“The Interview” vs. The Real North Korea

After a lot of back and forth and even after President Obama weighed in, Sony decided to release, as scheduled, the movie The Interview. Over the long holiday break, I was able to watch it from the comfort of my own living room! As I mentioned in a previous post, having traveled to North Korea in the summer of 2012, I was curious to see how closely the movie portrayed the reality of the country. I will not comment here about the artistic or the cinematic value of the film. I’m not a movie critic. Plenty others have done it, and I’ll agree with most that it was indeed hilarious. I’ll therefore limit my observations to a comparison of the North Korea I’ve seen on the ground with the one shown in the movie. Continue  

Afghan Traditional Leaders Discover America

Since the end of Taliban rule in 2001, Afghanistan has struggled with inter-ethnic and inter-religious violence, lagging economic development, endemic corruption and a lack of transparency, and a difficulty balancing the need for a strong central government with the desires of its very diverse population for self-government closer to home.
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8 Months Later: Reflections from Two ‘Past Forward’ Artists

As Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates continues its tour around the United States, the MCCD staff was touched to hear from Zeinab Al Hashemi and Khalid Mezaina – Emirati artists featured in the exhibition – who visited Washington, D.C., during the exhibition launch at Meridian’s Cafritz Galleries this past May. Read what the artists had to say about their exchange:

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What are you doing for others?

On January 19, Meridian’s Global Service Leaders (GSL) team will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and vision with a day of service locally in Washington, DC and around the world. Addressing Dr. King’s challenge, “What are you doing for others?”, Meridian and GSL will build upon the success of last year’s Warm Up, DC program, and collect, donate and share items to be distributed by the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring. IRC offers education, nutrition, clothing, and family support programs to newly arrived refugees and their families To achieve this goal, Meridian will be partnering with...

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