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Taffan Ako Sharif

I Am Not Illegal, I Am Not a Crime - I Am a Refugee

Taffan Ako Sharif | February 7, 2016 | UK Universities & Education
The people that are coming are people who have invested a lot both humanly and financially to get to Europe. You pay thousands of dollars per person just to get on these small rubber boats from Turkey to Greece in hopes of not drowning. You become illegal. You are a crime. You hide in trucks filled with people dead and alive, all fighting for one thing: freedom. The issue becomes even more personal for me when I know that my mother and I have walked the same path as these children have.
Hossein Askari

Eradicating Terrorism

Hossein Askari | February 7, 2016 | World
Muslim leaders must be encouraged to embrace the important teachings of Islam from the Holy Quran, advocating freedom, effective and just institutions, equal opportunities for all members of society, gender equality, economic and social progress, representative governance and effective institutions.
R. Andrew Chesnut

The Great Christian Rapprochement, Cuban Style

R. Andrew Chesnut | February 7, 2016 | World
Pope Francis's dynamic papacy has been one of many firsts, the latest being the monumental meeting in Havana on February 12 with Russian Orthodox patriarch Kirill. A convergence of Francis's great emphasis on ecumenism with the georeligious context of virulent persecution of Christians, both Orthodox and Catholic in Syria, and...
Luvvie Ajayi

Global Blackness and Diasporan Dopeness

Luvvie Ajayi | February 7, 2016 | Black Voices
Diasporan dopeness won't let us quit. We are manifested from ancestral excellence and we cannot be outdone. Being conscious of Global Blackness is knowing that we are not an island of our struggle, but a nation of our triumphs. That's Blackness to me.
Joseph V. Micallef

The Other Bomb: Pakistan's Dangerous Nuclear Strategy

Joseph V. Micallef | February 7, 2016 | World
Successful test of the Hatf-5B Pakistan ballistic missile In recent years the concern over nuclear proliferation has centered on Iran's ongoing effort to develop a nuclear weapons capability. Pakistan's nuclear weapons program, however, may prove to be just as dangerous and just...
HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein

My Father, the Late King Hussein, and FIFA

HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein | February 6, 2016 | Sports
I reject the notion that FIFA cannot be reformed from within. The crisis at FIFA is a crisis of leadership.
Maryam Zar

An Elder Statesman Dies Taking Memories of an Iran Gone-By

Maryam Zar | February 6, 2016 | World
In 1972 Tehran was named a "Sister City" to Los Angeles. It joined the likes of Athens, Bordeaux, San Salvador and Vancouver. The man who was responsible for the accolade died last week in Boston. Perishing with him were the memories and stories of a generation of statesmen from an...
Raghida Dergham

The Goals of Washington and Moscow in the Syrian War

Raghida Dergham | February 6, 2016 | World
Russia is not hiding its goals in its Syrian war, and is not ambiguous about its alliance with Iran, Iranian-backed militias, and the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Moscow decided from the outset that the war in Syria is a Russian war on "Islamic terrorism," and will not stop until it declares victory.
Hilmi M. Zawati

Geneva III: The Stillborn Conference and the Endemic Failure of the International Community

Hilmi M. Zawati | February 6, 2016 | Politics
The world's conspiracy of silence on mass killings in Syria must stop. It encourages the culture of impunity, and reminds one of General Roméo Dallaire's critical question: "Are we all human, or are some more human than others?"
Jose Graziano da Silva

Supporting Farmers in Syria Now Is Essential for a Sustainable Future

Jose Graziano da Silva | February 6, 2016 | World
The brutal and protracted conflict in Syria has taken an enormous human toll and the surge of refugees has catalyzed a host of worrying collateral effects in the region and beyond. While we all hope for peace, it is imperative to enable those who are in the country to maintain the basic lifelines of the land where wheat was first domesticated.
Nathan Gardels

Weekend Roundup: The Pope Blesses China

Nathan Gardels | February 7, 2016 | World
Many seem to fear the rise of China as a challenge to the West. Not Pope Francis. In a remarkable interview published this week in Asia Times, he takes the long view, transcending contemporary geopolitics and embracing the return of the Middle Kingdom's ancient civilization to the global stage as enriching for us all. (continued)
Baroness Featherstone

The Fight to End FGM Is Still Far From Over

Baroness Featherstone | February 6, 2016 | UK Politics
Our record on bringing perpetrators to justice is woeful - even though we know FGM goes on all the time either here or in the girls' mother countries - both of which are illegal. A prosecution was brought - but the defendant was acquitted and so we are still awaiting our first successful prosecution...
Stefano Baldolini

Giulio in Cairo, Valeria at the Bataclan, Simone in Gaza: Our Millennial Explorers

Stefano Baldolini | February 5, 2016 | World
Giulio, Valeria and Simone: the three victims of conflict, terrorism, and war tried to use their knowledge of languages, the Internet and technology for growth and development.
James Zogby

Silencing Critics of Israel

James Zogby | February 6, 2016 | Politics
It is not a double standard to criticize Israel, and it is most certainly not anti-Semitic. In fact, the overreaction to criticism harms our political discourse, damages the effort to combat real anti-Semitism, and because it serves to enable destructive Israeli policies, it makes a just peace a near unattainable goal.
Chandran Nair

The Other Entrepreneurs: The Resilient Farmers of Timor-Leste

Chandran Nair | February 5, 2016 | World
Maria Fatima is the chief of Maudemo, a village in Timor-Leste where life has long centered on small-scale farming. But with output from village farms facing rising competition from cheap, factory-processed foods, Maria spends much of her time helping her community look for ways of producing better tasting, higher-value food both for them to eat themselves and sell in nearby markets.
Halim Shebaya

Refugee Crisis: 'What Would Jesus Do?'

Halim Shebaya | February 7, 2016 | World
Ideally, there need not be an appeal to religious values when it comes to the respect of fellow human beings. But when politicians invoke Christian values, it is important to remind them what Jesus actually said when it came to the needy and marginalized people in society.
Sean O'Toole

For LGBT People, Australia Isn't the Last Bastion of Colonialism's Toxic Legacy

Sean O'Toole | February 5, 2016 | Queer Voices
Unfortunately, the Commonwealth appear to persist, often to the extreme, in abnegation of a lot of basic rights to their LGBT citizens.
Mmanti Umoh

African Youth, The Solution To Africa's Challenges

Mmanti Umoh | February 7, 2016 | World
To meet Africa's challenges head on we need a generation of ground-breaking and adaptable young people to create their future.
Nilofer Merchant

You Don't Even Know Me

Nilofer Merchant | February 7, 2016 | Religion
When society uses groups or stereotypes to sort, it discards the very thing that creates value. It's a lazy man's approach to thinking. Or, maybe it's not thinking at all. This laziness denies the very best thing each of us have to offer: ourselves.
Mariam Damba

I Performed FGM for 30 Years. Now I'm Committed To Ending It

Mariam Damba | February 7, 2016 | Impact
The link between female genital cutting and cases of keloid, dysmenorrhea and urinary incontinence became clear. Five years ago, I decided not to practice excision any more. Soon after, my village decided to ban FGM.
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