The seizure of Palmyra this week by ISIS could not be more emblematic of the new dark age descending on the Mideast. In the name of decontaminating Islam, the Wahhabi offshoot has pledged to demolish even the ruins of this ancient crossroads of the Roman Empire, India, China and Persia that represents the historical diversity of intermingling cultures.
It is yet another sobering lesson in how the accomplishments of civilization can be rolled back by the mad pursuit of pure states of being - whether of ideal pasts, utopian futures, races or religions.
As WorldPost correspondent Sophia Jones reports, Palmyra is also darkly remembered by many Syrians for its more recent history as a "death camp" of "torture and fear" in the 1980s and 1990s under Hafez al- Assad.
Kagame previously commanded the rebel forces that ended the 1994 Genocide and became President in 2000. Under his leadership, Rwanda has transformed from a broken nation into one of the safest, most productive and stable economies in Africa.
California is joining a climate agreement with eight foreign nations and four states that aims to keep the world's average temperature from rising another 2 degrees Celsius. All signatories of the Under 2 MOU commit to either reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 to 95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 or achieve a per capita annual emissions target of less than 2 metric tons by 2050.
ERBIL - Fighting jihadists and fundamentalism requires not only armory for combat on the battlefields but also civic mechanisms, structures and tools to educate people on women's rights as an intrinsic part of human rights.
DAR ES SALAAM -- I fear that Burundi's hard-earned peace is under imminent threat. An attempted coup d'état last week is the latest indicator that the country is once again on the brink. Immediate measures need to be implemented to de-escalate the situation, or the country could descend into civil war once again.
AMMAN -- With the prospects for an overall peace slipping farther and farther away, it is important not to forget the human element of this decades-old tragedy, especially that of Palestinians living as deportees within their own country or refugees around the world.
NEW DELHI - China's interest in the Indian Ocean has grown steadily since 2008, when it embarked on a naval mission as part of a multilateral effort to combat piracy off the Horn of Africa. It was the first time the Chinese navy had deployed that far in 600 years.
NEW YORK - These agreements go well beyond trade, governing investment and intellectual property as well, imposing fundamental changes to countries' legal, judicial, and regulatory frameworks, without input or accountability through democratic institutions.
PARIS - We are quick to denounce violence and racism in police practices in the U.S., a country we gladly consider racist. But it was in France that two innocent children died because policemen saw them as delinquents.
When we talk about all of the problems we have on Earth and the need to solve them, it is only through such AI-human collaboration that we will gain the ability to solve our grandest challenges and truly create a world of abundance.
Many Western observers fear that cyber reform based on the principle of internet sovereignty might legitimize authoritarian control and undermine the cosmopolitan promise of the multistakeholder system. China, however, benefits too much from the current system to pose a credible alternative.
CAMBRIDGE - Strategic studies of the cyber domain resemble nuclear strategy in the 1950s: analysts are still not clear about the meaning of offense, defense, deterrence, escalation, norms, and arms control.
BEIJING - Nobody is empowered to act beyond the limit of the Constitution and laws. This is the true meaning of rule of law, which distinguishes it from governance by man.
PRINCETON - A democratic bargain becomes feasible only when the masses are able to organize and mobilize around common interests. Historically, such mobilizations have been the product of industrialization and urbanization, wars, or anti-colonial struggles.
But these bargains, by their very nature, produce electoral democracies rather than liberal democracies.
COPENHAGEN - An increased E.U. naval presence off Libya, creating safer passage for migrants and refugees and combating smuggling of weapons and oil, could be a possible course of action. But a military intervention in Libya at this point is playing with fire.
NEW YORK -- Ironically, in this era of exponential growth, we are witnessing the disappearance of cities. Our urbanism is becoming increasingly generic -- a Starbucks on every corner and an iPhone in every palm. We can do better.
At least 950,000 children in Nepal are in makeshift tents, on the streets or simply out of school and will not be able to return for months unless urgent action is taken. With all classrooms closed until May 29, in a country which in recent years has lost 200,000 girls to cross-border trafficking and exploitation, fears are now growing that children consigned to the streets or camps may be easy prey.
ISTANBUL - The U.S., Turkey and Saudi Arabia have effectively created a new Afghanistan on the shores of the Mediterranean.
If anchored well, foreign policy can hugely complement India's development agenda - we need huge investments, and much of it has to come from overseas. However, if misaligned, foreign policy may derail the same mandate of development. The challenge is to balance and prioritise correctly, and PM Modi's China visit could well be a turning point.