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Who's on trial, Eichmann or Arendt?

The book Eichmann Before Jerusalem (Ed. Alfred A. Knopf) by Bettina Stangneth appears to challenge Arendt's thesis of the "banality of evil", but this should not lead to deny the value of Arendt's challenge to Western thought. 

Persecutions > Fundamentalism and Terrorism

Terrorism and the press

The Independent and Il Fatto Quotidiano have decided to limit the news about ISIS to the objective necessity. They will inform readers about hostages, but no room will be given either to shocking images or to proclamations or emotional reactions which would only serve the purpose to enhance the terrorists' visibility.

Culture > Arts

An Arab-Jewish museum in Sakhnin, Galilee

The museum will present items of Palestinian Arab heritage and contemporary art works. Created by the Romanian artist Belu-Simion Fainaru and the Israeli designer Avital Bar-Shay with the municipality and the Arab Museum of Contemporary Art, it will promote the dialogue  between Arab and Jewish artists.

Persecutions > Human rights and crimes against humanity

Nabeel Rajab, arrested for a tweet

Nabeel Rajab, a prominent rights activist in Bahrain, director of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, has been arrested over a tweet deemed “denigrating” to the authority. His case is similar to the one of Maryam al-Khawaja, director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, arrested on 30 August at Manama airport.

Persecutions > Human rights and crimes against humanity

Ban Ki Moon urges Alliance of Civilizations

UN Secretary General recently in Bali prompted world leaders to counter fragmentation and ensure peace by fostering unity within diversity. He tackled the problem of sectarian violence and prejudice and appealed for the end of hostilities in Iraq.

Persecutions > Human rights and crimes against humanity

The brave struggle

We publish here an article by the philosopher Francesco Tava about the idea of Europe like a "Fortress" and the future of the European identity, originally published on opedDemocracy on 16 July 2014

Persecutions > Human rights and crimes against humanity

Iraq, the birth of the fanatical caliphate

The new state occupies a large part of northern Syria and northern and eastern pieces of Iraq. They have carried out crucifixions, beheadings, live video, kidnappings and all sorts of crime to reduce the inhabitants into submission. "Reject democracy and return to Islam," proclaimed spokesman of the Caliphate, al-Adnani, to terrified civilians.

Gardens > Others in the world

The value of a Garden of the Righteous in Warsaw

The speech by Zbigniew Gluza, chairman of the Committee for the Garden of the Righteous in Warsaw, about the opening of the first Garden of the Righteous in Poland, on 5 June 2014. 

A new Garden of the Righteous

A Garden in Warsaw

5 June 2014, inauguration of the Garden of the Righteous of Warsaw, set up following the example of the Garden at Monte Stella Hill in Milan. The choice of the date is not by chance: in fact it was decided to inaugurate the Garden the day after the 25th anniversary of the first semi-free elections in Poland, on 4 June 1989, who would lead to the fall of communism. In his speech, Barack Obama remembered the Righteous Among the Nation - quoting Jan Karski - and the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto, creating an ideal bridge between these dates.

the analysis

Remembering Moshe Bejski

editorial by Marc-Henri Fermont, relative of Moshe Bejski, 4 June 2014

I am deeply moved today as I always am when I participate in ceremonies at the Garden of the Righteous in Milan, but participating at this inauguration here in Warsaw, on the square of the Ghetto, is even more moving for me. Warsaw carries a significant resonance for all of us. It was the capital of the heroic Resistance during WW2 for the Jews and the Poles in their hopeless battles against Nazism. I am speaking as a relative of Dr Moshe Bejski, the Israeli Supreme Court Judge and President of the Righteous Commission from 1970 to 1995, who was also one of the initiators of the Garden of the Righteous in Jerusalem.

The interview

Celebrate personal responsibility

Seizing the occasion of the inauguration of the Garden of the Righteous in Warsaw on 5 June 2014, we discussed the creation and importance of this project with Piotr Jakubowski, director of the House of History Meetings in Warsaw.

The messages

Leave a memorial for the new generations

5 June 2014, inauguration of the Garden of the Righteous in Warsaw. Several messages have been sent to Zbigniew Gluza, President of the Committee for the Garden of the Righteous of Warsaw.

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