17 December 2018
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Nationalism could destroy global economy, warns Christine Lagarde


LagardeIMF managing director warns of increased risk of global discord as balance of power shifts away from advanced economies towards emerging markets


Why secularism must increasingly matter

peace jour 20A Lebanese man runs in front of a burned car at the scene where two explosions struck near the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, Nov. 19, 2013 Read more...

Benedict Anderson: Without shame no nationalism

400andersonI am probably the only one writing about nationalism who doesn’t think it ugly, says Benedict Anderson. In 1983 the professor at Cornell University, New York, wrote one of the most read books ever on nationalism, “Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism”. At the international literature festival Kapittel (Chapter) in Stavanger he had a good half-hour free for an interview. Read more...

Perspectives: Should Britain become a secular state?


britis archiobishopIs it time for Britain to separate Church and State and become a secular state? 

As part of the Perspectives series, BBC Religion and Ethics asked two contributors to BBC One's The Big Questions to develop some of the issues.


How do you know that you are sinhalese?


adikaramThe original article written by Dr. E.W. Adikaram

Are you a Sinhalese? If you are a Sinhalese, how do you know that? I have asked this question from many who call themselves Sinhalese. I have so far never received a satisfactory reply from any of them.


Edward Snowden Wins Sam Adams Award


snowden 1This week Edward Snowden received the Integrity Award from the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence. These videos from the award ceremony are the first of Mr Snowden after being granted asylum in Russia.


The human rights movement strongly recommends Malala Yousafzai for the Nobel Peace Prize

malala yusupasiIn this age where women and girl children do not receive the protection promised to them by the constitutions of so many countries the challenge for the human rights community in this century is to uplift their rights and lives. The struggle must include equality for women and justice for the violence perpetrated against them. Read more...

Death of the 'Brave One'


death 0He was 26 years old and had not settled on becoming a photojournalist. But the war in his native Syria changed that, and he felt compelled to document what was happening in his country through images.


Edward Snowden and Malala Yousafzai among Finalists of 2013 Sakharov Prize


malaya snowdenHuman Rights: Finalists of 2013 Sakharov Prize revealed
Summary: 1 October 2013, Brussels - The finalists for this year's Sakharov Prize have been named as Belarusian political prisoners Ales Bialatski, Eduard Lobau and Mykola Statkevich, NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden and Pakistani campaigner for girls' education Malala Yousafzai.


The Act of Killing

mass graveI have spent time with mass killers, warlords and death squad leaders as a reporter in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. Some are psychopaths who relish acts of sadism, torture and murder. But others, maybe most, see killing as a job, a profession, good for their careers and status. They enjoy playing God. Read more...

How Occupation Was Dressed Up As Peace

palisra-1The “peace process” between Israel and the Palestinians that began with the signing of accords in Oslo, Norway, 20 years ago this month was widely celebrated at the time as an important step toward establishing a “viable Palestinian state. Read more...

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