The power of symbols is that they come up to enlighten us when we no longer know what to ponder out. For ten days Paris is mourning her dead, honouring her heroes and licking her wounds. With a question on the lips: “What’s next ?” In front of the restaurant ‘La Belle Équipe’ nineteen people… More The power of symbols and the dance of death
« What Crisis? » Says EU Boss Jean-Claude Juncker European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker dismissed calls for a new EU summit on immigration, saying member states should stop dragging their heels and implement existing agreements on the matter. Juncker’s comments in an opinion piece published in France’s Le Figaro and Germany’s Die Welt on… More Crisis? What Crisis?
A survey indicates that the gender gap has poured out the climate change debate, with a French report suggesting that men are bigger eco-offenders than women. Two independent studies carried out by separate teams of European scientists looked at data on the consumption and daily lifestyles of men and women in industrialised countries. One found… More The gender gap grasps climate change too
Hundreds of thousands will march through the streets of Paris tomorrow to support the beautiful French values of equality, fraternity and liberty – and we can be there with them. The entire world will be watching what happens as people take to the streets in response to the brutal murders of 17 people on Wednesday,… More 24 hours to stand with Paris
The problem was always bigger than any one particular case, trial or lack thereof. If Darren Wilson had been indicted, the larger problem would not have been all fixed. And the fact that he wasn’t indicted isn’t going to stop the process of political awakening by which millions of Americans are standing up at last… More America is a long game
UN summit to steer the course for a binding global commitment on carbon emissions in Paris The meeting of nearly 200 governments in Peru in mid-December this year for a major UN climate change summit must produce the first draft of a global deal to cut emissions. But one must be aware that slow progress… More Lima Climate Talks should deliver first draft for 2015 climate deal
Seeing yet another picture of an innocent humanitarian beheaded by ISIS, my mind seesaws between hawk and dove. Civil wars statistically last twice as long as they otherwise would when an outside agent intervenes, yet something about this doesn’t feel like simply another civil war. I can’t help wondering what makes ISIS any different than… More Yet another innocent humanitarian beheaded
The world does not require another inventory of financial problems and solutions. It needs a list of priorities The time is coming for the big ideas in targets such as the sustainable development goals (SDGs) to be enhanced into politically realistic commitments. Addis Ababa is hosting a UN financing for development conference in July 2015,… More Who is going to pay for international development?
« The world sends us garbage – we send back music ». That’s the motto of Favio Chavez. He opened a music school in Cateura on the outskirts of the Paraguayan capital Asunción. There’s no money for instruments – but no shortage of refuse in the neighbourhood. Gomez turns the garbage into violins, guitars, cellos and… More The garbage orchestra from Paraguay
>> Cliquez ici pour la version française >> Haga clic aquí para la versión en Castellano NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA (18 JULY 1918 – 5 DECEMBER 2013) The great Mandela gone: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” Out of the night that covers me, Black as the… More Goodbye Madiba
>> Haga clic aquí para la versión en Castellano ARAB WORLD IN PROGRESS In the inaugural conference of the 5th Congress which took place in Madrid (12-15 July 2013), the Iraqi minister of Justice asserted: «The death penalty (in Iraq) applies only for serious crimes, as acts of terrorism and violent crimes. » But for… More World Congress Against the Death Penalty
After six years in office the UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie, acknowledges that he has made progress in his job since his appointment in 2005, but he has been mainly driven by many NGOs that accused for decades the companies’ manners in some countries, particularly international businesses. Carlos Lopez,… More Business and Human Rights, a difficult bridal
The Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya are grappling with the arrival of thousands of people fleeing drought and fighting in neighboring Somalia. Many, especially children, fail to survive the long journey. Some 2,000 people have been arriving every day in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camps from Somalia, Ethiopia and drought-stricken areas in Kenya. Many walk for… More The Horn of Africa, a recurring scenario of drought and famine
While we wait for history to judge the decision of the Security Council, words place themselves as judges. The war in Libya is not virtual but very real. Then the outcome depends a lot on the war of words. Prudence dictates to wait for a positive outcome (with a free Libya at the end of… More War of words
The situation in Libya requires the international community to get involved early. In such cases, the problem of sovereignty must give way to the responsibility to protect. The international community cannot accept that the government of Muammar el-Qaddafi keeps on insisting that these are facts that relate only to Libyan domestic policy, then to be… More Libya, the international community and the responsibility to protect