When I got the news that the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to a "quartet" of four Tunisian civil society groups, I was in the "AFOUFA" hair salon in La Marsa, an upscale suburb of Tunisia doing something I rarely do: getting my hair done.
Tunisia, despite economic difficulties, social unrest and the assassination of several political leaders, has managed, unlike any other country rocked by the Arab Spring, to establish a peaceful process that was instrumental in enabling the country to create a constitutional system.
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It would be wiser for Merkel to refuse the prize. If she is actually offered the prize, these are the words we would like to hear: "Sorry! I have more important things to do right now!"
Angela Merkel is willing to enforce important and unpopular decisions despite resistance in her own party. She's risking her political legacy for a goal that's close to her heart.
At the height of the Cultural Revolution, Project 523 -- a covert operation launched by the Chinese government and headed by a young Chinese medical researcher by the name of Tu Youyou -- discovered what has been the most powerful and effective anti-malarial drug therapy to date.
We may look back on this week as one of the true nadirs in America's post-9/11 efforts to lead the world, a series of events that make the failures of America's shallow strategies, of both Republican and Democratic administrations. It is a particular low point for President Obama.
There are a number of premises that underlie the judgment that the Iran nuclear agreement is a monumental accomplishment in the cause of peace. Yet, they in fact are all of dubious validity.
Born in Albania on August 26, 1910, Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, later known as Mother Teresa, devoted the majority of her life to serving India. After joining the Sisters of Loreto as a young woman, Sister Teresa traveled to India and worked as a teacher at a convent school for twenty years.
There have been many articles written about his accomplishments and a recently published biography "And Give Up Showbiz?" by Josh Young but without sticking to the observations of others... I hoped to find more about Mr. Levin with my own set of questions.
We must wake up, open our eyes and ears, avoid convenient ignorance, seek the truth, speak up, stand up, and never give up fighting for justice for all. How long?
In 40 years of dealing with presidents, prime ministers and other leaders, I could count on one hand the times I have heard a president or a prime minister or other high official speak candidly about the mistakes their country has made. It may be that I can count them on two fingers.
A peacemaker for the ages walks among us. Whether he is blessing world leaders who are notorious for war, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, or speaking of his own exile from his homeland of Tibet, the message of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet is the same. "This should be the peace century."
"God, may we keep on sowing The seeds of justice here, Till guns are silent, people sing, And hope replaces fear."
This past Sunday my husband and I ventured to the Honda Center in Anaheim, California for the Dalai Lama's 80th Birthday celebration. The Dalai Lama holds a special place in my heart because it was just a few years ago that my father and I were visiting San Diego.
Throughout the week, we discussed the problem of pernicious governmental, corporate and other top-down secrecy involved in globalization that enables large-scale wrongdoing and keeps citizens in the dark about it, making effective solutions and real democracy, and even our collective security, impossible.