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After The War, Living In Harmony

Only five years after the end of Word War II, the mayor of Montbéliard (my hometown in eastern France) and the mayor of Ludwigsburg in western Germany started talking about making "sister cities" out of their respective localities. The choir of traditional folk singing I ended up conducting played a significant role in this local Franco-German rapprochement, by establishing a partnership with a German orchestra of accordions from Ludwigsburg.

Can you spot me in this picture, taken in western Germany's Black Forest? Here's a clue: I'm fiddling with one of my very first cameras, an Orenac 24x36.

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Parental Rights v. Children Rights? Why Courts Keep Getting It Wrong

Justice works around adults. Keen to uphold parental custody rights, family courts have effectively allowed violence against children by giving abusive parents access. So it is time the legal system stopped ignoring children.

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BOGOTA — Recently a sound recording from Bogotá of a 10-year-old girl crying and pleading not to be made to live with her father went viral online. The father had faced two sets of charges relating to domestic violence and sexual abuse of the girl, who had earlier described to court doctors his inappropriate physical contact.

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