Nondiscrimination

18.03.2015 Silvia Swinden

Israel Elections: Fear, the great enemy of compassion

Israel Elections: Fear, the great enemy of compassion

So Netanyahu wins again, against all hope (yes, it is worse when there was hope). Israel is likely to suffer political and diplomatic costs given the international pressure to resolve the Palestinian situation, stop settlements and comply with UN resolutions. The late upsurge of support for him seems to have … »

11.03.2015 TED: Ideas worth spreading

The problem with “trickle-down techonomics”

The problem with “trickle-down techonomics”

By Jon Gosier, Investor, data scientist, entrepreneur. For TED Hooray for technology! It makes everything better for everyone!! Right? Well, no. When a new technology, like ebooks or health trackers, is only available to some people, it has unintended consequences for all of us. Jon Gosier, a TED Fellow … »

09.03.2015 Pressenza Hong Kong

Marginalised African languages getting stifled and snuffed out

Marginalised African languages getting stifled and snuffed out

South Africa – International Mother Language Day has come and gone, but to South African language activists it was just a show, formalising the good statute book of 11 official languages of the country, whereby some of these languages are still severely marginalised, especially indigenous languages. This might hold true … »

03.03.2015 Pressenza Hong Kong

Myanmar (Burma): Rights That Should Be Upheld

Myanmar (Burma): Rights That Should Be Upheld

Last week two seemingly unrelated events attracted the attention of this writer. The first was the announcement in the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar that the temporary ID documents known as white cards will expire at the end of March and those who hold them will lose their voting … »

25.02.2015 Pressenza Budapest

Austria: Racist law approved to restrict Muslim freedoms

Austria: Racist law approved to restrict Muslim freedoms

In a decision that the Minister for Integration, Sebastian Kurz, called a “milestone” and that opponents denounced as racist and unfair, the new law: prohibits mosques from receiving foreign financing; demands that religious teaching be done in German; and makes explicit that Austrian Law takes precedence over religious beliefs. Around … »

15.02.2015 Pressenza Hong Kong

How Sufism could balance Salafism

How Sufism could balance Salafism

Followers of the history of Islam would be surprised at the transition from widespread Sufi Islam to widespread Salafist Islam. However, they are less surprised when they notice that the rise of religious extremism has coincided with a cognitive shift, as Sufism by nature rejects extremism. Salafist ideology, meanwhile, often … »

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