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The Zaatari refugee camp's transition into a town is presenting huge challenges as the need for infrastructure and access to jobs grows.
“Refugees want to begin again” – a call to invest in their future

Author: Christine Mahoney Source: Mercatornet Photo: Za'atari camp for Syrian refugees - Jordan's fourth biggest city. Tom White/ Oxfam The endless stream of Syrian refugees seeking asylum in Europe has drawn world attention to a civil war that has displaced millions of citizens of that Middle Eastern country. But they...

heroes
Everyday heroes: the real-world meaning of our most popular stories

Author: Zac Alstin Source: Mercatornet I’ve been writing fiction for the past year after several years of trying to work it out. It’s nothing literary or world-changing, just a middle-grade fantasy about a boy who discovers a magic world, suffers horribly, and saves everyone in the end. I’m currently...

Harry Potter and the translator’s nightmare

Translating the Harry Potter books written by J.K. Rowling, in over 60 languages around the world, was not for the faint of heart or vocabulary. Translators didn't have advanced copies of the books to get a headstart and these books could take months to adapt...

Africa
What Africa loses as villagers move to the city

I have spent a total of less than five years in my home village, and therefore know very few of the people there, even extended family members. This, combined with my short-sightedness, has made me cross paths along the village roads with many people who...

Pope speaks on climate change to Stephen Hawking and other scientists

Pope Francis met with Stephen Hawking and the scientists from the Pontifical Academy of Sciences during their 4-day plenary session on Science and Sustainability. While the pope did not exchange many words with Hawking, perhaps the size of his smile expressed more than words even could. While...

New technology in Rome takes tourists 2,000 years back in time

Technology is making its appearance in the world of museums, and one of the most ancient monuments in Rome, Ara Pacis, is spearheading an innovative group that is breaking new ground in this area. Ara Pacis is one of the masterpieces of Ancient Roman art, but...

Charting culture

This animation distils hundreds of years of culture into just five minutes. A team of historians and scientists wanted to map cultural mobility, so they tracked the births and deaths of notable individuals like David, King of Israel, and Leonardo da Vinci, from 600 BC...

Amazement
What would life be like without amazement, wonder, and awe?

The managing editor of a Canadian student newspaper recently sent me a rather daunting request: "If you had one message/piece of advice/warning for students, what would it be?" What on earth could be important enough to be that one message? I decided that what we all know...

Lewis
Till We Have Faces: How C.S. Lewis Redeemed a Greek Myth

I first read what C.S. Lewis regarded as his greatest work only recently, and it intrigued me so much that I immediately read it all over again so that I could absorb the different layers in the story more completely. Till We Have Faces: A...