Seventy years on from the holocaust and the conviction that this must never happen again, Jewish people are suffering persecution and prejudice all over the globe. Often the hostility towards Jews is masked as a hostility towards the politics of Israel. Daniel Willis tells us why this is a dangerous attitude.
It has not yet been seventy years since the liberation of the European Jews from the catastrophe that was the Holocaust. Yet now, it would seem many countries in the West are witnessing (and promptly neglecting) the return of an overwhelming sickness of the mind; a new breed of Anti-Semitism for the twenty first century, and it bears an uncanny resemblance to the old one. Continue reading
With Hugo Chavez in ill-health, Venezuela has a chance to rid itself of its corrupt and dictatorial leader. It is time the Chavez administration considered new candidates to view for political power, argues Daniel Willis.
The recent news to come from Venezuela indicated that the populist President Hugo Chavez is suffering from bowel cancer. Despite having a tumour approximately the “size of a baseball” removed in late June he has recently found it necessary to return to Cuba for possible chemotherapy or radiation treatment, as was announced last week. Whilst still maintaining an iron grasp on the country, the recent revelations have sparked debate not only regarding the health of the President, but Continue reading
In early June M.F. Husain died as an exile in London at 95 years of age, but during his life he was a brilliant artist of expressionism. Known to many as “The Picasso of India”, Husain began his career painting billboards and posters for Bollywood films in the 1940s. Over the decades, the scope of his ambitions extended beyond the canvas, becoming involved in photography and film. Directing “Gaja Gamini” in 2000, age was no obstacle for this man and the multiple uses of his talents are a testament to the dedication and passion he had for India.
But in one of those ironies in which our recent times are replete, Husain would eventually see his work condemned, decades after their unveiling, and his life threatened. Facing increasing legal pressure, there eventually would be little option but to leave the country he dedicated his life to. Continue reading
In February this year the Swedish Minister for Integration and Gender Equality, Nyamko Sabuni, made a brilliantly nuanced speech at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. During her speech, she proposed, “Good quality education is essential in the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment”. However, for one pre-school in Sweden, it seems gender “neutrality” is the key to progress.
In an attempt to tackle “gender bias”, the Egalia pre-school of Stockholm has decided that pronouns may have a hand in jeopardizing gender equality. Consequentially, students will not be subjected to the use of “him” and “her”, and shall be addressed merely as “friends”. Continue reading