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Goodbye Peacock House, Hello ISHKAR!
  • ISHKAR
  • 12.07.16

When we set up Peacock House last Christmas, we only intended to sell a handful of cufflinks in order to fund a nice post-Kabul holiday. The response we received was phenomenal, and we sold ten ...

An Artisan Against the Odds
  • ISHKAR
  • 05.07.16

The closing of the Greek/Macedonian border in March left 15,000 refugees stranded in Idomeni. This area became the largest informal refugee camp in Europe since World War II.

FROM TRASH TO TABLE: SYRIAN REFUGEE'S SOLUTION TO LEBANON'S RUBBISH CRISIS
  • ISHKAR
  • 25.06.16

Stepping out of Beirut airport you are immediately hit by the smell of rotting rubbish. It is a heady reminder of the rubbish crisis which hit Beirut a few months ago. With landfill sites oversp...

Lessons from Lebanon
  • ISHKAR
  • 23.06.16

Whilst European leaders complain that Europe is reaching a critical point where it can no longer absorb any more refugees, and concerns over immigration have driven the UK towards an ignominious...

WHY MAKING MAKES US FEEL GOOD
  • ISHKAR
  • 02.04.16

I have recently taken up carpentry classes. I have no talent for making things with my hands, and the few things I’ve been able to make are very poorly put together. But for three hours a week ...

AFGHANISTAN - QUE LIRE, QUE REGARDER?
  • ISHKAR
  • 02.03.16

Outre le blog de Peacock House, de nombreux ouvrages/documentaires de qualité soulignent différentes facettes de l'Afghanistan. Ce pays a fait couler beaucoup d'encre au sujet de ses guerres, do...

The Glassmakers of Herat
  • ISHKAR
  • 15.02.16

In Winter, a thick cloud hangs over Kabul as people light wood and coal burning stoves to warm their homes. As a result the last few weeks Kabul’s weather has been described by Yahoo weather as ...

The Birth of Blue
  • ISHKAR
  • 02.02.16

Until relatively recently in human history ‘blue’ as we know it did not exist. There is no word for ‘blue’ in Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Chinese or Japanese. As hard to imagine as it is, ‘blue’ was ...

The Danger of the Single Story
  • ISHKAR
  • 02.01.16

Last night a car rigged with explosives targeted Le Jardin restaurant in Kabul. The explosion killed two people, and wounded 15 others.

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