Big in Berlin

Thomas Meyer/OstkreuzThe interior of Murkudis’s concept store is minimalist but expansive. It’s not as though anyone in Berlin really needed proof, last week, that the city’s once-hip central Mitte neighborhood had officially jumped the shark — two years’ worth of boutique hotel and Mavi-store openings, plus skyrocketing rents and a […]

In Defense of Antidepressants

  IN terms of perception, these are hard times for antidepressants. A number of articles have suggested that the drugs are no more effective than placebos. Last month brought an especially high-profile debunking. In an essay in The New York Review of Books, Marcia Angell, former editor in chief of […]

US targets Iran – via Iraq

The United States says that Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias were responsible for the deaths of 15 US servicemen in Iraq in June – a two-year high. Reviving Washington’s friction with Tehran over Iraq may have more to do with deteriorating relations over Iran’s nuclear program than with uncertainty over US troop […]

Taliban deliver hammer blow to NATO

The assassination on Tuesday of Ahmad Wali Karzai, President Hamid Karzai’s half-brother, smashes to bits the notion that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is winning the war in Afghanistan. The Taliban are now rid of the major pro-Washington actor not only in Kandahar province but in the whole south of […]

Pakistan bristles at failed label

Pakistan may be taking a deleterious turn, especially as the United States plans to pull out of Afghanistan by 2012 and threatens to withdraw military aid from the country, but its media has reacted indignantly to claims that put it on the same scale as the poorest African countries. Foreign […]

The Matara Therapeutic Boarding School

A program that offers the warmth and wisdom of Jewish tradition together with the cutting edge of psychological and educational technology at the particular location on this planet that connects all Jews throughout all generations. When a teenager is struggling with emotional or behavioral issues like defiance, depression, or drug […]

Orthodox Jews clash with Israel police

JERUSALEM — Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews clashed with police in a conservative neighbourhood of Jerusalem on Wednesday as tax officials tried to carry out inspections, a police spokesman told AFP. Micky Rosenfeld said six police officers were lightly injured as some 300 protestors threw projectiles at them, and six demonstrators […]

World population to hit 7 billion by October

Growth is a ‘challenge and an opportunity’ UN says, as activists campaign for easier access to family planning tools. The United Nations commemorates World Population Day against the backdrop of an upcoming landmark event: global population hitting the seven billion mark by late October this year. According to current projections, […]

Genesis of gender discrimination

Addressing the constraints women face in the labour market requires gender-sensitive market regulations. It is a matter of common observation that women are doing various household jobs like babysitting, cooking, cleaning, etc, outside their homes, but such employment is not covered through labour legislation or social security laws A baby […]

Visa Delays Put Iraqis Who Aided U.S. in Fear

By TIM ARANGO BAGHDAD — Terrorism fears in the United States are all but halting visas for Iraqis, even those who risked their lives aiding the American war effort, making them especially vulnerable ahead of the planned American military withdrawal. The Obama administration has required new background checks for visa […]