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Social Issues :: Aleef- Guide to the artist George Aleef

19 Jun 2015 
George Aleef is one of the renowned legendary painters of Russia. Born in 1887, this Russian orientalist painter had also served in the Tsarist Army for quite some time till he moved to other countries for showcasing his talent in art. Later, he spent his life in Palestine until the Palestinian Exodus in 1948. Some of his most popular paintings depict a number of the major historical moments during that particular era in Palestine. In the Tsarist Army, he served as a bodyguard in Russia until the occurrence of the renowned Bolshevik revolution. By 1920, Aleef had become a professional painter and then he left Russia and went to Istanbul to pursue his dreams. From there, he moved to Palestine and after the Palestinian Exodus in 1948, he moved to Jordan. In 1968 he moved to Lebanon and lived their till 1970. This legendary painter had showcased a unique artistic neo-classical style in all his works. Most of his paintings depict the pictures of some real historical incidents and monuments.

George used both oil and water color for his paintings. Some of his popular art works are based on some real life incident or monument in those countries where he had spent some years of his life. Each of these paintings shows the life in Palestine and its significance. The time that he has spent in Palestine is clearly shown in his paintings. He had painted Jerusalem with an Arabic distinctiveness by portraying the mosques, synagogues and churches of that time. A peaceful coexistence of Palestinian life is shown in his art work of Palestine. Apart from his numerous exhibitions in Jerusalem, he had also exhibited his works in Amman and Beirut. Even, some of his paintings are found hanging at the Jordanian Royal Court and in those galleries with all private Jordanian collections.

Aleef's paintings also features some glimpse of the original orientalist Italian art works. His beautiful paintings of Jerusalem also depict the lifestyle and culture of resident and non-residents during his time. Most of his prominent works have a particular significance to that era's local art movement; some of his popular paintings are the landscape paintings of various places in Jordan. During his days in Jordan, Aleef set up his first studio to teach art to his fellow artists. Some of his students are Mohanna Durra and Rafiq Lahham who later became some of the celebrated artists of twentieth century.

The works of Aleef always exhibited his expressionist work and creative imagination. If you compare his artwork with all famous painters of that era including the renowned Italian painter Rodolpho De Sanctis, the French artist Jeranian, and the British artist Bruce Hollingworth, you will spot out some difference as well as certain similarities in orientalist art work. His paintings also include several portraits and sketches that witness his well-refined and progressive artistic taste during that century. George had always depicted his thoughts through his artworks; he had painted all those places where he had spent some part of his life. His paintings include landscapes of Jordan, Arab, Palestine and Lebanon as well. Besides that, he had always tried to showcase his Russian orientalist talent through his paintings. Undoubtedly, he is one of those legendary painter who had presented the world with some of the most celebrated and magnificent artworks.

Prototyping a Spray Painting Quadcopter

19 Jun 2015 
Prototyping a Spray Painting QuadcopterBy Norman Chan on June 17, 2015Becky Stern from Adafruit sent over this video of a recent quadcopter project: "Recently some friends and I worked on building a quadcopter that can spray paint as it flies. The sprayer device works by depressing a lever with a servo motor, which the bot controls as though it were part of a camera gimbal (a more common payload) from the RC transmitter. I suited up a 3D Robotics IRIS+ with a sprayer device and proceeded to fly it around inside, with middling success." Read more about Becky's experiment and lessons learned at her Adafruit build log.

Germany signs deal to return Nazi-looted Matisse painting from Gurlitt trove to lawful owner

19 Jun 2015 

BERLIN -  Germany has signed an agreement to return to its rightful owner an Henri Matisse painting that was seized under Nazi rule.

Matisse's "Woman Sitting in an Armchair" was part of a trove of artworks found in the apartment of late collector Cornelius Gurlitt.

Experts say the painting was taken from art dealer Paul Rosenberg and rightfully belongs to his descendants.

Culture Minister Monika Gruetters' office confirmed a report in German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Wednesday that she signed the agreement.

A similar agreement was signed last week for a painting by Max Liebermann.

Both agreements must be approved by a Munich court handling Gurlitt's inheritance.

A Swiss museum that accepted Gurlitt's bequest of his collection has promised to ensure any Nazi-looted pieces are returned to their Jewish owners' heirs.

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Causes, Volunteering, People Making a Difference

18 Jun 2015 
I am 33 and consider myself fortunate because many kids are hit with FA at a much younger age and are affected much more severely than I have been. This was our reason to race. We were doing it for the thousands of individuals and families affected by this disease.

Kyle Bryant

Athlete, keynote speaker, founder/director of the bicycle ride fundraiser, rideATAXIA for the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA)

This week and next, I'm going to explore two rather nerdy economic concepts. Not because I am an economist, but because I believe understanding these two ideas could be key to a better, healthier, fairer society.

Alessandro Demaio

Advisory Board Member of the EAT Initiative, Global Health Fellow at the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, Harvard Medical School and Co-Founder of both NCDFREE and festival21

I'm finished feeling guilty for not being invincible. There are days I'm barely treading water because of the overwhelming amount of responsibility that I have on my plate, and allowing my children to witness my own moments of weakness, vulnerability, and fear - that is a gift I am giving them.

Lisa Abeyta

Founder/CEO, APPCityLife Inc. Cofounder, Hautepreneurs and HauteHopes

The suspected racially motivated massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC by alleged shooter Dylann Roof drew shocked gasps, rage and a renewed focus on hate violence in the country. That's fine. But it doesn't focus on the continued greater danger: Hate crimes still remain grossly under-reported and prosecuted.

The facts of this tragedy remain under investigation, and there is still a lot that we don't know. But what we do know is that every day, 88 Americans are killed in shootings. No, there is not a single magic solution that will keep every gun out of the hands of every person intent on doing harm -- but we can do a lot better.

Daniel Gross

Dan Gross is President of the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence, united with the Million Mom March

Religion can be used for good and for evil, as when most white churches in America praised and for the most part defended slavery, and told their black parishioners to be ever better at obedience.

A bright, green global ambassador for life-saving hygiene habits from Sesame Street -- the world's largest informal educator of children. Unprecedented investments in water and sanitation from the World Bank Group -- the world's largest development financier. What do Sesame Street and the World Bank Group have in common? Far more than you think...

When I woke up to news of another church shooting -- of nine people killed in the place you feel safest -- I only want to share the parts that ripped me up. The parts that are still confusing and raw. Because that's what it feels like when someone comes into your life with a gun and tries to kill you.

This massacre occurred on the very anniversary of a failed slave revolt, a rebellion that played a significant role in the African American liberation movement in South Carolina. Last night, that church that was torn by bullets. Violence is not God's path. We must sing louder than weapons.

To that small minority who see this crime against humanity as a victory: Know that God is with the people of Mother Emanuel. God is with those working to end gun violence. Yes, God takes sides and calls those of us who follow that call to take sides with both humbleness and a fierce desire for justice.

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Director of the Center for Peace and Spirituality and University Chaplain at Pacific University

Liberia has less than 13 months to assume full responsibility for its own security, as the UN peacekeeping mission draws down. With many Liberians uneasy at the prospect of an eventual withdrawal of the mission, the government needs to establish clear priorities now to be prepared.

Karin Landgren

Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Coordinator of United Nations Operations in Liberia

Speak up, act up, demand change, teach our youth to be kind and empathetic, yet strong enough to be allies to those who fight on a daily basis things they don't have to endure. Do it all to exhaustion... and then do it some more.

Phu Nguyen

A word wiz who's in love with social media, cosplay, philanthropy, poetry, food, and fashion.

"When I met Nadeen, I saw that one day, she could be the next biggest designer, but she simply had no source of support around her, and it was likely her talent would die without the right tools and resources."

Vanessa Zuabi

Founder of JSR: Bridging Business with Social Impact

As World Refugee Day approaches, it is worth remembering that the right to seek asylum was established during the post-WWII realization that the Nazis were able to kill so many people because there were no safe havens for those fleeing Hitler's murderous plan. Seventy-five years later, the right to seek asylum has been eviscerated, and now, the reality has reached dire levels.

Widney Brown

Human Rights Activist working with Physicians for Human Rights

There are now 12.9 million people in Yemen living in hunger-- almost half of the population. This number has risen dramatically since the outbreak of fighting between the Houthi rebels and the Saudi Arabia-backed coalition.

William Lambers

Author, 'Ending World Hunger' Feeding America Blogger Council, Charity Miles All-Star

Without expanded access to modern methods of contraception, maternal and infant mortality rates in the developing world will remain unacceptably high, and many women and their families will never escape from poverty.

Yukiko Ito has bilateral microtia, a congenital condition which means that her ears aren't fully formed. As a teenager she became the first person in Japan to be fitted with a bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA), and has since worked to raise awareness around both the device and microtia itself.

Sarah Illingworth

Currently doing an MSc in Poverty Development at the University of Manchester. She edits

I love holding the March of Dimes Commemorative Coin in my hand. For me, it symbolizes holding a bit of our past, along with our future. We hope that every family in America buys at least one of those coins. Think about that impact and how together we can conquer preterm birth.

Jill Teeters

March of Dimes volunteer and mother of 2014 March of Dimes National Ambassador Aidan Lamothe

Lazy lifestyles mean men are suffering back pain from the age of 37 - Health News - Health & Families

18 Jun 2015 
The average age at which men first begin to suffer from back pain is 37, which the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) claim is significantly younger than in the past.

In a study of over two thousand men commissioned by the BCA, 82 per cent of men reported experiencing regular neck or back pain. The figures represent an increase from 75 per cent of men a year ago.

The survey also asked men what age they were when they first began to suffer from back pain, with an age of 37 being the average response.

BCA chiropractor Rishi Loatey said: "Worryingly, we're seeing younger men coming through our doors who aren't looking after themselves."

"The modern man is certain feeling the strain as we constantly juggle busy lives- working longer hours, tackling DIY and looking after the kids- it all takes its toll."

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Chiropractor Tim Hutchful said of the findings: "We are seeing it [the onset of back pain] happen maybe three or four years earlier than in years gone past."

"People now have lifestyles when part of their life is very sedentary and then another part is manic. They might commute to work in their car, they sit on their backsides all day, then play five-a-side football once a week- and that is when the problems happen."

Mr Hutchful added that whilst women also experience back pain, he believes that men are less likely to seek treatment- instead attempting to self-medicate with pain relief and hoping the problem goes away.

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