Liberal Education in Authoritarian Places by By JIM SLEEPER, NY Times

The challenge of US Universities opening branch campuses abroad. “At its best, a liberal education imbues future citizen-leaders with the values and skills that are necessary to question, not merely serve, concentrations of power and profit. Universities that abandon this ideal are lending their good names to the decline of liberal education; turning themselves into career-networking centers for a global managerial work force that answers to no republican polity or moral code; and cheapening the value of the diplomas they hand out, at home and abroad.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/01/opinion/sunday/liberal-education-in-authoritarian-places.html?hp

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World of Grief and Doubt After an Adoptee’s Death by By RACHEL L. SWARNS and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN, NY Times

Issues of culture, diplomacy, expectations, and child rearing often emerge in international adoption cases.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/01/us/widening-ripples-of-grief-in-adoptees-death.html

Conflict in Syria: Cultural Roots

There are many good sources that look at the roots of the conflict in Syria. Here are a few: