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Six scientists have completed a yearlong Mars simulation in Hawaii, where they lived in a dome in near isolation. For the past year, the group in the dome on a Mauna Loa mountain could go outside only while wearing spacesuits.   On Sunday, the simulation ended, and the scientists emerged. Cyprien Verseux, a crew member from France, said the simulation shows a mission to Mars can succeed. "I can give you my personal impression which is that a mission to Mars in the close... (Full Story)
Legendary Mexican singer-songwriter Alberto Aguilera Valadez, known to millions of fans as Juan Gabriel, died Sunday near Los Angeles.  He was 66. Details were not immediately confirmed.  But noted Mexican journalist Joaquin Lopez Doriga said the iconic entertainer suffered a heart attack, just hours after performing to sold-out crowds in Los Angeles.  A family statement was expected later Sunday. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, writing Sunday on Twitter, mourned... (Full Story)
A series of arrests of bloggers, newspaper reporters and even a dog owner has advocates worried about a chill on freedom of expression in Nigeria. While the constitution of Africa’s most-populous country guarantees freedom of speech and the press, Peter Nkanga, West Africa representative for the Committee to Protect Journalists, said those rights are under attack.   “More and more, that freedom is being eroded,” Nkanga said. “How is it being eroded? By the actions of government... (Full Story)
by Oded Eran , Vera Michlin-Shapir

The results of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union show a country fragmented and in a state of political and economic uncertainty that will persist for years. Moreover, the very idea of the European Union sustained a major blow that is liable to intensify during the process of separation. Two groups have formed: countries that are not interested in being EU members, led by Norway and Britain, and countries that cannot belong to the EU because the EU does not want them, including Morocco and Turkey. (Full Story)
By Yves Mamou

''How quickly the unthinkable became the irreversible''  writes  The Economist.  They are talking about Brexit, of course. The question of today is: Who could have imagined that British people were so tired of being members of The Club? The question of tomorrow is: What country will be next? (Full Story)
by Alan M. Dershowitz

As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg trials, at which selected Nazi leaders were placed in the dock, we must ask some disturbing questions about those who were never tried for their complicity in the world's worst genocide. It would have been impossible to carry out the mass murder of so many people without the complicity of so many governments, groups, and individuals. Perhaps there were too many guilty parties to put them all on trial, but it is not too late to hold the guilty morally accountable for what they did and failed to do.

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By Neil Caplan , Ph.D., Member of Tolerance.ca®
In his recent book, No End of Conflict, independent security expert and peace process researcher Yossi Alpher sees no imminent solution to a dangerous, deteriorating conflict. (Full Story)
By Neil Caplan , Ph.D., Member of Tolerance.ca®
Courtesy of the Moshe Sharett Heritage Society, Tel Aviv
One of the short-hand ways to sketch out the hawkish-dovish divide in Israeli politics and history is to contrast the approaches, worldviews and personalities of two of the country’s founding politicians: David Ben-Gurion and Moshe Sharett. (Full Story)
Well-known lawyer, Julius Grey, will speak about the «Uberization»  of society and its deleterious effect on the well-being of citizens. (Full Story)
By Miriam Rabkin , Contributor to Tolerance.ca®
Valentine’s Day rituals often begin in the classroom, where the holiday serves both as an enjoyable arts and crafts activity and as a pedagogical tool, teaching children about structuring love and friendship into a concrete, prescribed form. The ritualization of love continues throughout our lives, not only on Valentine’s Day, but through weddings, anniversaries, and Mother’s and Father’s Day. (Full Story)
By Ingrid Carlqvist  

Mass immigration is continuing to claim victims in Sweden. Murder, assaults and rape have become everyday occurrences in this small country, with a population just short of ten million, which last year opened its doors to almost 163,000 immigrants. The latest victim is 22-year-old Alexandra Mezher. She was stabbed to death on January 26, 2016 by a so-called unaccompanied refugee child at the asylum house where she worked. (Full Story)


Every day, thousands of refugees from Syria arrive by boat on the shores of the Greek island of Lesvos, hoping to find a new start in Europe.  (Full Story)
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Proclaimed and signed by the Member States of UNESCO on 16 November 1995. (Full Story)