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What Piketty Gets Wrong About the Third World

Hernando de Soto | Posted 04.27.2015 | World
Hernando de Soto

LIMA -- The wars over capital have already begun right under Europe's nose in the Middle East and North Africa. Quite the contrary to what may be true for Europe, Piketty misses the glaring evidence that these wars are not revolts of the poor against capital but of the poor for capital.

Sophia Jones

'There Was Blood On The Streets. We Fought And We Got Nothing.' | Sophia Jones | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

SIDI BOUZID, Tunisia -- Three years ago, a 26-year-old street vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi stood in front of the municipal headquarters in this dusty...

The World's Silence on Syria Is a Silence of Hypocrites

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Eventually, Assad or his sons must renounce power; history teaches that no repressive regime lasts forever. But how long until this family falls? How long until "might makes right" is replaced by morality, until the pen and law and human decency really do triumph over the sword?

Tunisia and the U.S. Share Common Ground: Dissatisfied Citizens

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Mehrunisa Qayyum

In one country: a government shuts down resulting almost 83 percent of its citizens disapproving of its elected legislators. In another country: a government steps down in response to its citizens disapproval, which represented 72 percent of the total Tunisian population.

Catch and Release: Tunisia's Hypocritical Justice System

Amira Yahyaoui | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Amira Yahyaoui

Apolitical, peaceful, spontaneous: since January 2011, the Tunisian revolution has been called many things. Yet it was first and foremost a revolution...

Why Obama's Bush 2.0 Strategy for the Middle East is Wrong

Vali Nasr | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Vali Nasr

2013-06-07-Nasrcover.jpgAs surprising as it may seem to those who expected Obama to be a kind of "anti-Bush," it is Bush's preoccupation with homeland security as the be-all and end-all of grand strategy that serves as the best guide to how Obama sees American engagement in the Middle East. Drones, not democracy, drive American policy.

The West Leans Out From Egypt

Vali Nasr | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
Vali Nasr

2013-06-07-Nasrcover.jpgDuring the Arab Spring, when economic frustration was creating an opening for democracy rather than recruiting foot soldiers for Islamic extremism, Western support was nowhere to be found. Egypt now looks to be going the way of Pakistan, its economy reliant on U.S. aid, constantly on the brink of disaster, and avoiding it only thanks to timely infusions of Arab aid and rescue packages put together by international financial institutions.

Fadia Tunis

Zainab Salbi | Posted 03.16.2013 | World
Zainab Salbi

Women and Islam have become the heart of the current debate as post-revolutionary Arab countries struggle to define their new identities. Getting lost in this debate is the discussion of poverty, jobs and dignified life -- the very reasons that the uprisings occurred.

What Does the Informal Sector Mean for Global Economic Growth?

John Sullivan | Posted 10.17.2012 | World
John Sullivan

The informal sector -- those businesses and entrepreneurs who work outside of the formal market economy -- is huge and largely undocumented in most developing economies.

Factory Worker Lights Himself On Fire To Protest Working Conditions At Hyundai Plant

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 01.19.2012 | Business

The auto industry saw a largely strong year in 2011 with U.S. sales rising 10 percent, but a recent incident at a Hyundai plant in South Korea may rai...

The Greengrocer That Broke the Camel's Back

Uriel Abulof | Posted 03.04.2012 | World
Uriel Abulof

Vaclav Havel left an indelible imprint on the conscience of the entire world. His 1978 essay The Power of the Powerless, has lost none of its relevance, particularly in the wake of the stormy year that the Middle East experienced.

A Year After Corruption Ignited the Arab Spring, Do Citizens Have a Greater Voice?

Cobus de Swardt | Posted 02.28.2012 | World
Cobus de Swardt

When citizens are silenced, fraud and corruption from the financial sector to building safety, go unchecked with disastrous consequences for economy and society. This year the world has been rocked by a Tunisian fruit seller who refused to let his voice go unheard.

The Stories That Set A World Ablaze

David Tereshchuk | Posted 02.27.2012 | Media
David Tereshchuk

I'm disappointed to be still waiting for American media to fully recall the place in our own country of self-immolation as citizen protest.

Compassion Is Our New Currency

Rebecca Solnit | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics
Rebecca Solnit

Perhaps the greatest gift that Occupy Wall Street and the other movements of 2011 have given us is a sharpening of our perceptions -- and our conflicts. One thing couldn't be clearer: compassion is our new currency.

A Man in Tunisia, a Movement on Wall Street, and the Soldier Who Ignited the Fuse

Michael Moore | Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics
Michael Moore

When anyone asks me, "Who started Occupy Wall Street?" sometimes I say "Goldman Sachs" or "Chase" but mostly I just say, "Bradley Manning." It was his courageous action that was the tipping point.

Remixing Public Diplomacy: American "Hip Hop Jam Sessions" in Post-Revolution Tunisia

Maytha Alhassen | Posted 02.16.2012 | World
Maytha Alhassen

My generation stands to learn from the enfranchisement blueprint designed by Tunisian youth (ones taking cues from the Civil Rights movement). Americans of all generations stand to learn about Tunisians beyond their historic revolution.

The Arab Spring: A New Era in a Transforming Globe

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.08.2012 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Contrary to what some commentators have said, the Arab uprisings are not a divorced phenomenon from the protests that have taken over many parts of the Western world due to the continuing economic crisis.

Arab Revolution, Social Media Hype and Al Jazeera

Nehad Ismail | Posted 12.26.2011 | Media
Nehad Ismail

The impact of the social media on the Arab Spring has been wildly exaggerated. A week or so ago we witnessed the world's first YouTube lynching of a u...

From The Streets Of Tunisia To Wall Street

Hedi Jaouad | Posted 12.21.2011 | World
Hedi Jaouad

This Sunday, Tunisians will go to the polls for the first transparent, multi-party elections in their 3,000-year history.

Letter to a Dead Man About the Occupation of Hope

Rebecca Solnit | Posted 12.18.2011 | World
Rebecca Solnit

Dear Mohammed Bouazizi, I want to write you about an astonishing year -- with three months yet to run. I want to tell you about the power of despair and the margins of hope and the bonds of civil society.

Fes Festival: A Spiritual Take On The Palestine-Israel Conflict And The Arab Spring

Katherine Marshall | Posted 08.09.2011 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Can the "spirit of Fes" help in breaking the vicious cycle of hate and indifference? Can it restore human dignity to the stalemate and hurt? Can this blend of history and present, spiritual and material, help bring solutions?

An Iranian Suicide

Ben S. Cohen | Posted 07.03.2011 | World
Ben S. Cohen

A prominent journalist and critic before the Islamist seizure of power in 1979, Siamak Pourzand had endured more than three decades of vicious harassment at the hands of the regime.

World Bank, I.M.F. Unsure Of Solution To Middle East Inequality

New York Times | BINYAMIN APPELBAUM | Posted 06.15.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The World Bank once hailed Tunisia’s economic reforms, noting the country’s increasing prosperity over the last decade. Official...

The Butterfly and the Boiling Point: Charting the Wild Winds of Change in 2011

Rebecca Solnit | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rebecca Solnit

The boiling point of water is straightforward, but the boiling point of societies is mysterious. When exactly do the abuses that have been tolerated for so long become intolerable?

Arab-Style Democracy: The Answer to the Post Dictatorship Era

Elza S. Maalouf | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elza S. Maalouf

The values of the industrial age are just emerging in the Middle East under the umbrella of the age of technology and knowledge. Arab cultures have no choice but to advance in this global world.