The achievements said to have been accomplished since the turn of the century under the mandate of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals include cutting global poverty in half and greatly expanding access to education and clean drinking water. But with the 2015 deadline for their fulfillment rushing ever closer, the UN is considering a new agenda for global growth and development.
November 2nd, the International Day to Protect Journalists, can be a day of taking stock of our efforts and reflecting on the dangers and opportunities that are open to us.
Sinai is both heaven and hell. This triangular desert boasts an arid landscape of hopeless horizons often interrupted by leftover military hardware from previous wars. The land is comprised of breathtaking beaches, incredible history, and a fusion of fascinating cultures that reach back into the past as far as ancient times can possibly go.
Mazrui’s humanism was based on the dignity of all human beings regardless of race, religion, region or gender. It was a humanism linked to the quest for reparative justice, peace, self-determination, the rights of women, secularism and prosperity for all.
Turkey will have to come to a more coherent policy in the very near future. Otherwise, its claim to be a major actor in the region will fall flat. And its internal struggle with the Kurds will probably explode into violence again. Ambivalence is not admired in a zone of such hot struggles.
Representatives from the world’s indigenous people had a prominent place on the global stage for a few days in New York. At the UN World Conference on Indigenous People, they demonstrated that they are not alone in their struggle for rights, but rather constitute a global movement.
As the Ebola outbreak rages, and there are projections of more than 1.4 million persons infected in the next few months, the African Union and ECOWAS has taken a back seat as the international media uses this virus to stigmatize Africa and Africans.
Sixty-six years after ending its “mandate” in Palestine, Britain remains a party in a bloody conflict where Israel is still carrying out the same policies of colonial expansion, using western - including British - funds, arms and political support.