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Does Focusing on Race in the Dominican Republic Impede Positive Change?

Jonathan DiMaio | Posted 02.12.2016 | Latino Voices
Jonathan DiMaio

There are no easy fixes to the citizenship and human rights challenges on Hispaniola, especially if Haiti's economic situation does not improve and migrants continue heading to the Dominican Republic for work. But there are steps to be taken beyond lamenting the racism in the country.

The Art of Dissidence and Diplomacy

John Feffer | Posted 02.12.2016 | World
John Feffer

The position of the body is the same. The figure is prone on the beach, near the water’s edge. The head is face down in the sand, and the face ...

The First Terrorist Attack in the U.S. - The Letelier-Moffitt Assassinations

ADST | Posted 02.08.2016 | World

After Augusto Pinochet led a coup d'état in Chile on September 11, 1973, he exiled Allende's Foreign Minister, Orlando Letelier. After Letelier sought asylum in the United States, Pinochet believed he was acting as an informant to the U.S. government.

Geneva III -- Set-Up to Fail

Magnus Norell | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Magnus Norell

Even before any negotiations got off the ground in Geneva, the basic conflicts between the participants were on full display. And, to no-ones surprise, less than a week after the start of the so-called proximity talks, Staffan de Mistura suspended the process until at least February 25.

It's About Time, My World

Lydia Canaan | Posted 02.03.2016 | World
Lydia Canaan

It's about time you realize that I am you and you are me, that we are all intertwined and connected in humanity. Whether you are from the East or from the West, aren't you aware that we share a planet and not a world? And, what is a world?

"My Business Is Partnerships"

Andrew O’Brien | Posted 02.03.2016 | Impact
Andrew O’Brien

"Public-private partnership" is seemingly one of the "it" terms in diplomacy and development these days. While the federal government is embracing and formalizing public-private partnerships like never before, they aren't a new concept.

Managing the End of the Marcos Regime and the Rise of Corazon Aquino

ADST | Posted 02.03.2016 | World

Opposing the rule of Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos, Senator Benigno Aquino returned from exile in the U.S. in August 1983, only to be assassinated upon his arrival in Manila.

Despite Iran Deal Success, Beware of Attempts to Undermine It

Susan Shaer | Posted 02.01.2016 | World
Susan Shaer

While President Obama has the votes to sustain a certain veto should the bill reach his desk, deal opponents persist in sending a message that they will stop at nothing to undermine this signature foreign policy achievement.

Lifting the U.S. Trade Embargo on Cuba: Using Diplomacy to Sway Congress

Michael Parmly | Posted 01.29.2016 | Latino Voices
Michael Parmly

The U.S. work to normalize relations with Cuba is still just beginning. The U.S. certainly cannot rest on its laurels, and the President indicated as much in his recent State of the Union address when he repeated his call to Congress to support the new policy with Cuba.

Moscow's Historical Relationship with Damascus: Why it Matters Now

Carlo Caro | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Carlo Caro

Current relations - Source: Sputnik News There have been many objections to what is denominated as the Russian interference in Syria, more specifica...

Iran Nuclear Deal: Success of Diplomacy and Opening of a New Era

Milad Jokar | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
Milad Jokar

Those who ideologically opposed the negotiations with Iran on the nuclear issue have been proven wrong. Diplomacy works and the results are a clear su...

An Invitation for H.R. 158 Supporters: 'See You in Iran'

Negar Mortazavi | Posted 01.08.2016 | World
Negar Mortazavi

The bipartisan support of H.R. 158 is demonstrative of the deeper problem of "Iranophobia," which necessitates a response if one is to prevent future discriminatory policies.

Charles Koch Pines For More Influence In Republican Presidential Primary

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite leading a massive independent political operation and pumping untold millions into U.S. elections, billionaire Charles Koch is ...

Why Every American Muslim Must Condemn Saudi Arabia's Execution of Sheikh Nimr

Nushin Alloo | Posted 01.06.2016 | Religion
Nushin Alloo

Despite mainstream media condemnation of Nimr's execution, the response from the American Muslim community and some of its leading figures has been mixed, if not muted.

The Real Climate Change Hoax

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

Such radical gyrations in the climate are already causing unseen suffering and hardship for countless of the earth's inhabitants. Millions of people have been displaced from their homes or lost their livelihoods as a result of one degree of warming.

Syria Needs Its Own Peace of Christmas Eve

William Lambers | Posted 12.24.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

There is no alternative to peace in Syria. That is the best route to defeating ISIS. Let's make a beginning with a nationwide ceasefire. It's time for Syrians to settle differences at the negotiating table, rather than on the battlefield.

A Christmas Parable for Diplomats

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
Rebecca Tinsley

We have the technology to apply such a smart-targeted financial squeeze. All that is required is the political will to stay focused on this troubled but potentially wealthy corner of Africa.

Dress for Success

ADST | Posted 12.21.2015 | World

Sometimes it's the little things that can make a big difference, especially during tense moments when the stakes are high. For example, during the negotiations to resolve the 16-year-long Mozambique civil war, which killed over one million people.

To Help Thwart ISIS, Let's Take Baby Steps Away From Saudi Arabia and Turkey

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.18.2015 | World
Robert Naiman

Let's downgrade them from "joined at the hip" to "pretty good friends." This will enable us to pursue a more aggressive policy against ISIS, because the main constraint against doing so in the past has been our closeness to Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which have opposed an aggressive policy against ISIS.

Israel And Turkey Reach Preliminary Deal To Restore Ties

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 12.17.2015 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Turkey have reached an understanding that could lead to the restoration of ties between the two former allies, an I...

War and Peace in a Jittery Nation: Obama's Last Year and After

Derek Shearer | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Derek Shearer

The Republican Presidential race is unhinged by international events, as well as by President Obama's staying power. None is a credible leader for the nation. The only candidate who has offered a robust, nuanced and thoughtful strategy for dealing with ISIS is Hillary Clinton, but whether she might actually become Commander-in-Chief we won't know until next November's election. Barack Obama is president for one more year. He has responded calmly to the rush of recent events, and not let calls for World War stampede him into hasty moves. For a man who receive the Nobel Peace Prize in his first year in office, Obama has had to spend a lot of his time deciding on military actions.

Riyadh Conference: What Makes It Different?

Hind Kabawat | Posted 12.16.2015 | World
Hind Kabawat

Nearly two years after the Geneva II peace talks failed to produce a political solution to the Syrian conflict, the Syrian opposition convened last week to discuss the prospect of a new round of negotiations with the government in Damascus to end a civil war, now approaching its 5-year anniversary.

How U.S. Interventions Dismembered the Middle East

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 12.13.2015 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

President Barack Obama won election in 2008 promising an end to "dumb wars," and since then, he's vowed to avoid major troop commitments. Yet, even after all the fallout from recent interventions -- including, more recently, the spread of ISIS terrorism to Europe -- foreign policy hawks keep pushing Obama to send ground troops to Syria.

EU Needs to Act Now to Avoid Diplomatic War of the Roses

Alex Benjamin | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
Alex Benjamin

It all started when Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen gave an interview with ultra- orthodox radio Kol Hai. In a mistranslation of his words, the radio station reported that Mr Faaborg-Andersen had made a distinction between terrorism affecting Europe and terrorism in Israel.

How I Got There: Otto Jelinek

Lan Anh Vu | Posted 12.09.2015 | World
Lan Anh Vu

Otto Jelinek is currently Canadian Ambassador to the Czech Republic. As a former refugee from Communism, he has a high-level track record. Jelinek...