Preventing World War Through Global Solidarity: 100 Years on

Rhodes Forum Opening PlenaryEvery autumn since 2003 the ancient Greek island of Rhodes hosts a session of the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" called the Rhodes Forum that brings together public figures and statesmen, academics, religious figures and representatives of the arts, mass media and business spheres from all over the world. The sessions of the WPF "Dialogue of Civilizations" proved the urgency and efficacy of the Forum by brining the focus of world public opinion to the problems of intercultural dialogue and the need to work out instruments to make interaction among cultures and civilizations possible. The results achieved by the Forum give a hope for further harmonization of international relations and strengthening of stability in the world.

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TTIP o Razvitie? Un'alternativa di sviluppo per una UE più autonoma dagli Usa.

Maria Grazia Bruzzone, La Stampa, 02.08.2014

“L’opinione pubblica sa poco o nulla delle opzioni strategiche davanti alle quali si trova l’Europa :  da una lato il Trattato di Parternariato Transatlantico con gli Stati Uniti, dall’altro la creazione di un enorme corridoio multi-infrastrutturale euroasiatico di sviluppo secondo nuove modalità sintetizzate dalla parola russa ‘razvitie’, che non indica solo crescita economica ma uno sviluppo integrale, culturale, civile, ambientale che la crescita include senza esaurirsi in essa”.

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Sanctions against Moscow, a Boomerang

An Article by Mario Lettieri and Paolo Raimondi published at ItaliaOggi on August 20, 2014

Washington sanctions against Russia have above all a geopolitical relevance. It is the return of the Cold War between the two superpowers. For the European Union, on the contrary, they risk provoking immense economic and political disaster for the Euro-Asian region as a whole.

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World Affairs. The Journal of International Issues

In 1996 “World Affairs. The Journal of International Issues” was started by Jagdish Kapur and Chanda Singh. Today it is published in partnership with the WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations.”

World Affairs is a leading journal, printed and published in India. The journal seeks to provide the much needed Asian and the developing world’s perspective on issues of global significance. It stimulates interaction and debate between developed and developing nations.

The journal addresses a wide range of readers and reaches out to world leaders, politicians, industrialists, academics, students, and the general public while focusing on the changing socio-politico-economic situation and equations in the world today.

The increasing complexity of the international environment, beset by multiplying global crises requires serious analysis, debate and understanding. And this is what World Affairs is striving to bring about. In a world of growing violence and shrinking moral and ethical values it seeks to address this pressing need.

The latest issue of the Journal is devoted to recent developments in India, its domestic and foreign policy.

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Extortion in Argentina: Odious Debt is Pillaging the Nation into Bankruptcy

An Article by Ellen Brown published at OCCUPY.com on August 18, 2014

Argentina was the richest country in Latin America before decades of neoliberal and IMF-imposed economic policies drowned it in debt. A severe crisis in 2001 plunged it into the largest sovereign debt default in history. In 2005, it renegotiated its debt with most of its creditors at a 70% “haircut.” But the opportunist “vulture funds,” which had bought Argentine debt at distressed prices, held out for 100 cents on the dollar.

Paul Singer’s Elliott Management has spent over a decade aggressively trying to force Argentina to pay down nearly $1.3 billion in sovereign debt. Elliott would get about $300 million for bonds that Argentina claims it picked up for $48 million. Where most creditors have accepted payment at a 70% loss, Elliott Management would thus get a 600% return.

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Islam and the West: another Form of Coexistence is Possible

History Allows to Understand Why

A Paper by Dr. Beatriz Bissio, Head of the Department of Political Science, Coordinator of the NIEAAS, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Africa, Asia and South-South Relations, IFCS / Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, submitted for the Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon - 2014

Understanding a particular culture is diving into its values, deciphering its codes, studying its symbols, submerging in its history.

In a time when certain groups representing specific interests of the West chose Islam (and particularly Arab Muslims) as an enemy to be fought it is important to rescue some aspects of the history of Arab and Islamic civilization to understand how this view is misguided and biased. The study of the history of Islam leads us to understand that the Muslim world is not that "other" with which the Western world can only come into confrontation. Rather, it enables us to understand how this civilization has contributed to the cultural development of humanity, and of course, of the West!

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Terror against Christians in Iraq

Statement by the Communication Service of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, August 14, 2014

The tragic events caused by the unprecedented terror employed by militants against Christians in Iraq urge the Russian Orthodox Church again to raise her voice in their defence.

About 1,5 million Christians lived in Iraq before 2003. Religious radicalism, banditry, continued terror attacks, killings and discrimination against Christians, which began spreading as far back as ten years ago, have led to a situation in which most Christians have had to leave the country.

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