A visit to Jerusalem’s Old City offers a glimpse of the diversity of this culturally rich metropolis and insight into the uneasy cohabitation of the communities that share this sliver of sacrosanct ground. Entry through Damascus Gate – the portal to the souk and the Arab Quarter of the Old City – requires passing in front of three security stations with a phalanx of uniformed, machine-gun-toting, steely-eyed soldiers at each one. Unconsciously, one adopts an imperceptible protective hunch, the reptilian brain on alert for potential danger. Even in the morning, the air inside the souk is redolent with the aroma of cardamom, which wafts over tourists sipping coffee at rickety tables. One doesn’t go 20 yards before encountering another duo of soldiers, seemingly hardly out of their teens. With Israel’s policy of mandatory military service for citizens over the age of 18, the peace in Jerusalem is maintained by a very young, mostly male contingent. … [Read more...] about Cohabitation in the Old City: Four communities vie for territory inside hallowed walls
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Two hundred years ago on 5 May 1818, Karl Marx was born in the German town of Trier on the banks of the river Moselle. Serendipitously, at the start of this bicentennial year, I found myself invited to a wedding in what used to be called Karl-Marx-Stadt, since renamed Chemnitz, in the former East Germany. Communism may have formally collapsed with the downfall of the Soviet Union, yet it has not been extinguished. The world’s most populous state and rising superpower, China, is officially communist, albeit nominally. And socialist ideas remain prevalent throughout the world. The resurgence of socialism could be seen in the Chavismo new left wave of Latin American politics (admittedly now in the process of being rolled back). In the US, self-proclaimed socialist senator Bernie Sanders could well have been as unlikely an occupant of the Oval office as Donald Trump – if the Democratic National Committee had not conspired against him. In the UK, unapologetic socialist … [Read more...] about Karl Marx 200th anniversary: The world is finally ready for Marxism as capitalism reaches the tipping point
The violent conflict in Syria that has already lasted for seven years straight and forced millions to flee for their lives and become refugees, to either eke out a meagre living in refugee camps or to attempt to seek asylum in Europe. But it appears that while for the most of them the war was a terrible disaster that destroyed their livelihoods, a select few were able to escape this unenviable lot. On April 27, she received the Rising Star award at the Asian Awards in London for what the media described as "her perspective on one of the biggest humanitarian crises in history," according to ITV. I am so excited I have been awarded by @TheAsianAwards. Thank you. And thank you to my friends who have been supporting me, love you all. pic.twitter.com/8sx2rnMkKl — Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) 28 апреля 2018 г. On April 14 Bana also … [Read more...] about From Aleppo to LA: Little Bana Alabed Moves Up in the World
0 Comments International Women’s Day marked by vibrant demonstrations across the world BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Women across Europe and Asia shouted their demands for equality, respect and empowerment to mark International Women’s Day, with protesters in Spain launching a 24-hour strike. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/international-womens-day-marked-by-vibrant-demonstrations-across-the-world-36685089.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/article36685080.ece/35eff/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_9e93b4da-ba83-4191-add2-629170631319_1 Email Women across Europe and Asia shouted their demands for equality, respect and empowerment to mark International Women’s Day, with protesters in Spain launching a 24-hour strike. Crowds of demonstrators filling the streets of Manila, Seoul and New Delhi. Spanish women were staging dozens of protests across the country against the wage gap and gender violence. In Barcelona, protesters disrupting … [Read more...] about International Women’s Day marked by vibrant demonstrations across the world
Christine Osazuwa has found her place in Stockholm. Photo: Maximillian Franz When Christine Osazuwa arrived in Stockholm in July 2017, it was the first time the Baltimore native had stepped foot on Swedish soil. However, she’d already made up her mind to stay. And having survived her first winter, she’s convinced that she made the right decision. So just how did an American with no apparent connection to Sweden wind up living in Stockholm? “I knew what most Americans know about Sweden, that it’s very liberal and there are a lot of opportunities,” Christine tells The Local. Following the US election, Christine and her husband packed their bags and figuratively set sail for Stockholm, seeking a city more in line with their political beliefs. For Christine, it was also a priority to move to a city where her gender wouldn't hinder her professional potential. Find out what makes Stockholm 'A Woman's Place' The couple knew about Sweden’s glowing … [Read more...] about Is this the best place in the world to be a woman?