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Christopher Jorebon Loeak

President Hollande: COP21 is our chance for climate peace

Christopher Jorebon Loeak | November 27, 2015 | World
An open letter from Christopher J. Loeak, President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, following yesterday's France-Oceania Summit in Paris and ahead of next week's COP21 climate change conference. Cher Monsieur le Président et le peuple de la République, Sometimes, a crisis strikes without warning. Two weeks ago, your...
Emanuel Pastreich

My search for Korea's future in its ancient tradition of ethical government

Emanuel Pastreich | November 27, 2015 | World
"Virtue is not solitary" My search for Korea's future in its ancient tradition of ethical government Emanuel Pastreich I was rushing to a meeting around 11 AM on August 4th when a rather odd message from a friend showed up on my smart phone: "The President...
Emanuel Pastreich

Law in Contemporary Korea

Emanuel Pastreich | November 27, 2015 | World
"Law in Contemporary Korea and Prospects for the Future" A visit to the Judicial Research Training Institute Emanuel Pastreich It was a pleasant walk from the subway stop to the Judicial Research Training Institute on a sunny autumn morning and I felt oddly inspired by this rare opportunity I had...
The Conversation Africa

China-Africa Summit: What to Look for Beyond the Hype and Hypocrisy

The Conversation Africa | November 27, 2015 | World
John J Stremlau, University of the Witwatersrand Beijing's selection of South Africa to host the China-Africa heads of state summit may indicate Chinese President Xi Jinping's personal commitment to the continent. This is the first time the summit is being held at this level in Africa. It...
Jaz O'Hara

Just Imagine... The Harrowing Journey of a 12-Year-Old Boy, Risking His Life to Find Safety

Jaz O'Hara | November 26, 2015 | UK
For three months you live like this, trying every night. You are getting weaker, sinking deeper and deeper into a hole of depression and despair. One Sunday you spend the whole day in the makeshift Jungle church, praying something with change, that night, you make the journey with a renewed sense of hope. Suddenly you find yourself hiding under the train. You are alone, the other boys you made the journey with have been caught and sent back. Your little body just fits in the gap between the train and the track. The train starts to move, you slide inside it and hide under a lorry.
Alan Kelly

How to Beat ISIS: It's Counter Intuitive

Alan Kelly | November 26, 2015 | World
The developed nations, and most especially the United States, have long been frustrated at their poor ability to do what diplomats and politicos carefully call winning hearts and minds.
Julie Barlow

France Is Fighting Its Own Taboos

Julie Barlow | November 26, 2015 | Canada Politics
France's war against terrorism will be long and hard. That's because it's not just a war against external enemies. The investigation on the Paris attacks is forcing France's political class to face three blind spots: the integration of immigrants, religion and Europe.
Michael Skafidas

France's Most Famous Arab Cartoonist on Growing Up Between Two Worlds

Michael Skafidas | November 26, 2015 | World
"People are realizing that the Middle East is not a big mysterious region where everyone is the same. Countries and people are different from one place to another. Persia is a very different place than the 'Arab world,' and the Arab world doesn't mean anything either, because life is very different between let's say Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. People need to talk about themselves and their lives. The comic expression is dynamic and the best medium for this."
Maryam Zar

How We View the Refugee Crisis -- Not Ours, But Theirs

Maryam Zar | November 26, 2015 | World
Therein lies the reality of our world -- we have collectively created the conditions where millions of people are taking flight from war torn corners of the world where conflict has become all too normal, and life is no longer possible in a rewarding way.
Evelyn Leopold

Does Iran Want to Punish the West or Itself on Human Rights?

Evelyn Leopold | November 25, 2015 | World
Despite calls for the release of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, Iran went out of its way to keep him in jail, signaling to the West that the highly praised nuclear deal would not influence its internal policies.
Steve Backshall

The Ethics of Tourism

Steve Backshall | November 25, 2015 | UK Entertainment
At the end of the summer, I did something out of character. I went on holiday. Usually if I get time off I go and climb a mountain and come back more tired and haggard than I was before, but this was a proper break in Namibia. It gave me the unusual privilege of seeing the safari business from a tourist's perspective.
Nancy Altman

Thanksgiving and Social Security: Different Reasons for Welcoming Syrian Refugees

Nancy Altman | November 25, 2015 | Politics
Today, we are faced with the same choice we have confronted in the past -- whether to give into fear and prejudice or align ourselves with our highest ideals.
José Ramos-Horta

Will Asian Leaders Come to the Table on Climate Change? They May Surprise Us All.

José Ramos-Horta | November 25, 2015 | World
Asia has achieved tremendous progress over the last half century. China and India, as well as Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, have become economic powerhouses. The region has also been blessed with peace and political stability, allowing for impressive economic growth. Yet we have to acknowledge that...
Julian Baggini

How the Idea of 'Human Becoming' Joins East and West

Julian Baggini | November 25, 2015 | World
The idea that "the self is an illusion" has become the bien pensant common sense of the day in many educated circles in the West. I think this is profoundly misguided, but I can see why it seems so compelling. In the English language, nouns label things while verbs label the things that they do. If you mistook this linguistic quirk for a deep philosophical truth then you would of course conclude that the self doesn't exist, because there is no single thing that "I" or "you" refers to. That is because on close examination "I" turns out to be a verb disguised as a noun.
Mihai Pătru

No American Dream for the Syrian Refugees

Mihai Pătru | November 25, 2015 | World
Hauling up the drawbridge to the refugees is not going to stop Daesh from threatening America or change the government in Syria. Nor will it create a safer place for Americans. Instead this proclivity for panic will only heighten suspicions of the alien other (in this case, Muslim and Middle Eastern).
Gopalkrishna Gandhi

How Tolerant Minds and Calm Politics Can Stop ISIS' War of Terror From Spreading

Gopalkrishna Gandhi | November 25, 2015 | World
SONEPAT, India -- ISIS' manslaughter in Paris has placed on Muslims across the world the agonizing task of self-definition and self-explanation. It has placed Muslims in India in the doubly agonizing predicament of fearing a local backlash for what ISIS does as part of its global agenda. I do not believe intolerance will prevail in India. The people here are not stupid. But they live in a trapezium of wildly swinging emotions. And there, belligerents want to have their macabre fun, get their bloodied thrills.
Kuda Mangoma

Paris, Media Bashing & The Act of Mourning

Kuda Mangoma | November 25, 2015 | World
As the majority of the world mourns, suspicion permeates as to why some acts of atrocity, which occurred almost simultaneously as the attacks in Paris, aren't receiving the same collective grief that now cocoons France. 
 Fyodor Lukyanov

After Turkey-Russia Clash, NATO Shouldn't Derail an Ad Hoc Anti-Terror Coalition

Fyodor Lukyanov | November 25, 2015 | World
MOSCOW -- An ad hoc coalition created for a special purpose to solve one specific task is a modern approach that has been gaining support since the turn of the century when it was first proposed by then U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Consolidation of efforts against ISIS, proposed by Russia, France and even the United States, is an example. Such a team would need no oath of allegiance or common values, but can be quite effective over a short period of time.
Ahmad Kiarostami

The Truth About Siamak Namazi, the Iranian-American Arrested in Iran

Ahmad Kiarostami | November 25, 2015 | World
I am not writing this piece to attack The Daily Beast for irresponsible journalism. I'm not writing this to defend NIAC either, though The Daily Beast's lies throughout the article about NIAC are deeply upsetting. I am writing to set the record straight about my dear friend, Siamak Namazi.
Sheldon Filger

Turkey Attacks Russia: Sarajevo 2015?

Sheldon Filger | November 25, 2015 | World
The most likely explanation for Erdogan's astonishing decision to launch an attack on a Russian aircraft was to thwart and strangle at birth the nascent indications of a possible grand coalition being formed to combat ISIS, involving the United States, France and Russia.
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