The Absent Bride and Other Guests

In leafy, liberal Providence – capital of Rhode Island, America’s smallest state – the talk at dinner is of Donald Trump: will he get elected, if he gets elected. In the event of a possible Trump administration, most Rhode Islanders seem to be hatching an escape. One dinner guest has plans to jet across the pond and live with British cousins--us, it turns out ("better get your spare room ready"), while others have their sights set on Canada.

‘Wake up call’ given to companies on slavery

For more than 40 million men, women and children in the world, slavery is a fact of life. As a practice slavery is endemic, and comes in many forms. Whether the result of trafficking, exploitation, or forced marriage, slavery is a violation of an individual’s human rights, and one that businesses are being called upon to do more to help eradicate. David Schilling of the US-based Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) works with its members who are investors in some of the world’s

Brooklyn’s Long Memory

It was a hot day in Brooklyn. A Sunday afternoon; the parks were full. Where better to escape the crowds and the heat than shady Green-Wood cemetery with its vast green grounds that provide a permanent home to some of New York’s most famous dead: Leonard Bernstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany and, among them, several thousand soldiers. Only the soldiers had risen from their graves, it seemed. Banging drums and carrying muskets, they were back among the living and looking for a fi