Day: February 22, 2013

UN will not compensate Haiti cholera victims, Ban Ki-moon tells president. – World body invokes legal immunity to rebuff claims despite studies identifying UN peacekeepers as source of the outbreak

Rashmee Roshan Lall in Port-au-Prince and Ed Pilkington in New York THE GUARDIAN The UN has taken the rare step of invoking its legal immunity to rebuff claims for compensation from 5,000 victims of the Haiti cholera epidemic, the worst outbreak of the disease in modern times and widely believed […]

The Character of Syria’s Upheavals

by Majid RafizadehFulbright teaching scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars HUFFINGTON POST The upheavals in Syria have generally been interpreted from a culturalist or structuralist perspective. Some attribute the emergence of the democratic uprisings to historic long-term tensions between different ethnic groups which include Alaawite, Syrian Turkmen, Armenians, Druze, […]

Hypocrisy galore

STORY SUMMARY Editorial, Daily Star, Lebanon This week’s news of offensive cartoons in Europe is nothing new, although the party doing the complaining should take a long look at itself in the mirror. In recent years, countries such as Denmark and France have received international attention for the publication of […]