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Alexandra Politaki

The Cultural Poison of Europe's Immigration Policies

Alexandra Politaki | November 27, 2014 | UK Politics
In the name of defending its prosperity, Europe is encouraging a historic decline of the humanitarian principles and values on which much of European culture has been constructed during the last three centuries. Not only is the welfare state in retreat, but a hostile attitude towards vulnerable social groups is becoming prevalent. An outlook is gradually spreading of considering vulnerable people to be unacceptable, particularly when they come from abroad. The cultural implications for Europe, which long ago stopped being the leading producer of culture in the world and has been living in the shadow of the USA, are incalculable.
Soumaya Ghannoushi


The Battle for Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | November 27, 2014 | World
Does the situation of present-day Muslim society, marked by crisis, tensions, foreign interventions and political despotism, foster the reformist democratic Islam, or does it promote its violent and theocratic rivals?
Peter Diamandis


Evidence of Abundance #20: Global Education

Peter Diamandis | November 27, 2014 | Good News
As education becomes dematerialized, demonetized and democratized, every man, woman and child on the planet will be able to reap the benefits of knowledge. We're rapidly heading toward a world of education abundance.
Dr. Karen DeSalvo

Giving That's Truly Worthy of Our Thanks: Combatting Ebola Overseas and Keeping Our Communities Safe

Dr. Karen DeSalvo | November 27, 2014 | Impact
As families sit around their Thanksgiving tables today, there will be a few empty seats left behind by a group of courageous U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers who volunteered for duty in West Africa. Their mission is to offer help, healing, and hope to the people of the region and, in turn, protect our safety and security as well.
Sandy Garossino


Jian Ghomeshi Trial Hinges On His Own Facebook Statement

Sandy Garossino | November 27, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
The time-honoured tradition in sexual assault trials is to pry and prod at the complainant until an opening appears, or simply to bludgeon her credibility by any means possible, while the accused watches silently. There are endless variations on this theme, but that's sort of sexual assault law in a nutshell. The Jian Ghomeshi trial will be very different.
Amy Little

Banks Behaving Badly: Are You Funding Cluster Bombs?

Amy Little | November 27, 2014 | Business
This week campaigners against cluster munitions are pressing for answers on why any financial institution or bank would choose to be associated with the production of this banned weapon. PAX, a member of the international Cluster Munition Coalition, has released a report revealing the financial institutions backing companies involved in production of cluster munitions.
Cat Carter


Why Has the UK Only Offered Refuge to 100 Syrians?

Cat Carter | November 26, 2014 | UK
The brutal, chaotic, sprawling Syria crisis is now so multi-faceted, with so many layers, even the newsrooms, experts and seasoned aid-workers are struggling to keep up. I've been working on Syria for nearly four years, yet it continues to horrify me with its images of suffering - of starving families, child amputees and torture survivors. It terrifies me with its prospect of longevity - there is seemingly no end to such an intractable war... We must settle more. We should resettle at least 10,000, our fair share of the 180,000+ who need to be resettled in the rich and developed nations.
Nathan Gardels


Weekend Roundup: Can an 'Elderly and Haggard' Europe Defend a 'World of Rules' Against Russia?

Nathan Gardels | November 26, 2014 | World
As Pope Francis slammed Europe as "elderly and haggard" in an address this week in Strasbourg, the speaker of the Polish parliament, Radek Sikorski, warned in the WorldPost that Europe's starkest challenge is defending "a world of rules" against an aggressive Russia. Writing from the Vatican for our "Following Francis" series, Sébastien Maillard looks at the "holy ghostwriters" behind the pontiff's tweets and encyclicals. WorldPost Middle East Correspondent Sophia Jones reports from Istanbul on yet another retrograde move in Turkey's modern history taken by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who declared this week that men and women can't be equal. Though Erdogan still considers the Kurdish Democratic Union Party a terrorist organization, Nazand Begikhani writes from Iraqi Kurdistan about how women from that party who have taken up arms to defend their fellow Kurds from the radically misogynist Islamic State are also advancing equal rights in their own society. This week, as the Israeli cabinet moved to define Israel as a "Jewish state," the French parliament, like other European parliaments of late, is voting on whether to recognize a Palestinian state. Writing from Paris, Bernard-Henri Lévy argues passionately that such a move, intended to enhance peace, will perpetuate war. (continued)
Joshua W. Walker


Mindfully Thankful on Turkey Day

Joshua W. Walker | November 26, 2014 | World
Regardless of religious creed or upbringing, acknowledging the blessing that is life in the present and taking the moment to appreciate this time in our life, not simply focusing on the future or the past is invaluable and important in and of itself.
Bernard-Henri Lévy


Why the French Parliament Should Vote No on a Palestinian State

Bernard-Henri Lévy | November 26, 2014 | World
Without shared responsibility, there will be no shared land. By excusing one side from its historical and political burden, we may believe that we are seeking peace. In fact, we are perpetuating war. As Pascal said, "He who would act the angel, acts the brute."
Harry Cook

An Open Letter to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Harry Cook | November 26, 2014 | Gay Voices
At present I'm living in Los Angeles, a wonderful place where gay people can get married legally and have the same rights as our straight counterparts. Meanwhile, Australia is painfully behind when it comes to marriage equality. I'd like to ask why you think it appropriate that Australia exempt itself from the progress we see in the rest of the Western world.
Hossein Alizadeh


When Coming Out Is a Death Sentence: The Rising Tide of Violence Against LGBT Iraqis

Hossein Alizadeh | November 26, 2014 | Gay Voices
For two years the IGLHRC, jointly with Iraqi and international NGOs, has supported humanitarian assistance to vulnerable LGBT individuals and worked to raise awareness about their desperate plight. Out of this work comes two briefings that expose the depth of suffering and violence perpetrated against LGBT people across different levels of society.
Madison T. Shockley II

My Son After Ferguson: 'I Feel Like I'm Wearing the Losing Team's Jersey'

Madison T. Shockley II | November 26, 2014 | World
The jersey, of course, is black skin. A jersey we can never take off.
Bernard-Henri Lévy


Victor Pinchuk, Mistral Warships, and the Jews of Ukraine

Bernard-Henri Lévy | November 27, 2014 | World
On Nov. 18, in Kiev, philanthropist Victor Pinchuk was awarded the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Medal of Honor by the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine for his contributions to Ukrainian-Jewish understanding and cooperation. What follows is a version of my remarks at the ceremony.
Hind Kabawat

Muslim and Christian Prayer

Hind Kabawat | November 26, 2014 | World
Too often, the media suggests that there are only two options when discussing solutions for Syria: the tyranny of the Assad regime or ISIS style extremism. But there is a third option, one that is too often sidelined, but actually deserves much more attention and support.
Catherine Russell

Being a Woman Should Not Have to be a Courageous Act

Catherine Russell | November 26, 2014 | Women
I travel all over the world meeting women and girls, and no country is immune to gender-based violence. An estimated one in three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime.
Robert Lawrence Kuhn

Exploring the Philosophy of 'Interstellar': Why Is the Universe Like This?

Robert Lawrence Kuhn | November 27, 2014 | World
'Interstellar' is rightly praised for its adherence to the real science of black holes, wormholes, extra dimensions and time travel. But it goes deeper. Perhaps the philosophy of 'Interstellar' as well as its science, is worth exploring.
John Feffer


Game of (Nationalist) Cards in Romania

John Feffer | November 26, 2014 | World
Despite the ongoing struggle for civil rights on the part of ethnic Hungarians and the continued playing of nationalist cards by extremists on both sides, Ungvari Zrinyi believes that the situation has improved overall.
Markus Ziener


Germany and the Rise of the Left: A Tectonic Shift on the Horizon

Markus Ziener | November 26, 2014 | World
Sometimes local events can tell you quite a lot about national politics. That's why current events in the German state of Thuringia, located in the former East Germany, should get our attention.
Henry Siegman


Will Greater Israel Transform Into Greater Palestine?

Henry Siegman | November 26, 2014 | World
If the slaughter in the Jerusalem synagogue will make the Palestinian dream of statehood an even more unreachable dream, it will also turn Israel's illusion of the sustainability of the occupation into a nightmare.
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