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PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 15: The Eiffel Tower is seen after turned off its lights in respect for the victims of France terror attacks, on November 14, 2015. The Eiffel Tower has been closed indefinitely following the wave of deadly attacks in Paris. 129 people were killed and 352 others injured -- 99 of them in critical condition -- after the terror attacks in Paris on 13 November. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The Eiffel Tower Goes Dark To Honor Victims Of Barcelona Attack

The Eiffel Tower dimmed its lights after midnight on Friday to honor the victims killed and injured during Thursday's terrorist attack in Barcelona. The iconic tower shut off its lights at 12:45 a.m....
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 24: Pope Francis meets United States President Donald Trump at the Apostolic Palace on May 24, 2017 in Vatican City, Vatican. The President Trump will return on Italy on Friday attending the Group of 7 Summit in Sicily. (Photo by Vatican Pool/Getty Images)

Vatican Sees U.S. Climate Accord Withdrawal As 'Huge Slap In The Face'

Barely a week after meeting with Pope Francis and promising to read the pontiff's 184-page encyclical on climate change, President Donald Trump earned scorn at the Vatican over his decision that the U...
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Our Reactions To Terror Are A Litany Of Hypocrisies

Social media reactions to terrorism or acts of terror make for very interesting case studies. Never before have the masses been able to opine with such freedom on platforms that allow millions of others to read and share their views. News channels, newspapers and so on today are being challenged by people directly as the internet, often via smartphones and tablets, offers unprecedented, and often alternative and raw access to information. However, such access and fluidity in information flow comes with certain shortcomings.
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Why India's Demand For UN Tax Committee Holds The Key To Funding The Paris Deal

Achieving the goal of the Paris Agreement will require a major shift away from the fossil fuel-based economies of today to a more sustainable and green economy. Such a transition, needless to say, will be enormously expensive. The main source of financing will be public funds, essentially raised through taxation by the government. It is here that an ongoing reform effort at the United Nations must be brought into the picture -- the campaign for an intergovernmental tax committee.

Paris Attacks: Why The ‘Clash Of Civilizations' Theory Doesn't Hold Up

In the aftermath of the Paris tragedy, there is a growing debate on whether the attacks by ISIS are a manifestation of an ideological war against liberal western values, which are an antithesis of the puritan values of Wahhabi Islam. The argument gains credence when it is considered that ISIS chose soft targets like a concert hall, a sports stadium and restaurants in Paris, a city which they described as a "den of prostitution and vice", in order to instill fear in the people.
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How Inner Peace Can Change The World

There are three levels of peace, the first one being in the larger world environment and relates to harmony between nations, peoples, world regions, ethnic groups, etc. The second level of peace concerns harmony in our immediate environment comprising family, friends, neighbourhood and workplace. The third level is more personal and individualistic -- inner peace. We cannot underestimate the importance of this level.
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Why Paris Must Not Repeat Kyoto's Mistakes

The Kyoto Protocol has been largely unable to achieve the reduction in emission targets it set out for developed economies. With the US withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol in 2003 and an increase in Canada, Australia and Japan's emissions by more than 23.4%, 22% and 8.1% respectively from 1990 levels, the Kyoto Protocol has essentially been a failure. The lesson is loud and clear: international law can sometimes end up being a very poor mechanism for allocating emissions permits.