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Whats Important About Ethiopia?

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 Jerry Diakiw (July 08, 2008)  After almost 3 weeks in Ethiopia in April, I formed some strong impressions of the country. It is in many ways a truly remarkable place. What is important about Ethiopia, is that there is a strong sense that this is the home of man (sic woman). Visiting Lucy where she lies in the National Museum in Addis Adaba, the oldest human remains and accepted as the missing link, was a moving and . (International)

Changing Face of Kashmir in Bollywood

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 Raoof Mir (July 06, 2008)  Cinema is a fascinating subject but Indian cinema popularly known as Bollywood is more so because of the peculiar traits of the people who watch it. Kashmir as a paradise as evoked in films of 1960's has in some ways carried over into recent films dealing with the Kashmir issue. The historicization of Bollywood's long Kashmir obsession is thus an exploration of how this obsession fits .. (International)

Celebrating Interdependence!

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 Anna Watkins (July 05, 2008)  In the United States, July 4th marks the celebration of Independence Day. This is typically a really fun day with lots of good food, camaraderie, and fireworks. On this particular Independence Day, I reflected that I used to think independence was the ultimate goal for a mature adult. However, as I have lived and learned, I now view interdependence as a more desirable goal. Sure - it's . (International)

An Independence Day Tradition

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 Dan Bimrose (July 03, 2008)  Everybody has heard the phrase “As American as baseball, hot dogs and apple pie. " These three things must typify all that is good about America. I am certain that many Americans will be watching baseball this Fourth of July. I am also certain that many American's will eat some apple pie. But as far as hot dogs go some Americans will be eating more than the rest. Legend has it .. (International)

India and the Nuclear Deal

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 Susanta Bhattacharyya (July 03, 2008)  The Indian media space is buzzing with the one and only issue: the Indo-US Nuclear Deal. According to the media pundits, a better way of telling will be the ‘Spoilsport Left and the Indo-US Nuclear deal'! The media is overwhelmed and glad to finally discover a firm and will powered prime minister who recently went aloof from his official and political duties for days. We were told . (International)

Custom Ways Under Threat Tropical Islands Paradise About to Be Lost?

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 Wendy Stenberg-Tendys (July 02, 2008)  Vanuatu has a society that stuns the senses of the Western world. The first time traveler here, walking in with eyes wide open, will find a society that is the anti-thesis of everything that we know as modern, as only the tropical islands can be. The rhythm of the beat of South Pacific island life greets you on arrival. At the airport, during the day or on the midnight flight, a string . (International)

The Euro Esperanto in Financial Markets

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 Hans Bool (June 30, 2008)  Esperanto means in its own language: “one who hopes. " The euro is also introduced in relation to hope. Hope for a better financial world (limited to the Euro zone where it got introduced). The Euro is a new currency that got introduced to end the exchange rate problems in the euro zone. One of such a problem is the continuous burden of transaction costs in inter-European .. (International)

Senior Citizens Vis a vis the Indian Society

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 Rama Lingam (June 30, 2008)  India has proclaimed itself as a welfare state and of course it has also introduced social security schemes like ‘payment of pension’ etc to the retiring government employees which costs the coffers of the states as well as the central government considerably. Some State Governments like Tamil Nadu has also introduced welfare schemes for payment of ‘old age .. (International)

The Coming War With Iran An Examination of Religious Perspectives

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 Kurt Hartman (June 30, 2008)  For the past few weeks, Israel and Iran have overtaken Iraq in Middle-Eastern news. They're fighting over the nuclear designs that Iran says will used for peaceful power generation. Israel claims that Iran is developing a bomb to wipe them off the map. These claims are muddled, due to the fact that the IAEA has given differing levels of intelligence concerning exactly what Iran plans to . (International)

How Europe Can Be the Next Superpower

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 Suzanne De Cornelia (June 28, 2008)  Myth and dreams are more powerful than history and facts. With numerous prestigious polls indicating the global decline of Brand America, the new EU can usurp the void if it can convey a dazzling new story about itself. Today, even EU citizens feel vaguely disenchanted despite their new freedoms because the EU had failed to harness a unified and electrifying image that can out-brand .. (International)

Human Rights For Apes in Spain

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 Joel Kontinen (June 28, 2008)  Spain is becoming a paradise for apes. The environmental committee of the Spanish parliament has approved a resolution that calls for the right to life and freedom for great apes. The resolution has its roots in the Great Apes Project. Started in 1993 by philosophers Peter Singer and Paola Cavalieri, the project argues that “non-human hominids", i. e. chimpanzees, gorillas, .. (International)

Olympic Spirit Shattered by Chinese Officials Remarks

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 David Snape (June 26, 2008)  At an official Olympic Torch ceremony, one of China's leaders, while referring to Tibet said, “We can definitely smash the separatist plot of the Dalai Lama clique completely. " Hardly in the spirit of uniting humanity for the Olympics, he probably feels that he did nothing wrong. After all, the communist party in China always gets its way, doesn't it? This official was .. (International)

Twice an Orphan - Barmy Bureaucracy Or Welfare of the Child? You Judge

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 Johnny Summerton (June 26, 2008)  Last weekend here in France an 11-year-old boy, Joris, found himself effectively orphaned for the second time. He was taken into care after his father, 34-year-old Aboubakar Coulibaly, was deported back to his native Côte d'Ivoire. Coulibaly had been granted sole custody of Joris back in March 2006 after the child's mother committed suicide. In spite of looking after his son for a .. (International)

Ethnic Groups in South East Asia

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 Alex Aziz (June 25, 2008)  Karen The Karen are a very large hilltribe ethnic group mainly found in Northern Thailand and account for almost half of the entire hilltribe population. They live in many provinces along the Western border of Thailand and also further into Thailand. The Karen tribe originate from Burma and the Thai-Burmese border area. Over the past century they have moved further into Thailand to .. (International)

Global Food Crisis Are the Chocolate and the Cocoa Processing Industries Up to the Challenge?

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 Egwoli Samuel (June 25, 2008)  The global food scare has been a reality to Africans for as long as we can remember. But the rich countries are just beginning to feel the pinch. They'll be begging for food someday if they do nothing but talk about it. It is not a matter of survival by the fittest nor a case of winner takes it all but we are now seeing the ‘real situation': global food solution is in the hands of . (International)

The Baroda Fine Arts College Debacle and Chandramohan

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 Susanta Bhattacharyya (June 25, 2008)  It will not be hard to recall the name of Chandramohan Srilamantula. The master's degree student of Department of Graphics at the Fine Arts College in Baroda who was jailed for displaying artworks in the faculty evaluation show which a Methodist pastor and a local BJP man found objectionable. The BJP man with his supporters vandalized the show and later filed an FIR against the student .. (International)

The Evils of Dowry System

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 Rahul K (June 24, 2008)  India suffers from many social evils and superstitions. Dowry system is one of these great evils. Dowry is given in cash and kind to a daughter during her marriage. This evil is found and practiced in al sections and communities of the country in one from or another. With it are associated many other evils like greed, prejudice against women, ill treatment of girl child, bride-burning, .. (International)

Power Money Theyve Got It

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 Manike Collins (June 24, 2008)  The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is an inter-governmental organization with a Permanent Delegation to the United Nations. As the second largest international organization after the United Nations, it has the power to rule the world. It coadjutes 57 nations, most of which are Islamic in the Middle East, North, West and Southern Africa, .. (International)

How Can Child Labor Be Eradicated?

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 Sanjeev Jha (June 23, 2008)  A few days back British clothing company Primark has dropped three Indian suppliers after a BBC investigation revealed that the manufacturing units were using child labor. A year before Gap also found child labor being used by one of its suppliers in India. Such reports and revelation shock the entire human community and the general reaction is: let's not buy their products which will .. (International)

International Widows Day Celebration

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 Neenu Khanna (June 23, 2008)  International Widows’ Day (23 June) is an occasion marked by women's groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day, . (International)

Culturist Tensions With My Muslim Friend

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 John K. Press (June 23, 2008)  My oldest friend, Geeta, is a Muslim. I just saw her for the first time in six years. Geeta came to this country when she was 13 - the Ayatollah chased her family out. Her clothes, drinking habits and relationship patters - her basic values - are highly Americanized. Geeta is a rock n roll woman and someone I care deeply about. When we were kids, our differences did not bother us at .. (International)

Urgent Need For More Child Development Programs

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 Sanjeev Jha (June 23, 2008)  The debate regarding the need for more child welfare programs have resurfaced. The expose and the dropping of three manufacturing units from India by the British clothing giant Primark has led to this debate to resurface. They were reported to have been using child labor in their factories. Let's not fall into any capitalist clap-trap, like the big companies have been using the cheap .. (International)

The China Earthquake Child Adoption

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 Stephen Myler (June 22, 2008)  Abstract: This is the second paper is in response to the work being carried out in China by counsellors in the field. China on May 12th suffered its worse earthquake for 30 years measuring 8 on the Richter scale, causing at this time over 70,000 deaths and millions of people homeless and injured. In the aftermath of the earthquake people from all over China were concerned with the .. (International)

Homelessness of Hispanic and Latino Children

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 Connie Limon (June 20, 2008)  There are a shocking number of Hispanic children living in foster care throughout the United States. These children may never find a permanent home to call their very own, a place where they can feel safe and loved. The problem affects the child's future and the community as a whole. About 20,000 children age out of the foster care system without ever finding permanent homes every .. (International)

Will Britain Ever Join the Euro?

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 Hans Bool (June 17, 2008)  The Euro is a recent project in the history of currencies. The new currency was introduced more than five years ago. One way of examining a possible success of the euro is to see whether other countries would follow and also convert their currency to the euro. A better way to check this would be to focus on Britain. If they would join the euro, one could call the euro a real success. So . (International)

Myanmar Share

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 Kara Rand (June 17, 2008)  Only those hiding in a cave recently have been spared the graphic and sickening images coming out of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, since it was hit by Cyclone Nargis on May 4, 2008. The great tragedy which unfolded when the cyclone hit land has now been dwarfed by the man made disaster which is currently playing out. Unfortunately, one week out from the storm it is becoming apparent . (International)

Words Matter, Also in Spain

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 Hans Bool (June 15, 2008)  Sales is amongst other things, about using the most appropriate words. That “words matter, " is not proprietary of Obama. If you want to connect to people, words are as powerful as images, and . . . the right phrasing does matter. But is the other side also truth? Are the right words that powerful, that they can change any behavior? This is what the Spanish Government expects, .. (International)

Zimbabwe We Have Bullets For Each of You

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 Pete Davies (June 15, 2008)  One of the latest threats being made to Zimbabwe people who might be contemplating voting for anyone other than Mugabe in the forthcoming presidential election runoff is, “. . . we have bullets for each of you. . . " In fact the electoral process in Zimbabwe descended into farce last week, when Mugabe declared that he would never allow Zimbabwe to be ruled by Opposition Leader, .. (International)

What UNICEF is Doing to Help Children

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 Ioannis Mitrou (June 01, 2008)  The United Nations Children's Fund or UNICEF is an organization devoted to saving the lives and promoting the welfare of children worldwide. The organization has made strides in preventing disease, improving sanitation and education about health and hygiene practices. It has also worked to promote gender equality in nations where women are oppressed and discriminated against. At their .. (International)

Preparing Tomorrow's African Leaders Today - Interview With Prof Ncube

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 Mawutodzi Abissath (May 27, 2008)  There is a Ghanaian proverb which says: “If your friend is more handsome than you, you must admit it and praise him; rather than trying to envy and denigrate him. " Undoubtedly, one positive legacy the defunct apartheid South Africa bequeathed modern South Africa is excellent educational system. What one may condemn is the fact that, perhaps in the past, only the “White" .. (International)

Listen Credit Card Companies And Banks (Get Business In Billions)

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 Raja Sharma (May 26, 2008)  Most of the middle class people, especially students from the South-Asian countries find a great difficulty in joining the sites of their likings. For example, in Nepal there are thousands of graduate students who want to study online, paying a few dollars for the course. Unfortunately, they do have money but when they want a Visa or a Master card they are told to deposit a large sum .. (International)

'I Change The World' Thinking, Action Needed For Human Rights Abuses Of Myanmar Cyclone Victims Pt 2

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 Angela Chen Shui (May 15, 2008)  'I change the world thinking’ is critical to transform and recreate the world as a place that works for every human being. As more individuals accept, master and consistently use their ability to transform their own lives, the natural ripple effect will be an increased collective will to transform the world itself. Part 1 of this article looked at how world public opinion is .. (International)

"I Change The World" Thinking, Action Needed For Human Rights Abuses Of Myanmar Cyclone Victims Pt 1

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 Angela Chen Shui (May 15, 2008)  Developing self awareness both individually and collectively powerfully works to transform and change the world. The Universal Law of Attraction has helped hundreds of thousands worldwide open to the possibility that their thoughts, feelings and beliefs back up their actions to powerfully transform their lives. We now stand on the brink of collectively developing our self awareness .. (International)

Dirty American

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 RJ Lavallee (May 07, 2008)  I just came back from a trip to Ireland, which was totally paid for by my wife's company. You might think that I would now go on a rant about how we ugly Americans invaded this bucolic rural setting en masse, but I'm not. As I age I've (slowly) learned to not bite the hand that feeds, but more importantly to be even more cognisant of context. Graduate school was good for taking my .. (International)

Sarkozy Sees Sense on Blair Presidency

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 Johnny Summerton (May 07, 2008)  It has not been made official yet but it's already doing the rounds of the media both here in France and across the channel in Britain. The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, is apparently not going to back former British prime minister, Tony Blair, as a candidate to become the first president of the European Union. Instead Sarkozy is thought be ready to throw his weight behind the .. (International)

Sarkozy's First Year in Office

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 Johnny Summerton (May 05, 2008)  No prizes for guessing what's filling the column inches of many a newspaper editorial here in France today. It's the first anniversary of the election of the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and the media is having a field day to mark the occasion. Much of the comment addresses Sarkozy's staggering tumble in the popularity polls and what seems to be generally accepted as a turbulent .. (International)

When Divorce Comes Before Marriage

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 Johnny Summerton (April 21, 2008)  Air France-KLM has thrown in the towel in its attempt to take over Italy's strap-cashed national carrier Alitalia. And yet again it's for the last time - apparently. On Monday the Franco-Dutch group released a short statement saying that as far as it was concerned the bid in its current form, was longer legally valid and the on-off-on-off again marriage between the two companies was .. (International)

Olympic Boycott Squabble Escalates

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 Johnny Summerton (April 17, 2008)  A threat against French business interests in China is gathering steam after the launch of a campaign to boycott the supermarket chain, Carrefour. In a message circulating on mobile ‘phones and the Internet, the company has been accused of providing financial backing to the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama. Carrefour has denied the rumors as “false .. (International)

Indonesia Tries to Become a Better Nation

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 George Mclovin (April 10, 2008)  As you may know, Indonesia is a country comprised by several islands, 17,508 to be exact. This geographically divided nation is united by the tight religious bonds that most of it's habitants share, this south east Asian country has around 222 million people and is better known by the number of beautiful beaches accessible to them. In recent years Indonesia has been struggling to keep .. (International)

Juárez Mayor Pleads For Help President Sends Troops

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 Michael Webster (March 27, 2008)  Juárez Mayor pleads for help. President sends troops. Murders and kidnappings on both sides of the border have significantly increased in recent years. The violence along the U. S. -Mexican border has increased so dramatically that the Juárez Mayor José Reyes Ferriz asked Mexican President Felipe Calderón to send more help as reported in the El Paso Journal. Only thirty federal .. (International)

Planning For The Worst In A Nuclear World

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 James W Smith (March 11, 2008)  Weapons of mass destruction have been with us since the bombing events of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War Two. The fear of the “wrong weapons" falling into the “wrong hands" is now an everyday consideration in our world. Unstable governments in North Korea and Pakistan have nuclear weapons. Iran continues to defy United Nations resolutions and sanctions as it .. (International)

The Budget 2008

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 Simon Duffy (March 10, 2008)  The Budget for 2008 is set to be delivered tomorrow at 12.30pm by the Chancellor Alistair Darling. I'm sure you've already seen the press coverage suggesting that Alistair Darling is merely presenting Gordon Brown's measures as former Chancellor himself. Among the changes likely to be announced are increase in ‘green taxes’ things like 4x4 drivers being hit hard again and .. (International)




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