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A Window into the Cuban Blogosphere: Reinaldo Escobar on Barack Obama

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

For the Cuban government, which continues to measure its relations with its northern neighbor by our differences, the cycle of suspicion and discord shows no sign of coming to an end.

Twittering Through American History

Ben Fractenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ben Fractenberg

"The British are coming! OMG! Wake up the militia! Sound the church bells! Update your Facebook status!"

Do We Really Want a Mini Cold War?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Deepak Chopra

Either Iran will be treated like a mini-Soviet Union, a nation of bogeymen with deeply evil intentions, or we will find another way.

Twenty Years Ago: Beijing, Warsaw, and History's Fork

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

There will be many commemorations of June 4, some joyous, some sorrowful. But 20 years later, I'm still waiting for my invitation to the Cold War's funeral.

Jughead is Real: The Truth About Lost's H-Bomb

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Cirincione

We have been exceedingly lucky to get this far without an intentional or accidental use of nukes. So the next time you think about how crazy Lost is, just think about how insane our nuclear stockpiles are.

Nuclear Proliferation: A Mother's Legacy

Christie Brinkley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christie Brinkley

I want to tell my children that I met the people who worked to free us all from the terror of nuclear weapons, the people who decided to change history and save history.


Murray Fromson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Murray Fromson

If you wonder what you'll be missing when newspapers vanish, consider these two stories that deal with the infuriating decisions rendered by the bureaucrats in the service of the United States.

First 100 Days Retrospective: Ford, Carter, Reagan

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What is striking is how often the media gets it wrong when measuring up new presidents. Journalists should approach judging a president's first 100 days with some humility.

Obama's New Geopolitics: 10 Key Takeaways

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

Obama's just-concluded big international tour is part of a major reshuffling in geopolitics. Here are 10 key takeaways from happenings in and around his trip.

Obama, Turkey and History

Murray Fromson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Murray Fromson

From the podium of the National Assembly in Ankara, Obama spoke not only to Turks, but to the entire Muslim world and he carved out an image of a global statesman.

Turkey: Not the Usual Geopolitical Sandwich

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

Obama seems to see Turkey, which has friendly relations with Israel, as potentially a much stronger partner than any other NATO nation, perhaps even Britain.

Persistent Efforts to Counter a Persistent Nuclear Threat

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

A generation has come of age when "Fall Out Shelter" signs are nothing but rusty remnants of a time long past.

Nuclear Weapons Breakthrough -- Obama & Medvedev Make Fresh START

Steven Crandell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Crandell

Every nuclear weapon that is dismantled through such diplomacy is a victory for reason and compassion.

Oh, The Humanity! Godless Huffington Post Commenters Wickedly Destroying Conservatism

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Weigant

Due to a genetic deformity among conservatives, they are seemingly born without being able to spot irony in all its delicious forms.

Iraq War Year Six: Our Long Goodbye to the Cold War

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

On today's sixth anniversary of the Iraq war, we must require that our leaders create a security strategy that keeps us safer, costs less and restores the boundaries of a healthy civil-military relationship.

Japan in a Post-American World

John Haffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Haffner

Now more than ever, the United States needs Asia to prosper, and Japan must play its part.

Engaging Russia: Energy Could Still Be the Answer

Macha Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Macha Levinson

Russia needs Western know-how and financing to exploit its vast energy resources. And the US needs new energy suppliers until country is effectively weaned off foreign oil.

Getting Warmer

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

While Obama promised an end to the Iraq disaster, he once again left open the door to the United States being trapped in an even more treacherous quagmire in Afghanistan.

The 10% Solution

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Patrick Takahashi

If each country can reduce defense spending by 10% each year, with the resultant savings being applied to renewable energy and climate change, that would be a nice start.

Revealing Secrets

Belinda Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Belinda Cooper

East Germans stormed the Stasi 19 years ago today and began to dismantle the secret police apparatus. As a new administration takes over in the US, we might take to heart the lessons learned about openness.

Gazprom Promises To Restore Gas To Europe (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Hanna Ingber Win | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Gazprom pledged to restore gas to Europe on Thursday, on the condition that international monitors check supply flows in Ukraine, reports Spiegel. Thi...

Russia Turns Off European Gas Supplies Sparking Fears Of New Cold War

The Independent | Daniel McLaughlin in Budapest and Vanessa Mock in Brussels | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Fears of a deep chill spread across Europe yesterday after a row between Russia and Ukraine over gas prices cut supplies to the rest of the continent ...

Defense Budget '09: Still Fighting the Soviets, or Preventing Genocide?

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

We have to do something about our current situation. We're spending more and more on defense and purchasing less and less security for it.

What a Year It Might Be

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

2009 could be the year when America and Russia decide to make dramatic reductions in nuclear weapons and convene an international conference of all nuclear nations to agree to the complete elimination of nuclear weapons from the face of the earth.

12 Key Things About The Mumbai Crisis

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Last week's terrorist siege of Mumbai has created a new geopolitical crisis, with many angles and complications that will make President-elect Barack Obama's life even more complicated.