“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.

Published in Europe

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.

Published in New Social Compact

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.

Published in Southeast Asia

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).

Published in South Asia

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.

Published in Americas

C
hildren need space to grow and art plays a pivotal role in creating not just any space, but a creative and conducive space. Knowing that is one thing, making such space available for children is a whole new world.

Published in Culture

S
ince his nomination for the position by Qatar in March 2016, Dr Al Kawari has also won support of a number of countries representing various continents Africa, Europe, Asia and Americas. UNESCO needs rebranding and he believes that under his leadership, the Organization will make a fresh start so that it can achieve the goal of the founding fathers. Will Dr Al Kawari be the first Arab leader in UNESCO? In an exclusive interview to Modern Diplomacy and Dimitris Giannakopoulos, he shares his vision about the prestigious Organization, towards the November election.

Published in Middle East

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.

Published in Middle East
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