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Can cultural rights become a global discourse for supporting inclusive social and political development, and for fostering intercultural dialogue for the mutual understanding of cultures? And can cultural rights become a prime mover—an enabler and driver for development by providing a much-needed cultural legitimacy for human rights? These questions motivated my Dutch colleague, Assistant Professor Lucky Belder at the University of Utrecht, and me to organize the conference "Negotiating Cultural Rights" which took place on…Continue
Syrian Refugees, Turkey-Syria Border, February 2015. CREDIT: Shutterstock
This was to be, and will be, an article on the crisis of the growing refugee influx from Syria, Iraq, and beyond into Europe. It was to begin with a quote from the former foreign minister of Germany, Joschka Fischer: "[EU inaction on refugees] has created a legitimacy vacuum that xenophobic populists are now filling." This is still most certainly the case, but the appalling attacks on Paris on November 13 have made the refugee crisis a secondary story—temporarily, to be sure—on the front pages of the Western press and added fuel to the fire of ultranationalist populism.…Continue
BERKELEY – The high cost of gender inequality has been documented extensively. But a new study by the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that it is even higher than previously thought – with far-reaching consequences.
The McKinsey study used 15 indicators – including common measurements of economic equality, like wages and labor-force participation rates, as well as metrics for social, political, and legal equality – to assign “gender parity…Continue
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This excerpt is from an article first published on November 14, 2015, in the Observer News and is posted with kind permission.
As the first news of yesterday's brutal terror attacks on Paris broke, one of French president Francois Hollande's first acts was to close the country's borders. One must ask; is the intent to keep people in or out? And will either move really keep the people of France safe?
Certainly, if there is a monster loose inside your house, it makes sense to close your window and doors before it can escape. But in today's world, monsters can't really be kept…
In light of Tony Blair's remarks on the war in Iraq this past weekend, I am interested in sparking a debate and discussion about what people think. Specifically:1) Was it a qualified apology?2) If you consider it an apology, do you accept/reject it?…Continue
In one of the biggest military engagement USA is involved in after second world war is in Afghanistan.The War in Afghanistan began on 7 October 2001, as the armed forces of the…Continue