Night Sailing
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Night Sailing

Benjamin Groenewold Van Dyk’s story, “Night Sailing,” won high praise from the judges and a well-deserved Honourable Mention. Witvoet explained, “The author has a wonderful way of building up the plot of the story, from puzzlement to awareness of why a shocking event can turn into a future of liberation, not sorrow. The source of the characters’ suffering is subtly hinted at. The author has a poetic way of describing the environment and dares to juxtapose memories and current reality.”

Diplomacy and law-making, not more force, needed in current conflicts
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Diplomacy and law-making, not more force, needed in current conflicts

The great predicament of Israel and the Middle East is so deeply rooted in the historical problems. When the Ottoman Empire collapsed, there was no cohesion about how these groups would relate to one another. The UN’s approval of the state of Israel created the potential for nationalism among the Palestinians, but the Arab States never agreed how to support a place called Palestine.