If "music has charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak," as poet William Congreve observed over 400 years ago, no wonder one human voice joining others has had the power not only to overcome horrific adversity, but also to comfort and uplift souls, hearts- and perhaps even minds
(New York, 20 March 2015) The UN Commission on the Status of Women concluded its 59th annual session today with an agreement by UN Member States on steps to boost its efforts to advance gender equality and women's empowerment.
Growing demand means that water withdrawal is set to increase by around fifty-five per cent by 2050, while today, already twenty per cent of aquifers are being over-exploited, some at a critical level. Groundwater supplies, the primary source of drinking water, are decreasing. At this rate, we can speculate when the first water war will break out.
The thing that always leaps out at me when I see Hillary is joy. Her smile exudes a sense of life that is both passionate and innocent at the same time. Her laugh is one of the hardiest laughs I've ever heard. That's Hillary the person, not Hillary the woman, not Hillary the Democrat, but Hillary the individual that has a passion for life
I have a confession to make. I, dear reader, am a sinner - a collaborationist, in fact. You're aghast, but it's true. For there is almost nothing anyone can verbally exclaim which, absent physical violence, will cause me to forever shun them or demand their immediate extrication from the human race
Not so long ago, not only was the patient not informed (s)he had cancer (the family was called aside) but the news of the disease was also received as a death sentence. Not today, where many types of cancer have become chronic health conditions rather than critical ones. Two upcoming webinars announced on sciencemag will announce new approaches.
After World War II, and up until 1971, the US dollar was backed by gold. That meant that dollars were convertible to gold and it is the sole reason that the dollar was said to be, "as good as gold". Nixon unilaterally cancelled convertibility. In 1980, inflation was the mass media's favorite buzz-kill word, it peaked at 13.5%. Gold soared to $850
It has never been a secret that Al Qaeda was founded and funded by US spy agencies to give the Soviets a hard time. The orange overalls in which ISIS captives are dressed, are the same as those used for the inmates at the US concentration camp in Guantánamo Bay. All talk of the danger of Islam is wildly exaggerated
Due to recent discoveries of oil and gas in the Americas, the Middle East, North Africa, and elsewhere (which made the US, for example, a net exporter), it is unlikely the price of oil and gas will increase $10-15 more a barrel than the current price, in the foreseeable future unless a major conflagration erupts in the Middle East or in Europe
In the first part of our interview with Shaykh Abbas we tried to describe, as difficult as the limited means we have, some spiritual aspects of Islam. Of Course, this is a speech, this, that cannot be sold with a few and imperfect questions but it can at best be a starting point. But there are also other high important aspects: for example...
The question of death penalty appears to be one of the most debatable questions in the human society. For hundreds of years, disputes on the subjects have been driving a wedge between common people, lawyers, writers, thinkers and so on and so forth. Yet, criminals continue committing crimes, whether death penalty exists or not
According to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, some 20,000 people have joined ISIL since last summer. They have traveled to Syria and Iraq from more than 100 countries all over the world for that purpose. To make a comparison, it took ten years for the number of foreign fighters against the Soviet Army in Afghanistan to reach 20,000