“Ethnic conflict“ has become a very fashionable notion. However, it was not always so. Indeed, in the not-so-distant past such a notion was practically unknown. In the pre-modern times, conflicts were assumed to take place between power-holders, over pieces of land. The former sought to seize, control and exploit all resources within the latter, including the population that was also perceived and treated only as yet another resource for exploitation.
Another International Youth Day is here with this year’s theme, “Youth Building Peace”. According to the UN this global day (12 August) serves to recognize efforts young people make in enhancing global society while promoting their participation in shaping global agenda.
SINGAPORE - Since the PISA results came out in 2015, announcing that the Singapore Educational system ranked number 1 in the world in terms of Maths and Science, all eyes have turned to Singapore - hoping to learn its secret recipe. Visitors flooded into Singapore asking similar questions of what the country did right to get there. But the path to Singaporean educational success is not a straightforward account that can be xeroxed elsewhere in the world. Rattana Lao talked with Professor S. Gopinathan, Academic Director of the HEAD Foundation and an expert on Singaporean Education on this 50 years journey to inculcate strong meritocratic values and the price Singapore has to pay for this miracle.
Starting July 17, 2017and for the coming six week, vast majority of Indians will eagerly await not for Sundays but for Mondays. People will avoid using social media like a contagion and blood (spoilers) will be everywhere. Reason- Game of Thrones, a hugely popular television show becomes available for the Indians on Monday instead of Sunday (thank you Standard Time for messing with our Sundays).
Much like Adam Garrie declared in his recent seminal article in the news periodical The Duran, entitled “5 reasons American foreign policy is insanely dangerous and dangerously insane,” undersigned author is also a loyal Trump supporter, mainly for the reasons echoed in that piece in that Donald Trump appears to be a refreshing break from the past, a proverbial “bull in a china shop” where the Deep State of global oligarchy/plutocracy would get the much deserved “come-uppance” that they deserve, for decades, if not centuries of misguided foreign policy, mass murdering of innocents both foreign and domestic, exploitation and extortion of smaller countries and less advantaged races/religions/ethnicities.
Protecting cultural diversity is vital for peacebuilding in the Middle East, the head of the United Nations cultural agency said today, pledging solidarity with the victims of ethnic and religious violence in the region, and highlighting the need for both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ power.