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Eye On Mexico: San Miguel de Allende - City of Culture, Cool and Progress

Malcolm Harris | Posted 11.25.2015 | Arts
Malcolm Harris

I am the worst secret keeper on the planet and therefore must confess I've been bewitched, beguiled, and bewildered by the magical town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Why We Must Stop Radicalization

Irina Bokova | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Irina Bokova

Terrorists are not born: they are created, fueled and radicalized, they are taught to hate and kill in cold blood. We need to disarm the process of radicalization, to undo the mechanisms of influence that can place young people on the path to violent extremism. We must teach peace.

Return to Detaining Journalists in Jordan

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The government, which has made slow but important progress in guaranteeing media freedoms, took a turn backwards.

Shut the Artifacts-for-Arms Market Doors

Greg Werkheiser | Posted 11.04.2015 | Impact
Greg Werkheiser

If MENA countries want to effectively battle the sale of their history to the highest bidder, they are going about it wrong and largely going about it alone. This is a regional crisis requiring regional solutions.

Photographs May Be All That's Left Of These Historical Sites In A Year

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 10.15.2015 | World

The World Monuments Fund released its biennial World Monuments Watch list of treasured sites around the world on Thursday, offering a sobering remind...

Striking Photos Show What Classrooms Around The World Look Like

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact

Whether they are coaching students on valuable skills or inspiring kids beyond the classroom, teachers not only give us the tools to succeed -- they'r...

A Somber Message on World Teachers' Day 2015: Our Teachers Are at Risk

The Conversation US | Posted 10.05.2015 | Education
The Conversation US

What is among the first actions that brutal totalitarian regimes take upon assuming power? They imprison, exile or "disappear" teachers.

Timbuktu, ISIS and the Long Arm of Justice

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

For more than a year now, ISIS and others have systematically destroyed the cultural heritage of the people of Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the region. Not only have they shelled and bulldozed priceless historical/cultural/religious sites such as the city of Nimrud, Jonah's Tomb, and temples in Palmyra, but they have also plundered them.

Heritage in the Headlines During UNGA Meetings

Deborah Lehr | Posted 10.03.2015 | World
Deborah Lehr

It was a headline week for the protection of cultural heritage. When leaders from more than 160 countries gathered in New York City last week, a main topic of discussion for the attending heads of state was how to combat the growing strength of violent extremist groups in the Middle East.

Reading Globally

Fernando Reimers | Posted 09.08.2015 | Education
Fernando Reimers

Understanding the written word opens up windows to the world. It allows a person to communicate with others not in immediate proximity, to engage with thoughts from fellow humans far and away, and with people who lived in the past.

Less Developed Countries Cultural Assets May Be the Pathway to Creativity in the New Economy

John M. Eger | Posted 09.01.2015 | Arts
John M. Eger

The entire world is waking up to the fact that a new economy -- a global economy based on creativity and innovation -- is knitting every nation together. In the process, both developed and developing nations are starting to feel the effects of a structural shift in the world's economics.

When Culture and Tourism Join Forces Against Extremism

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Gaia Paradiso

The strategy behind ISIS's is the narrative of a "war on history." Relics, ruins and history are components of ISIS's strategy of imposing a "Year Zero" on the territory they have defined as a "caliphate."

ISIS' Destruction Of Palmyra Temple Is A War Crime, UNESCO Says

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.24.2015 | World

Islamic State's demolition of an renowned ancient Roman temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra is a war crime that targeted an historic symbol of the c...

UNESCO Recognizes Indigenous Rights, Cultures in World Heritage Rules

Steven Kallick | Posted 08.21.2015 | Green
Steven Kallick

By adopting new rules on the rights of Indigenous peoples within the World Heritage process--and by working to integrate the review of natural and cultural values in its evaluations--UNESCO has taken important steps in the right direction, which the people of Pimachiowin Aki hope will improve the ability of Indigenous peoples.

To Have Irish

Pulitzer Center | Alexandra Ma | Posted 07.16.2015 | World

One of Ireland’s most prized cultural components is at risk of being taken from the Irish people. Considered “definitely endange...

What Life Is Like In Egypt's Nubian Society

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 07.22.2015 | World

Photographer Nour El Refai spent more than a year documenting life among Egypt's Nubian community, capturing daily rituals, art, meals, social g...

The Confederate Flag Is Not the Only Symbol of Racism that People Try to Whitewash

Dennis Jett | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Dennis Jett

Like those who wave the stars and bars, those who revere the Alamo would deny that and say it is all about their proud heritage. But anyone who doesn't rely on Walt Disney movies for their sense of history knows that is nonsense.

UNESCO Weighs In On Debate Over Where Jesus Was Baptized

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.13.2015 | Religion

AL-MAGHTAS, Jordan (AP) — For years, Christian pilgrims have waded into the Jordan River from both its eastern and western banks to connect wit...

11 Interesting Sights In The Kingdom of Bahrain

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 06.16.2015 | Travel
Janice S. Lintz

When I recently visited Bahrain, the TSA agent reviewing my passport looked at me curiously and asked me, "Why did you visit Bahrain?" Simple answer: The Kingdom of Bahrain is a great extension to a Dubai or an Abu Dhabi trip. The flights are inexpensive and under an hour.

Saudi-Led Airstrikes Destroy Part Of Yemen's UNESCO World Heritage Site

Reuters | Posted 06.12.2015 | World

SANAA, June 12 (Reuters) - Saudi-led coalition air strikes killed at least six people, Yemen's state news agency Saba said on Friday, and destroyed pa...

Today's Newsrooms = Robo-Journalism, Games, Apps, Gender Equality

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.03.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The "see-Ma, no-hands" automated reporting movement has been used by AP, Bloomberg and Thomson-Reuters in crunching numbers -- business figures and sports scores -- as well as turning out formulaic stories.

Broadcast Meet Tackles Terrorism, Policies, Challenges

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.01.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

A conference aimed at mitigating hate speech, radicalism, and violence that plague Arab broadcast media took the bull by the horns this week amid heated debate on freedom and government controls.

Understanding Virtual Water

Peter Neill | Posted 05.05.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

As we continue to work toward a fuller understanding of the presence of water, what we may not know so well is called "virtual water" -- the water that is used to produce almost everything we incorporate into our daily routines but is not listed on the label or calculated into the price.

Shaping a Post-2015 Global Education Agenda

Brian Gallagher | Posted 06.22.2015 | Education
Brian Gallagher

Despite the increase in access to education in the region, nearly 29 million primary school aged children were out of school -- accounting for over half of out-of-school youth around the world.

The Role of Technology for Safety in Education

XPRIZE | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact

Technology is not the only solution, but it must be part of the solution. If technology can do what we believe it can with learning, it will allow children in conflict zones and refugee camps to safely begin or continue their education.