Here in Zug, everyone is Christian. Well, they aren't but according to Europeans, especially the British, "Happy Christmas," is the only appropriate greeting in December. When I responded with "Happy Hanukkah," to a very Swiss friend he literally looked befuddled. "What, are you a Jewish? Well same to...
Everyone, including the United States, can learn from what's taking place in Japan. China's aging population is growing faster than the U.S.'s aging population, and it's going to have global and predictable ramifications.
I have known for years, of course, that eleven of the men I currently represent have long been cleared for release. But the list of detainees cleared in 2009 by the Obama Administration after an "exhaustive" review was "protected" information that I was not permitted to disclose. How was the security of the United States threatened by this information?
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon,
Obama u.n. Speech,
Fully 85 percent of Obama's speech was devoted to political crises across the Muslim world, from ambassador Chris Stevens' death to the Arab uprisings to Syria to Israel-Palestine and Iran, with even a passing sentence about Afghanistan.
Would it be impertinent, then, to demand a few political conditions before validating this investment? Not, of course, the miraculous transformation of Qatar into a democracy which, as everyone knows, cannot be built in a day.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community,
Freedom Of Speech,
Religion And Politics,
This is a lesson for the whole world, and Muslims must use this guidance to collectively exhibit a mature response to such terrible acts. Let us join hands to uphold the peaceful teachings of Islam and the Quran.
American Civil Liberties Union,
American Foreign Policy,
Human Rights First,
Human Rights Watch,
The United States should review its relations with all authoritarian regimes to give human rights greater attention. While it may cooperate with them on counter-terrorism and other shared interests, it cannot turn a blind eye to the abuses these regimes commit.
A recent cover of the Economist showed a picture of a few small islands and asks "Could China and Japan really go to war over these?" There are many reasons to believe that this conflict will not escalate into a war, or at least, not a wide-ranging one.
Images of riots, looting, burning of Japanese brand cars, and businesses denouncing Japan surged across the Internet this weekend, making the international community gravely aware of the tension between the two Asian nations.
Despite the setbacks of the past five decades, the future trajectory of conservation, habitat protection, and other aspects of environmental health in Nigeria remains uncharted.
While important, it is likely that the continuing media attention on the mine strikes is a result of the violence involved rather than a genuine interest in the finer points -- including the fact that they are rooted in struggles that extend far beyond the economic realm, pitting the governing African National Congress (ANC) on the side of the status quo and its opponents on the side of radical change.
Hong Kongers need to find a way to make lemonade out of lemons. The first step would be to celebrate National Day and to welcome the visitors coming from the border with open arms.
Just how busy does the Port of Hong Kong and Victoria Harbor get? In 2010 I shot a timelapse video from the Hong Kong Ritz Carlton, the highest hotel in the world.
Muslims should not be so quick to complain when others demonstrate their lack of respect for Islam if they fail to make any real progress towards understanding the societal norms of other nations, in this instance the complexity of free speech rights and traditions in the United States.
Drawing parallels between rising food costs and the earthquake in Haiti redefines the word "disaster" specifically reminds us of its human causes -- and it is a clarion call for action, a warning of an impending humanitarian crisis.
While Bill Clinton was the uncontested winner of the Democratic National Convention and its aftermath, many thought, if only he could be president again. Think no more: Bill Clinton, being the genius that he is, has found the solution.
It troubles me that a fundamental, traditional message of a sacred Jewish holiday seems to fall on deaf ears among Israeli policymakers, so that the country's top politico drew red lines on a global stage, with an underlying threat of military attack.
We believe in one God and we believe in one human family. Our belief is manifested through our actions. Our good work and good speech are the only legitimate response to hate.
International trade unions have charged in a complaint to the International Labor Organization (ILO) that Qatar's refusal to allow migrant workers to freely unionize violates international standards and is responsible for the Gulf state's high rate of workplace deaths.
By launching new initiatives without addressing ongoing human rights violations, the U.S. government is missing an opportunity to use its engagement with Bahrain to support the emergence of a more just and democratic society.
Barbara Hannah Grufferman,
Half The Sky,
New York Times,
Nobel Peace Prize,
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,
International Women's Rights,
Microloans For Women,
Let's shift the discourse away from 'women vs. women', which sounds like a tawdry Las Vegas boxing match, and move it towards a much deeper conversation about what we need to do to get more women in leadership positions in both the public and private sector and eradicate poverty.
People with mental disabilities suffer severe abuses in psychiatric institutions and spiritual healing centers in Ghana, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Ghanaian government has done little to combat such abuse or to ensure that these people can live in the community, as is their...
Sins of omission can be every bit as serious as sins of commission. The country's failure to have a reckoning with the tragedy of Iraq is the outstanding case in point.
Congressman Dennis Kucinich,
Second Gulf War,
Truth And Reconciliation,
War On Terror,
Iran War Drums,
War With Iran,
The war in Afghanistan continues. New wars have been propagated in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia pursuant to the never-ending "War on Terror." This mindset puts us at the edge of war against Iran.
Ambassador Chris Stevens,
Foreign Service Officers,
Ambassador Chris Stevens's death aroused public debate regarding acceptable safety standards and circumstances for American diplomats and whether we should even be in "those places." The answer from those of us who have served in the Foreign Service: "Yes!" We should be there. We must be there.
With a sign promoting the opportunity to dismember live seafood, we couldn't resist stopping in at Guangzhou's Hong Xing Haixian Jiujia.
The U.S. should at long last recognize that in being the world's most important consumer of fossil fuels our market is as important to oil producers as they have been in supplying our needs.
Last month the world was shocked to learn that the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans had been killed in an attack on a U.S. Consulate in Libya. Few heard of the other violent events in that country in September, which included the destruction of Sufi shrines in three Libyan cities.
Though many individual Indonesian voters, eager to get the country back on track, may see his decisiveness as their best bet amongst a field of questionable candidates, and are therefore in a forgiving mode, Prabowo needs to remember that he needs the parties to forgive him as well.