Mr. Samaraweera continues to deliver upbeat speeches that are infused with hopeful, self-congratulatory language. But speeches aren't policy. In the days ahead, hopefully HRC member states and the broader international community keep that in mind.
After 43 years of membership, the UK electorate has voted to leave the European Union. A UK exit from the EU is scary and leads us to unchartered territory. The implications are massive.
The 18th-century Kuskovo park and the Dormition church at Veshniaki (built in 1644) are under threat of demolition... Photo credit: Lena Hades. Kuskovo is the name of the estate of the Sheremetev family. It was built in neoclassical style in the 18th century....
As the product of an exceptional staffing tree of the Democratic Party, the one thing that I have heard over and over about our Republican friends is that one man stands above them all: Ed Rollins.
The recent vote for the UK to leave the European Union was not just about the EU, but disaffection with the political system.
The rejection of a united Europe is a death sentence to the phoenix that rose from the ashes at the end of a century dominated by totalitarianism.
America will soon face a similar number of temptations to renege on all kinds of international agreements that it signed in good faith with other nations. Supporters will promise all kinds of benefits they can't deliver. Learn from the British and the Baptists.
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When politics divides instead of unites, walls off instead of embraces, what, or who, can bind fractured societies? (continued)
By putting the debate on economic issues, British leaders have made the Brexit debate an economic one while it is fundamentally a political one.
We won't be given a referendum on fracking, protecting badgers and hedgehogs, where our sewage outflow pipes should go, or whether a habitable climate is worth protecting. But democracy is not suspended. Now is the time that your voice is most urgently needed to protect the things you love which cannot speak for themselves.
The EU's policy changes must be immediate and drastic. The commission must recognize its mistakes and make strong, symbolic, and swift decisions.
The attack on Netflix is the brainchild of Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky. If you're not familiar with his work, just imagine the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Modern Language Association as run by Glenn Beck.
As Cambanis admits, the Obama administration has been "funding, training, and arming parts of the opposition" for several years now. And he acknowledges that "Most of the armed opposition has survived only because of foreign intervention -- the exceptions being the most distressing elements: Islamic State and Nusra."
On June 14th, the House of Commons was the scene of a remarkable debate. The opposition had tabled a motion declaring atrocities by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) against Iraqi Christians, Yazidis, Shia, and other minorities as "genocide".
Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it ... and, sadly, the same might be said about state-sponsored terrorism. Far from making light of problem, I am looking for solutions that might actually trigger positive change, which is especially urgent for me because I currently work in Afghanistan.
This month marks the 100th anniversary of the self-proclaimed "Great" Arab Revolt of 1916, launched against Ottoman rule from the Arabian Desert by Sharif Hussein, emir of Mecca. Thanks to a systematic decade-long campaign orchestrated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the event will pass almost unnoticed in most Arab cities and media outlets.
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America's relationship with Islam is fraught with tension. Donald Trump doesn't want to let any more Muslims into the U.S. He's not alone. But no one wins if Americans end up fighting an endless war with 1.6 billion people worldwide.
I was born in England, but since 1973 was happier to think of myself as European. Today, with the UK choosing to leave the European Union, I feel diminished, a member of a small, belligerent island nation more than half full of bitter, cowardly people.
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What truly scares me is that if Trumpism can make the unthinkable happen in the UK, could the unthinkable happen in the U.S. too?
This is not a funeral for the EU, but rather a departure that will demand a shift in direction towards greater integration.