• Argentina Government Refuses to Honor Its Commitment to Malvinas War Veterans — Again

    Argentina Government Refuses to Honor Its Commitment to Malvinas War Veterans — Again

    The arena was thick with imagery and anyone that even glanced in the direction couldn’t help but see the irony of the time, the place and the situation.

    On one end of the street stands The Pink House. Argentina’s version of The White House. The facade was covered with flashing lights, dancers and singers, and …

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  • Programs to Feed the Poor and Homeless: Sustainably

    The next time you find someone that had not had a meal for several days, what would you do?

    Would you give them some food?

    In many cities, that impulse to be a good neighbor is illegal. Feeding the homeless has become a misdemeanor in towns across the country. Other cities that have not banned …

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  • Mixed-race Model on Universal Beauty

    Mixed-race Model on Universal Beauty

    Ariana Miyamoto has a quiet determination, perhaps gained from some of her past hardships growing up in Japan. The twenty-one year old model is the first mixed race woman to represent Japan in the Miss Universe pageant.

    Since winning the title she has received streams of encouraging comments; yet her win has also triggered online …

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  • Prom Dresses for Social Justice

    At first glance, prom season doesn’t have anything to do with social justice. It’s a time of young love, late nights and creating memories that will last a lifetime — for good or bad.

    Two stories though show how much human caring can be included.

    A high school star athlete takes a girl to the

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  • Film Restoration: An Early Handshake between Cuba and the USA

     

    The UCLA Film and Television Archive announced yesterday that it is joining forces with Cuba to restore 60, 70 and 80-year-old Latin American films. The announcement came following a February meeting and is among the earliest joint projects by the two nations.

    Since Cuban President Raul Castro and American President Barack Obama jointly announced a …

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  • A strong Ukrainian state is the best defense against Russian aggression

    A strong Ukrainian state is the best defense against Russian aggression

    With Brussels’ announcement on April 20 that it will be pursuing legal measures against Russian giant Gazprom in relation to its dominant position on the European market, it appears that Moscow’s relationship with Europe is about to get significantly rockier. Despite assurances from the EU Commission that it is treating Gazprom like any company in …

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  • American Jails May Be Among the Worst Globally

     

    American jails are often considered to be among the world’s worst. While jails in countries like Argentina, Turkey and Mexico are bad because of low standards, American jails are made worse by capitalism, green and apathy.

    While the well-off avoid jail time, even for serious crimes, the indigent and mentally ill often spend time …

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  • Running for World Peace – The Eco-Slow Way

    Running for World Peace – The Eco-Slow Way

    Hajime Nishi emanated a sense of contentment and peace of mind as he sat down, wearing a deep blue and yellow sports top.

    It was the day before the Eco-Slow Marathon, an event Nishi has organised in Inba, Japan for 5 years.

    The marathon encourages participants to run at their own pace, as slow as …

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  • Why the EU should pay attention to Nigeria

    Why the EU should pay attention to Nigeria

    As Nigerian armed forces, backed by a multinational African coalition, make strides against Boko Haram strongholds in the north while Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) secures the final touches on the new voting system, the international community waits in anticipation ahead of the March 28th presidential elections. Largely fought between incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan …

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  • European Union: “fifth freedom” vs. fifth column

    European Union: “fifth freedom” vs. fifth column

    The EU’s ambitious project for a single energy market, released last week, will not easily overcome resistance from within – not least from an increasingly Russia-friendly Hungary.

    On Wednesday 4 March, European energy commissioner Marcos Sercovic released plans for a European “energy union,” promising to make energy as free-flowing across borders as goods, …

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  • Kids Suffer in Divorce Also

    Kids Suffer in Divorce Also

    Open up any newspaper in almost any area of the country and one of the top ten stories will likely be about how a divorce went bad and ended up with an ex-spouse, children or everyone dead. Divorce can be traumatic and devasting on everyone involved — especially the children.

    In the fifties, people believed …

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  • Africa: The New “Great Game”?

    Africa: The New “Great Game”?

    At the beginning of his term, French President Francois Hollande indicated a desire to embark on a so-called policy of disengagement in Africa, announcing in his first big speech on African policy in October 2012 that “the time of Françafrique is over”. But just a few months later, the President dispatched 4,000 French troops to …

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  • Did Anyone Tell You “You Should be a Model?” Here Are Reasons to Watch Out

     

    Aspiring models — and parents of potential models — will be watching Miss Universe pageant closely on January 25. Possibly the pinnacle of modeling will take place in Miami on that night. Glued to the television will be girls that one day want to be a model as well as parents who think their precious, …

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  • The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer Documentary Opens NYJFF 2015

    The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer Documentary Opens NYJFF 2015

    The 24th New York Jewish Film Festival 2015 (NYJFF 2015) Opening Night U.S. Premiere documentary THE MUSES OF ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER, by Israeli directors Asaf Galay and Shaul Betser, commenced Wednesday, January 14, 4:00pm and 8:45pm at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center. The Q&A session immediately followed with directors Galay and Betser …

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  • Fashion Model Review — Victor Vargas

    Fashion Model Review — Victor Vargas

    During my stint as a fashion show event organizer for a make-up artist based in Toronto, I came across people that I’ve never thought would have a significant impact in my simple life. I met ramp models, seasoned chefs, amazing DJs, hip-hop dancers and a skilled photographer. They all had their own unique talents and…

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  • What the Dresden anti-Islam marches say about Europe’s fraying unity

    What the Dresden anti-Islam marches say about Europe’s fraying unity

    For the past 12 weeks, the 96 percent German city of Dresden has been host to weekly marches under the banner of a xenophobic group called Pegida, short for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West. After a massive 15,000-strong protest that took place on December 15 that put Pegida on policymakers’ radars, January …

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  • Problems of Vietnamese labor force

    Globalization is expanding quickly across the globe through the increase of bilateral trade agreements and positive supports of technology advancement. This trend is promoting across-nation investment as well as the labor movements all over the world. Indeed, globalization  brings both business opportunities and challenges to every country. Vietnam is in the same line.

    Known as …

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  • Get a Discount on Stress This Shopping Season – Or Next

    Well, it’s Christmas week. A magical time of year. A recent poll by Gallup shows that the actual days — Thanksgiving and Christmas — are two of the happiest days. In 2013, over 69 percent and 63 percent of respondents reported they felt a great deal of happiness and very little worry on each of …

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  • How to Know Which E-cig Liquid is Best for Vaping

     

     If you’ve just discovered the vaping universe, you know it isn’t difficult to become confused by the selections of devices and accessories available. Take heart. It’s not as hard as you might imagine.

    The central part of the e-cigarette, the part which contains the battery, atomizer and liquid, are all pretty much the same. There …

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  • Hostages: ransom or not, we must always negotiate

    In a recent interview with the New York Times, Barack Obama criticised the French government for paying ransoms to secure the release of its citizens. François Hollande was quick to deny the accusations, without going quite as far as to lift the veil on the necessary secrecy surrounding negotiations to free hostages.

    Judging by what …

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  • European Union: “fifth freedom” vs. fifth column

    European Union: “fifth freedom” vs. fifth column

    The EU’s ambitious project for a single energy market, released last week, will not easily overcome resistance from within – not least from an increasingly Russia-friendly Hungary.

    On Wednesday 4 March, European energy commissioner Marcos Sercovic released plans for a European “energy union,” promising to make energy as free-flowing across borders as goods, …

    Read More

  • What the Dresden anti-Islam marches say about Europe’s fraying unity

    What the Dresden anti-Islam marches say about Europe’s fraying unity

    For the past 12 weeks, the 96 percent German city of Dresden has been host to weekly marches under the banner of a xenophobic group called Pegida, short for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West. After a massive 15,000-strong protest that took place on December 15 that put Pegida on policymakers’ radars, January …

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  • French politics: Le fail

    French politics: Le fail

    Recent news of Walt Disney’s €1 billion bailout of Disneyland Paris, aimed at keeping the kingdom of magic alive, raises many questions about France’s persistent financial woes. After all, if even the magical land of Mickey Mouse, which has barely been able to turn a profit throughout its 22 year existence, is unable to stand …

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  • Broken promises – the sad tale of Greek football

    Broken promises – the sad tale of Greek football

    The suspension of the Greek Super League along with the matches of other team sports on September 29, following the death of a football fan after being crushed in violent clashes during a third division football match, comes as another blow to the troubled country that just can’t seem to get a break. Violence in …

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  • What if Putin was right?

    Following the recent events in Crimea, President Vladimir Putin continues to insist on the neo-Nazi threat, not just in Ukraine but throughout Europe. He expressed these concerns at a meeting with chief rabbis from Europe and Israel, where he reaffirmed that the revival of fascist and neo-Nazi ideas was a dangerous trend that needed to …

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  • The day Brussels mattered

    The day Brussels mattered

    Let’s face it – the European Union is not particularly known for its efficiency in fast decision-making. Rather, the European way of doing things is best described as a cocktail of long caffeinated summits stretching far into the early hours of the morning, followed by intense hand wringing over how best to reconcile the various …

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  • In Ukraine, Poroshenko should not run for President

    In Ukraine, Poroshenko should not run for President

    What is Putin up to? The Russian President surprised international audiences on Wednesday by calling upon the separatists of Eastern Ukraine to suspend a referendum seeking autonomy, which was due this Sunday. His speech fell on deaf ears unfortunately, as the pro-Russian separatists decided on Thursday to go ahead with the referendum, dashing all hopes …

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  • Is US worldwide credibility waning?

    “Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them”, remarked President Obama during a nuclear security summit in 2010.  Four years on however, we are witnessing a worrying tendency in US foreign policy: the military superpower has turned …

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  • Is the Western media right to bash Viktor Orbán’s electoral reform?

    Is the Western media right to bash Viktor Orbán’s electoral reform?

    Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, is no sweetheart of the European media. He has swayed against the current by implementing policies that have been dubbed populist and nationalistic. The latest bout comes over a newly enacted electoral reform, which will be put to the test in next month’s parliamentarian election, where Orbán is expected to …

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  • Sochi: The Security Olympics

     

    “I call on you, every mujahid to disrupt this Satanic dancing on the bones of our ancestors”. As the world is gearing up for the Winter Olympic Games, set to start this Friday in the subtropical resort of Sochi, so is Doku Umarov. He is the self-proclaimed emir (leader) of the Caucasus Emirate, a …

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  • Activists Fear Russian Overreach after Olympic Terror Concerns

    Activists Fear Russian Overreach after Olympic Terror Concerns

    Following the double suicide bombing in Volvograd last month and the outbursts of violence that have killed and wounded several members of Russia’s security forces in the North Caucus region of Daghestan over the past weeks, Russia’s security forces are on high alert. Authorities fear that terrorists may target the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in …

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  • Latvia Reluctantly Joins the Eurozone

    Latvia Reluctantly Joins the Eurozone

    Fireworks exploded overhead and couples embraced in Riga, Latvia’s capital city, as Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis withdrew a €10 banknote early Wednesday morning to mark the country’s adoption of the Euro. The small Baltic state of just over 2 million inhabitants is the 18th country to join Europe’s monetary union and the second in the …

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  • Europe Must Play Long Game in Ukraine

    Europe Must Play Long Game in Ukraine

    Hundreds of thousands of pro-Europe protestors have flooded into Kiev’s old city to protest against President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to delay the signing of a landmark Association Agreement and free trade deal with the European Union last month. Protestors rightly believe that only rapprochement with the EU can modernise the country’s political and economic system. …

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  • Ireland Seeks to Strengthen Ties with Diaspora

    Ireland Seeks to Strengthen Ties with Diaspora

    Moneygall Ireland is an unassuming village of just over 350 in County Offaly, Ireland. Since 2011, however, the blink-and-you-miss-it town on the R445 between Dublin and Limerick has become infamous across the country as the birthplace of U.S. President Barack Obama’s maternal great-great-great grandfather. The anecdotal story that made headlines around the world perfectly encapsulates …

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  • Danish Fighting to Keep Mink off EU Black List

    Danish Fighting to Keep Mink off EU Black List

    Danish government lobbyists are busy at work in Brussels. A new European Commission proposal seeking to ban non-native plants and animals in the EU might include the North American mink. The semiaquatic carnivore is prized for its fur and heavily farmed in Denmark. Its introduction to Europe, however, has been linked to declines in European …

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  • Is Europe Hiding Behind Tymoshenko?

    Is Europe Hiding Behind Tymoshenko?

    In just two weeks, Europe’s heads of state will meet in Vilnius, Lithuania for the Eastern Partnership Summit. It was hoped that the summit would culminate a push by the small Baltic state Lithuania, which currently holds the Council presidency, to build closer ties with the European Union’s Eastern neighbours, particularly Ukraine. The EU’s largest …

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  • Deciphering Angela Merkel

    Deciphering Angela Merkel

    Late last month, a seemingly inconsequential remark by Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel was largely glossed over by the mainstream media. In the world of undecipherable Euro-jargon, however, her words carry very important significance.

    In Brussels on October 25th, Merkel told reporters that she doesn’t, “see any automaticity between top candidates and the filling of posts.” …

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  • Putin’s Precarious Title

    Putin’s Precarious Title

    Forbes released its sensational annual list of the “most powerful” people in the world yesterday. Typically, the top spot is reserved for the sitting US president, but this year, for the first time ever, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has taken the coveted title. The last time the US president saw himself knocked off his pedestal was …

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  • EU Relations With Turkey May Be Warming Afterall

    EU Relations With Turkey May Be Warming Afterall

    This month, the European Union’s candidate countries anxiously awaited the release of a set of Commission reports that would assess the progress they’d made towards coveted membership. The reports set the tone for negotiations over the coming year and conclusions can make or break membership hopes. Having launched its official application to join the EU …

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  • EU Progress Reports Offer Little Hope of New Members within the Decade

    EU Progress Reports Offer Little Hope of New Members within the Decade

    On Wednesday, in a political exercise akin to A-level results day, the European Union’s candidate countries anxiously awaited the release of progress reports that would assess the headway they’d made towards coveted membership. Only months after Croatia became the EU’s 28th Member State, the results made clear that Brussels has no intention of adding a …

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  • “Hand-Painted Headphones for Haiti” Launch

    “Hand-Painted Headphones for Haiti” Launch

    Enigma Performing Arts Center of Haiti (EPAC Haiti) and Monster®, the world leader in high-performance personal audio have teamed up for the fundraising initiative “Hand Painted Headphones for Haiti” to raise money to construct EPAC Haiti, a 3,000 seat concert hall and state of the art convention center designed by Metropolitan Museum architect and Pritzker …

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  • The Seasons of our Discontent. A How-to Guide to Popular Uprisings

    The Seasons of our Discontent. A How-to Guide to Popular Uprisings

    The Arab Spring, the Turkish Summer, the Romanian Autumn, the Russian Winter. It seems that the four seasons have become a catchall term for democratic protest movements from around the world. Apart from sharing an annual equinox, what do all these demonstrations have in common? What are the basic ingredients needed for such a protest …

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  • The Maldives election: Democracy on the brink

    Back to square one? Mariyam Imad wonders what hopes remain for democracy.

    In the latest turn of events leading to the turbulent presidential elections in the Maldives, the Supreme Court has trampled on the prospects of democracy by postponing the Saturday 19 October vote. In previous weeks, the supposedly impartial body had already scrapped the …

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  • The Maldives election: Democracy disrupted

    Maldivians fight for votes, courts void them.

    The Supreme Court of the Maldives has overturned the first round of a tense presidential election following allegations of fraud. The undertakings of this supposedly neutral institution are raising concern among the international community and the Maldivian opposition. On September 24, it “indefinitely postponed” the election’s second-round runoff, …

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  • Maldive elections: Women, repression and the urns

    Mariyam Imad wonders why half the inhabitants of this tropical paradise are still living a nightmare.

    The peaceful surface of the Maldives’ waters belies a brutal tradition of family violence and sexual abuse. The country is on the path to reform, but Maldivian women continue to endure oppression. On 28 September, they will march to …

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  • Maldive elections: The zealot or the autocrat

    As Maldivians head for the ballots this month, Mariyam Imad looks into some of the issues threatening these small islands, and the vast stakes around them.

     The Maldives is a nation of coral islands surfacing from a submarine mountain range 400 kilometers south of India. With a population of under 400,000, it is the smallest …

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  • The Maldives election: Democracy on the brink

    Back to square one? Mariyam Imad wonders what hopes remain for democracy.

    In the latest turn of events leading to the turbulent presidential elections in the Maldives, the Supreme Court has trampled on the prospects of democracy by postponing the Saturday 19 October vote. In previous weeks, the supposedly impartial body had already scrapped the …

    Read More

  • The Maldives election: Democracy disrupted

    Maldivians fight for votes, courts void them.

    The Supreme Court of the Maldives has overturned the first round of a tense presidential election following allegations of fraud. The undertakings of this supposedly neutral institution are raising concern among the international community and the Maldivian opposition. On September 24, it “indefinitely postponed” the election’s second-round runoff, …

    Read More

  • Maldive elections: The zealot or the autocrat

    As Maldivians head for the ballots this month, Mariyam Imad looks into some of the issues threatening these small islands, and the vast stakes around them.

     The Maldives is a nation of coral islands surfacing from a submarine mountain range 400 kilometers south of India. With a population of under 400,000, it is the smallest …

    Read More

  • Conversing with Luke Carroll

    Conversing with Luke Carroll

    Luke Carroll has a longing for Australia’s acting scene to embrace cultural diversity.

    The actor’s notable career in the Australian film and television industry include playing Indigenous characters in Redfern now, Going Bush, Home And Away, Playschool, The Alice, Australian Rules and Stoned Bros.

    Carroll’s ambition is to take …

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  • A Hidden Third-World in Australia

    A Hidden Third-World in Australia

    Since visiting remote indigenous Australia for the 1985 documentary The Secret Country, journalist John Pilger was shocked to find that in 2013 little had changed – the conditions were just as grim.

    In his most recent film, Pilger documents the third-world conditions in a region north of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. It is …

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