Back to Tigray – a turning point in the war?

This is my second ‘Briefing’ for Oxford House on the military conflict and humanitarian crisis that is consuming Ethiopia, particularly the rugged northern district of Tigray. To recap. Years of growing political and military tension led to a confrontation between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) – which dominated Ethiopian politics for almost thirty years […]

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Why now?

Pictures of rockets, rioting, chanting crowds, bleeding bodies, death, and destruction from Gaza, Lod, Jerusalem, Hebron, and Tel Aviv, have filled screens and dominated news coverage in the last seven days. International concern – sometimes outrage – at renewed conflict between Israeli and Palestinian militants, and now Jewish and Arab Israeli communities, has been broadcast […]

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Korean Confucianism: Past history, present impacts and the crisis in the peninsula

Students of Korean culture (North and South) immerse themselves in the history, tradition and philosophy of the last, great Confucian dynasty, the Joseon, or Chosun (1392-1910). Founded in 1392 by Yi Seong-gye (later Yi Dan), for five hundred years Joseon rulers led Korea in its embrace of Confucian – especially Neo-Confucian – culture, thought and […]

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