BUSINESSMAN’S BLUES

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 eclectic selection to form effective teams and build successful companies. However, no matter how diverse a group of people are in a specific team and irrespective of how large the team is, you can divide the entire population into two distinct types : “Chicken” and “Pigs”. No offence is intended in the use of animals here ; you can say sheep, goats or cows instead of pigs, the point remains the same. In any team sport, you see players with different responsibilities such as attack, defence, wingers, etc. A good team is well drilled and organised to act in a concerted manner to defend or attack. A (...)more...

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 (...)


Wisdom of A Child

Sometimes I think I have gone mad but when I reflect on what had happened, I am relieved to realise perhaps it is the business world I inhabit that is slowly but surely going completely nuts ! (...)




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

Uzbekistan completed election cycle : impressions from the Presidential Elections 29 March 2015



On 29th March this year, Uzbekistan held a presidential election, and I had the good fortune to be invited again to be an observer at the elections. I had requested to follow the elections in the city of Navoi, something that the Election Committee graciously had agreed to. The director of Uzbekistan Encyclopedia Publishing House had accompanied me the first time I was an observer for parliamentary elections in December 2014, and it was a great pleasure to have him again as a host during my stay. Honestly, I could not have found anyone better. This time too he did everything in his power to accommodate me. As last time, in order to let me "take the temperature" of the elections in the capital, he brought me to the market, so that I could experience the positive atmosphere (...)more...

Les enfants dans les conflits armés

Le Conseil de sécurité a tenu un débat public sur le sort des enfants dans les conflits armés alors même que des informations faisaient état de l’enlèvement, par Boko Haram, d’environ 500 jeunes femmes (...)


Uzbekistan prepares for presidential elections

At an event at the United Nations headquarters last week, Permanent Mission of Uzbekistan presented presidential elections that will take place on 29 March 2015 As part of a development model (...)


Le Conseil de Sécurité s’est réuni le 23 février, en présence de plusieurs ministres dont Serguei Lavrov, le ministre russe des Affaires étrangères, pour réfléchir sur la meilleure façon de maintenir la paix et la sécurité internationales et réaffirmer son engagement aux buts et principes de la Charte des Nations Unies

Une douzaine de ministres des affaires étrangères, mais également 67 délégations ont participé au débat organisé par le représentant permanent de la Chine et président du Conseil de sécurité pour le mois (...)


Negotiations between Presidents of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, who arrived in Turkmenistan on a two-day official visit, recently (...)




Diva`s Diplomatic Pouch

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 landscape, rich natural resources, numerous historical monuments, a multinational population and age-old cultural traditions. Abundant natural resources and an advantageous geo-economic location have resulted in the development of the country’s diversified production potential. Enormous reserves of raw materials are available beneath the Turkmen land. Turkmenistan has the fourth largest natural gas reserves in the world. The country is not limited to the production or export of energy resources, but is also home to high-performance enterprises using innovative technologies to cater to the (...)more...

NEW ZEALAND : Emphasizing multilateralism Interview with Amanda Ellis, Ambassador of New Zealand to the United Nations and other specialized agencies

Ms Ellis is one of those dynamic, sporty, hardworking and friendly ambassadors who is determined to put her country on the international agenda. Madame Ambassador has a difficult task because (...)


Abdoulaye Diop le tout nouveau ministre des Affaires étrangères malien, était à l’ONU. Il s’est exprimé devant le Conseil de sécurité.

Q : Quelle est la situation sur le terrain. Les forces de l’ONU et la force Serval font-elles leur travail ? Quel est votre sentiment ? R : La situation est complexe. Aujourd’hui, seule la moitié (...)


DIPLOMATIE INTERNATIONALE ET SOCIETE Par Dan Albertini QUEBEC : LE CORONER BROCHU ASPHIXIE LA PENSEE D’INDEPENDANCE

Entre (). Si la Crimée souffrait de compétences locales bidons, elle ne pourrait se dresser souveraine dans sa volonté de référendum l’opposant à l’UE, aux EE UU, aux Ukrainiens et même aux Canadiens. (...)


DIPLOMATIE INTERNATIONALE ET SOCIETE Par Dan Albertini Carrefour Autonome une vision de mégapole

Entre (). L’Oncle Sam s’assume, le dalaï lama dort à DC en dépit des invectives communistes sans nuance, qui dévoilent l’ambition pyromane de l’expansionnisme bouddhiste dit de sagesse. Conjoncture et (...)




Geneva International

ALASKA & HAWAII DELIGHTED WITH PAKISTAN’S REQUEST AT US UPR



UNITED NATIONS, GENEVA - The Alaska-Hawaii Alliance for Self-Determination is delighted by the request made by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United States delegation at the Universal Periodic Review of the United States of America on Monday, 11 May 2015 at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. This simple intervention by Pakistan clearly indicates that the situations of Alaska and Hawaii are matters of international law… specifically pertaining to decolonization. What was the question ? Pakistan simply asked the United States to : “Respond to the suggestion made by the Special Procedures in paragraph 69(n) of report A/68/284 regarding the cases of Alaska, Hawaii and the Dakotas.“ This was in reference to the 2013 report to the UN General Assembly by Dr. Alfred deZayas (...)more...

A tree-planting ceremony and plaque dedication in memory of the late Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Somalia

Photos : ActionPress/P-M. Virot A tree-planting ceremony and plaque dedication in memory of the late Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Somalia to the United Nations (...)


Silent march in Geneva on 25 April 2015 to condemn the barbaric and heinous massacre of 30 Ethiopian Christians

Photos : Copy right ActionPress/PM Virot The Permanent Mission of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the United Nations office at Geneva and other International Organizations in (...)


Armenian Genocide and International Relations : 1915-2015 by Vicken Cheterian

The public opinion in Europe has heard about the Genocide perpetrated against the Armenians, yet they often know very little next to it. This lack of knowledge is not accidental. The state (...)


The Crime of Silence : Centennial of the Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide perpetrated in the Ottoman Empire in 1915 accounts for the legal concepts of Crime against humanity and Genocide. The first concept appeared for the first time when France, (...)




Economy

Negotiators Adopt Geneva Act of Lisbon Agreement at Diplomatic Conference



Geneva, May 20, 2015 PR/2015/779 Negotiators approved a revision of an international registration system providing protection for names that identify the geographic origin of products such as coffee, tea, fruits, wine, pottery, glass and cloth. A Diplomatic Conference was held in Geneva from May 11 to 21, 2015 and adopted the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications. The Geneva Act allows the international registration of geographical indications (GIs), in addition to appellations of origin, and permits the accession to the Lisbon Agreement by certain intergovernmental organizations. WIPO Director General Francis Gurry concluded by thanking delegations from all WIPO member states for their very constructive engagement. He said all (...)more...

Illegally Traded and Dumped E-Waste Worth up to $19 Billion Annually Poses Risks to Health, Deprives Countries of Resources, Says UNEP report Inconsistency in Cross-Border Regulations Challenge to Effective Control of Illegal Waste Trafficking

Geneva, 12 May 2015 – Up to 90 per cent of the world’s electronic waste, worth nearly US $19 billion, is illegally traded or dumped each year, according to a report released today by the United (...)


The first national communications satellite launched on 28 April

The first communications satellite of Turkmenistan Türkmen Älem 52°E was launched from the launch site at Cape Canaveral (Florida, USA). The Falcon 9 rocket transported the artificial body built at (...)


Somalia registers record export of livestock in 2014 due to trade boost with Gulf States

29 April 2015 – Somalia in 2014 exported a record five million livestock to markets in the Gulf of Arabia thanks to heavy investments in animal disease prevention backed by the European Union and (...)


UNITED NATIONS EXPERT SAYS SECRET NEGOTIATIONS ON TRADE TREATIES ARE A THREAT TO HUMAN RIGHTS

The Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, expressed Thursday his deep concern over the general lack of awareness on the adverse (...)




Humanitarians

Maintaining the ideals of humanism and respectability



The example of maintenance of principles of international law, ideals of humanism and justice is the policy, being pursued under leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on decrease of statelessness in Turkmenistan. From 2011 to 2014 inclusive, Turkmenistan naturalized over four thousand immigrants – persons, residing on the territory of the country. From the part of the state, all conditions are created for worthy life of new citizens of the country. Granting the citizenship allows improving the social condition of this people, gives them an opportunity to enjoy numerous privileges, and opens the access to get education, job, medical and other assistances. Alongside with citizenship, a person not only get all rights, but mainly, the feeling of self-esteem. Stabilization of (...)more...

Wars in Syria and Iraq drive highest asylum numbers in 22 years

GENEVA – The wars in Syria and Iraq, as well as armed conflicts, human rights violations and deteriorating security and humanitarian conditions in other countries, pushed the number of asylum (...)


UNHCR and ITC partner to support economic empowerment for refugees

Geneva) – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) have agreed to step up joint efforts to ensure better economic and (...)


Syrian civilians unable to escape

Syrian civilians trying to escape the brutal war inside Syria, risk being turned back at the borders and the number of refugees finding safety abroad has declined dramatically, according to a new (...)


UNITAR’s Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) reports major damage to cultural heritage sites in Syria – Call for protection

23 December 2014, Geneva, Switzerland - UNITAR’s Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) today issued a substantive report following detailed satellite imagery analysis of cultural (...)




Education

"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 statistiques scolaires et les esprits de nombreux élèves et de leurs parents. Colette Ouzilou est une orthophoniste qui en 40 ans d’exercice a reçu des centaines d’enfants "mauvais lecteurs" dans son cabinet. Parmi ces enfants à peine une vingtaine était dyslexique. "En 1968, je rééduquais essentiellement des enfants souffrant de retard de langage, de bégaiement. Mais, au début des années 70, j’ai vu apparaître la première vague de lecteurs défaillants, et, depuis, leur nombre n’a fait qu’augmenter" témoigne-t-elle. L’auteur décrit les processus qui ont conduit l’institution scolaire à abandonner et (...)more...

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 (...)


Le Centre International de Formation ``Golda Meir`` (MCTC) au chevet des pays du sud dans le domaine du développement communautaire et de la gestion de micro-entreprises. Par Roch Alfred KIKI (AFRIQUE)

Le MASHAV entendu l’Agence Israélienne pour la Coopération Internationale au Développement (MASHAV), une institution israélienne qui œuvre pour la coopération entre les peuples du monde à travers (...)


Pestalozzi, père de la pégagogie moderne

« J’ai vu mieux que le paradis de la Suisse, j’ai vu Pestalozzi » (Karl Ritter, célèbre géographe allemand). La pédagogie, une passion suisse ? On peut l’affirmer si l’on pense à Pestalozzi, Rousseau, (...)




Culture

A PEARL IN THE DESERT : THE HOME OF FORBIDDEN ART



The incredible story of Igor Savitsky and the Nukus Museum Have you ever heard of Igor Savitsky ? No ? What about Nukus ? A city of 250,000 inhabitants –– Nukus –– in the autonomous Republic of Karakalpak, in the northern part of Uzbekistan, it hosts the world’s second largest collection of Russian avant-garde art (after the Russian Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg) –– in the Nukus Museum. It is also home to one of the largest collections of archaeological objects and folklore, applied and contemporary art originating from Central Asia. Although the ancient Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva may be better known, the Nukus Museum is in fact the fourth splendour of Uzbekistan, and the Savitsky Collection has been called “one of the most outstanding museums of the world” by the (...)more...

Exceptional concert at Victoria Hall in Geneva 17 April 2015

On the 17th of April 2015, classical music enthusiasts are invited to attend exceptional concert at Victoria Hall in Geneva. On the occasion of the commemoration of 100th anniversary of Armenian (...)


Genève au 16ème siècle : Jeanne de Jussie, religieuse persécutée, raconte…

Avant de devenir la Rome protestante, Genève a vécu au milieu du 16ème siècle une période de graves conflits religieux et politiques. Jeanne de Jussie, une sœur du couvent de Sainte-Claire au (...)


Entrevista con Luis Ayhllón, escritor y dramaturgo mexicano

Luis Ayhllón (fotógrafa Liliana Padilla) El dramaturgo y guionista mexicano Luis Ayhllón (1976), residente en Ginebra, es uno de los autores más representativos y premiados de su generación. (...)


Culture Sector in Public Policy of Turkmenistan

At an extended government meeting of 7 July, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov outlined current issues facing the field of national culture at the present stage, having stressed the need to (...)




Health and well-being

IARC celebrates 50 years of cancer research



Lyon, France, 15 May 2015 - The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, today celebrates the 50th anniversary of its establishment with the launch of the book International Agency for Research on Cancer : The First 50 Years, 1965–2015. The book charts the birth of the Agency, established by the World Health Assembly on 20 May 1965 as a major international cooperative effort to tackle cancer. Born from the realization that cancer would become a major health concern across the world, the Agency aimed to shape the face of cancer research and to provide the scientific evidence on which to base prevention strategies. The book also describes the origin and development of IARC’s main research themes, which have led (...)more...

Caesarean sections should only be performed when medically necessary

Caesarean section is one of the most common surgeries in the world, with rates continuing to rise, particularly in high- and middle-income countries. Although it can save lives, caesarean section (...)


International sports media forum took place in Turkmenistan

On April 3, 2015 within the framework of International Conference dedicated to the Asian Games 2017 and Turkmenistan’s role in progress of sports in the name of peace and prosperity, International (...)


WHO calls on countries to reduce sugars intake among adults and children

4 March 2015 | GENEVA – A new guideline from the World Health Organization recommends adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake. A (...)


Sanofi joins Be He@lthy, Be Mobile initiative Partnership harnessing power of ICTs to deliver health-care solutions

Geneva, 26 February 2015 – Multinational pharmaceutical firm Sanofi has joined the International Telecommunication Union’s Be He@lthy, Be Mobile initiative, which ITU leads in collaboration with (...)




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 (...)




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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 apport d’une civilisation nouvelle n’a pratiquement rien apporté au pays dominé, mais a sûrement enrichi celui qui au nom de la civilisation à coloniser. Dés lors la question que l’on devrait se poser c’est pourquoi se sont ils lancés à la conquête de ces pays ? Pourquoi a t-on voulu "civilisé" ces populations ? Les a t-on civilisées ? A t-on réellement apporté quelque chose à tous ces pays ? A toutes ces questions que l’on pourrait se poser la seule réponse possible est que ces pays qui ont subi cette colonisation aujourd’hui font tous partie du tiers monde. Est ce donc une simple coïncidence ? Non, c’est (...)more...

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 (...)


Interview with Mr. Hagop Avakian

You have surely heard the name Avakian somewhere. The Avakians have been in the carpet business for more than four generations, and they have specialized in Oriental hand knotted carpets. We (...)




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The 150th anniversary of Yeats’ birth falls in June 2015 that has created a revival in interest about the life and work of the writer, poet, dramatist and essayist W.B. Yeats (1865-1939). A pioneer of the literary world, he is generally considered one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. With playwright, Lady Augusta Gregory (1852-1932), he was one of the co-founders of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, for which he wrote many plays. He was a senator of the Irish Free State (1922-28) and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923, the first Irishman to be honoured with the award for (...)

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John Bremner (1798-1847) : A Priest in Troubled Times

Dylan (Marlais) Thomas : Year of Celebration

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