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By Hiram Helfman | April 17, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
Citizens’ voicing dissent through social media as well as the Communist Party’s efforts to quell speech it deems a threat to its rule is nothing new in China. In the late 1970s, at a wall near Tiananmen Square in Beijing—which would become known as the Xidan Democracy Wall or simply Democracy Wall—people would voice their grievances and yearnings for change (See Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China). It was used [...] Read More
By Tad Daley | April 15, 2015 - 4:03pm EDT
​Today, April 15, 2015, is the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln. He was shot shortly after 10 PM on the night of April 14th, 1865, inside Ford's Theatre, then was carried across the street: 10th Street, between E and F, NW, to the Petersen boarding house, where he expired at 7:22 AM the next morning. Since I live in Washington, DC, and since I am usually a bit of a night owl, I spent some time there last [...] Read More
By Jennifer Welden | April 13, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
A few weeks ago, my professor did something I’m not used to witnessing in liberal Berkeley, California: he made a sexist comment. Discussing Chinese military expansion at length, and feeling the lack of energy in the room, he tried (and failed) to lighten the mood with a joke: “I’m sure the women are bored by this, they’d rather I go back to talking about Hello Kitty.” My jaw dropped only slightly further than yours.  [...] Read More
By Donna Park | April 08, 2015 - 12:10pm EDT
Dear Jake, I am proud to say that words my Cincinnati team wrote to share at the 2014 Greater Cincinnati World Peace Festival have been posted on the Globalsolutions.org website. The title is Embracing a United Federation of Nations and you can find it here. The text begins with our vision of a world at peace, where all people have the Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Many great thinkers, including [...] Read More
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By Hiram Helfman | March 27, 2015 - 5:01pm EDT
 In my previous blog, I mentioned examples of interfaith and intercultural dialogue going on in Europe and emphasized the need for expansion of such efforts and the need for the world public to be more informed about them. In this blog, I will focus on intervention for youth considered to be greatly at risk of going to the religious extreme. Bishop Michel Dubost (Head of French Bishops Council for Interfaith Relations), [...] Read More
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