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Israel Is Not Afraid. Israel Is Comfortable.

Boaz Yakin | Posted 03.26.2015 | World
Boaz Yakin

As sad and painful as it is for me personally, I can no longer protest the utilization of sanctions and political isolation because the people of Israel have demonstrated unequivocally that without them they will not move in a positive direction for themselves or their neighbors.

Facts on the Ground: Israel and the Palestinians

Richard Klass | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics
Richard Klass

Only by creating facts on the ground can the Palestinians reverse the inexorable move to a one-state solution where they will be a majority but ruled by an Israeli minority. If that happens, the Palestinians will lose their country, and Israel will lose its soul.

3 Ways Google AdWords Will Destroy Your Political Campaign

Craig Agranoff | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Craig Agranoff

AdWords can be an invaluable tool for getting the word out, online, about a candidate. It can also break a campaign and lead to ruin if used incorrectly.

If Ferguson Stays Ferguson, Blacks Have No One to Blame but Themselves

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.22.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Despite past voting obstacles, there are compelling reasons for blacks in Ferguson to rush to barricades this time to vote. One is the prospect of a regime change. Another is they could move to dump the racket that city officials have run for years that criminalizes virtually the city entire black population. Another is there's no excuse.

Global Spotlight Firm Fixed on Nigerian Elections

John Kerry | Posted 03.24.2015 | World
John Kerry

Nigeria's more than 70 million voters will soon go to the polls to choose their country's leader for the next four years. Whether the victor is incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan or opposition challenger Muhammadu Buhari is entirely for Nigerians to decide

Israeli Elections Afterthoughts

Mickey Bergman | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics
Mickey Bergman

It is not news that there is no love lost between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu. However, not enough has been said about the deeper tear in U.S. - Israeli relations; a tear that goes deeper than the two Heads of States personalities'.

Super PAC Men: How Political Consultants Took A Texas Oilman On A Wild Ride

ProPublica | Robert Faturechi | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

Throughout the booms and busts of his Fort Worth oil empire and during his brother's notorious murder trial, Kenneth W. Davis Jr. largely kept to hims...

Winning Ugly

Monica Bauer | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Monica Bauer

From all appearances, Benjamin Netanyahu's party won more seats than any other party in the Israeli Knesset, but how did they achieve it? By waving an anti-democratic flag in front of people frightened of their fellow (Arab-Israeli) citizens.

What I Hate...

Gerry Myers | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

I hate that we are leaving such a mess to our children and grandchildren. Solution: Congress should stop acting like children and do their jobs.

Drawing the Line: Taking the Lead in the Fight for Redistricting

Mark Schauer | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Mark Schauer

In my blue state of Michigan, 51 percent of voters cast their ballots for Democratic state House candidates in 2014, and yet Republicans hold a solid majority in the chamber.

How Not to Destroy Israel's Future

Ksenia Svetlova | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Ksenia Svetlova

History teaches us that the window of opportunity can be closed at any moment. It's important that Israel not lose its chance for a decent future.

Vote for Life

Robi Damelin | Posted 03.13.2015 | World
Robi Damelin

This last week before the Israeli elections has been a roller coaster of hope laced with a good dose of despair.

After Emailgate Should the Secret Service Protect Candidates Online?

Adam Levin | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Adam Levin

The Democratic and Republican gristmills got to work last week on Hillary Clinton's "homebrew" email, and the ensuing firestorm underscored an alarming lack of cyber-savvy among the leading players of the 2016 election. It also raised a serious question: Should the Secret Service protect presidential candidates from cyber attacks?

Is Democracy Sick?

Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes | Posted 03.09.2015 | World
Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes

Democracy is based on the premise that all people are equal and all have the right to vote and whoever gets the most votes wins. But what happens if the politicians, in order to get elected, make promises which are disastrous for the country?

Mr. President, It's Our Moment of Truth

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

From the heartlands of America to our city centers, there are too many folks who don't believe our system works. When citizens are under-served by their leaders, an apathy is fostered that enables corruption and prevents accountability.

Democrats Help the Middle Class - Why Can't They Win Elections?

Sean McElwee | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

In the run-up to the 2016 election, Republicans are trying to position themselves as the party of the middle class. It may well work, but not because Republicans are in fact reformist, but rather because voters and pundits eschew data and instead focus on rhetoric.

Netanyahu 'Rose Garden Strategy'

Tal Schneider | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Tal Schneider

The danger for a Prime Minister whose entire strategy seems to be unraveling into a whirlwind of small, sordid accusations and large, public miscalculations (Congress, anybody?) is that his own people may get the message he has no interest in speaking with them.

An Under-Examined Angle on Money-in-Politics: 'Winner-Take-All' Elections

Brian Boyko | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Brian Boyko

There is a broad understanding among the American people that there's too much money in American politics and that the dependence on their donors to provide that money leaves elected officials without the autonomy to properly represent their constituents.

Transactional Politics Is Delaying Nigeria's Progress and Development

Mary Olushoga | Posted 02.17.2015 | Impact
Mary Olushoga

Nigeria's political leaders exploit the extreme poverty, hunger and high unemployment rates for their personal gains, and rather than hold these leaders accountable for job-creation, power and educational reforms, the large numbers of ill-informed voters give away their voting.

Croatia: 'Criminal Enterprise HDZ' Takes Over Presidency -- Organized Crime and the Rise of Nationalism

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 02.14.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

Strong rule of law nations must urgently address transnational organized crime in the Balkan region's mafia states including Croatia, and, help establish the rule of law and independent judiciary.

6 Ways the League of Women Voters Has Impacted Your Life

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Elisabeth MacNamara

This year, the League of Women Voters celebrates our 95th anniversary. The League was founded by suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt on February 14, 1920 -...

The Spirit of Public Service

Maryam Zar | Posted 02.23.2015 | Los Angeles
Maryam Zar

Now in her early 50s, Sheila has had a great deal of experience as a parent, fundraiser, an entrepreneur and as a member of local city government where she instated programs and policies that made a difference.

Why I'm Spending $900 Million in 2016 -- And You Should Too

Jonathan Bines | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Bines

If you believe in America, then there really is no excuse for not spending $900 million and joining the great American experiment that is our democracy. You see, $900 million may sound like a lot of money. But according to the Supreme Court, it's not. It's a lot of speech. The Koch Brothers understand this.

Can Open-Source Voting Tech Fix the U.S. Elections System?

Techonomy | Posted 02.06.2015 | Technology
Techonomy

American voting technology is trapped in the last millennium. This lifeline to democracy is kept secret -- closed off from public inspection and controlled by large businesses. It is decades old to boot. Our voting methods ought to be at least as cutting-edge as our selfie apps, but they're not.

The Israeli Elections Are a Joke -- and Sometimes, They're Even Funny

Omri Marcus | Posted 02.05.2015 | Media
Omri Marcus

The most important element of comedy is timing -- and in Israel, comedy and timing can be friends or they can be foes. No matter how funny the election campaign videos are, we live in a serious, disastrous neighborhood, and sometimes the reality calls for seriousness.