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Russian Stalinist who invented Europe

History - Politico

Alexandre Kojève was one of the architects of what is now the EU — and may have been a spy for the Kremlin. Jacopo Barigazzi Politico Alexandre Kojève was a Russian aristocrat, a philosophy professor, a high-ranking French civil servant, possibly a spy — and one of the more unlikely early architects of the European Union. He inspired a… Russian Stalinist who… Read More »

Green cities will change the world

Chart - Asia Times

As our world becomes increasingly urban, our opportunity to create more sustainable ways of living also increases. Christiana Figueres Asia Times I am hopeful that we are now entering an era of renewed social and economic growth, driven by civic leaders and savvy citizens who are reshaping their communities on a green-building model. Around 66% of… Green cities will… Read More »

European dream collapses as far-right poisons democracy

Europe - DS

The disgraceful treatment shown toward the Turkish minister in Rotterdam has laid bare the ugly truth that European values have been poisoned with the venom of the far right Fatma Genc Unay Daily Sabah The issue of European xenophobia and extremism against Muslims has again started to occupy headlines this week with many European governments and local politicians such as Moroccan-Dutch Mayor of Rotterdam Ahmet… European dream collapses… Read More »

Japan: Open Letter to the U.S.

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In return for abolishing the Japanese military, the United States guaranteed peace and stability in Japan, Korea and, to a lesser degree, in various areas of the Pacific, in place of a not-yet-functioning United Nations. Amir George Gatestone Institute A new U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, perhaps unintentionally suggested upsetting this arrangement, which has worked so well for so many years. According to reports, Tillerson “refused to rule out increased weaponization… Japan: Open Letter… Read More »

A Psychiatrist Who Survived The Holocaust Explains Why Meaningfulness Matters More Than Happiness

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“It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness.” In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and… Emily Esfahani Smith, The Atlantic Business Insider Three years later, when his camp was liberated, most of his family, including his pregnant wife, had perished — but he, prisoner number 119104, had… A Psychiatrist Who… Read More »

Did I make the right decision? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Dice - The Guardian

Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Anouchka Grose The Guardian Our writers answer some of the commonest queries This has to… Did I make the… Read More »

Interculturalism: how diverse societies can do better than passive tolerance

People - The COnversation

Western liberal democracies are again embroiled in debates about the value of multicultural policies. Glenda Ballantyne and Amrita Malhi The Conversation In Australia, the federal government has just released its own statement on multiculturalism. The current debates… Interculturalism: how diverse… Read More »

How Germany’s Merkel Can Lead the West

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Donald Trump’s presidential election was a shot heard around the world. Dictators cheered the defeat of Hillary Clinton, and democracies—in particular American allies—grew gravely concerned. Jeffrey Stacey The National Interest The entire liberal international order now appears to be at risk, with nativism and populism still on the march. Although conventional wisdom suggests the East is rising and the West is fading, now with more pivotal elections… How Germany’s Merkel… Read More »

Once The Eurozone Collapses, Will The EU Return to a “Normal Trading Union”

Europe - Global Research

Make no mistake, the currency of the Eurozone will not make it in medium term, let alone the long-term. That is, according to the experts. Graham Vanbergen Global Research Peter Navarro, the head of President Trump’s National Trade Council, said in a recent interview in the Financial Times that the euro is “like an implicit Deutsche Mark” that gives Germany an advantage when it… Once The Eurozone… Read More »

‘We’re all human beings’: Harmony Day celebrated across the country

Humanity - SBS

Australians have marked Harmony Day with events highlighting the nation’s cultural diversity across the country. SBS Harmony Day is celebrated on the same day as the annual United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. To mark the… ‘We’re all human… Read More »

PM: Timor-Leste should be in WTO

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Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday called for Timor-Leste to be made a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), so the… Khmer Times Mr. Hun Sen made the call at the opening of the Fifth China Round Table on World Trade Organization Accessions in… Mr. Hun Sen recalled how joining the WTO in 2004 helped Cambodia open its… PM: Timor-Leste… Read More »

The Europe we want: Fair, sustainable, democratic and inclusive

Europe - Euractiv

The 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome is a huge opportunity to take stock of how far Europe has come – and how far we still have to go in order to offer a sustainable and prosperous future to everyone in Europe, write a number of European organisations. Luca Visentini, Petros Fassoulas, Genevieve Pons et al. Euractiv It is an opportunity that we call on the leaders of Europe to seize with both hands. We call on… The Europe we… Read More »

Democracy at risk: the terrifying power of ‘big data’

Opinion

The ‘digital revolution’ continues to change the world in profound ways. Samuel Alexander On Line Opinion Everyday computers and other information technologies reach further into our lives, often in subtle ways, reshaping global society so swiftly that the deepest impacts can easily escape notice. But whereas the… Democracy at risk… Read More »

Measuring the cost of living worldwide

Cost of living

Asia dominates the top of the latest index while Britain plummets down the rankings The Data Team The Economist SINGAPORE retains its title as the world’s most expensive city for a fourth consecutive year, according to the latest cost-of-living survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit, our sister company. The survey, which… Measuring the cost… Read More »

Women must mentor other women. It’s never been more urgent

Daily Nation

After 108 years of celebrating ‘our’ day, women need to change the way they look at the world, so that the world can change the way it looks at us. Muthoni Thang’wa Daily Nation Otherwise we will begin to sound like a broken record. International Women’s Day… Women must mentor… Read More »

European court ruling on headscarves sparks ire in Ankara

A woman reacts as she attends the Democracy and Martyrs Rally, organized by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and supported by ruling AK Party (AKP), oppositions Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), to protest against last month's failed military coup attempt, in Istanbul, Turkey, August 7, 2016.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal - RTSLJVF

On March 14, the European Court of Justice made a controversial ruling, stating that companies are permitted to ban employees from wearing visible religious symbols such as the Islamic headscarf. Riada Asimovic Akyol Al Monitor The decision from Europe’s top court came after two women were fired because they refused to take off their headscarves at workplaces in France and Belgium. Many right-wing political… European court ruling… Read More »