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Macron’s Calais Visit Should Lead to Change for Migrants

Human Rights Watch – Shortly after he became president of France last year, Emmanuel Macron had a hopeful vision for humanely addressing the country’s asylum crisis. “By the end of the year, I do not want […]

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Interview: When the US Government Hides Evidence

Human Right Watch – The US government can use evidence that it may have obtained illegally – from methods ranging from old-fashioned wiretaps to sophisticated data sweeps – to prosecute people without telling them how it […]

Friday 12 January 2018

C.I.A. Names the ‘Dark Prince’ to Run Iran Operations

nytimes – WASHINGTON — He is known as the Dark Prince or Ayatollah Mike, nicknames he earned as the Central Intelligence Agency officer who oversaw the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the American drone strike […]

Friday 5 January 2018

Award-winning Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi: Watching the foundations crumble

How does human fragility express itself in a rigid social system? Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi′s “The Salesman” reveals the precariousness of urban middle-class life in the Islamic Republic. By Jasmin Astaki-Bardeh As the cinema audience […]

Tuesday 2 January 2018

Nothing but taboos

One thing is certain: there is so much more to Tehran and Iran than taboos. Young Iranians find fulfilment these days not merely in the breaking of taboos, as “Tehran Taboo” suggests.

Tuesday 2 January 2018

Children increasingly used as weapons of war, Unicef warns

The Guardian – Children caught in war zones are increasingly being used as weapons of war – recruited to fight, forced to act as suicide bombers, and used as human shields – the United Nations children’s agency has warned. […]

Thursday 28 December 2017

The Secular Conception of Greater Khorasan

Brighter Kashmir – The ‘Khorasan’ as a geopolitical region was first established by the Sasnians in the 3rd century C.E. It included the current three provinces of Khorasan in Iran, parts of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and […]

Thursday 28 December 2017

Beyond Justice: How the Yugoslav Tribunal Made History

Human Wrongs Watch – Bullet holes, bloodstains and brain matter marked the walls of an empty barn, a crime scene processed to document the worst crime in Europe since the Second World War: the deliberate killings […]

Monday 25 December 2017

UNODC Chief: Afghanistan faces opium crisis, response must be urgent, swift, decisive

UNODOC –  In recent years attention has shifted away from the threat posed by illicit drugs, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, told the UN Security Council today.     […]

Monday 25 December 2017

The State of the Empire in the Age of Trumpism

The Fall of the US Empire – And Then What? published in 2009, has become the best-selling of the TRANSCEND University Press books.

Monday 25 December 2017