Azerbaijani born artist Ulvi Pepinova creates glass paintings inspired by natural minerals and images of earth taken from space. She is also a board member at Vatan (International Society of the Meskhetian Turks), External Communications Officer of Conservative Friends of Turkey and has just launched the Chelsea Young Writers Club for children. On the eve of the opening of an exhibition […]Read more
The Georgian Folk Ensemble “Ersioni” was earlier this month given a standing ovation when it performed in the Kremlin, a sure sign of the thaw in Georgian-Russian Relations. Since the election of Bidhzina Ivanishvili as prime Minister last October the two sides have moved to resolve some of the outstanding issues between them. However restoration […]Read more
“Re: Orient” – Sharjah Exhibition explores the limits of political and social boundaries, past and present.
Dennis Sammut has been to Sharjah for the opening of the exhibition Re: Orient, an on-going political and social conversation through art. The United Arab Emirates is not exactly a hotbed of political intrigue. Despite the fact that several dozen people are currently on trial for anti-State activities, most citizens prefer to concentrate their efforts on business […]Read more
A Conference entitled Yemen: Challenges for the future was held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London on 11-12 January 2013. This was an impressive gathering with over two hundred participants, including a large contingent who flew from Yemen for the occasion, academics from all over Europe, as […]Read more
The National football team of the United Arab Emirates have won this year’s Gulf Cup. An elated nation cheered their team on to victory. In this op-ed Dennis Sammut discusses why football is helping the process of state building in the United Arab Emirates. The success of the National Football team of the United Arab […]Read more
Yemen is a country of contradictions, often in the news for the wrong reasons. It is a country of great beauty, where people are kind and hospitable but where poverty is also rampant and where political violence is part of everyday life. Yemen has also been effected by the Arab spring, and it saw thousands […]Read more