In Norway, Negative Attitudes Toward Muslims Are Still Widespread

Nov 05, 2019

The World Happiness Report published by the United Nations in March this year identified Norway as the world’s third happiest country. The Scandinavian nation is doing remarkably well when it comes to key variables that influence well-being, such as income, freedom, trust, life expectancy,...

Western Dominance Is a Historical Aberration

Western Dominance Is a Historical Aberration

White Supremacists Are No Longer Hiding in the Shadows
Oct 17, 2019

White Supremacists Are No Longer Hiding in the Shadows

Is It Safe to Travel to Iran?

Is It Safe to Travel to Iran?

Climate Financing Can Help Developing Countries Reject Fossil Fuels

Climate Financing Can Help Developing Countries Reject Fossil Fuels

Sep 26, 2019

As Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg's speech at the UN created ripples worldwide, millions of youngsters took to the streets, protesting against climate injustice and the failure to reduce carbon emissions. Aside from Thunberg, many other youth activists, including Xiye Bastida and...

Trump Might Find Himself Accidentally at War

Trump Might Find Himself Accidentally at War

Sep 25, 2019

After Iran shot down a $220-million US unmanned aerial vehicle over the Strait of Hormuz on June 20, President Donald Trump said the United States was “cocked and loaded” to retaliate. He apparently rescinded his decision only 10 minutes before the attack was to be carried out, after his...

Talking Islamophobia With Tahir Abbas

Talking Islamophobia With Tahir Abbas

Sep 23, 2019

Driven by the rise of the far right and white nationalist movements, Islamophobia is on a rising tide, with widespread discrimination and record-high attacks on Muslims across the Western world. Norway recently avoided a tragedy when three Muslim men prevented a 21- year-old gunman from carrying...

Can Art Change the World?

Can Art Change the World?

Sep 17, 2019

Miniature painting is a genre in Persian and Indian art that has survived the passage of time. Indo-Persian miniature painting, a common heritage of the two nations, was originally an artwork adorning text that reached its climax of glory during the 15th and 16th centuries. Miniature...

Can Religious Communities Help Solve World Problems?

Can Religious Communities Help Solve World Problems?

Sep 05, 2019

People follow different paths to find meaning for their lives. For many, religion is a way of embracing spirituality. In a world plagued by loneliness, anxiety and conflict, religion can help people find peace of mind and inner calm. Since the beginning of time, humankind has resorted...

Malawi Can Be Aid Independent If Communities Are Empowered

Malawi Can Be Aid Independent If Communities Are Empowered

Aug 22, 2019

Malawi is one of the most impoverished nations on the planet. It is experiencing what officials describe as a “population explosion” in a society with inadequate resources. As of 2018, Malawi is the third poorest country in the world with a GDP per capita of only $342, according to the...

Defense Is Becoming More Integral to India’s Diplomacy

Defense Is Becoming More Integral to India’s Diplomacy

Aug 13, 2019

In May, Narendra Modi was re-elected as the prime minister of India in a landslide victory. India’s foreign policy became a salient issue during these elections due to the regional tensions with Pakistan. Beyond its immediate regional priorities, the Modi government has explicitly articulated a...

Traveling to Discover the Real Iran

Traveling to Discover the Real Iran

Aug 01, 2019

Ever since the 1979 revolution, Iran has been at the center stage of controversy — from the embassy siege to the nuclear deal. Today, the US government considers the country to be the world's “leading state sponsor of terrorism” due to funding networks and operational cells globally. So,...

Trust Your Children If You Want Them To Be Successful

Trust Your Children If You Want Them To Be Successful

Esther Wojcicki is widely known as the mastermind behind Palo Alto High School’s successful media arts program, which has produced alumni like the actor James Franco. A fact hidden from the public eye is that Wojcicki is also a successful mother of three incredible women: Anne Wojcicki, founder...

Telling a Story Through Photography

Telling a Story Through Photography

Jul 21, 2019

Photography is the art of discovery and observation. It is about finding the unexpected in ordinary settings and capturing the beauty and wonders of life at specific moments in time. Giving new perspectives to what otherwise might be missed, or considered banal, is one of the missions of...

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