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Why do I do it ? Over and over again, I ask myself this question : Why do I do it ? I am talking about putting myself through hell for no logical reason by taking on more responsibilities and challenges when I am already maxed out on responsibilities and challenges. Let me explain. About two years ago, I had a casual conversation with someone who worked for The British Institute of Directors (I.o.D), a highly respected body that concerns itself with the world of business in the UK and internationally. As the name suggests, it is a form of a club for senior business people who for at least part of their time, they are involved in the boardrooms of companies small, medium and large. The Institute is headquartered in the prestigious Pall Mall in London with branches in every major (...)more...

Are you a Chicken or a Pig ?

The workplace is a diverse coming together of people with differing backgrounds, skills, drive, ambition, and individual traits. Leaders and managers work hard at bringing together such an (...)


The Best Teacher You Ever Had…. Failure

What do we do when we succeed at something ? We cheer, pump our fists, go out and celebrate, splash the cash. However small or huge the success is, we bask in the glory of the moment and set (...)


Seven “Managers” From Heaven by Mufid Sukkar

I recently wrote about “Nine Managers from Hell” so, it is only fair to set the record straight and speak of managers who showed me how to be a better manager. By the way, I am not talking about (...)


Nine Managers From Hell

A lot of professionals consider promotion to a management position as a final destination rather than a start of a journey. Incompetent management comes in a variety of forms. I am sure you can (...)




Editorial

What to believe and what not to believe



Considerable progress has been made in technology. Look at mobile telephones and the Internet. Today, many people enjoy a standard of living much higher than that of their parents. So what is really happening ? Are the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, as one recent analysis suggested ? Will the middle class disappear, as many social scientists predict, and if so what will replace it ? How will posterity look upon our society ? What kind of world will we leave for our children ? How many times have we seen the label “approved by scientists”, “approved by the medical association” on a product ? What could be more certain than resorting to the integrity of a professional organization ? Marketing at its best ? But, despite all this, has the world really become a better place (...)more...

What is wrong with wishing people a Happy New Year ?

Every year at Christmas/New Year time, we send off a greetings card to all our friends and relations and in the envelope we include a “family newsletter” ‒‒ a recto/verso page describing what (...)


Thoughts...on a gloomy day

“There is something I don’t understand,” a friend observed. “Ever since I was on the ground covering the Libyan crisis, we reported that you could buy a Kalashnikov for US$50, while for US$400 you (...)


I hardly ever watch the news on TV anymore

“I hardly ever watch the news on TV anymore,” my colleague said the other day. “All you hear about is killings, wars, crimes … I’m tired of sad and depressing news.” It may be a general trend, because (...)


Business, ethics, deeds …

“With this financial crisis and its consequences, do you realize that people are going back to more traditional values ?” my colleague observed one day. “It’s not only in Europe. You can find this (...)




Diva International

On International Tiger Day, UN calls for urgent action against illegal wildlife trade



29 July 2016 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific today marked International Tiger Day with a call for urgent action to protect tigers and combat illegal trade in wildlife. With only a few thousand of the species remaining in the wild, mainly in Asia, the UN is reiterating its call for zero tolerance for wildlife crime as part of its 2016 Wild for Life campaign, which aims to mobilize millions of people around the world to take personal action to end the illegal trade in wildlife. “Today, as we mark the International Tiger Day, the United Nations is calling on everyone to stop wildlife trafficking, through the Wild for Life campaign,” said Isabelle Louis, Acting Regional Director and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, (...)more...

Countries need to be reminded they are built on diversity, says UN Deputy Secretary-General

19 July 2016 – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today called for an alternative narrative on migration, where human mobility is seen as a positive development and a driver for (...)


REPORT TO HRC 32 : CONTINUING HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN HAWAII

UNITED NATIONS, GENEVA – A delegation of Hawaiian nationals attended the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to report on the continuing and escalating human rights violations (...)


Alaska and Hawaii Pursue Self-Determination

UNITED NATIONS, GENEVA – Representatives from Alaska and Hawaii re-assert their diplomatic protests against the unlawful annexation of their countries in interventions and panel events during the (...)


LA MISSION DE MÉDIATION DES MEMBRES DU CONSEIL DE SECURITE AU BURUNDI : UN DEPLACEMENT SOUS HAUTE TENSION.

Le 22 janvier 2016, -soit deux jours après son arrivée au Burundi -, Samantha Power, l’instigatrice du voyage est furieuse. Le président burundais, Pierre Nkurunziza, n’a pas daigné la recevoir à (...)




Diva`s Diplomatic Pouch

Former Norwegian Minister Erik Solheim Takes Reins at UN Environment Programme



Solheim pledges to tackle major environmental issues such as ocean and air pollution, climate change, and nexus between conflict, migration and the environment Nairobi, 27 June 2016 - Erik Solheim, a former Minister of Environment and International Development in Norway, began his tenure today as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, with the concurrent position of UN Under-Secretary-General. Mr. Solheim assumes his new role as chief of the global authority on the environment after three years as head of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In taking up office, Solheim pledged to work with countries around the world to tackle some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time, (...)more...

Election du prochain Secrétaire-General de l’ONU

Cette année, pour la première fois depuis la création de l’ONU et en grande partie pour répondre aux critiques des pays qui dénoncent la mainmise des membres du Conseil de sécurité dans la sélection (...)


THE PROBLEM OF FORCE MIGRATION, WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON THE SITUATION IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

The issue of forced migration has reached the limits of an unfortunate tragedy. Proof of this is the actions taken by the United Nations (such as UNHCR and the Office of the High Commissioner (...)


DIPLOMATIE INTERNATIONALE ET SOCIETE Par Dan Albertini L’AUTRE ÉPÉE DE DAMOCLES

Entre (), Hillary Rodham Clinton aura beau vouloir ou prétendre un plan personnel au féminin pour l’Amérique, qu’elle ne pourra jamais se distinguer ainsi. Se débarrasser du patronyme de Clinton, sera (...)


TURKMENISTAN : Neutrality and transport in Eurasia Interview with His Excellency Ambassador Atageldi Haljanov

Q : Could you tell us something about your country ? Turkmenistan – the neutral, democratic, legal, secular and dynamically developing state in the Central Asian region –– is a land with a unique (...)




Geneva International

UNOG DIRECTOR-GENERAL MEETS WITH GENEVA MAYOR TO DISCUSS COOPERATION WITH HOST CITY



Geneva, 25 August 2016 – The Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), Michael Møller, held his first official meeting today with the Mayor of Geneva, Guillaume Barazzone, since the latter’s appointment in June 2016. Mr. Møller took the opportunity to congratulate Mr. Barazzone on his appointment and to discuss avenues for future collaboration. "UN agencies and other international agencies in Geneva work at the crossroads of peace, rights and well-being" said Mr. Møller. "I take the time to tell everyone I meet – from colleagues to media and political representatives – about the direct link between what we are doing here in Geneva and the lives of individuals all around the world." After thanking the Director General, Mr. Barazzone said : “The United Nations and the (...)more...

Welcome to the Club International de Tennis - A sports and culture “hub” right at the centre of international Geneva Interview with Mr. Ahmed Laouyane, President of the CIT

It is not a question about “boosting but rather to come up with the facts. At the recent UN Games held in Malaga (Spain) the Geneva UN tennis team came first. Most of the players of the UN team (...)


Welcome to the Club International de Tennis - A sports and culture “hub” right at the centre of international Geneva Interview with Mr. Ahmed Laouyane, President of the CIT

It is not a question about “boosting but rather to come up with the facts. At the recent UN Games held in Malaga (Spain) the Geneva UN tennis team came first. Most of the players of the UN team (...)


Statement by Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide on the situation in South Sudan

(New York, 11 July 2016) The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, expressed his deep concern at the threat to the populations of South Sudan posed by the (...)


Partnerships and coherence vital to development cooperation, UN deputy chief tells Forum

21 July 2016 – The United Nations deputy chief today stressed the importance of partnerships and coherent policy and action in tackling global challenges, including inequalities, conflicts, (...)




Economy

China-Russia trade corridor pilot caravan launched ahead of TIR implementation



Tianjin - The major overland trade route between China, Mongolia and Russia will be tested this week, ahead of the upcoming implementation of the TIR system in China. The 2,200km route will be assessed with a caravan of nine trucks travelling together over seven days, three each from China, Mongolia and Russia. China’s ratification of the UN TIR Convention last month has put a spotlight on this strategic trade route and its potential for regional development as well as facilitating trade between Asia and Europe. “This caravan is an important step in realising the benefits that TIR will bring to this important trade corridor, and for investment and economic growth in communities along its route and beyond,” said Umberto de Pretto, IRU Secretary General.殮 The caravan will evaluate (...)more...

Urbanization and Immigration : Reaching Development of Big Cities through Quality Integration Policy

As we approach the Third United Nations Conference on Human Settlements in Quito, Ecuador, the subject of urbanization is obviously gaining greater visibility. That urbanization is a significant (...)


Management in today’s Russia : now that’s a problem

Being an integral part of people’s organization relationship, management is key to the effective exercise of any company or business structure. Over the past two decades in Russia, attempts have (...)


Implementation of the ICSID decision

In Turkey has been started implementation process of the decision taken by Arbitral Tribunal of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) with regard to cases « Kiliç (...)


UN/CEFACT adopts strategy to maximise contribution of Electronic Business Tools to the Sustainable Development Goals

The role of trade as a powerful engine for development is well recognised, including within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Electronic business tools and trade (...)




Humanitarians

ON WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY, JOINT UN AND OIC VISIT TO AFGHANISTAN KICKS OFF



Kabul, 19 August 2016 – At the start of a three-day visit to Afghanistan, high-level officials from the United Nations and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation today commemorated World Humanitarian Day in Kabul urging increased international partnerships to address the root causes of humanitarian needs, reduce communities’ vulnerability to disasters and raise awareness of Afghanistan’s protracted humanitarian crisis. Civilians in Afghanistan continue to bear the brunt of a conflict which has grown in intensity and geographic scope, affecting the lives of at least 6.3 million Afghans. Over 210,000 people have been newly internally displaced by conflict in 2016 alone – some 1,000 people per day. The continued conflict and displacement create recurring humanitarian emergencies which (...)more...

Iraq : UN seeks $284M to start aid response ahead of Mosul military operation

20 July 2016 – One of the top United Nations officials in Iraq is warning that an expected military operation in Mosul will lead to the largest and most dramatic humanitarian crisis in the world, (...)


Filippo Grandi takes helm as new UN High Commissioner for Refugees, speaks of focus on solutions

Filippo Grandi, a UN official who has worked in refugee and political affairs in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, began his 5-year term as UN High Commissioner for Refugees on 1 January, (...)


Government of Germany and UNICEF join forces for refugee and migrant children in Germany

BERLIN, Germany, 14 December 2015 – With more than 300,000 refugee and migrant children having entered Germany this year, UNICEF and the Government of Germany today announced a new partnership (...)


Turkmenistan sent humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

Today, on 28 October 2015, in accordance with the Decree of the President of Turkmenistan, humanitarian convoy with construction materials and food has been sent in order to provide priority (...)




Education

UN deputy chief highlights benefits from and challenges confronting oceans



27 June 2016 – Addressing a gathering on laws affecting the world’s oceans, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today underscored that healthy oceans are critical to maintaining life on the planet, while also noting their connection to broader sustainable development aims. In his remarks to the opening of the 40th annual Conference of the Centre for Oceans Law and Policy, the UN official also emphasized that oceans are fundamental to meeting many of the world’s most pressing challenges, such as fighting hunger, providing clean energy and countering climate change. “They regulate the climate and provide an incredible range of natural resources, nutritious food, and jobs that benefit billions of people,” he said, while cautioning that humans’ impact on oceans and seas (...)more...

Main features of Academic Leadership : reflections from Humphrey fellow

This paper briefly introduces my reflections based on lessons learned during the 2015 fall semester as a part of Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. I will explore American academic leadership (...)


"DYSLEXIQUE…VRAIMENT ? Et si l’on soignait l’école"

Tout un programme ce titre du livre de Colette Ouzilou qui apporte un vent de fraicheur dans la réflexion sur les causes réelles de l’épidémie de dyslexie qui envahie depuis quelques décennies les (...)


Learn a language in 80 hours in Geneva or in New York

“Learning a language in 80 hours” is an innovative, efficient and stimulating teaching method which enables students to master a foreign language in 80 hours over a matter of months ‒‒ or even (...)


A hundred Muslim and Jewish young leaders daring to believe something is possible that everyone says is impossible

Each year, the Muslim Jewish Conference (MJC) gathers together 100 young Jewish and Muslim leaders from more than forty countries, allowing them to talk to each other for a whole week instead of (...)




Culture

À Paris Inauguration de l’exposition « Irak sur Seine II » Maîtres contemporains de la peinture irakienne



« Irak sur Seine II » exposition consacrée aux maîtres de la peinture irakienne par la Galerie L’Harmattan, a été un grand succès pour un deuxième rendez-vous avec le public parisien de l’été, au cœur du quartier Latin qui arbore toujours avec insolence son éternelle jeunesse. Les dix artistes membres de « Iraqi new art association » participant à l’exposition sont présentés par Ali Jebur, plasticien reconnu sous le nom Rodin de Bagdad. C’est en présence de Samir Jamal Alltaby, consul d’Irak en France que l’inauguration de l’exposition a été animée d’une conférence très instructive, appréciée de tous. Maître Ghani Alani, héritier de l’école de calligraphie de Bagdad et le peintre Salah Jiad Almassoudi ont tour à tour mis en valeur les œuvres des artistes peintres, femmes et hommes. Les œuvres exposées (...)more...

Art Brut versus art contemporain : confrontation artistique à Lausanne

L’été culturel lausannois nous invite à une passionnante confrontation entre l’Art (dit) Brut et l’art contemporain. Le premier a son musée – lieu fascinant s’il en est – sur les hauts de Lausanne. Il (...)


Activities within the framework of the CIS Cultural capital 2016 Status launched in Dashoguz

31/03/2016 Turkmenistan a second time has the ability, as the cultural capital of the Commonwealth States, to attract the attention of the scientists and intellectuals of the CIS to its ancient (...)


Cultural goods remain economic driver in digital age – UNESCO report

10 March 2016 – A United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report launched today finds that the trade in cultural goods doubled from 2004 to 2013 despite a global (...)


VIVA CALLAS

C’est avec un immense plaisir que l’association culturelle suisse-arménienne AVETIS vous annonce la création de son orchestre professionnel l’AVETIS FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA sous la baguette de son (...)




Health and well-being

WHO encourages countries to act now to reduce deaths from viral hepatitis



GENEVA– Ahead of World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging countries to take rapid action to improve knowledge about the disease, and to increase access to testing and treatment services. Today, only 1 in 20 people with viral hepatitis know they have it. And just 1 in 100 with the disease is being treated. "The world has ignored hepatitis at its peril,” said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “It is time to mobilize a global response to hepatitis on the scale similar to that generated to fight other communicable diseases like HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. “ Around the world 400 million people are infected with hepatitis B and C, more than 10 times the number of people living with HIV. An estimated 1.45 million people died of the disease in 2013 – up (...)more...

Rapid diagnostic test and shorter, cheaper treatment signal new hope for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients

GENEVA – New World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations aim to speed up detection and improve treatment outcomes for multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) through use of a novel rapid (...)


WHO : Life expectancy increased by 5 years since 2000, but health inequalities persist

19 MAY 2016, GENEVA – Dramatic gains in life expectancy have been made globally since 2000, but major inequalities persist within and among countries, according to this year’s “World Health (...)


As Air Pollution Levels Rise by 8%, Action on Renewables, Cook Stoves and Clean Fuels Bring Hope of Tackling Public Health Emergency

Nairobi, 24 May 2016 – As global air quality declines, threatening to add to the seven million people air pollution kills each year, increased action in some air quality areas points to political (...)


Launch of Countdown Timer of V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

On 5 May 2016, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov launched a 500-day relay horse race, which, having covered the entire country, will finish on the opening day of the 2017 Asian (...)




des Arts et des Hommes ...

Nasser…. ce jour du 28 septembre



Anouar El’Sadate grimpait nerveusement l’escalier de l’appartement de la famille Nasser, en ce début d’après-midi agité du 28 septembre 1970. Il rata la dernière image du raïs vivant. Il eut juste le temps de lui fermer les yeux. Gamal Abdel Nasser est mort dans son lit après une vie animée de victoires, d’espoir et de déception. L’Egypte ne sera jamais remise de cette perte. Il est rare qu’un homme politique divise autant l’opinion publique de son pays depuis près de sept décennies. L’Egypte qui l’a vu naître en 1918 sera toute autre à sa mort, ce jour du 28 septembre ancré dans l’histoire de celle-ci telle une huitième plaie. Le raïs rendit son dernier souffle, emporté par une complication cardiaque, en état d’épuisement total. Menant une guerre d’usure contre Israël après la défaite de 1967, cette guerre a (...)more...

Revivre la Patrie *

La Patrie n’est pas un lieu géographique inéluctable défini par les lois de la nature ou par les impératifs de la vie. Elle est la demeure de l’amour premier, la demeure de l’enfance, celle du (...)


Retrouver Camus

Albert … Le jour où tu as perdu la vie, j’avais à peine 7 ans. Je ne te connaissais pas encore ni même lu aucune de tes (...)


Le double miroir de Mahfouz

Aucun romancier égyptien n’ose encore se départir de l’héritage de Mahfouz ni revendiquer publiquement sa succession. Et pour cause. Ses disciples1 le prennent pour ce qu’il fût : le maître. Cette (...)


L’Amour se renouvelle ...

L’Amour se renouvelle ... Mauresque Il n’existe de jour qui passe sans sentir ton souffle remonter à mes lèvres Ton absence t’impose telle une source d’eau, masquée d’ombres, dans un jardin andalou (...)




Poetry and literature

« Sans Patrie », le livre qui prépare et annonce Heidi



Tout le monde connaît « Heidi », pas forcément l’original, c’est-à-dire les tomes publiés en allemand par Johanna Spyri en 1880 et 1881, mais sans doute ses adaptations et traductions multiples et diverses (dont des suites qui ne sont pas de l’auteure), ses versions pour enfants (raccourcies et simplifiées), et surtout ses apparitions au cinéma (inoubliable Shirley Temple), dans des séries télévisées, et le nouveau visage presque définitif que lui a donné le Japonais Isao Takahata en 1974 dans son dessin animé en 52 épisodes qui a fait le tour du monde… Et j’en oublie certainement ! Tellement reproduite, allongée, raccourcie, transformée, adaptée, que l’on ne sait peut-être plus très bien de quoi l’on parle. Et puis, que sait-on de Johanna Spyri ? Trop peu de choses. Mais ce que l’on sait renverse tous les (...)more...

Literature in the service of peace - 25 years of the United Nations Society of Writers (UNSW), Tuesday 14 Oct., 1 p.m. Library Events Room, United Nations, Geneva



UNITED NATIONS SOCIETY OF WRITERS SPONSORS A POETRY READING ON THE LAKE

On Saturday 10 March beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing until well past noon, the United Nations Society of Writers/Société des Ecrivains des Nations Unies and its literary journal Ex Tempore (...)


Zidane Meriboute, Islam’s Fateful Path

We are happy to inform you on the publication by the Londonian Publisher I.B Tauris of the translation and Update into English of the book : "La Fracture islamique:demain le soufisme ?" , (...)


At Sixty

Sixty is no eschatological age, but a breathing pause after a good run. Sixty is no end and no beginning, but a hyperbolic notwithstanding, a parable of sowing and reaping, a metaphor of (...)




Travel reportage

Elephant poaching rates virtually unchanged in 2014



CITES MIKE programme says that elephant populations continue to decline owing to steady poaching trends Positive progress in East Africa, but situation deteriorating in Central and West Africa. First compliance measures adopted Geneva/Kasane, 23 March 2015 – According to the latest figures released by the CITES programme for Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants, commonly known as MIKE, overall elephant poaching rates at monitored sites remained virtually unchanged in 2014 compared to the previous year. Poaching rates still exceed natural elephant population growth rates, meaning a continued decline in elephant numbers overall is likely. The latest CITES MIKE figures presented today at the African Elephant Summit in Kasane (Botswana), show no increase in the overall poaching (...)more...

Le Paxmal : un temple de paix dans les montagnes suisses

Ce temple, c’est l’histoire d’une vie et d’une œuvre, celles de Karl Bickel (1886-1982). Ce Zurichois fut à la fois peintre, sculpteur, graphiste et dessinateur renommé de timbres-poste. Il fut aussi (...)


A taste of the ancient Silk Road The Aslar Sadosi Festival in Khiva, Uzbekistan

The Asrlar Sadosi (Echo of the Centuries) Festival is an annual event dedicated to the preservation of traditional culture in Uzbekistan. It all started in 2008, when the Fund Forum, a public NGO (...)


Eco-tourism in Jordan

In a beautiful modern building on a hill overlooking one of the landmarks of Amman stand the offices of Wild Jordan. The building is functional, modern and fits into the landscape, and it gives (...)


Le Palais idéal du Facteur Cheval

Tout ce que tu vois, passant, Est l’oeuvre d’un paysan. Ferdinand Cheval A environ deux heures de Genève existe un lieu (...)




Friends contributing to DIVA

Le fil invisible entre humilité et éternité



"J’emporte avec moi la conscience de ma défaite comme l’étendard d’une victoire", écrivait Fernando Pessoa, l’immense et humble écrivain portugais, dans son "Livre de l’intranquilité". Si le Portugal est aujourd’hui sur toutes les lèvres, ce n’est pas seulement grâce à son équipe de football, Championne d’Europe 2016, décrochant la toute première médaille d’or de son histoire ; mais parce qu’elle l’a faite dans la dignité et dans l’humilité, en battant la France, chez elle, au Stade de France. Pourtant, la dernière victoire du Portugal face à la France remonte à ..1975. Pendant toute cette période, la France a battu le Portugal 10 fois. Des chiffres qui poussent plutôt à la réflexion. Grand pays du football, patrie d’Eusebio, de Figo et de l’inévitable Cristiano Ronaldo, le Portugal a traversé cette compétition (...)more...

Qu’a t-elle donc apporté !!!!!

Tous les pays communément du tiers monde ont été à un moment de leur histoire colonisés par un pays tiers. Cette colonisation s’est faite pour soit disant "civilisés" ces "peuplades primitives". Cet (...)


A ces hommes politiques qui nous dirigent

Au risque de dépeindre un tableau noir, au risque de faire rire certains, au risque que cela tourne au ridicule, au risque que l’histoire ne se répète à ces hommes politiques qui nous dirigent. Dans (...)


Aujourd’hui le monde arabe

On pourrait humilier des peuples pendant des décennies, on pourrait par le biais de la force, par le biais d’un pouvoir autoritaire asservir tout un peuple. Si a cela on ajoute l’appui (...)


A ce Liban, a ce rêve

Il est de ceux qui se battent pour un idéal et qui sacrifient leurs vies. Il est de ceux, pour qui leur terre est sacrée Il est de ceux pour qui, le pays est synonyme de symbole, d’entité, de (...)




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Bishop Edward Daly D.D : Death and Legacy

Bishop Edward Daly, Doctor of Divinity, was a well known Irish Roman Catholic priest and author of pastoral and other publications. He served as the Bishop of Derry from 1974 to 1994. As advocate and activist he took part in several civil rights marches and events during the period known as ‘The Troubles’. He had first-hand experience of the Battle of the Bogside in 1969, the early years of The Troubles and of internment. He became a public figure after he appeared in the iconic photograph in Derry on the day of ‘Bloody Sunday’ on 30 January 1972 waving a blood-stained white handkerchief to (...)

Nations at War : Centenary Commemorations 2016

Irish Madonna Hungary : Bishop Walter Lynch of Clonfert

Book Note : Sean Lester The Guardian of a Small Flickering Light, by Authors Marit Fosse and John Fox** Foreword by Michael Moller, Director-General, United Nations Headquarters, Geneva

Irish Courtesan : Margaret Leeson (1727-1797)