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'To his credit, Morsi did not close any newspapers, any political parties, any web sites, or any television stations. He did not imprison opposition leaders. On the contrary, he freed many political prisoners.'

 

 

Oxford University's Professor Farhang Jahanpour gives an alternative view of the recent bloody events in Egypt.

 

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When they spot a white peace poppy some red poppy wearers see red.

 

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Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present and argues that, despite the wars of the 21st Century, we are living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence.

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What is courage? Is it the fearlessness of superheroes in the face of danger? Or is it overcoming cowardice when faced by the petty tyrants infesting the power structures of modern life, asks Anthony McGowan, award-winning author of The Knife That Killed Me, a book for young adults. 

 

 

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William Ury, author of Getting to Yes, offers an elegant, simple (but not easy) way to create agreement in even the most difficult situations — from family conflict to, perhaps, the Middle East.

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In the early 1980s industrial designer Patricia Moore visited over a hundred US cities dressed as an 80-year-old in order to understand better the needs of the elderly.

 

Just one story cultural historian and author Roman Krznaric tells in his talk on how the art of empathy can not only enrich one's own life but also help to create social change.

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South African writer and former parliamentarian Andrew Feinstein discusses the widespread corruption, bribery and criminality operating behind the scenes in the global arms trade - both legal and illegal.

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