UNESCO Courier

Articles from February

A Budding Romance between Industry and the Environment?
"Industrial plants, once the most visible polluters, have begun in the last 20 years to realize their responsibility for maintaining a healthy environment," according to The State of Canada's Environment (1991), a remarkable work published in Ottawa...
A Looming Avalanche
Seventy years of violence and fear have left the former USSR in a disastrous situation THERE is a science-fiction story in which an inventor succeeds in reviving sounds that have long since died away. If we could do that in real life, I fear that the...
A Story Too Far?
By removing violence from its context, the media risk turning it into a spectator sport WHENEVER the question of violence comes up, the media tend to be attacked on two grounds, one political, the other sociological. The political community takes a...
Encouraging Diversity
THE major challenge that faces us today is how to manage and promote diversity as a positive force, so that the recently released energies of ethnic, linguistic and spiritual solidarity serve as catalysts for creativity rather than destruction, for concord...
Hadrian's Wall
IT snakes for 117 kilometres across the neck of England, from the River Tyne to the Solway Firth, a fifty-six-kilometre-long inlet of the Irish Sea that still marks the border between England and Scotland. Nowadays the frontier is an open one; only roadside...
Heaven-King Pretends to Be Dead
Voices from the past A Vietnamese tale of the Muong people * This story on this page appears in an anthology entitled Compagnons du Soleil ("Companions of the Sun") co-published (in French) by UNESCO, Editions de la Decouverte (Paris) and the Foundation...
Jose Carreras Talks to Serafin Garcia
Jose Carreras is one of the leading lyric tenors of our time. His operatic repertoire comprises some 60 roles which he has performed all over the world under the direction of outstanding conductors, notably Herbert von Karajan. He is also a brilliant...
Rock 'N' Revolt
ROCK, a musical and social phenomenon of unprecedented scope and intensity, raises in acute form the question of the relationship between music and violence. Its history has been fraught with violence. Jim Morrison, leader of The Doors, apostle of sex,...
The Indus Valley Civilization - Cradle of Democracy?
IN all the highly developed civilizations of the past--Mesopotamia, the Nile Valley, Anatolia, China--the pervasive influence of an imperial authority can be felt, providing patronage for the arts and directing the evolution of society. A close examination...
The Political Solution
TWO responses need to be kept under control in the face of violence: fear and moral revulsion. But this is extremely difficult, because fear and moral revulsion are healthy reactions to an outbreak of violence. Healthy, but unfortunately unequal to the...
The Ruses of Racism
Racist violence has recently resurfaced. What conditions encourage its growth? RACISM is not always overtly, brutally violent--it does not always kill. Racial discrimination, expressions of prejudice and racist tracts can all carry ominous overtones...
The Seville Statement
Peace is possible. War is not a biological necessity but a social invention, and peace must be invented to replace it. This is the message of the Seville Statement, which was drawn up in 1986 by an international team of specialists (biologists, psychologists,...
Undertones of War
Lying deep in the individual unconscious, the seeds of conflict can be germinated by propaganda WHY, in time of war, do a large number of usually peace-loving and inoffensive people allow themselves to be overcome by hatred and cause death and destruction...
When Cities Run Riot
Eruptions of big-city violence in the West are symptoms of a malaise that needs treatment in depth OCTOBER 1990 in Vaulx-en-Velin, a quiet, depressed working-class town in the suburbs of Lyon, France: several hundred youths, many of them second-generation...
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