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Iraq to revive cultural life to heal war wounds

A worker looks through paintings at the Hewar Gallery in Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years after the bombs began falling on Iraq, the capital Baghdad is gearing up to host a yearlong cultural extravaganza that organizers hope will quicken the pulse of the city’s ailing cultural life. AP

Sewing machines buzz inside the Iraq Fashion House as dressmakers work late into the night behind concrete blast walls readying intricately embroidered costumes. Models rehearse for an upcoming show upstairs.

Posted: March 22nd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Iraq virtuoso to return to troubled homeland

Naseer Shamma and the Eastern Orchestra (Silk) perform at the Royal Opera House in the Omani capital Muscat on September 27, 2010 as part of a series of cultural events and performances marking the 40th anniversary of Sultan Qaboos' accession to the throne in the Gulf sultanate. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED MAHJOUB

A former Iraqi soldier and prisoner who brought one of the world’s oldest stringed instruments back into the spotlight is set to end his exile and take his haunting songs back home.

Posted: January 8th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »