AUSTRALIA: Indigenous Say It on Film

From the Australian bush to Alaska's Arctic wilderness, indigenous peoples'stories and perspectives take centre stage at the Message Sticks Film Festival,the only annual event of its kind in Australia.

IBSA: India Cheers for Brazil, South Africa

When it comes to sports, India has always cheered for Brazil in soccer. Nowcome another three cheers, this time for South Africa in cricket. The reason: aSouth African named Gary Kirsten who coached India to win the Cricket WorldCup this year, for the first time in 28 years.

OP-ED: Iran's Greatest Spiritual Leader

Iran's officially recognised"spiritual leader"today may beAyatollah Khamenei, but for hundreds of years before thecurrent establishment of mullahs and ayatollahs, Iranians ofall creeds have looked to another spiritual leader: Jalal ad-Din Rumi.

Q&A:"We Live in a Complicated World in Transition"

Fresh from a midnight arrival from Intuit's headquarters inCalifornia's Silicon Valley, Jean-Christophe Bas has justparticipated in the launch of a campaign to promote globalinclusion, under the auspices of the U.N. Alliance ofCivilizations (AOC) and the U.N. Scientific, Educational andCultural Organization (UNESCO), and in advance of the WorldDay for Cultural Diversity on May 21.

Q&A: Prompting Cubans to Think and Talk

"I talk to deal with problems. In Cuba, there is too much formal, repetitive discourse and not enough directed at people, with their anxieties and joys,"said Manuel Calviño, the host and writer of a television programme that tries not to add to that deficit.

OP-ED: Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion

All cultures contribute to the enrichment of humankind. Humanbeings must respect one another in all their diversity ofbelief, culture and language. Differences within and betweensocieties should be neither feared nor repressed but cherishedas a precious asset of humanity. This is a core challenge ofthe 21st century.

MIDEAST: When Talks Fail, Try Belly Dance

"Hop-a-li, Hop-a-la!"On the stage of the Arab-Hebrew Theatre established inthe ancient Arab port of the vibrant Jewish metropolis, a troupe of Israeli menand women interlaces, belly dancing to a frenetic Hafla tune.

China Ponders This Royal Business

The glamour of the UK royal wedding is slowly disappearing from China's photospreads, but it seems to have opened the door to a debate on the allure of oldBritain's soft power and what makes an aspiring China lacking of it.

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