Professor Cees Flinterman

Rule of Law in Palestine

Israel is referred to by Western governments and mainstream media as a beacon of freedom and democracy in a uniformly undemocratic, strife-torn region — a true “liberal democracy.” A starkly different perspective is showcased in a recent UN report on the status of a central human rights covenant.


Medical Wine

Recent studies report that a glass of wine in the evening is good for your heart. This may be so, but a bottle of wine is not something you’d expect to buy at a hospital. In the French city of Strasbourg — the crossroads of Europe — you most definitely can.


Dovid Ben-Meir

Back in 2012, on a visit to the Israeli-occupied “West Bank,” hunkered down in what Benjamin Netanyahu insists will be a fine capital of any future Palestinian state — the city of Ramallah — I set out to speak with someone who refers to these gorgeous lands as “Judea” and “Samaria.” That is to say, with a Jewish settler.

Area C and the Death of the Two-State Solution


As the world holds its breath, waiting for Israel to demolish the little village of Susya, in the occupied West Bank, here’s a report to listen to from back in 2012. Today, Susya’s destruction and forced transfer of her residents, could come at any moment.

Ring of Fire

Neskantaga (copyright Allan Lissner/Neskantaga)

It would be difficult to go a day without stainless steel. The Old Faithful of materials is ubiquitous at home, work and play. And that steel would not be stainless without ferrochrome — the end product of chromite mining. In northern Ontario’s Ring of Fire region, exploitation of chromium deposits generates controversy, as it inches closer to reality.


Gerard Verkleij and Sybren de Hoog

Picture a landscape buried beneath a sky-high heap of dead plants and animal corpses. This is what Earth’s surface would look like if it weren’t for fungi. Fungi are the biosphere’s recyclers. It’s an activity that fills us with horror when the material being recycled is damp basement drywall or the moist, warm skin between our toes, but one that human society depends upon absolutely.



Mention Rwanda to someone, what comes first to their mind? Bloody genocide, most likely; certainly not swank men’s fashion. Think again. Over the past year, two Dutch entrepreneurs have been marketing boldly colored made-in-Rwanda men’s blazers in clothing shops across the Netherlands, under the trade name Afriek. First they take Amsterdam — then they take Berlin.