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Turning the tide in Kingston: after years of decay, Jamaica’s capital city has begun to see its heart restored. Martin Ed Henry meets a man who has devoted the last 12 years to this challenging task

Turning the tide in Kingston: after years of decay, Jamaica’s capital city has begun to see its heart restored. Martin Ed Henry meets a man who has devoted the last 12 years to this challenging task Martin Ed Henry Morin Seymour thrives on `turning nothing into something’. Now 53, he has built a solid reputation […]

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stories of hope in a world of conflict

Forgiveness factor: stories of hope in a world of conflict In San Salvador a few months ago, I heard a senior administrator at the University of Central America, where six priests were assassinated during the civil war, reflect on the role of forgiveness in healing his nation. `The timing of an amnesty is crucial,’ he […]

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No bribes for healthy business: corruption is bad for business, says Suresh Vazirani, managing director of an award-winning hi-tech company

No bribes for healthy business: corruption is bad for business, says Suresh Vazirani, managing director of an award-winning hi-tech company – Profile Michael Smith You are in hospital with a life-threatening illness. Malaria, say, or TB or hepatitis or, God forbid, HIV/Aids. The doctors need to diagnose exactly what you’ve got. And they need to […]

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On the road to renewal: artists from all over the world came to Caux in search of inspiration, refreshment and challenge. Anastasia Stepanova was there

On the road to renewal: artists from all over the world came to Caux in search of inspiration, refreshment and challenge. Anastasia Stepanova was there – Caux conferences 2002 Anastasia Stepanova `My wish for this week is that we will be refreshed, inspired, challenged and encouraged, said Gunnar Soderlund of Renewal Arts, the organisers of […]

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Facts and fiddles

Facts and fiddles – Webbsite Robert Webb If there were a media Richter scale, the New York Times’ Jayson Blair affair might well have set a new shock record. The Times’ disclosure of how for years Blair, 27, deceived and tricked his readers and editors alike sent shock waves through media across America and doubtless […]

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Somali peacebroker: Yusuf Al-Azhari spent six years in solitary confinement as a political prisoner

Somali peacebroker: Yusuf Al-Azhari spent six years in solitary confinement as a political prisoner Michael Smith Yusuf Al-Azhari was walking between two Somali villages recently when he found a woman lying under a tree with her four children. She had malaria. He laid her head in his lap and she died four hours later. He […]

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Down to earth philosophers: Pierre Spoerri finds both inspiration and food for thought in Alain de Botton’s, `The Consolations of Philosophy’. . – Bookmark

Down to earth philosophers: Pierre Spoerri finds both inspiration and food for thought in Alain de Botton’s, `The Consolations of Philosophy’. . – Bookmark – book review Pierre Spoerri Philosophy, at least here in European lands, seems to be an `in’ subject at the present moment. One first noticed it when, some years ago, the […]

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on a recent visit to Vietnam, British teacher Rob Neal found a nation that refused to be held back by its suffering

Can-do spirit of Vietnam: on a recent visit to Vietnam, British teacher Rob Neal found a nation that refused to be held back by its suffering Rob Neal Weaving through Saigon’s Sunday night traffic on the back of a Honda Dream, it is impossible not to feel the energy and vibrancy of Vietnam’s largest city. […]

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The roots of conflict in Bougainville

The roots of conflict in Bougainville Alan Weeks In 1899 Britain, the power in control of the Solomon Islands, ceded the northernmost islands, including Bougainville, to Germany in exchange for Western Samoa. No allowance was made for the fact that the people of Bougainville were of the same ethnicity, colour and culture as their neighbours […]

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Melville Carson tells Paul Williams about his ‘great escape’ from guilt and bitterness

No 151’s bid for freedom: Melville Carson tells Paul Williams about his ‘great escape’ from guilt and bitterness Paul Williams WHEN 200 prisoners of war tried to break out of Stalag Luft III during World War II, Melville Carson was number 151. The attempt was discovered before his turn came. As told in the classic […]