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art

The art in persistence

Yoana Pavlova

art
The paintings of Harrington are highly esteemed among collectors and publishers. His paintings have been featured in American Arts Quarterly, American Art Collector, International Artists Magazine, the covers of American Artist & US Art, New Art International, The New York Times, and Philadelphia Inquirer. He has numerous solo exhibitions in New York, Japan, Charleston, South Carolina and Pennsylvania, and has exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum, The Museum of American Illustration and the USGA Museum.

history
The period between the Sino-Japanese and Russian-Japanese wars is one of crucial importance for Korea. At the same time, these two wars were also turning points for all the countries involved. The Sino-Japanese War marked not only the defeat and humiliation of China but also the break up of the Sino-centric regional order and the demise of the imperial system in China in 1911. The Russo-Japanese War solidified Japan’s regional assertiveness and threw Russia into a chain of dramatic internal shifts that ultimately led to the revolutions of 1905 and 1917.
Avram Agov

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Henry David Thoreau's writings have always been open to numerous interpretations. The ones Walden and Civil Disobedience have provoked in Bulgaria have always been related to certain periods of spiritual emancipation. Moreover, the appearances of Thoreau in Bulgarian both in the 1920s and in the late 80s and early 90s were actually called forth by these periods of spiritual emancipation and thus, regardless of all differences in political and cultural circumstances, gained a significance that prevented them from remaining mere cultural coincidences.
Albena Bakratcheva

photography
 Street photography is a reflection of every day life; real, unaltered impressions of public places. Places that everybody visits every day - the street where you live, the parking lot of your favorite grocery store, the subway. Street photographers document the truth - take candid pictures of things that you don't notice in your daily grind.

history
It was when Takayasu Mitsui suffered defeat in Omi province at the hands of Oda Nobunaga, one of the great unifiers of Japan, that the Mitsui family realized its strength did not lie with the sword. Takayasu moved with his family to Isem province after barely escaping death (he was spared by Nobunaga). His son, Sokubei Mitsui, started what has become one of the legends of Japan’s business history. Upon discarding his two swords and announcing to his family that he would become a commoner, Sokubei said: “A great peace is at hand. The shogun rules firmly with justice in Edo. No more shall we live by the sword. I have seen that great profit can be made honorably. The Mitsuis must get money. We can get money only by entering the field of trade...
Avram Agov

perspectives
An awareness of the potentials and limits of all approaches may help move our epistemological base from cocksure conviction to thoughtful uncertainty in the attempt to understand the impact of globalisation in our increasingly peripatetic lives.
Hyung Gu Lynn

cinema
For some time now the cinema productions of South Korean conquers the screens of Europe, the hearts of the audience and the approval of the international juries during the film festivals. The latest proof of that is the award of the director Kim Ki-Douk for his film “Samaria” during Berlinale 2004. After this probably earned reward and also after the good presentation of the Korean cinema during the festival in San Sebastian (with Bong Joon-ho’s “Memories of Murder” and Kim Ki-Duk’s “Spring, summer, autumn, winter and spring”) critics articles were published about the so-called “festival fashion for Korean cinema” and “the Korean syndrome on screen”. In fact, even if there is such fashion – it is a proper and high quality alternative for the mass Hollywood production that is flooding the cinema halls around the world more and more.
Andronika Martonova

internet
A powerful global conversation has begun. Through the Internet, people are discovering and inventing new ways to share relevant knowledge
with blinding speed. As a direct result, markets are getting smarter—and getting smarter faster than most companies.
Christopher Locke, Rick Levine,
Doc Searls and David Weinberger

photography

literature
The studies in this book have been written in the last ten years or so, from 1992 to 2002. In a preface to a collection of this sort, academic practice requires me to enumerate the essays one by one by providing a short synopsis of each and, finally, to append a long list of acknowledgements. I would rather skip the first part of this academic routine for if a reader wants to peruse the essays, he will; and in this case the abstracts would be redundant. And if he were unwilling to browse the studies, no promotional ruses disguised cleverly as abstracts would tempt him into the labor of reading.
Nikita Nankov

video review

"Barton Biggs and a look at the stock market"
Charlie Rose

"The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief."
Think Thank

"An appreciation of John Updike with Adam Gopnik"
Charlie Rose

"Causes and Consequences of the Global Economic Collapse"
Martin Wolf, Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

Conversations with History: David M. Kennedy


world review
The consensus uniting governments and people in the Balkans is that the region cannot achieve prosperity and stability outside the process of European integration. At the same time, it is quite clear that the dysfunctional states and protectorates that characterise the region actively hinder the inclusion of the Balkans into the European mainstream. In this sense, the status quo is a problem because it is blocking the road to EU accession…
Report of the International Commission on the Balkans

perspectives
What provokes the anti-American is American activism: not the role America plays in the world but that it is in the world at all. Whatever the American action, the anti-American denounces it, but particularly when the action is couched in a policy of defending the freedom to act, which in turn implies a set of democratic values. The absence of freedom in particular locales—Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans—is typically of concern only for tiny non-governmental organizations, not for the mass-movement public, except when the United States intervenes.The mass movement only emerges when the authoritarian regime is challenged.
Russel A. Berman

economy
A century of political freedom and economic development was lost due to the seduction of the socialist promise that all you had to lose was your chains, but a real future of peace and prosperity awaits for those who finally throw off the shackles of the state and socialism and embrace the free market and the entrepreneurial ethos of creative destruction.
Peter J. Boettke

perspectives
How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity
Lawrence Lessig

economy
The collapse of the socialist regimes in eastern Europe and central Asia brought an unprecedented increase in economic freedom for hundreds of millions of people. Many people, however, still believe that their lives have become worse since the start of the transition. One apparent reason for this belief is a perceived increase in income inequality, a perception supported by income surveys. However, an analysis of these survey results shows that the argument that democratization led to a real increase in income inequality is weak and that the pretransition survey data are poor and biased in an unknown direction.
David R. Henderson, Robert M. McNab and Tamas Rozsas

history & perspectives
An excerpt from “America's Role in Nation-Building: From Germany to Iraq” by James Dobbins, John G. McGinn, Keith Crane, Seth G. Jones, Rollie Lal, Andrew Rathmell, Rachel Swanger, and Anga Timilsina
RAND Corporation

religion
Eleven years ago, it seemed that the beast of communism, which had set its face against the church of Jesus Christ, was dead in Eastern Europe. I remember the 200,000 Bulgarians with raised hands and open souls standing in Sofia's downtown square in 1991. They gathered not to march in honor of the ruling party but to hear an overseas evangelist preach Christ and heal the sick. I was in the crowd, a graduating law student, a former anticommunist revolutionary, and a new Christian. I drank from the invigorating hope and joy that had descended from heaven on that warm summer night. A nation haunted by darkness for years was about to receive a new heart. But things did not go quite the way I hoped...
Victor Kostov

religion
Many church people are happy about this removal of the intellectuals from public influence and from the permission to ask the radical questions. But do not be happy about this in the name of religion. It is a fascist form, to use this general word, which always, and I can speak out of experience from Nazism, first turns against the intellectuals because radical questions should be excluded. But even more important than this political danger is the spiritual danger of the fight against the intellectual critic, namely, the danger that religion become superstition. Every religion which cannot stand ultimately the radical question that is asked by the intellectual critic of religion, is superstition.
Paul Tillich

perspectives
World cataclysms in XX century, as well as the cardinal changes in the beginning of XXI century reflect on the Bulgarian state. Russia takes up a significant part in the Bulgarian history, politics and diplomacy. Its role in the Balkan, respectively Bulgarian processes are often disputed, politicized and often denied.
Prof. Dr. Nina Dyulgerova

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