Marjan Terpstra

Perihan Magden: 'Luckily, no one knows my face'

September 2008 -

Perihan Magden is both loved and feared in Turkey. Every morning she shakes her readers awake every morning with dead-sharp analyses and witty remarks. However, she must also pay the price.

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Aurelio Martínez: 'I want to turn the tide with my music'

August 2008 -

Aurelio Martínez is one of the most important ambassadors of the Garifuna music that is slowly but surely overtaking the world.

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Global grandeur at the Sonsbeek sculpture exhibit

July 2008 -

The three African participants El Anatsui, Joseph Sumégné and Willem Boshoff emphasize community as an aspect of human grandeur at the Sonsbeek sculpture exhibit.

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Binyavanga Wainaina: 'We want to show the world how we view ourselves'

July 2008 -

Against all odds, the Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina sometimes tries to correct the traditional image of Africa in the media.

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Picha

July 2008 -

The art of comic books is faring quite well in Africa. A unique overview of African comic book art, with a database of 140 comic strip artists from all African countries, was recently published online.

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Claudio Valdés Kuri: "The chaos in Mexico gives much freedom"

June 2008 -

Claudio Valdés Kuri is considered one of the best Latin American theatre directors. His group Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes attracts packed houses all over the world with its headstrong productions.

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Toumani Diabaté: "From a cultural perspective, Africa is number 1"

June 2008 -

After years of fusion experiments, Toumani Diabaté is now touring Europe solo. He wants to show the world the cultural treasures of Africa.

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Regina José Galindo: "Guatemala is violent, and so is my art"

May 2008 -

The Guatemalan artist exposes in her confronting performances violence and injustice.

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Nasrin Alavi has hopes for the Iranian blogosphere

April 2008 -

If Nasrin Alavi, writer of the blog book Wij zijn Iran, can be believed the next revolution in Iran will be triggered by the blog community.

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Lornah Kiplagat: "Even in a war, sports can get communication going"

March 2008 -

The government of the Netherlands has earmarked sixteen million euros to stimulate sports in ten developing countries over the next four years. Long-distance runner Lornah Kiplagat will be the project's ambassador.

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