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A Great Achievement in Economic Diplomacy

Matt Gold | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Matt Gold

A free trade agreement (FTA) expands economic opportunity in foreign markets for American workers and businesses, while doing the same for their foreign counterparts in our market. The increased trade improves the overall economy of each country. But, in order to avoid unwanted side effects, modern FTAs do more.

The U.S. Just Struck A Crucial Deal With Europe On Data Privacy

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 02.03.2016 | Technology

European and U.S. negotiators agreed to a data pact on Tuesday that should prevent European Union regulators from restricting data transfers by compa...

Tom Cotton's New Bill Would Label Goods Made In Gaza As 'Made In Israel'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Slamming what he characterized as a global effort to “delegitimize Israel,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) introduced a new bill ...

The Life of Syrian Refugees Who Escape Civil War for Life in Zaatari Refugee Camp

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

People in America and elsewhere in the West enjoy lives of comparative privilege. We should respond with compassion to those in need, including from afar.

U.S. Lifted Sanctions Against Iran -- Ordinary People's Reaction?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

When the nuclear deal was reached in July 2015, Iranians celebrated on the streets. One would have imagined greater celebration when the deal was actually implemented this week, but the streets have been quiet, and Iranian media have downplayed the lifting of sanctions.

What Norway, Iceland and Denmark Could Learn From The Azores

Riley Arthur | Posted 01.19.2016 | Travel
Riley Arthur

The Azores is a group of nine islands off the coast of Portugal. Their remote Atlantic location serves as an important stop for over 20 species of whales and dolphins to migrate.

Palestine-Israel: Europe Drowning in America's Failures

Sam Bahour | Posted 01.18.2016 | World
Sam Bahour

As it discusses next steps, Europe must recognize that "the US leads" approach to resolving the conflict is doomed to never-ending failure: It affords time for the Israeli settlement enterprise to further entrench itself and makes the two-state solution increasingly impossible to achieve.

Iowa, New Hampshire and the Disembodiment of American Foreign Policy

Edward Goldberg | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

The American primary system for the nomination of presidential and congressional candidates, a system never mentioned in the constitution, has allowed populist anger to be exploited into a veto on foreign policy. Primaries, as they have evolved with the assistance of social media, have become an exercise that grants extraordinary electoral power to the dissatisfied and to the extremes.

Iran's Nuclear Deal: Sanctions are Lifted, What is Next?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.17.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Will Iran continue to comply with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regulations? Will the extra cash, coming out of sanctions relief, trickle down to the Iranian people?

Companies Are Lining Up to Do Business with Iran. Are You Falling Behind?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

If smaller firms know the process, where to start, how to connect and communicate, they can potentially have a better shot at reaping the benefits of the Iranian economy. I would be delighted to shed light on the nuances, but Illustrating and explaining the whole process is out the realm and given space for this article.

Broadcasters: Polish Media Controls An Attack On Independence

Reuters | Judah Robinson | Posted 01.14.2016 | Media

The new Polish government's decision to take control of public radio and television is a worrying attack on media independence, the head of the Europ...

The Polish Boomerang: How Warsaw's Adoption of the 'Budapest Model' Could Threaten the Original in Hungary

Cas Mudde | Posted 01.12.2016 | World
Cas Mudde

The success of the PiS in Poland could turn out to be a poisoned chalice for Orbán. The new Polish government has already raised almost more domestic and foreign concern over the rise of illiberal democracy within the EU than the Hungarian governments have done in the past six years.

Will Iran and Saudi Arabia Go Into War?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.10.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Has assaulting embassies turned into an inherent and symbolic tactic in the Islamic Republic's political establishment to indirectly express Tehran's rivalry towards other countries and to show disrespect to them?

The Polish Enigma

Markus Ziener | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Markus Ziener

There is reason to be cautious when judging current events in Poland. And observers are well advised not to automatically use heavy artillery when cri...

Poland's President Signs Media Law Despite EU Concerns

AP | Judah Robinson | Posted 01.07.2016 | Media

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president signed a new law giving the government control of state radio and television, despite concerns from th...

Iran, Middle East, and ISIS in 2016: Re-entering the Global Market Politico-Economic

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.02.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The "Implementation Day" of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which is in early 2016, will give Iran tremendous sanctions relief. After Implementation Day, Iran's global legitimacy will rise, and foreign businesses will be permitted to operate in the country.

Our Deflationary Times!

Harlan Green | Posted 01.20.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

The answer in the New Year to the inflation conundrum may be at hand, the conundrum that has kept the Fed pushing down interest rates since the Great Recession and recovery.

Big Oil Argued for U.S. Crude Exports to Fend Off Iran, But First Exporter Vitol Group Also Exported Iran's Oil

Steve Horn | Posted 12.29.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The American Petroleum Institute (API) successfully lobbied for an end to the 40-year ban on exporting U.S.-produced crude oil in part by making a geopolitical argument: Iran and Russia have the ability to export their oil, so why not unleash America?

Iran Breached the Nuclear Deal -- Iran's Largest Ballistic Arsenal in the Middle East

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.24.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

These developments suggests that not only did the nuclear deal not temper Iran's foreign policy, IRGC leaders appear to be more empowered to manifest their military capabilities.

Israeli Embassy Trolls White House By Exclusively Gifting Settlement Goods

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- This year’s holiday gifts from the Israeli embassy come with a politically charged message: the occupied Palestinian territories a...

Trump: The Ultimate Ego

Cate Montana | Posted 12.22.2015 | Impact
Cate Montana

Narcissistic, bullying, indifferent, degrading to others and unapologetic about it: this is the psychological face of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump and the kind of leader 68 percent of registered Republicans (47.4 million Americans) apparently want and are willing to vote for.

Albania: Ambassador Lu's Watch List

Fron Nahzi | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
Fron Nahzi

As a driving force behind Albania's judicial reforms, US Ambassador Donald Lu recently told a room full of judges that they were divided into two grou...

Media Has Symbiotic Ties With ISIS? Ignoring Other Terrorist Groups

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.20.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

There seems to be a symbiotic relationship between the mainstream media and ISIS. On one hand, ISIS receives the publicity it needs from CNN, Fox News, etc. On the other hand, these networks increase their ratings, viewers, readers and advertisement revenues.

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.

EU, Turkey Agree to Migration Deal (video)

GVH Live | Posted 12.07.2015 | College
GVH Live

By Brandon Peddle After a month-long discussion and continuous disputes regarding how to deal with the biggest influx of refugees since World War I...