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Arab and Israeli Martial Artists Join Together to Fight for Peace

Karate chops and high kicks help promote tolerance and understanding in a region fought with tensions.

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As anyone who actually practices martial arts can tell you, learning how to punch, kick, and chop effectively is less about becoming an excellent fighter than it is about developing a sense of self-discipline and control. Like the oft-repeated adage about jazz, karate isn’t so much about the punches you throw, as it is about the ones you don’t. It’s this duality—the tension between violence, and inner calm—that makes the study of martial arts so compelling. But can karate do more than simply bring peace to those who study it? Can it bring peace to an entire region?

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Perfect Salt Cubes Produced by the Dead Sea.

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When a Haircut Turns into a Priceless Piece of Community

In this short doc, Syrian refugee camp barbers are attempting to make a living in an unlivable situation.

“Haircuts are a fundamental part of life,” says Samer Al-Sees. He’s the subject of Growing Home, a short documentary about barbershops in Al Zaatari, one of the largest refugee camps in the world. Located in Jordan, near the border of Syria, the camp currently houses more than 80,000 refugees.

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