by Adam Keller
We spent the last few weeks at a picturesque Dutch town, where on the way to shopping in the local supermarket we often had to wait for the bridge over the canal to come down after the boats have passed. Even that quiet and peaceful region had once been the scene of wars and bloody conflicts.
No public figure was more convincing and determined to pursue the ideal of a world without nuclear weaponry than Mikhail Gorbachev while he was the transformative General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union between the years of 1985 and 1991.
If you are concerned about Human Rights for Palestinians who do you vote for in the Canadian federal election?
by Edward C. Corrigan
There is a recent news reports that Hollywood producers are going to boycott Penelope Cruz and her husband Javier Bardem, both Oscar winners, for their signing an open letter condemning “the genocide perpetrated by the Israeli occupation army.” The Spanish letter criticized Israel’s 2014 attack on Gaza and was also signed by 100 “leading figures in the film industry, including director Pedro Almodovar.”
Volatile Political Geography of Oil and Minorities
by James M. Dorsey
The political geography of oil and minorities in Saudi Arabia and Iran highlights a fault line in the Sunni-Shiite divide at the core of violent transition in the Middle East. Disgruntled minorities demanding greater rights and an end to repression populate the oil-rich regions of the two countries that are the major protagonists in the Middle East's sectarian divide.
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