Stories about Ideas from June, 2016
With its many factions dispersed, the Syrian Revolution is now staggering between an internationally-planned political solution and the long, lost dream of military triumph.
"The important thing for the youth to understand is that you do not let them mute you, no matter what."
While the official reactions by most Balkan governments included expressions of guarded concern for the EU after the Brexit, Europhobic representatives of right-wing parties expressed joy via social networks.
"Ignoring what's been going on in our country's politics is what got us here today. We were too uninvolved in decisions that have made a huge impact on our lives."
"Few survivors remain today and soon there will be none. Who then can speak from personal experiences of the effects of nuclear war upon humanity?"
"In the refugee camp, we have no facilities – even shoes we don’t have. There is no gym. Even the weather does not favor training..."
"If we don't invest in the youth, we will never grow. They need our hands, our wisdom, our support, our investment. Let's have a collective vision."
"For me all of them are inspiring. They are not victims. They are survivors. Fighters. Literally, they are happy."
"I’ve spent most of my life in France, but my whole family is...Malagasy. I think there’s a desire for us to gather and talk about our mixed cultural identity."
"Connecting with family is a top priority for newly arrived refugees who want their loved ones to know they are safe."
In Japan, there is an online subculture devoted to capybaras, the friendly giant rodent from South America.
Forced disappearances, mass graves, widespread impunity, a devaluing currency, economic crisis. Does anyone still think Mexico is on the right track?
A new social venture has come up with a simple idea to provide a cheap solution to the problem of overheating in the summer in areas without electricity.
According to experts, the charges are illegal from several points of view.
Despite some complaints, most Japanese people appear to have reacted favorably to President Obama's May 27 visit to Hiroshima.
"This is not just another media entity. It is a solution."
"Are you satisfied that they don't condemn Nazism? Are you satisfied by swastikas? By angled crosses?"