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Why Tahrir Square is not Possible in India

Madhavi Bhasin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Madhavi Bhasin

Mainstream media in India has suggested the possibility of emulating an Egypt-type uprising in India. But India's democracy remains its strongest bulwark against a national revolution.

You Can Fool All of the People Some of Time

Stephen Gyllenhaal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Gyllenhaal

What has happened in Egypt and other parts of the Middle East is profoundly important for that region, but it also brings lessons to the so-called First World, struggling with its reworking of financial structures.

Can India Move From Gilded Age to Progressive Era?

Madhavi Bhasin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Madhavi Bhasin

India has, in the past, overcome apocalyptic prognosis regarding its survival as a single democratic nation. Hopefully, the Asian elephant can now work its way out of its own Gilded Age.

Drugs, Guns and Gold: The Criminal Scourge of the Developing World

Raymond Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond Baker

Mubarak's fortune points to a story behind the story. It is yet another example of the ease with which corrupt, criminal, and commercially tax-evading money can be hidden.

The F Word: Corruption and Inequality Begin at Home

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The U.S. media seems to have found a new language for the economy. There's been talk of "solidarity" and even "class war." The only problem? They're talking about Egypt.

The China Superpower Hoax

Steven Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steven Hill

China has come a long way, but it has a long, long way to go. It's anyone's bet whether China will sink or swim. So much for superpower status.

"Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for You..."

Stephen Gyllenhaal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Gyllenhaal

Why can't I ask that? And if I am not to ask what can this country do for me, shouldn't I at least ask what exactly a country is for, by which I believe JFK meant government?

Egypt: New Birth for an Old Idea, Freedom

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Egypt is the latest example of an ancient idea that began long before our nation was founded and will flourish long after all of us are gone. Government should be of the people, by the people, and for the people.

5.7 Million Reasons for Duvalier to Return to Haiti

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

Why would Duvalier, a Haitian living in France, care about a law change in Switzerland? Money -- that's why.

Legerdemath: Tricks of the Banking Trade

Omer Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Omer Rosen

I'd just turned 20 when I began a three-year stint on Citigroup's corporate-derivatives team. I had no work experience to speak of. As my boss said after my interview, I was "f***ing unpolished."

World Wetlands Day Today

Karl Grossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Karl Grossman

Today, February 2, marks the 14th annual celebration of World Wetlands Day. It is telling that the event is only in its 14th year -- an acknowledgme...

How Egypt's Social Media Revolution Could Spread Across the Middle East

Sharon Waxman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sharon Waxman

The drama going on in the Middle East eclipses any storyline Hollywood could conjure, Oscar season or not. Regimes of 30, 40 and 50 years are shaking...

Why We Must Protect the Global Fund

Dr. Paul Zeitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Paul Zeitz

Let our leaders know that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is too important to be decimated because of false attacks.

"Floody Hell": Saudis Face Misery as Jeddah Drowns, Again!

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

The past week suffered no lack of drama in Saudi Arabia as the nation witnessed, in amazing contrast, what could be a labelled as a modern-day 'Tale o...

Public Housing Money Wasted On Sex Offenders and Dead Residents

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Even by Washington standards, $26 billion is a lot of money. That's the amount spent by taxpayers annually to provide housing for needy Americans. Bu...

Blue Dog Congressman Sanford Bishop Knew About Pigford Fraud

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Stranahan

A Georgia farmer has made a stunning allegation: he told Rep. Bishop about fraud in the Pigford settlement, and the congressman replied that an investigation into Pigford would "shut it down."

Europeans Freeze Assets Linked to Deposed Tunisian President; What About US?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Some European countries have announced the freezing of assets linked to the Ben Ali clan. But the U.S. has made no such announcement.

The 13th Regional, Alaska's 'ghost' Native corporation

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

The 13th Regional Corp. has come under investigation by Alaska's Division of Banking and Securities. But why and what might come of the inquiry remain...

Kosovo: One for All or All for One?

Fron Nahzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fron Nahzi

Since Kosovo achieved independence, its mission has been simple: win friends and influence people.

Will Corruption Trump Identity Politics in India?

Marie-Lou Fernandes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marie-Lou Fernandes

Adarsh, a multi-million dollar residential tower in Mumbai, has just been served with demolition orders. Are the towers the most appropriate symbol of India's anti-corruption movement?

Weary Travelers Offer Fixes for Massive Corruption in India

Betwa Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Betwa Sharma

The Rajdhani Express was running late by seven hours. So when asked about the recent explosion of corruption scandals in the nation, travelers were eager to blast the "system" and its failures.

Scalia et al Make Up Corporate Constitutional Rights

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

The Supreme Court has divined new rights to corporations not found in the Constitution -- rights that run precisely counter to the idea of guarding against concentrated power.

Why Does Karzai Need to Join the Taliban?

Abdulhadi Hairan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abdulhadi Hairan

President Karzai recently threatened that he may join the Taliban. I think he badly needs to do that because his corrupt and inefficient government has already been helping in strengthening the Taliban.

Corruption, Kleptocrats, and Politics: Sudan and Burma

Matthew Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Smith

Sadly, money laundering, corruption, and partnerships between violent regimes and willing banks is all too common, even when it's illegal.

Water: Soul of the Earth, Mirror of Our Collective Souls

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert David Steele

Last week I examined how we might create Infinite Wealth for All, but left for this week the most vital element of life on earth, Water. It is the so...