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

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 held negotiations in Ashgabat. When arriving to the Palace complex “Oguzhan” along the capital city’s main street, the motorcade of the Afghan leader was escorted by Turkmen cavalry which is a sign of an utmost respect towards high-ranking guests. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov greeted the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan at the central entrance of the magnificent palace complex. Having warmly greeted each other, the leaders of the two states proceeded to the building’s hall “Oguzhan” where a ceremony of the official high-level meeting with the high-ranking guest took place. (...)more...

One-on-one negotiations between the Presidents of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan

One-on-one bilateral negotiations of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Gani were held in Kabul within official visit of the (...)


DIPLOMATIE INTERNATIONALE ET SOCIETE Par Dan Albertini RELATIONS INTERNATIONALES à l’IUSMM

Entre (). Quand Kouchner voulait le directoire de l’OMS dans son tableau de chasse, un confrère africain correspondant aux UN m’avait accusé d’avoir coupé l’herbe sous les pieds du p’tit bavard. Il se (...)


La Russie a mis son veto au projet de résolution soutenue par Londres, Washington et Paris, qui proposait la création d’un tribunal international pour juger les responsables du crash du vol MH17. Ce tribunal était voulu par les cinq pays qui mènent l’enquête sur le crash (Malaisie, Pays-Bas, Australie, Ukraine et Belgique).

Onze votes pour, trois abstentions –Chine, Angola et Venezuela- et un veto Russe : il n’y a pas eu de consensus au sein du Conseil de sécurité sur le projet de résolution déposée par la Malaisie, qui (...)


Opening remarks to the press by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed

Photos : Action Press/P-M. Virot Geneva, 19 June 2015 Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (SE) : Today, we put an important basis for the political process for Yemen. The personal (...)




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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 un pari aussi risqué que de tenter d’écarter Bill. C’est d’ailleurs contre ce dernier que le clan Bush lance des invectives pour miner les Démocrates car, Bill à lui seul aura réussi ce que ses alter ego n’ont su. Fermons les (). Laurent Salvador Lamothe peut-il naviguer encore plus loin en Haïti ? Sinon vers où : ambitions, prévisions, déceptions. La houlette ne rassure ni le bâton. Il eut son temps de gloire, éphémère. Elle justifiait tout, même cette ambition trop haut perchée. Je l’ai pourtant soulevée dans ‘’Le MAE un Bateau sans Capitaine’’ comme dans ‘’Le Procès Salvador’’. Celui-ci était une critique (...)more...

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 (...)


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. (...)




Geneva International

Interview de Guy Mettan, l’auteur du livre « Russie-Occident : une guerre de mille ans »



Question 1 : Comment vous est venue l’idée d’écrire un livre qui évoque une guerre « Russie-Occident » de mille ans ? Cela fait 20 ans que je suis de près les événements de Russie et la manière dont les médias suisses et occidentaux parlent de la Russie. Je suis frappé par le biais systématiquement antirusse généralement adopté par les correspondants et les éditorialistes. Ce fut particulièrement frappant pendant les JO de Sotchi et carrément délirant pendant et après les événements de Maidan. Immédiatement, sans aucuns ens critique, la majoité des médais occidentaux a pris fait et cause pour les "gentils" Ukrainiens contre les "méchants" Russes en dépit des faits et en violant la déontologie qui oblige tout de même à respecter un minimum d’objectivité et d’impartialité. Annoncer 36 fois l’invasion de l’Ukraine (...)more...

From Park Avenue to rue de Fribourg… Interview with Raymond Loretan

It’s difficult to categorize Raymond Loretan : a brilliant man, a former diplomat, for a long time he represented his country, Switzerland, living in New York with his family. Eventually, he (...)


Land and resource rights are key to Sami people’s self-determination, UN rights expert says

HEMAVAN / GENEVA (28 August 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, today expressed concern at the land rights situation of the (...)


UN expert calls for an immediate moratorium after Iran hands down death penalty to a prisoner of conscience

GENEVA (5 August 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, today urged the Iranian authorities to immediately commute the death penalty (...)


International Day of Yoga-21 June 2015

Photos : Action Press/PM Virot June 21, 2015 has marked the first observance of the International Day of Yoga. In this regard, the Permanent Mission of India, in association with the United (...)




Economy

New article



Mukhisa Kituyi has had a long and impressive career. Not only has he been an academic and a minister of trade for Kenya, he also has wide-ranging experience in trade negotiations, as well as in African and international economics, and diplomacy. It has been said that one could hardly find a better qualified person to head the United Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), with its focus on achieving prosperity for all. (In addition – believe it or not – he speaks fluent Norwegian !) With characteristic modesty and good humour, Dr. Kituyi discusses the aims and achievements of UNCTAD in this, its fiftieth year. Q : You have a very impressive curriculum vitae. What has given you the most satisfaction in your life or career ? Satisfaction varies. Passing a competitive examination (...)more...

UN-backed action plan to improve study of weather and climate in Polar regions takes shape

16 July 2015 – An international action plan to improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in Polar regions has been agreed in an effort to minimize the risks and maximize the (...)


International Day of Cooperatives

4 July 2015 – Cooperatives will play an “invaluable role” in the international community’s roll-out of a sustainable development goals, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who today (...)


American companies in the Turkmen market

In the first years of independence, Turkmenistan had encountered problems in the national economy. Decades long relationships, which had been built between farmers and industrialists, were lost (...)


The President of Turkmenistan held a meeting with heads of the American "General Electric" and Turkish "Çalyk Enerji"

The President of Turkmenistan held a meeting with Ricardo Cordoba, the head of American "General Electric", and Ahmet Chalyk, the head of the Turkish "Çalyk Enerji". The two companies were (...)




Humanitarians

Health services shut down as funding shortfall cripples humanitarian operations in Iraq



4 August 2015 – A severe funding shortfall has led to the closure of 84% of health programmes supported by humanitarian partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO), in Iraq, leaving almost 3 million people without access to urgently needed heath care services. More than 184 front line health services in 10 governorates have been suspended, leaving millions of refugees, internally displaced persons and host communities without access to trauma care, nutrition supplementation, primary health care, outbreak detection and management, immunization services and reproductive health care services. “This is a country ravaged by conflict. Not only do we have innocent civilians being caught in the violence, with so many people fleeing the fighting and living in temporary housing, (...)more...

UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR, STEPHEN O’BRIEN OPENING REMARKS TO THE HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS SEGMENT OF THE 2015 ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL

Geneva, Photos : ActionPress/PM Virot 17 June 2015 Mr. Vice-President, thank you for your opening remarks, and your leadership in facilitating the Humanitarian Affairs Segment of ECOSOC. I (...)


Nansen : Explorer and Humanitarian

Nansen : Explorer and Humanitarian, by Marit Fosse and John Fox Not only an explorer and scientist but also a diplomat and humanitarian, Fridtjof Nansen was an extraordinary man who left a (...)


UNHCR : Total number of Syrian refugees exceeds four million for first time

Geneva, 09.07.2015 The number of refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria to neighbouring countries has now passed four million, confirming that crisis as the world’s single largest refugee crisis (...)


Mediterranean Crisis 2015 at six months : refugee and migrant numbers highest on record

The large majority of the 137,000 people who crossed the Mediterranean Sea into Europe during the first six months of 2015 were fleeing from war, conflict or persecution, making the Mediterranean (...)




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

Photo exhibition : Her image, Her Voice, Her Story, Australian Indigenous Women June 17-July 3, 2015 at the Pas Perdus, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland



Photos : Action Press/PM Virotmore...

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 (...)


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. (...)




Health and well-being

Global health workforce, finances remain low for mental health



14 July 2015 | Geneva – Worldwide, nearly 1 in 10 people have a mental health disorder, but only 1% of the global health workforce is working in mental health. This means, for example, that nearly half of the world’s population lives in a country where there is less than one psychiatrist per 100 000 people. Huge inequalities in access to mental health services exist depending on where people live. On average globally, there is less than one mental health worker per 10 000 people, according to the World Health Organization’s Mental Health Atlas 2014, released today. In low and middle-income countries rates fall below 1 per 100 000 people, whereas in high-income countries the rate is 1 per 2000 people. The report states global spending on mental health is still very low. Low and (...)more...

World on the Verge of an Effective Ebola Vaccine

Geneva, 31 July 2015 – Results from an interim analysis of the Guinea Phase III efficacy vaccine trial show that VSV-EBOV (Merck, Sharp & Dohme) is highly effective against Ebola. The (...)


WHO calls for urgent action to curb hepatitis

23 July 2015 Geneva — On World Hepatitis Day (28 July) the World Health Organization is highlighting the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to (...)


Even low doses of radiation increase risk of dying from leukaemia in nuclear workers, says IARC

Lyon, France, 22 June 2015 - A study coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, shows that protracted (...)


A HOSPITAL IN HOMS

Khalid Shibib has written a novel telling the story of a young Syrian doctor sent from Damascus to the city of Homs in late 2010. He witnessed how the city became the scene of a full-scale civil (...)




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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Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) : An Irish Connection

In 2015 a number of bicentenary events including exhibitions* commemorated the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815. It proved a battle too many for Napoleon’s army who were beaten by combined British, Dutch, Belgian and German forces, led by the Duke of Wellington, or the Iron Duke, and Prussians, under Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher, whose concerted charge brought an allied victory. Historical, military and naval anecdotes abound about Napoleon’s military campaigns and exploits. Caricatures, monumental paintings and the statues of him are legendary. In his birth place of Ajaccio the (...)

Pontifical Scots College, Rome : Scottish-Roman Mosaic

Irish Dominicans in Rome : Community of SS. Sisto e Clemente

Life and work of W.B. Yeats (1865-1939)

Irish and Czech Connections : Charles University in Prague