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David Bull

Childhood Under Attack in Yemen

David Bull | August 30, 2015 | UK
The conflict in Yemen is a tragedy for the country's children. I wish I could make it stop. Despite the dangers and difficulties, Unicef staff are in the country and working day and night delivering vital, life-saving supplies, immunising children, providing emergency nutrition and clean water, and helping children wherever we can. Unicef only have a fraction of the funds we need and are stretched thin. We can help more children but only with your support.

Fear Is Part of Your Intelligence

OSHOtimes | August 29, 2015 | India
When fear comes, what to do? Why should you ask to do anything? When there is fear, be afraid! Why create a duality? When moments of fear come be fearful, tremble with fear, allow fear to take possession. Why this constant inquiry: What to do? Can't you allow life in any way to take possession of you?
Joseph V. Micallef

The ISIS Wars: Separating Fact From Fiction

Joseph V. Micallef | August 30, 2015 | World
It's impossible to know how these "proto-Islamic polities" will evolve. Unlike the American experience with immigration, however, it is unlikely that they will become socialized into a larger "melting pot" of a national culture.
François Dufour

Lampedusa: No to Boat-People, Yes to Plane-People

François Dufour | August 29, 2015 | World
An emergency situation requires an emergency solution. To stop the shipwrecks and the drownings in the Mediterranean (2,500 dead migrants since January), let's put the presumed refugees, or "would-be refugees" as described by the British press, in planes directly to Europe.
Raghida Dergham

Restoring Russian Influence in the Middle East

Raghida Dergham | August 29, 2015 | World
Political realism has made its way to many capitals, based on loss and benefit accounts. What matters is the indifference not to continue and destroy more Arab countries, after Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Iraq. Only this way can good faith be proven in this new realpolitik.
James Zogby

"You Stink"

James Zogby | August 29, 2015 | Politics
It was a stroke of genius that Lebanon's young protesters named their movement "You Stink". In just two words, they captured both the essence of their country's immediate crisis over uncollected garbage and its longer-term structural problems.
Joseph V. Micallef

This Week in World War I:August 29-September 4,1915

Joseph V. Micallef | August 29, 2015 | World
Among the most iconic characters to emerge from World War I was the German General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck. Never defeated in battle, he was the only German commander to successfully invade British colonial territory during World War I.
Yoani Sanchez

Drought in Cuba Lays Bare Decades of Water Mismanagement

Yoani Sanchez | August 29, 2015 | World
We Cubans are waiting for something more than a crop of clouds altered with a blast of silver iodide. We deserve a coherent hydrology policy, over the long term, without magic or spells, but with guarantees.
Ali Khan Mahmudabad

Grey Wolves, Victoria's Secret And The Bangkok Bombing

Ali Khan Mahmudabad | August 28, 2015 | India
As theories abound about the perpetrators of the attack at a Hindu temple (which actually welcomes mostly Chinese pilgrims) in Bangkok, the name of one ultranationalist group has not received as much coverage as it should have. In fact, just recently Turkey's Bozkurtlar or The Grey Wolves have been in the news not because of terrorism but because of a Victoria's Secret lingerie model.
James Dorsey

The Middle East: Who Says Popular Quest for Change has Been Quelled?

James Dorsey | August 29, 2015 | World
A series of recent mass protests in several Arab countries have called into question suggestions that civil wars, brutal crackdowns and military coups and interventions have quelled popular willingness to stand up for rights in the Middle East.
Nathan Gardels

Weekend Roundup: Refugees and Market Woes Put World on Edge

Nathan Gardels | August 28, 2015 | World
The undertow of China's slackening economy and the mounting tide of refugees pushing through border after border in Europe put the world on edge this week. After spiraling down, volatile stock markets rallied back, for now. . . Writing from Beijing, Fred Hu argues that what we are witnessing is China's shift toward the "new normal" of a slower growth paradigm focused on domestic consumption instead of investment and export-led growth. He expresses confidence that his country will weather the storm, writing, "it is a loser's game to bet against China's leaders." Nobel laureate Michael Spence locates the culprit of market volatility in the flood of funds unleashed by low interest rates looking for higher returns, which has led to the gap between a financial bubble and the real economy now undergoing a correction. (continued)
Sidonie Sawyer

Quand Vous Voyagez Aux USA, Respectez Cette Simple Mesure.

Sidonie Sawyer | August 28, 2015 | World
Pour la sécurité des enfants d'Amérique - une simple règle. Maintenant que le premier jour de retour à l'école est officiellement passé dans certains états, je veux vous parler de quelque chose de simple, et pourtant vital et pressant. Une de mes plus...
Usaama al-Azami

ISIS, Slavery, and Islamic Abolitionism

Usaama al-Azami | August 28, 2015 | World
Does Islam sanction slavery? Until recently, this question would have been seen as somewhat outlandish or else academic. Aside from the odd right-wing talk show host in the US, the latter question does not generally arise these days except in academic and theological discussions.
Nathan Gardels

In Open Letter, Former Iranian Foreign Minister Ebrahim Yazdi Calls on U.S. Congress to Approve Nuke Deal

Nathan Gardels | August 28, 2015 | World
"It is true that this nuclear agreement does not address issues of freedom, democracy, and human rights in Iran, for which we and many others strive, inside Iran, at great risk, on a daily basis. But you must know that economic deprivation and the pall of war have never advanced those causes. They only make that struggle so much harder."
Mary Wareham

Why Defend the Indefensible

Mary Wareham | August 28, 2015 | World
The U.S. is not a party to the international Convention on Cluster Munitions. But its reluctance to press Saudi Arabia on cluster munition use in Yemen appears to be having an impact on three close allies who are parties to that treaty.
Beatrice Fihn

From Hiroshima to Marshall Islands: Nuclear Weapons Must Be Banned

Beatrice Fihn | August 28, 2015 | World
Just a few weeks after the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, August 29th marks the International Day against Nuclear Testing.
Nicole Ghio

In Kenya, Proposed Coal-Fired Power Plant Threatens World Heritage Site

Nicole Ghio | August 28, 2015 | Green
With the cost of clean energy sources dropping -- even to the point of making them cheaper than coal in places -- and knowing that coal is not an effective solution to alleviate energy poverty, is building a new coal plant that will force locals to live with deadly pollution really the best option for Lamu?
Mohammed Omer

A Year Ago, a Cease-Fire Was Announced in Gaza. But This Boy's Life Had Already Changed Forever.

Mohammed Omer | August 28, 2015 | World
JABALYA Refugee Camp, Northern Gaza -- Children that are left behind are usually taken on by extended family members, but the scars prove hard to heal. The trauma of losing a limb, or a loved one, is likely to endure long after the smell of explosives and decomposing bodies begins to fade.
Jeff Biggers

Call It What It Is: A Global Migration Shift From Climate, Not a Migrant or Refugee Crisis

Jeff Biggers | August 28, 2015 | World
A far more dangerous precedence of denial over a looming global shift of populations largely from climate change is taking place. There is not a migrant or refugee crisis. We're in the midst of a global migration shift.
Elise Keppler

Hope for Justice for South Sudan

Elise Keppler | August 28, 2015 | World
The peace agreement that President Salva Kiir finally signed on August 26 - that will hopefully ensure an end to South Sudan's current conflict - includes justice provisions that offer a chance to break a decades-long cycle of brutal abuses that South Sudanese have endured for too long.
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