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Report: Conference on Cultural Rights, Copenhagen, Denmark, November 2015 | 11/24/15 Helle Porsdam Can cultural rights become a global discourse for supporting inclusive social and political development, and for fostering intercultural dialogue for the mutual understanding of cultures? And can cultural rights become a prime mover--an enabler and driver for development by providing a much-needed cultural legitimacy for human rights?

Perspectives from Inside a Tumultuous Middle East: Syria-Iraq-ISIS-Russia and Iran | 11/23/15 Rami Khouri, Joanne J. Myers The majority of the Arab World seeks justice, accountability, and democracy, says Beirut-based Rami Khouri. What we are dealing with now is bad governance in the region combined with the terrible consequences of continuous foreign military intervention: American, Russian, European, Iranian, Israeli, and inter-Arab.

Beyond Paris: The Refugee Crisis in Europe | 11/19/15 David C. Speedie, Amber Kiwan "Closing borders in the West will not only worsen the already unimaginable human rights disaster that asylum seekers are facing, but it will also add fuel to the Eurosceptics' fire as they work to destabilize the European Union. And this is all compounded by the fact that closing borders doesn't work."

Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers | 11/18/15 Simon Winchester Master storyteller, researcher, and traveler Simon Winchester takes us on a fascinating voyage through the Pacific, tying it all together with two ethical questions: Should the Americans and the Chinese have a level playing field? And should we respect the ways of the Pacific ancients?

Addressing Root Causes of Unrest in Arab Countries | 11/16/15 Ronald Bruder, Jasmine Nahhas di Florio What's the best way to create stability in the Middle East and North Africa? Get more young people into the workforce, says Ron Bruder, founder of Education for Employment. EFE programs are all run by locals; training is carefully matched to real job opportunities; and for maximum social impact, EFE trains mainly women.

Why France Should Not Close Its Borders | 11/16/15 Kavitha Rajagopalan Since September 11, 2001, both the U.S. and Europe have merged anti-terrorism strategies with immigration policy, and with little success.

Julia Taylor Kennedy on Unlocking the Value of Veterans in the Workforce | 11/13/15 Julia Taylor Kennedy, Alex Woodson Veterans face life-or-death challenges during their military service, but adjusting to a life in the workforce can be even trickier for some. Just in time for Veteran's Day, Julia Taylor Kennedy discusses her new book "Mission Critical," which offers in-depth research and tangible solutions on this important and under-reported issue.

The Global Refugee Crisis | 11/13/15 Ian Buruma, Tomáš Halík How can Christian leaders help Europe cope with the flood of refugees? Renowned Czech theologian Father Tomàš Halik argues that Christianity, especially the Catholic Church, can be an effective mediator between Islam and Europe's secular humanists,  as it has many values in common with both.

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