 1726) was associated with an Elevation and a Pastorale often found in organ anthologies, some Suites for harpsichord and a handful of biographical notes that were often largely incorrect.[1] Now, however, this musician from the Italian city of Prato is considered the… Read the full article

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Seven years ago, when living in Southern Kyrgyzstan, I met a German tourist who had tried to cycle south through the mountains from the capital city, Bishkek. He had taken the Eastern road leading from Issyk Kul to Jalalabad. The road was marked on the map, but it was actually a secondary track paved in… Read the full article

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Reflecting on the future of our continent, some politicians, parties and movements seem to put into doubt not only the European Union as we know it, but even the very existence of the process of building Europe. How should we orient ourselves before these tensions, the fruit of the lack of trust and nationalist sentiment?… Read the full article

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As the ancient Chinese philosophers Laozi and Zhuangzi advocated more than 2,500 years ago, humanity must work to live in harmony with nature to keep the planet green, clean and safe. The call to keep global development balanced while protecting the environment was made a long time ago. Laozi and Zhuangzi are considered the two… Read the full article

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Before the landings, which appear daily in the newspapers and the media, and the tragedies at sea, what happens to the refugees and displaced persons who cross the desert? The film Alganesh: Hope on the Horizon,[1] by the team of directors, Lia and Marianna Beltrami, answers this question. Lia and Marianna are a mother-and-daughter team… Read the full article

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Born 200 years ago in New York, the American poet Walter “Walt” Whitman (1819-1892), made his debut at the end of June 1855 with Leaves of Grass. This was the same year that the Italian poet Giovanni Pascoli was born, and the year Giosuè Carducci’s New Rhymes, and Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du mal were… Read the full article

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Shot in a dry and restrained style, the film 3 Faces by Jafar Panahi depicts the reality of traditional life in Iran. While being critical of certain situations, it looks at them with irony, fondness and hope. The actor/director and both actresses called on to give life to the title’s “faces” interpret their roles by blending art and life with ease. Reality sometimes takes on the appearance of falsehood, but behind each lie there is a truth needing to be discovered. A narrow and tortuous road is the symbol of the restricted path traveled by the Iranian cinema industry, a history of different obstacles encountered in various periods by the artists who have been its protagonists.

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