These are uneasy times….
‘Multiculturalism’, he says, ‘is the idea that one might be changed by other ideas’. It is a movement based on the dialogic exchange of ideas, even traditions, based on ‘the idea that purity is incestuous’.
Abu Mastul ibn Wayn al-Masari, head of Occidental Studies, Baghdad University
Democracy should be the champion of diversity. The word conjures in our minds the image of a Greek city state, where each citizen has his own, considered and educated opinion. They talk, they listen, and then they vote. A decision prevails, and we progress.
The asylum issue has been marred by groups of people who simply have a narrow perspective on the nature of the world. We humans must accept our embarrassing truth, that most countries are shit-holes for most people.
An Interview with Denis Halliday, ex-assistant secretary general of the UN
It was very reluctantly that I even went into the ballot station in Israel on January 28th.
It’s beginning to look a lot like the 1940s. This time it’s not liberalism but neo-liberalism, and instead of communists, Islamic terrorists are our new public enemy number one.
We are at the beginning of an era when the two supremes of the Sumo wrestling will be a Hawaiian-born and a Mongolian – there is not a Japanese wrestler within a belly’s width to match.
Multiculturalism and human rights go hand in hand.