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The concept of modernity can be analysed from various points of view. A sociological perspective sees modernity as the historical era arising from feudal society’s profound transformation processes and that, starting with the Protestant Reformation, sees the emergence of the new bourgeoisie..

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The Kurds

An ethnic and linguistic minority in the Near East, the Kurds now live divided between Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria, in a region unofficially known as Kurdistan, where they have always been the object of persecution and oppression.

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It is possible to participate in a brutal event – such as gang rape, lynching, an ethnic cleansing operation – or in a humanitarian event – fund raising, collective adoption, sacrificing oneself in an exchange of prisoners..

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Civil Society

From the mid-1980s to the present, civil society has been a key category of democratic politics, increasingly in a genuinely international setting.

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Peace is necessary, but peace is also just

Barack Obama addresses the Israeli People in Jerusalem

The speech addressed by President Barack Obama to the Israeli people, on March 21st, 2013 in Jerusalem.

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Women of the revolution

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Women taxi drivers face bumpy road in Bahrain

Women in Bahrain are increasingly taking up traditionally "male" jobs, but they face an uphill struggle against the country's more conservative residents.  Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra took a ride with one of Bahrain's female taxi drivers and found that her drive for change is still facing some obstacles. 

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Stand By Me. Playing For Change

From the award-winning documentary, Playing For Change: Peace Through Music, comes the first of many "songs around the world" being released independently. Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it travelled the globe. Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race.


Reactions from Muslims to the minaret ban

«The image of Switzerland abroad is of a place where peace, democracy and human rights are valued above all else - wrote Time magazine - The Swiss were even instrumental in setting up the U.N. Human Rights Council, which is based in Geneva. But this reputation has taken a massive hit now that a majority of residents have voted to ban minarets on mosques, which a right-wing political party likened to missiles on campaign posters». With banners saying This is not my Switzerland some Swiss took to the street to protest against a ban on minarets approved at the polls. Members of the Muslim community expressed their disappointment and incomprehension. (SF/TSRswissinfo 30.11.2009).


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