A Holocaust Survivor Tells His Story: To Auschwitz and Back

August 23, 2018  12:46 PM One morning in June, with the smell of an approaching thunderstorm in the air, an elderly man, his hair carefully parted to one side and wearing a freshly ironed, collared shirt, rings the doorbell of a farmhouse in the Bohemian Forest, a low mountain range in the Czech Republic. […]

Australian leadership contender requests second vote on Turnbull

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull’s internal leadership rival on Thursday requested a second closed door party-room vote to decide the national leadership. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, August 21, 2018. AAP/Mick Tsikas/via REUTERS “I spoke with Malcolm Turnbull to advise him I believed […]

Brexit and UK HEIs

The UK’s decision to withdraw from the EU is throwing up many issues for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the UK (and indeed their European counterparts).  In this context, the UK Government recently released a “White Paper” detailing what it regarded as its preferred approach to the future relationship with the EU.  Key aspects of […]

A Bit of Bedouin Perspective on World Politics Today

Not long ago, I had the pleasure to watch a relatively recent film, a “collaboration,” in the very best sense of the word, between Palestinians and Israelis called, Sand Storm (2016, unrated – I would guess it is probably PG or PG-13 by most U.S. standards). Sand Storm is about a Bedouin family living in […]

Indonesian officials defend parade of veiled kids with guns

By Niniek Karmini | AP August 21 at 7:43 AM JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian officials have defended a street parade that involved veiled kindergarteners carrying replica weapons, with police saying they will arrest the person who uploaded a video of the event to Facebook. The video of children dressed head-to-toe in black marching with wooden guns has […]

Paradise Lost: Tourists Are Destroying the Places They Love

August 21, 2018  01:20 PM It doesn’t take long before the woman at the hotel reception pulls out a city map of Porto. Look, she says, there’s the Old Town and the Douro, there’s the harbor and here, by the way, the pride evident in her voice, is the world’s most beautiful bookshop: Livraria […]

Morocco reinstates compulsory military service for under-25s

RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco’s ministerial council on Monday approved a draft law reinstating compulsory military service for young men and women for the first time since 2006, the Royal Cabinet said in a statement. “Female and male citizens aged between 19 and 25 years are obliged to do military service for 12 months,” said the […]

Annan’s legacy of fighting for equality and rights lives on

By Edith M. Lederer | AP August 18 at 7:42 PM UNITED NATIONS — Kofi Annan left the United Nations far more committed than it had been to combating poverty, promoting equality and fighting for human rights — and until his death Saturday he was warning that the rise of nationalism could prevent countries from working together […]