This year's conference in Katowice, Poland, has kicked off. Here is a look at the issues up for debate, obstacles to negotiations and where all this leaves the majority world.
Source: The GuardianMy close encounter with Bush at a Sydney hotel revealed a patrician arrogance whose days were numbered
As the world says goodbye to George HW Bush, I am tempted to add my own personal memories to the mix, and illuminate perhaps his legacy by recounting the two intense nights that my wife and I spent in close proximity to the former president at the end of October 2001.
It was at the Park Hyatt hotel in Sydney, where I had been invited to deliver the Centennial Lecture celebrating the Federation of Australia. The day after our arrival, the hotel manager – a corpulent, affable man of Spanish extraction – asked us if we wouldn’t mind exchanging our suite, only for the next two days, he said, for another one, just as nice, he promised, elsewhere on the premises.
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As the United States continues to face criticism for tear gassing asylum seekers on the U.S.-Mexico border, we look at the crisis in Honduras and why so many Hondurans are fleeing their homeland. Honduras has become one of the most violent countries in the world because of the devastating drug war and a political crisis that stems in part from a U.S.-backed 2009 coup. We speak with Dana Frank, professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her new book is titled, “The Long Honduran Night: Resistance, Terror, and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup.”
The fact is the Central American refugee crisis is similar to the plethora of Middle East and Central Asian refugee crises of recent years. Mass migration is almost always the direct outcome of political meddling and military interventions.
The Hope School in South Korea aims to build a supportive community between island residents and newly arrived Yemenis who seek asylum in South Korea.
Today, we have strong tensions on both land and sea between Russia and Ukraine. With a certain amount of good will, the tensions could be reduced. The times call for creative proposals and open discussions.