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July 21, 2016|0 Comments

Members of the army’s 25th Division are taught ballet each week by a ballerina from the Korean National Ballet, including steps from  Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

It’s hard to imagine a job more stressful than guarding a border with North Korea. But at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides North and South Korea, but 15 male ballet students, groaning as they strained to do the splits, have found a creative way to manage their tension: ballet lessons.

Once a week, a group of South Korean soldiers trade army boots for ballet shoes in a class intended to ease the stress of guarding the world’s most heavily fortified border. “There’s a lot of tension here since we live in the unit on the front line, which makes me feel insecure at times,” says Kim Joo-hyeok, a 23-year-old sergeant doing his nearly two years of military service that is mandatory for South Korean men. “But through ballet, I am able to stay calm and find balance as well as build friendships with my fellow soldiers,” said Kim, who is learning ballet for a second year and plans to continue when he is discharged from the army.

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July 20, 2016|0 Comments

On a subtropical island in southern China, a group of cool young fashion designers march to the beat of their own drum.

XIAMEN, China — “For me, the coolest thing [about the Xiamen scene] is that it is not dominated by a mature elite, but by young people,” says Shangguan Zhe, founder of the brand Sankuanz — and leader of a ‘gang’ of fashion insiders who have renounced the gruelling pace of life in China’s fashion capitals, preferring the independent spirit and laid-back vibe offered by the city of Xiamen.

“In the past, the youth didn’t have the opportunity to make a sound or have any right to speak. Today, everyone can express themselves,” he continues. “We’re still the minority here [in Xiamen], but there are many people like us in the rest of the world.”

Xiamen is a coastal city in Fujian province, historically known as Amoy. […]

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Van Gogh was a late starter, mostly self-taught, uneven, smitten with mental illness, dead at 37. His trajectory as an artist – from sodden Dutch landscapes under heavy […]

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July 14, 2016|0 Comments

Dozens of theories about why we dream now exist but no one theory now dominates, as Freud’s once did.

Josie Malinowski, University of East London

It is the most well known – and perhaps infamous – theory of dreams in the Western world. At the turn of last century, Sigmund Freud published his book, The Interpretation of Dreams, arguing that our dreams are nothing more than wishes that we are looking to fulfil in our waking lives. Some of these wishes are relatively innocent, and in these cases our dreams picture the wish just as it is. However, there are other wishes that are so unacceptable to us (such as sexual or aggressive impulses that we can’t admit to or act out) that our dreams have to censor them.

Such unacceptable wishes are typically suppressed by the conscious waking mind but turn up in the dream […]

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July 18, 2016|0 Comments

In many ways, France’s Mediterranean coast has remained an implanted colonial world.

Ian Coller, University of California, Irvine

A little over a week ago, I flew out of Ataturk Airport in Istanbul and narrowly missed the attacks that left more than 40 dead and hundreds injured. Other acts have followed: Baghdad, Dhaka, Medina.

Now the city of Nice reels in shock after a truck plowed through the crowds celebrating Bastille Day.

It is the third major attack against France in the past two years. Young and old, men, women and children, Muslims, Christians, Jews, people of every religion, and those with none at all, were gathered to watch the fireworks on the Promenade des Anglais. The famous thoroughfare winding along the shore of the Mediterranean is now stained with blood and destruction.

We can’t know what went through the mind of such a killer.

Early reports point to a petty criminal past, domestic violence, a broken marriage, an explosive sense of personal grievance.

But what sets the spark to this Molotov cocktail of aggression? Sociologist Olivier Roy has argued that this is not a radicalization of Islam, but rather an “Islamization of radicalism”. It’s a […]

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