Asia

Does Human Rights Watch Understand the Nature of Prejudice?

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A powerful advocate appears to believe that anti-Semitism is sparked in part by Jewish behavior. A few days ago, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth,tweeted the following statement: “Germans rally against anti-Semitism that flared in Europe in response to Israel’s conduct in Gaza war. Merkel joins.” Roth provided a link to a New York Times article about the rally, which took ... Read More »

Memory and Regret: Jenny Holzer’s “Dust Paintings”

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Is an exhibition ever too beautiful for its own good? Jenny Holzer’s new show at Cheim & Read, Dust Paintings, is ravishing. But the sensuality of these text-based abstractions, done in oil on linen in mostly muted colors, runs counter to their content, which is derived from declassified government reports of brutalization and death during the Afghan War. At what point ... Read More »

Exiled Muslim Brotherhood Leaders are Finally in Turkey

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Gamal Abdel-Sattar one of the leaders of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood organization who were recently asked to leave Qatar announced that three exiled members of the organization arrived to Turkey. Gamal Abdel-Sattar said “we are in the place that will enable our struggle.” President Erdogan had told reporters on Monday on his way to Doha that the exiled Brotherhood figures ... Read More »

Finally, Some Good International News — Especially for Kids

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The news: Daily news of turmoil in global hotspots often paints a picture of a world in shambles. But according to a new UNICEF report, quality of life around the world is gradually improving. Not only is global poverty on the decline, the improvements in child welfare have been dramatic. Between 1990 and 2013, the mortality rate among children under the age of 5 ... Read More »

Some inmates should have the right to euthanasia

After decades behind bars, Frank Van Den Bleeken has been granted the right to die under Belgium's euthanasia laws (Image: Virginie Lefour/Belga/Press Association Images)

Should convicted prisoners facing life behind bars get the right to die on the grounds of their tortured existence? Sometimes, says a doctor with experience of treating inmates who have attempted suicide In high-security prisons the world over, small numbers of prisoners are serving lifelong sentences, deprived of all but the minimum of human contact and confined for most of ... Read More »

It’s time to teach climate change in school. Here’s how

Can you teach kids about climate change? A) Yes, or B) yes, and it’s past time to start. Photograph: Image Source/Alamy

We need to give our kids the tools to observe and understand the effects of a changing climate – for their future and ours Why is it so difficult to teach climate change in our classrooms? My kids hear climate change discussed in the news as a very real threat, but it is largely absent from school science curricula. In ... Read More »

Iranian photographer returns €50,000 prize

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A row has erupted between the Paris-based Fondation Carmignac and the Iranian artist Newsha Tavakolian, who stepped down as the winner of the foundation’s photojournalism award and returned the €50,000 purse. Tavakolian says the organisation’s founder Edouard Carmignac interfered with her work, while the foundation argues that she did not respect the terms of the prize and has cancelled a ... Read More »

China: World War III Will Erupt over Sea Disputes, Says Beijing Military Scholar

Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy fires a salute during a commemoration ceremony for soldiers killed during the First Sino-Japanese War(Reuters)

A Chinese state-controlled newspaper has run an opinion piece by a military expert urging Beijing to develop its naval forces, for a third world war might break out over sea disputes, with China on the frontlines. Writing in the Global Times, Han Xudong, at China’s top military university – the PLA National Defense University – said the government should increase ... Read More »