After North Korea may have sunk a South Korean naval vessel, things are awfully tense at the demilitarized zone.
Beyond the Ghetto: A New Polish Portal Rebuilds Shtetls With Wiki Power. And Lots and Lots of Photos.
Mention Polish Jews and you'll likely think of death camps and ghettoes. The four-month-old Virtual Shtetl Web site tells much, much more about the 1,000 years of Jewish history in Poland—a country that once offered the community religious refuge in medieval times and later became home to the world's biggest Jewish community.
Dolls, Pepsi, and Pushkin. What Russians think they need to know about Obama's visit.
Jimmy Wales describes himself as a pathological optimist. He'd have to be. The 40-year-old former options trader is the founder of Wikipedia , the free online encyclopedia that allows anyone to edit any entry—a by-the-people-for-the-people approach that Wales describes as a bid to give everyone free access to the sum of all human knowledge.The Wikipedia phenom currently has more than 5 million entries in multiple languages and draws an estimated 7 billion page views a month.
The fly just wouldn't quit. First it perched on Laura Bush's nose, then her upper lip. The First Lady did her best to ignore it, smoothly continuing with her message about the need for women's rights to Middle Eastern leaders gathered in Jordan last Saturday. "Freedom, especially freedom for women, is more than the absence of oppression," she said. "It's the right to speak and vote and worship freely." Her speech, however, soon was punctuated by abrupt little hand waves--puzzling her audience...
During the harshest years of apartheid, Desmond Tutu was always an outspoken voice of conscience. The 73-year-old Anglican archbishop faced down dirty tricks, arrests and assassination threats to lead protest marches and highlight racial injustice in his native South Africa.
Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah is one of the most senior religious authorities among Shiite Muslims. Based in Beirut, he won a wide public following for his role as the spiritual leader of Hizbullah, the militant group best known for its resistance to Israel's occupation of southern Lebanon.
We drove in a tight convoy behind Archbishop Desmond Tutu, masking our nervousness behind lame jokes. It was April 27, 1994, and we were traveling to Guguletu, the racially fraught South African township where black youths had stoned and stabbed a white American to death just a few months earlier.
It's probably a stretch to use fashion as a metaphor for events in Davos. But what decision-makers and power-brokers wore-and didn't wear-might function as one indicator of the mood at a meeting that ended with ski races and funicular rides in the Swiss resort town yesterday.What organizers didn't want participants to wear this year were ties.
His speech was couched in erudite philosophical terms. But when Mohammed Khatami delivered his keynote address to the political and business elites gathered in Davos on Wednesday, there was no mistaking the Iranian president's political subtext. "Democratic norms are not identical packaged goods ready for export," Khatami said at the formal opening session of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting here. "True partnership calls for genuine dialogue."Khatami could have been expressing...
Klaus Schwab has always been the public face of the high-profile meetings in Davos. The founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, he was the initiator more than 30 years ago of the idea of bringing together Europe's chief executives to discuss global business strategies in the Swiss resort town.Schwab established the WEF in 1971 as a nonprofit foundation, eventually expanding its annual gatherings into intense events attended by CEOs and political leaders from around the world.