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China Plays Down U.S. Tensions At U.N. Summit

AP | FOSTER KLUG | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NEW YORK — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao expressed optimism Wednesday that the United States and China would resolve major trade frictions, even as...

The Social Construction of Controversy

Peter Henne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Henne

If elite manipulation of the construction of an Islamic center caused the conflict, then correcting the media market to allow for a diversity of viewpoints is the solution.

Andrew Bacevich: how war without end became the rule (VIDEO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

Andrew Bacevich is the soldier turned writer who's still unlearning and puncturing the Washington Rules of national security. The rules have turned i...

Obama Remains Popular In Europe -- See The Survey Results

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

While he may be struggling on the home front, President Obama's remains widely popular across Europe, although his approval rating has dipped a little...

Teaching for a Shared Future: American Educators Need to Think Globally

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Esther Wojcicki

American students' lack of knowledge about the world is unsettling. While debate over the building of the Islamic Cultural Center has made headlines, the majority of college-bound seniors cannot find Iraq or Israel on a map.

Chaos in Caracas: Chavez Says U.S. Hastening Plans to Attack

John H. Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John H. Tucker

Chávez's socialist government is in no danger of losing the majority, but opposition parties are making inroads. In desperate need of diversion, Chávez has created a state of high alert.

UN Drug Policy in the Dark Ages

David Borden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Borden

A program which merely moves production and trafficking of drugs from place to place is not a program that actually helps people. UN drug policy needs to move out from the dark ages.

One Year After Cairo Speech: The U.S.-Muslim Engagement Initiative

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Barack Obama's speech to the Muslim world at Cairo University in Egypt one year ago was ground-breaking and transformational. While its impact was an...

Can Israel Be Its Own Worst Enemy?

Dana Eyal | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dana Eyal

In the scheme of things, Israel is looked at as a responsible nation that needs to get its human rights record back on track; Hamas has become a leper. Unfortunately, leprosy is contagious.

Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map

Cleo Paskal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Cleo Paskal

To China, and others, this was piece on a geopolitical chessboard. To the people here, it was a sinking ship.

Steve Kinzer's 'Reset' Roles for Turkey and Iran (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

Stephen Kinzer is a journalist of a certain cheeky fearlessnes and exquisite timing. In his new book he's ahead of the game again. The ink was bar...

What's Wrong with Our Afghan War: the Indian Perspective

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

The dirty little secret of the US drone war in Afghanistan is that the civilian "kill rate" is worse in the Obama "surge" than it was in the bad old B...

A Step Toward Recovery from Our Oil Addiction

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jim Wallis

Moving toward a "clean energy economy" will require more than just a re-wiring of the energy grid; it will also take a re-wiring of ourselves -- a conversion, really, of our habits of the heart.

To Obama: Egypt Is at Dangerous Crossroads

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aladdin Elaasar

As President Mubarak is in a hospital in Germany with no apparent successor, Egyptian Americans call upon President Obama to re-evaluate American/Egyptian relations.

The Rise of the Franco-Russo Axis

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

The three-day summit held this week in Paris has exceeded all expectations, marking a turning point in a deepening Franco-Russo military and economic alliance.


Ami Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ami Horowitz

While currently being investigated by Congress for its ties to, and support of, terrorism, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency recently asked the world for an additional $100 million in funding.

U.S. Should 'Marginalize Religious Extremists, Not Religion' | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Religion is a growing factor in world affairs, but the U.S. government views it through the lens of counterterrorism. That's the conclusion of a two-y...

New York: A Global City for the Global Economy

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Steven Cohen

New York's role as a gathering place is what makes this city work, and this strategy is central to the nation's long-term prosperity and competitive edge. Yet this is not always understood well.

Asia and America - Two Tracks, One Future

Vishakha N. Desai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Vishakha N. Desai

Waking up on the first day of the new decade in my hometown of Ahmedabad, India, I was struck by the buoyancy in the air and the remarkable sense of e...

President Obama's Response to Haiti's Earthquake

Martha St Jean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martha St Jean

President Barack Obama promised the people of Haiti that they would not be "forsaken" or "forgotten." He is not only America's commander in chief, he is a true world leader.

Who Knew a School Requirement Could Change Your Life?

Joliz Cedeno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Joliz Cedeno

Fifty hours was all I needed. This was the thought in my mind when I first came to a Global Kids meeting ten years ago.

Thailand: Identity Crisis?

Eve Blossom | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eve Blossom

This week marks the 82nd birthday of Thailand's king, who is loved and revered highly by many Thais. The question is: will Thailand be an anchor in Southeast Asia or a hot spot of insecurity?

Turkey And Armenia Sign Historic Accord, Establishing Diplomatic Relations

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ZURICH — Turkey and Armenia signed a landmark agreement Saturday to establish diplomatic relations and open their sealed border after a century ...

Road to Copenhagen - Part 2: Risky Business

William S. Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

Public officials tend to be risk-averse in matters with potential political consequences; now they must become risk-savvy. Here are 10 ideas on how to make that happen.

Seeing Iraq In Light Of What Happened In Rwanda, Bosnia, And Herzegovina

Zainab Salbi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Zainab Salbi

As an Iraqi, I am sad to see the lack of political will or desire to gather all sectors with the purpose of rebuilding the country, learning from peer countries like Rwanda and Bosnia and Herzegovina.