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Jane Goodall is a world-famous primatologist, best-known for her work with chimpanzees—a dedication that has lasted more than 55 years. She is the UN messenger of peace and the founder of Jane Goodall Institute conservation charity and of Roots & Shoots, a global environmental and humanitarian education program for young people. Today, at 81, Goodall describes her job as “giving people hope.” This is her beautiful message to all of us.
This planet can provide for human need, but not for human greed.
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Violence on one side often sows seeds of radicalization on the other. Currently, the Rohingya—who are segregated, denied citizenship and subject to state-sponsored violence in Myanmar—do not have any means to make their voices heard. But it is unrealistic to expect them to remain forever victimized and stigmatized; the long, still-expanding list of worldwide riots, wars and terrorist activities motivated by ethnic and religious tensions suggests otherwise.
The ongoing religious tension fueled by extremism may become a substantial threat to Myanmar's democracy.
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In this podcast, The Korea File takes a detailed look at the tourism industry in one of the world’s least-visited countries: North Korea. Join host Andre Goulet and journalist Jon Dunbar for a conversation on the cult-like characteristics of the ruling Kim dynasty, the arbitrary nature of the DMZ and the two Koreas as 1990s sci-fi television.
An interview with Seoul-based journalist Jon Dunbar on tourism in the DPRK.
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Demands for relaxed restrictions in air transportation will emerge as Iran prepares to turn Imam Khomeini International Airport and state-owned Iran Air into global hubs that can compete with the airports of Istanbul, Doha, Dubai and Abu Dhabi and their airlines: Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates Airlines and Etihad Airways.
Market forces and the choices Iran makes will determine whether it emerges as a competitive regional transportation hub.
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America’s legendary musician Woody Guthrie came face to face with the Trump empire’s tradition of racial discrimination. Recalling these foundations that date back to Fred Trump becomes all the more relevant in the wake of the racially charged proclamations of Donald Trump, who last year announced, “My legacy has its roots in my father’s legacy.”
America’s legendary musician Woody Guthrie came face to face with the Trump empire’s tradition of racial discrimination.
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Smadar Nehab, a Jewish Israeli, and Sami Saadi, an Arab Israeli, co-founders and original managing partners of Tsofen, a nonprofit organization devoted to integrating Arab engineers into the Israeli high-tech sector, note that the engine of growth of the Jewish economy has been inaccessible to the Arab workforce. This has resulted in a huge chasm separating the two societies. Tsofen aims to bridge this divide.
Israel has developed a strong high-tech industry, but Arab participation is miniscule. Tsofen, a nonprofit organization, is working to bridge this divide.
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Human global mobility and epidemics are not new. As the risk of Zika knows no boundaries, what is now needed is greater cooperation to minimize the spread of the risk and be prepared for the next global epidemic. Malaria experts have often said that mosquitos are the true vampires as they live by sucking blood. Such claims are partially true because the life of the vampire also depends very much on how much policymakers are willing to anticipate and contain the spread of virus and the vectors.
With Zika declared as a global health crisis, it is time to understand the potential formation of future epidemics under climate change.
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The Palestinian Territories have been under military occupation since 1967 when the newly formed state of Israel took control. Since then, Israel has done well out of its rule as the occupier, but Israelis are not the only ones profiting from the Palestinian occupation. There are many international companies that see the Palestinian situation as a profitable opportunity.
From G4S and Hewlett-Packard to Coca Cola and Motorola, a host of international companies make money off the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.
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In 2014, the UN and other international agencies received $400 million—after requesting $933 million in a consolidated appeal for Somalia—and implemented numerous projects in food security, water, health, education and other social sectors throughout Somalia, with the US donating 24% of total humanitarian aid. In 25 years of political unrest, the provision of basic services and the mitigating of humanitarian and environmental crises have largely depended on international assistance.
With elections expected in summer 2016, questions are being raised over Somalia’s electoral record.
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Donald Trump is impulsive. He is full of bluster. Ted Cruz is calculative. He is bringing torture in through the back door. Cruz is smoothly insisting that torture is not really torture. And he would use “enhanced interrogation” only sparingly for bona fide reasons. Trump is merely a chest-thumping gorilla. He is a modern counterpart to Benito Mussolini. Cruz is more like Joseph Stalin. Underneath his reasonableness lies a ruthlessness that is more controlled, doctrinaire and bloodthirsty than the comic book buffoonery of Trump.
Donald Trump is a chest-thumping gorilla reminiscent of Mussolini, while Ted Cruz is a devious fanatic with similarities to Stalin.
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In the 1970s, the population of the United Arab Emirates stood at 230,000. It is now 9.3 million with an economy that grew 230-fold, ranking presently as the 28th wealthiest nation in the world. With 16% of the population being national Emiratis and the remaining majority expatriate foreigners, there is a unique dynamic to the UAE of a fast-moving, ever-changing country heavily shaped by visitor influences.
The startup industry in Dubai is changing as fast as the emirate itself.
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From expanding its counterterrorism capabilities, to building a military outpost in Djibouti, to rising anti-Chinese sentiment, Beijing will soon discover that moving forward the posts of its African backyard is easier said than done.
China-Africa relations grow to be even more complicated after crucial events in 2015.
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Fair Observer is a US-based nonprofit media organization that aims to inform and educate global citizens of today and tomorrow. We provide context, analysis and multiple perspectives on world news, politics, economics, business and culture. Our online journal is recognized by the US Library of Congress with International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) 2372-9112.

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