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Alongside the 'Retracing A Disappearing Landscape' interdisciplinary art exhibition - that is currently on display at the P21 Gallery in London - is the hosting of a parallel programme of events that adds more depth and insight into the themes that come up in the viewing of the artworks and the encouraged interaction with the installations. 

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Curated by Najlaa El-Ageli (Noon Arts Projects), the 'Retracing A Disappearing Landscape' is an interdisciplinary art exhibition that is currently on show at the P21 Gallery in London until 12 May. Presenting visual artworks, especially commissioned installations, films and photography (both recent and archival), it creatively explores people’s direct experience of and fascination with memory and personal history, as well as the collective narratives that arise in connection to modern day Libya.

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Inspired by the collection of the retired Lebanese photojournalist Diab Alkarssifi and creatively arranged by the Polish artist Ania Dabrowska, a new high-quality Art book aims to proudly exhibit and otherwise expand on an incredible archive of Lebanese and Arab photographs passionately collected over a lifetime. Now a Kickstarter campaign has been launched to help make it a reality! With three weeks to go, you can contribute up until 27 September, 2014.

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Maya Youssef is the award-winning Syrian kanun (plucked zither) player who is bravely responding to the challenge of not being a passive witness to the ugly war taking place in her home country. She is prepared to give musical hope to the innocent refugee children caught up in this dirty conflict. Holding an unconditional offer to do a PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), she wants to research an improved musical approach to working with traumatised displaced youngsters. But, she needs your support to raise the necessary funds to make her project a reality.

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With a 72-hour humanitarian truce being called today as the latest development in the Israel-Gaza conflict situation, top lawyer Michael Mansfield QC will host an event this evening, bringing together leading international lawyers to discuss the continued crimes committed in Gaza.

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For all Libyans, living inside or outside the country, this month of June brings a significant and very important opportunity to individually participate and partake in our home nation’s democratic process; and, to put forth in motion the much needed change away from the current chaos, confusion and lack of security caused by an ineffective General National Congress (GNC).

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At my grand big age of 39, I still remember a time when significant world news would come in trickles and take some weeks, months and years to digest before we would hear the next big story or see the next big iconic photo-image that would come to symbolise our experiences of a history shared. Certain transformational events would also come to bond people of specific generational gaps at the level of the collective consciousness.

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The world is horrified by the kidnapping of the 200+ Chibok schoolgirls in the north-eastern part of Nigeria by Boko Haram, an armed militant Islamist group set against the basic right to life and the right to an education; and, as well, by the fact that the Nigerian government had advance warning but did little to intervene.

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Please support 24-year-old Joanne Lightfoot to raise a minimum of £2000 for Syria’s children tomorrow Sunday 3 November, 2013 whilst enjoying a night of Middle Eastern entertainment with food and drink at the Mia Lounge, 100 Avenue Road, Swiss Cottage, NW3 3HR.

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'Revolution by Love' is the book name and reference to the energetic project started by a group of thirteen Middle East and North Africa (MENA) activists who were all attending a public administration program at Maxwell School, Syracuse University in the United States in April 2012. These emerging Arab youth voices came to visit the Shcool of Oriental and African Studies in London.

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