The most volatile tinderbox area of the world where the danger of war exists is the Middle East.
Günter Grass, a Nobel Literature Prize winner, causes anger and excitement with his poem "What Must Be Said". And the subject matter is war and peace.
Palestine became UNESCO's 195th member on Monday.
Israel's Supreme Court last Thursday kept in place a range of restrictions on the rights of nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vananu, while his fight to secure asylum elsewhere continues.
Israel approved a prisoner swap with Gaza's governing Hamas movement early this morning, prompting celebratory street parties in both Israel and Palestine.
Despite its mistakes and shortcomings the UN is a place where all member states have the chance to express their opinions - but this is not always the case.
An interview with Shaher Sa'ed, General Secretary of the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions, by Martine Hassoun.
The Obama administration has said it will veto the Palestinian membership application, arguing that negotiations are the only solution.
Nearly 300,000 Israelis took to the streets in Tel Aviv on Saturday, chanting, "The people demand social justice."
Media reports left two aspects unmentioned. The tank manufacturers profiting most from the deal, Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann and Rheinmetall, have always been generous in political donations. The other aspect is historical.