UNESCO Courier

Articles from March

A Silken Bond between East and West
THE Silk Road originated in the early centuries of the Christian era as a channel of trade in silk and other goods between China and India in the east and the Roman world in the west. It has a permanent place in world history as an important means...
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Educational Planners Go Back to School
IN a modern building not far from Unesco's, Headquarters in Paris, forty-four men and women from all regions of, the world are following a rigorous nine-month training programme covering the design, implementation and evaluation of strategies and plans...
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Hafez; the Golden Age of Persian Literature
SHAMS od-Din Mohammad (c. 1325-1389), known throughout his life as Hafez, was born and died at Shiraz, Persia, a town he rarely left during a lifetime of over sixty years. The year 1353 was a milestone in Hafez' life. He was nearly thirty years...
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Love Sacred and Profane; Decoding Hafez' Mystic Message
HAFEZ is considered in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the land of his birth, and beyond the frontiers of the Persian-speaking countries, as the poet of love and as one of the greatest Muslim Sufi mystics, even though his worldly language presents him...
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Mihai Eminescu, Romania's National Poet
MIHAI Eminescu 1850-1889) is recognized as the foremost Romanian lyric poet. His mastery of language has also earned him a high place in world literature. Eminescu led a tormented life. Born into the minor aristocracy, he was educated at the universities...
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Pollution Unlimited
MOST human beings seem to be quite unaware that the small blue planet on which we live is very fragile. Although, some twenty years ago, general concern began to be expressed about the state of our natural environment, we continue to inflict irreversible...
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Rediscovering 'The Islands of the Moon.' (Comoros Archipelago)
BECAUSE of a paradox inherent in the history of the islands on which they live, the people of the Comoros archipelago have only had access to their age-old cultural heritage since 1979, when the first public library containing a collection of historical...
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The Mermaid of the Dniester
IN 1772, Galicia, in the western Ukraine, became a part of the Austrian Habsburg monarchy. The people of the new province were severely oppressed and remained largly illiterate. Intellectual life was impoverished by the fact that no books were published...
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The Once and Future Revolution
THIS year France is celebrating the bicentenary of the 1789 Revolution and, to judge by the long list of public functions and learned conferences already announced, the eyes of most of the world will be upon her. For France, this is the occasion...
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