Monthly Archives: July 2008

The picture that shames Italy

It’s another balmy weekend on the beach in Naples. By the rocks, a couple soak up the southern Italian sun. A few metres away, their feet poking from under beach towels that cover their faces and bodies, lie two drowned Roma children. The girls, Cristina, aged 16, and Violetta, 14, were buried last night as the fallout from the circumstances of their death reverberated throughout Italy. It is an image that has crystallised the mounting disquiet in the country over ... Read More »

Arabeyes: Moroccan woman refused French citizenship for burqa

Last week a French resident was refused citizenship on the grounds that she was “insufficiently assimilated.” The woman, referred to in the Press as “Faiza M.,” is a Moroccan citizen but has lived in France since 2000 with her husband, a French citizen, and three children, all born in France. Although most articles on the subject quickly pointed to Faiza’s wearing of the burqa (or, given that she was from Morocco, more likely of the niqaab), Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff of PostGlobal ... Read More »

Ανοικτή επιστολή προς Αλεξάντερ Ντάουνερ

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Αξιότιμε κύριε Ντάουνερ, Απευθύνομαι σε σας, τώρα που, με τη νέα αναβαθμισμένη ιδιότητά σας ως ανώτατο στέλεχος του ΟΗΕ, καλείστε να διαδραματίσετε ρόλο καταλυτικό στην προάσπιση και προώθηση των θεμελιωδών αρχών της διεθνούς έννομης τάξης, στις οποίες η ανθρωπότητα στηρίζει τις προσδοκίες και ελπίδες της. Μέσα στη δίνη της παγκόσμιας πολιτικής πραγματικότητας, κληθήκατε να συμβάλετε εποικοδομητικά και θετικά στην εμπέδωση και εφαρμογή των αξιών πάνω στις οποίες βασίζεται ο οργανισμός τον οποίον εκπροσωπείτε. Read More »

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is home to arctic foxes and caribou. It’s the most important onshore denning habitat for America’s vanishing polar bears. And, each year, millions of birds from all across the country make their way to this special place. Yet, for all its unique beauty, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge remains under assault. Year after year, Big Oil’s high-priced lobbyists push legislation to industrialize this national treasure. Isn’t it time that this special place got the lasting ... Read More »