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Speech of His Excellency Mr. Georgios Veis Ambassador Permanent Delegate, at the 199th Session of the Executive Board

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199TH SESSION OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF UNESCO UNESCO HEADQUARTERS, PARIS ADDRESS OF HIS EXCELLENCY, Mr Georges Veis AMBASSADOR, PERMANENT DELEGATE OF GREECE TO UNESCO Mr Chairperson of the Executive Board, Mr President of the 36th Session of the General Conference, Madam Director-General, Your Excellences, Dear Colleagues, Greece under the context of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, supports programs for the reform in education, lifelong learning, and education for people in vulnerable situations. As a country on ... Read More »

What happened to Nigeria’s lost girls

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“WHAT’S your name? Is that the name your parents recognise? Where were you taken from?” Those are the chilling words uttered by an unseen man behind the camera in a video of the Nigerian schoolgirls who vanished exactly two years ago… Source: What happened to Nigeria’s lost girls Read More »

The gory Caravaggio left in an attic

As a gory painting discovered at a house in France is pronounced the real deal, Kelly Grovier looks at how we can spot a fake. Warning: The painting featured below depicts a graphic image Trust your gut. In art, as in life, thinking is Source: BBC – Culture – The gory Caravaggio left in an attic Read More »

These incredibly creepy mass graves were just unearthed in Greece

Two mass graves have been unearthed in the Falirikon Delta region of southern Athens, containing the skeletons of 80 young men, many shackled at the hands and feet, and dated to between 675 and 650 BC. Judging by their less-than-restful corpses, archaeologists have suggested that… Source: These incredibly creepy mass graves were just unearthed in Greece – ScienceAlert Read More »

Sesame Street’s first Afghan Muppet empowers girls

With purple skin and an orange nose, her multi-colored braids wrapped in a headscarf, Zari is Sesame Street’s first female, Afghan muppet and she has a message: girl power. Producers hope the character, who debuted on the local version of the show this month, will provide a much needed boost to gender equality in a country where girls still trail… Source: Sesame Street’s first Afghan Muppet empowers girls – MIDEAST Read More »

Led Zeppelin, plagiarism claims, and why we should be worried about the future of music

Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page will soon face a jury trial in order to determine whether they copied the opening chords for their 1971 classic Stairway to Heaven from the song Taurus, recorded by the little-known band Spirit in 1968. At a hearing in California last week the… Source: Led Zeppelin, plagiarism claims, and why we should be worried about the future of music Read More »

How ‘tough on crime’ politics flouts death-in-custody recommendations

Whatever might be said about its successes and failures, it’s clear that 25 years after the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody tabled its final report, Australia has become much less compassionate, more punitive and more ready to blame individuals for their alleged… Source: How ‘tough on crime’ politics flouts death-in-custody recommendations Read More »

The role of white privilege in the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga

You can’t fault a mother for trying. When Sally Faulkner learned that her Lebanese ex-husband, Ali Elamine, had no intention of returning their two children to Australia from Lebanon, where he had ostensibly taken them for a holiday, she would have known her chances of getting them back legally… Source: The role of white privilege in the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga Read More »

My daddy’s rich and my Lamborghini’s good-looking

Canada has become a top destination for China’s 1 per centers. From 2005 to 2012, at least 37,000 Chinese millionaires became permanent residents of British Columbia, where they’re blamed for a real estate price surge… Source: My daddy’s rich and my Lamborghini’s good-looking Read More »

Comment: How many guns is too many guns?

Something is broken in our firearm laws when people are allowed to build up their own private arsenals. By David Shoebridge * How many guns is too many guns? It’s not just an academic question. In NSW, the extent of gun ownership tells us something about how the gun… Source: Comment: How many guns is too many guns? | SBS News Read More »

10-Year-Old Boy’s Moving Poem Gives A Glimpse At Life With Autism

“I am odd, I am new.” A class assignment turned into something more for one family after their son wrote a touching poem and gave a peek into life with autism. Benjamin Giroux, a 10-year-old boy who is on the spectrum, wrote a poem titled “I… Source: 10-Year-Old Boy’s Moving Poem Gives A Glimpse At Life With Autism Read More »

Ancient shopping lists throw new light on Bible’s composition

Evidence of widespread literacy around 600 BC in mundane requests for wine and flour. Eliashib, the quartermaster of the remote desert fortress, received his instructions in writing – notes inscribed in ink on pottery asking for provisions to be sent to forces in… Source: Ancient shopping lists throw new light on Bible’s composition Read More »

The dark side of Guardian comments

As part of a series into the rising global phenomenon of online harassment, the Guardian commissioned research into the 70m comments left on its site since 2006 and discovered that of the ten most abused writers eight are women, and the two men are black… Source: The dark side of Guardian comments | Technology | The Guardian Read More »

How a vulgar poem is giving Germany’s Merkel a real headache

It all started with a joke. Last week, German comedian Jan Böhmermann aired a segment on his show in which he read an openly offensive poem, directed at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which he accused him of bestiality and other unsavory things… Source: How a vulgar poem is giving Germany’s Merkel a real headache – The Washington Post Read More »

Denmark, a social welfare utopia, takes a nasty turn on refugees

COPENHAGEN — Lise Ramslog was out for a barefoot amble on the warm day last September that Europe’s refugee crisis came to her remote village in southern Denmark. The 70-year-old grandmother had planned a simple stroll. What she found in her quiet, coastal community were hundreds of… Source: Denmark, a social welfare utopia, takes a nasty turn on refugees – The Washington Post Read More »

Cannabis farmers hidden in India’s Himalayas

Some villagers, high in the Himalayas, maintain centuries old tradition of growing charas, Indian cannabis.. Indian Himalayas, India – Torn between a widespread tradition and an internationally imposed prohibition, thousands of villages scattered on the Indian Himalayas survive on the production of charas, hashish produced in India.  In India, the use of cannabis dates back to the sacred Vedas texts and has been a part of religious rituals and festivities for millennia… Source: Cannabis farmers hidden in India’s Himalayas – Al Jazeera ... Read More »