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Some Sunday Reflections: Multiculturalism v. Cultural Relativism

An incident this weekend (which I may or may not go into in a future post) got me thinking about multiculturalism and cultural relativism. Cultural relativism and multiculturalism are too often used as synonyms, when, really, they are two different (if not mutually exclusive) concepts. In the modern state system, …

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Mexico: Gateway to North America?

I found a very interesting article in today’s Christian Science Monitor.  It details illegal immigration.  But it’s not about Mexicans entering the United States, which you see all over CNN and Wolf Blitzer.  Rather, the story depicts the tale long before the U.S. border is in sight.  According to the …

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The flame of peace in Ivory Coast

On July 30 2007, in a ceremonial move in the city of Bouake, President Laurent Gbagbo and Prime Minister Soro Guillaume of Ivory Coast set fire to stockpiled weapons to symbolize the end of a destructive conflict that split the country in two parts since 2002. The "flame of peace", …

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Turkey Hysteria Has Returned

Whenever Turkey is in the international news (as it is now because of elections), otherwise calm, reasonable people lose their heads entirely. Because I don’t have much time, here, briefly, are my thoughts on the general "Turkey issues." So, the Justice and Development Party (Turkish initials "AK") won. Don’t pop …

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Bridging the Digital Divide?

Imagine a world where every child had access to a computer and to the World Wide Web?  Since 2002, a team of developers have been trying to make this dream a reality.  Just today, a breakthrough was announced. According to the One Laptop Per Child project, the prototype of “the …

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