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[22 Nov 2017 | Comments Off on Finding virtue after a war crimes verdict | ]

Finding virtue after a war crimes verdictA special court set up by the United Nations during the Balkan wars of the 1990s made its final and most important verdict on Nov. 22. It found Ratko Mladić, the former commander of the Bosnian Serb military, guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. While the trial was the most significant since the Nuremberg tribunal, it did not end with any general message about some of Europe’s worst atrocities in the 20th century.

[22 Nov 2017 | Comments Off on Now between two presidents, Zimbabweans dare to imagine ‘an easier life’ | ]

Recommended: Think you know Africa? In the course of her life, that has proven to be a virtue Ms. Moyo has often needed, as she lived through the transformation of the bright Zimbabwe of her childhood into something far dimmer.

[22 Nov 2017 | Comments Off on In post-conflict Colombia, land-rights and funding for peacebuilding face off | ]

In post-conflict Colombia, land-rights and funding for peacebuilding face offWhen South African mining company AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) arrived in this central Colombian farming town ten years ago, it promised residents like Herver Oliveraula “rivers of milk and honey,” he recalls. Mr. Oliveraula was skeptical, he says, but also wanted to trust that his community – and country – could benefit from the natural resources underfoot. It laid out mining concessions from the government, granting AGA rights to explore in nearly 80 percent of the municipality – including Oliveraula’s 6-hectare farm.

[21 Nov 2017 | Comments Off on A Thanksgiving lesson for the #MeToo movement | ]

A Thanksgiving lesson for the #MeToo movementWhen he proclaimed the national holiday called Thanksgiving in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln did more than ask Americans to be grateful for God’s blessings during a time of civil strife. The #MeToo movement has now helped lift a social stigma for many abused women while bringing to light past wrongs.

[21 Nov 2017 | Comments Off on Europe ponders prospect of life after Merkel | ]

Earlier this spring, when President Trump threatened to drop out of a major climate accord and berated fellow NATO members on his first trip to Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel rallied the continent. Implicit in that message was the reassurance…

[21 Nov 2017 | Comments Off on Pixar's Day-of-the-Dead film 'Coco' aims to shake up image of Mexico | ]

Pixar's Day-of-the-Dead film 'Coco' aims to shake up image of MexicoNearly a month after its release in Mexico, the new Pixar film “Coco,” out Nov. 22 in the United States, is already the country’s top-grossing animated film in history. Recommended: How much do you know about Mexico? At a time when the US is casting a bright spotlight on Mexico and Mexican-Americans, frequently stereotyping them as everything from drug-runners to overall “bad hombres,” Coco is an animated salve of sorts.

[21 Nov 2017 | Comments Off on From Texas to Congress: Will 'rare' friendship cost politicians their careers? | ]

From Texas to Congress: Will 'rare' friendship cost politicians their careers?In that pause for breath, bipartisanship went viral in the form of two young Texas congressmen taking a road trip together. Will Hurd, a Republican and former undercover CIA operative from Helotes, and Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat and former software company founder from El Paso, spent two days in a car with each other – and with Williberto, the trip’s piñata mascot – talking music, food, their first cars, and politics. “One reason it captured so much attention is because it’s so rare,” says Harold Cook, a Texas Democratic strategist.

[20 Nov 2017 | Comments Off on As Hillary Clinton hovers, are Democrats moving on? | ]

As Hillary Clinton hovers, are Democrats moving on?In some ways, the Democrats are on a roll. First, they beat expectations by easily winning the Virginia governorship earlier this month and nearly taking over the state legislature’s lower house. Now they have a shot at claiming a much more improbable prize: a US Senate seat in a special election Dec. 12 in deep-red Alabama, following allegations of sexual misconduct by Republican candidate Roy Moore.

[20 Nov 2017 | Comments Off on Time to tally up Africa’s progress in governance | ]

Time to tally up Africa’s progress in governanceOne charge thrown at President Robert Mugabe as he faces impeachment in Zimbabwe is that “he can hear the voices of the people, but is refusing to listen.” In Africa’s long journey toward democracy, one sign of success is when a ruler’s own party demands such accountability. Zimbabwe’s progress on that point is a mark of hope for the continent. Overall, Africa is doing better on the quality of its governance, according to a Nov. 20 report by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

[20 Nov 2017 | Comments Off on Amongst Bedouins, modern life blunts demand for ancient daggers | ]

Amongst Bedouins, modern life blunts demand for ancient daggersNawwaf Khazaeeya lives each day on a knife’s edge.

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