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Twin blasts shook Ankara’s main train station Saturday morning just hours before a pro-Kurdish peace rally, claiming the lives of at least 86 people and wounding nearly 200. The explosions occurred near the main exit of the railway station in the Ulus district of Turkey's capital, presumably to cause a high death toll among likely participants at the rally, which was being organized by labor and civil society groups. Officials fear the death toll could rise. There was chaos and... (Full Story)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton reached out to Hispanic voters this past week in a bid to boost their voter support. With about 400 days before the election, opinion polls show that rivals are catching up to both frontrunners. Hillary Clinton addressed 2,000 people at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute on Wednesday. In brief remarks preceding President Barack Obama's speech on immigration, Clinton said too many people fail to see... (Full Story)
To mark World Mental Health Day Saturday, the World Health Organization urges governments to protect the human rights and dignity of people with mental health disorders who suffer from stigma, discrimination and wide-ranging abuse. Hundreds of millions of people globally suffer from mental health problems. The World Health Organization reports the mentally ill account for 13 percent of the global disease burden, and for one-third of all health-related disability. Studies in the United... (Full Story)
Where are the women? Of the 411,567 refugees/migrants who have entered the EU by sea so far this year, 72% have been male. 
Refugees arrive in some of Europe's poorest states, mainly Greece, Italy and Hungary, but insist that they have a right to head for more prosperous nations where welfare benefits are higher and healthcare freely available. (Full Story)
By Neil Caplan , Ph.D., Member of®
Heated emotions over Jerusalem, a city holy to three religions and regarded by both Israelis and Palestinians as their national capital, threaten to undermine both local and regional stability. Daniel Seidemann, an internationally acclaimed Jerusalem expert and peace activist, addresses the highly controversial topic of Jerusalem in Montreal on Sunday, May 3rd. (Full Story)
by Yoel Guzansky and Ephraim Kam

It has been a long time since Arab countries managed to unite for the sake of taking substantive action, especially military, in order to defend their own interests. However, Iran’s efforts to penetrate various arenas and expand its influence throughout the region are an ominous threat to at least some Arab states. (Full Story)
In 1976, the nationalist Parti Québécois came to power in Quebec and governed the province until 1985. A tense period followed its election within business circles and among the Jewish community. In the midst of this crisis, Victor Teboul’s Mythe et images du Juif au Québec had just been published and it exposed a negative portrayal of Jews in Quebec’s most well-read novels and history books. The book had a strong impact on the Jewish leadership and created some controversy among Quebec’s francophone intellectual elite.
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by Oded Eran

It is questionable whether the marginal effect that the Netanyahu speech may have on the current course of the negotiations with Iran justified the row, tension, and latest cracks in the personal relations between Obama and Netanyahu, as well as the danger of Israel becoming a political football in the US partisan rivalry between the Democratic and Republican Parties. (Full Story)
By Jacqueline Marcell, Author, ‘Elder Rage’

For eleven years I pleaded with my ‘challenging’ elderly father to allow a caregiver to help him with my ailing mother, but he always insisted on taking care of her himself. Every caregiver I hired soon sighed in exasperation, ‘Jacqueline, I just can't work with your father. His temper is impossible to handle and he’s not going to accept help until he's on his knees himself.’ (Full Story)
Every year for several weeks before November 11, a field of scarlet poppies appears on coat lapels across Canada. This wearing of the poppy has a complex history ... (Full Story)
By Oded Eran

President Obama's September 10, 2014 address to the American nation presented the new US strategy against ISIS. Since being elected president, Obama has been criticized at home and by US allies in Europe and the Middle East for skirting responsibility in various regions of tension. (Full Story)
In the late 80s, the Muslim faith in Britain was seen as beautiful and exotic religion, with the Mosques almost being part of the attraction sites in the British capital. I have seen retired American tourists who angled from side to side for perfect pictures of Regent’s Park Mosque while curiously wondering what would possibly be inside that fascinating golden dome on the base of the fine minaret. (Full Story)
Bergamo (Italy)  The year 2013 has been a very difficult year for activists and humanitarian workers throughout the world. The economic crisis, wars and conflicts, the lack of attention of governments and supranational institutions towards the most vulnerable groups in society have generated humanitarian tragedies everywhere. (Full Story)
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What is Tolerance ?
Everybody talks about tolerance. Why ? What is so important about tolerance ? Do you have an opinion you would like to share on tolerance ? Why should we be tolerant ? Let us know your opinion. Write your answer directly... (Full Story)
Declaration of Principles on Tolerance
Proclaimed and signed by the Member States of UNESCO on 16 November 1995. (Full Story)