Monthly Archives: January 2001

Poverty

Poverty is a condition in which a person or community is deprived of, or lacks the essentials for a minimum standard of well-being and life. A boy from an East Cipinang trash dump slum in Jakarta, Indonesia shows his find. Since poverty is understood in many senses, these essentials may be material resources such as food, safe drinking water, and ... Read More »

Afghanistan: summary execution of civilians in Yakaolang

Summary execution of civilians in Yakaolang Amnesty International today condemned the summary execution of scores of Afgan civilians by Taleban forces after their capture of the district of Yakaolang in December 2000 The victims, all male and as young as 13 years of age, are thought to number between 100 and 300. Most of the killings reportedly took place in ... Read More »

Free Speech: What are it’s limits?

Once again, Australians are debating the wys and wherefores of laws to outlaw racial vilification and violence The Federal Government is preparing legislation which is expected to outlaw expressions of racial hatred in publications and public speech The Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Senator Bolkus, has declared that the right to free speech must be balanced against the right ... Read More »

Washington’s Turkish Blinders

Massive anti-American demonstrations in Greece have stunned the Clinton White House, compelling the president to reschedule and shorten his visit to that country. The conventional wisdom is that the outpouring of rage against the United States is either typical fare from radical leftists, still furious about Washington’s support of the military junta that ruled Greece from 1967 to 1974, or ... Read More »

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

”’With a clamor of bells that set the swallows soaring, the Festival of Summer came to the city Omelas, bright-towered by the sea. The rigging of the boats in harbor sparkled with flags. In the streets between houses with red roofs and painted walls, between old moss-grown gardens and under avenues of trees, past great parks and public buildings, processions ... Read More »

Sophocles

Born in 495 B.C. about a mile northwest of Athens, Sophocles was to become one of the great playwrights of the golden age. The son of a wealthy merchant, he would enjoy all the comforts of a thriving Greek empire. He studied all of the arts. By the age of sixteen, he was already known for his beauty and grace ... Read More »