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Grieving Boston

Jennifer Harvey | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Jennifer Harvey

It honors it more truthfully -- putting the experience of the people there above the experience of the flag. And, just as important, if we practice grieving the right thing, perhaps we'll learn to have the political will to do what we need to do to say "no" to violence of all stripes.

Can Racism Be Defeated?

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Dinouk Colombage

Despite the good intentions of those who wish to create a common identity, the recognition of a person's race is paramount in overcoming the growing racism.

The Boston Marathon: It's Human Nature Not to 'Keep Calm'

Samantha Paige Rosen | Posted 06.17.2013 | Crime
Samantha Paige Rosen

The American people are free, independent, strong, and collaborative. We fight for each other and we help each other. We can be scared, angry, sad, hurt, we can even overreact if we want to. And not one of those emotions should be equated with defeatism.

Life Under Sanctions

John Feffer | Posted 06.17.2013 | World
John Feffer

If you want the people of Iran to rise up against their leaders, why give the leadership an easy target to blame for the economic conditions that adversely affect the standard of living of average people?

The Regime Changer

John Feffer | Posted 06.02.2013 | World
John Feffer

After 1989, some of the dissidents of East-Central Europe went back to their original job. Others threw themselves into politics, as Vaclav Havel somewhat reluctantly did. And then there was the smallest category of them all: the dissidents who turned professional.

What Diplomats Can Learn from Pope Francis

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Institutions such as the International Criminal Court and various treaty bodies are the tide. However, the capacity to recognize the human being in the other is at the source of a new "Golden Rule" that will fashion relationships of compatibility, even synergy over adversity.

Democracy Is Not Enough

John Feffer | Posted 05.29.2013 | World
John Feffer

It has not been easy for the countries of East-Central Europe to establish stable, functioning democracies. Strong-arm leaders -- like Victor Orban in Hungary or, until recently, Vaclav Klaus in the Czech Republic -- have persistent appeal.

Croatia's Unpopulist Party

John Feffer | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
John Feffer

Croatia is still on track to join the EU this July. The more difficult question -- the degree of control that Croatia will retain as an EU member -- remains unanswered.

The World According to Ataka

John Feffer | Posted 03.26.2013 | World
John Feffer

The party's platform mixes a left-wing critique of globalization with a frankly nationalist approach to minority policy. He wants to replace Bulgaria's flat tax with a progressive tax, but he believes that all ethnic Turks are just Bulgarians forced to convert to Islam in centuries past.

The Cyprus Deal Signals a Rise in the Far Right in Europe

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.25.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

News of the 10-billion-euro bailout for Cyprus should not be cause for celebration. Europeans are rightly insecure about what comes next, as they should be given the precedent that has been set.

Finding a Normal Path in Serbia

John Feffer | Posted 03.19.2013 | World
John Feffer

Even today, the country in Europe with the largest population of internally displaced persons (IDP) is Serbia. More than a decade after the end of the wars in former Yugoslavia, more than 200,000 people remain in limbo in Serbia.

Kenya 2013 Election Analysis: Raging Parties and Mass Violence

Valiant Lowitz | Posted 05.05.2013 | Comedy
Valiant Lowitz

When Kenya rages, it's a little different. The last time Kenyans went to the polls in 2007, the results were disputed and ethnically aligned gangs took the lives of more than 1,100 people during weeks of violent unrest.

Perish The Thought: The Constitution Could Be Wrong

Charles Redfern | Posted 04.17.2013 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Our founders were not apostles; they were sweating people with clashing intentions, fretting about their newborn country and Philadelphia's occasional outbreaks of yellow fever. Their document -- admirable as it was -- was not holy writ.

The Two Europes

John Feffer | Posted 04.09.2013 | World
John Feffer

I recently traveled by train from London to Berlin and was struck by a different divide that has opened up in Europe. These "two nations" are the mobile and the stationary. And this divide has had an equally profound impact on the politics of the moment.

From Hard to Soft Chinese Nationalism

Daniel A. Bell | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Daniel A. Bell

For most of the 20th century, China viewed itself as a victim of foreign bullying and Chinese leaders drew on the emotion of resentment in order to strengthen the state. But there are two forms of nationalism in China.

My Missing Country

Silvia Pera | Posted 04.02.2013 | Teen
Silvia Pera

I have always had trouble figuring out to which country I belong. I travel regularly to Italy, speak Italian, have Italian friends, but I have always lived in the U.S. I don't really fit in either country.

The Meaning of the Catalan Election

Antonio Roldán Monés | Posted 02.02.2013 | World
Antonio Roldán Monés

In the wake of a huge pro-independence rally in Barcelona on September 11, Catalan president Artur Mas decided to call an election two years ahead of schedule. The result was an extraordinary fiasco.

The Dark Reality of Secession Fantasy

Gareth_Price | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Gareth_Price

The curious aspect of U.S. state secession is that the agitation is not to become more Floridian, Tennessean, or Alabamian. Instead, secessionists define their states as more American than America itself.

Investing in Indonesia: The Promise and the Peril

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The government deserves credit for having stopped these attacks before they could be carried out, but the impression that is left is that terrorism will remain an influence in the Indonesian landscape for some time to come. So what does all this mean for foreign investors?

A World of Solutions

Wyatt Troia | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
Wyatt Troia

Maybe I'm naïve, but given the magnitude of the problems we face right now, shouldn't we be casting as wide a net as possible for solutions? I don't just want Obama looking to Europe for guidance; I want him looking to every country on Earth for ideas on how to do things better.

Disputed Islands in the Sun

John Wagner Givens | Posted 12.02.2012 | World
John Wagner Givens

A recent cover of the Economist showed a picture of a few small islands and asks "Could China and Japan really go to war over these?" There are many reasons to believe that this conflict will not escalate into a war, or at least, not a wide-ranging one.

5 Principles for a 21st-Century Liberalism

Anis Shivani | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics
Anis Shivani

Twentieth-century liberalism lives on in forms of the social contract that are outmoded for the 21st century's globalized, technological world. Libera...

Rising National Security Risk in Europe

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.12.2012 | World
Daniel Wagner

Unless Europe takes a good look in the mirror and honestly acknowledges that shoveling more money into a black hole is not, ultimately, the answer to its problems, it will slip further and further into the abyss.

Kirchner Joins the Resource Wars

The European Magazine | Posted 07.29.2012 | World
The European Magazine

Argentina, Bolivia, Egypt: Countries around the world embrace resource nationalism and pursue the nationalization of oil and gas companies.

Growing Up, Falling in Love

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.19.2012 | Green
Robert Koehler

We have to begin thinking and organizing ourselves beyond the arbitrary constraints of nations and beyond our current, resource-devouring economic system. We have to imagine a global culture that doesn't pit humanity against nature.