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The Real Diamonds of South Africa

An international youth festival is a place to observe the potential of the future and what appeals to the new generations. International youth festivals around the world focus on arts, peace, film, music, prayer, and public speaking. For instance, the Global Youth Festival held in India is inspired to carry on the message of Mahatma Gandhi. The International Youth Arts Festival held in the United Kingdom aims to discover new talents, and potentially new methods and genres, in art. Some festivals focus on ideologies, such as a left-wing festival that has been organized since 1947, the World Festival of Youth and Students.

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More Is Different

Can we understand the meaning and poetry of Shakespeare using just the letters of the alphabet? Can we comprehend the size of the moon within the larger universe using just 9 digits? Can we think of a laboratory where the wind rules and makes flawless chemical compounds? With our bare eyes, can we deduce all the chemical compounds on the periodic table of elements? Can we look at the colors on a plate and see Monet, Picasso, and Rembrandt?

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The Predicament of Ignorance

"A lack of idealism is victimizing humanity," writes the lead article of The Fountain Magazine May-June 2015 issue. Idealism is not a theory or an argument; here idealism is a reason to get motivated. Do you have a reason behind every act you perform? What makes you continue when faced with a difficulty? As humans we are in need of many material resources to survive. However, does having it all promise satisfaction? If not, what is the idea behind waking up every day? What makes us feel alive?

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Ocean Literacy

Ignorance of the ocean affects us all, as well as our personal and collective future. The Ocean is the defining feature of our planet and humans and the ocean are inextricably connected. Understanding this is key to a healthy planet and our sustainable future. The first step away from ignorance is education. Educated, environmentally literate pre-college students (K-12) are an integral part of this solution. They are our hope for the future. Providing experiential learning opportunities is a powerful way to not only really understand the science and the content of marine (ocean) systems but to be literally connected to the environment and gain a sense of purpose and an understanding of why this is important.

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Sunrise in Jenin

On my last day in Palestine, I watched a beautiful sun rise over the palm trees of Jenin. Birds chirped, doves cooed. Susan Abulhawa, in her heartbreaking novel, Mornings in Jenin, describes the protagonist of her story, Amal, watching that same sun rise with her father, before the 1948 Declaration of the State of Israel, and before the current occupation. It was a fitting end for my trip to Palestine. I was there to speak at a conference on "Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation in Palestine: Reality and Challenges," sponsored by Coventry University in the UK's Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations and the Arab-American University at Jenin. AAUJ-a school that 15 years ago did not exist and now has 9,500 students, is a place where figuratively the sun is indeed rising on initiatives within Palestine that promise to bring a just peace to the Holy Land-as speaker after speaker articulated with passion and intellectual clarity.

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2015 Elections and the Future of Nigerian Democracy

Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa – one out of four Africans is a Nigerian – has been devastated by serious political and economic contradictions. In national and international affairs, the conventional wisdom in analyzing Nigerian politics is to see Nigeria as made up of over 300 tribes hostile to one another. Still others see Nigerians as Muslims and Christians at odds with each other’s religious philosophy. Others view Nigerians as been enmeshed in regional politics – Northerners vs. Southerners, or Easterners vs. Westerners. But a history of Nigerian struggle for independence from the British rule from 1861-1960 will reveal that conventional wisdom in analyzing Nigerian politics is very misleading.

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