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Let's Find a Way to Make the Dialogue Work

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 11.16.2016 | GPS for the Soul
The University of Central Florida Forum

By Bruce Janz UCF Forum columnist There is a breaking point for many people around the neighborhood and around the country, as has been seen this mon...

The Syrian Opposition and the 'realism' of the US-Russian Deal

Raghida Dergham | Posted 09.18.2016 | Home
Raghida Dergham

The Syrian ceasefire deal concluded by the US and Russia will be present at the UN General Assembly summit attended by world leaders next week. Aleppo...

Armenian Stand-Off Continues to be Tense and Dangerous

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 07.28.2016 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Ethnic Armenians have been protesting in and out of the country in recent years. This sign at a Los Angeles rally refers to many Armenians' bel...

Using Bread-and-Butter Issues to Try to Foment Political Change in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 06.18.2016 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Map of the Former Soviet Union It hasn't been a good year for Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The country's petroleum-based econom...

The Survival of Erdogan Inc.

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 05.16.2016 | Home
Mahir Zeynalov

Photo credit: AFP Several days ago, I was listening to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arguing that his presidential ambitions were not his p...

A Fitness Tip to Overcome Conflict

Mike MacConnell | Posted 03.13.2017 | Divorce
Mike MacConnell

What if your yoga practice could help heal distress and resolve interpersonal conflict? It can. Cooperation between opposing forces is the key to reaching peace.

Right Wing Majority in Venezuela's National Assembly: The Constitutional and Political Stakes

Dr Francisco Dominguez | Posted 01.25.2017 | Home
Dr Francisco Dominguez

The constitutional provision that may allow the Right to force the resignation of President Maduro is the recall referendum (Art.72). They already resorted to a recall referendum against Hugo Chavez in August 2004 the then President who won with 59%.

The Cost Of Turkey's Self-Interest

Khairuldeen Al Makhzoomi | Posted 12.28.2016 | Politics
Khairuldeen Al Makhzoomi

The Syrian Civil War, which began as an uprising to overthrow the Assad regime, has devolved into a proxy war, with Turkish-backed jihadist forces serving as the main anti-Syrian opposition. Could the Islamic State have become this powerful without Turkey's assistance?

Presidential Election: Crying (Tears of Hope) for you, Argentina

Jesica L. Santos | Posted 10.21.2016 | Home
Jesica L. Santos

On October 25, Argentinians will go the polls to elect their next democratic president who, for the first time since 2003, won't have "Kirchner" as a last name. But the choice Argentinians will really be making concerns not an individual but, rather, the type of country they want to recover.

What Congressman Paul Gosar Got Wrong About the Pope

Jesse Andreozzi | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Jesse Andreozzi

Gosar defended his outlandish statements by claiming to be a "proud Catholic" who attended a Midwestern Jesuit College. He cites his "excellent education" that provided an opportunity for him to "think critically, to welcome debate and discussion and to be held accountable for [his] actions."

Venezuelan Opposition Leader Gets 14 Years In Jail

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 01.11.2017 | Home

CARACAS, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Venezuela’s opposition denounced the sentencing of politician Leopoldo Lopez to nearly 14 years in jail as a tyrannical...

The Three Mistakes of Poland's Transition

John Feffer | Posted 05.13.2016 | Home
John Feffer

Start with a failing economy. Throw in a team of inexperienced politicians, people in fact who had spent their careers deliberately avoiding official politics. Add a population with the highest possible expectations. And, as a wild card, introduce an international community that was not offering very much in the way of financial assistance.

The Disappointment of Fulfilled Dreams in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 05.12.2016 | Home
John Feffer

Many Poles dreamed of the day when the Communist regime would fall. But even after the semi-free elections of June 4, 1989, in which Solidarity-affiliated candidates won nearly all the contested seats, few anticipated that their dreams would come true so quickly.

Venezuelan Crisis: Resentment, Struggle and a Way Forward

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.29.2014 | Home
Stephanie Rudat

It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?

18 Powerful Images from Massive #SOSVenezuela Demonstration in Los Angeles, California

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Stephanie Rudat

Clad in vibrant colors of the Venezuelan flag, supporters of ongoing protests in Venezuela rallied peacefully in Los Angeles, California on Saturday in front of the Federal Building.

Network Shutout in Russia Casts Shadow Over Pussy Riot's Tour

Sven Carlsson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Media
Sven Carlsson

The independent TV network Dozhd -- where the band's two jailed members held a press conference after their release -- might be taken off air throughout Russia anytime soon.

As Goes Egypt, So Goes Tunisia? Not Quite

Freedom House | Posted 10.09.2013 | Home
Freedom House

by Russell Raymond Program Associate, Middle East and North Africa In the past week, dueling demonstrations have occupied public spaces in Tunisia'...

Internal Opposition to U.S. Foreign Policy More Effective than Most People Think

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

Several years ago I had lunch with a U.S. government official who told me about a trip that I had taken, that almost nobody knew about. I didn't have ...

Venezuela: Constitutional Crisis and a Barely Visible President

The Morningside Post | Posted 04.21.2013 | Home
The Morningside Post

If the president-elect is temporarily absent, Cabello is able to govern for a maximum of 180 days, and if the president-elect is permanently absent, Cabello must call a new election within 30 days. Why has Venezuela ignored these constitutional procedures?

The Election Is Over and We All Lost

Beth Green | Posted 01.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Beth Green

Healing and growth are possible. We can reeducate our egos and heal our souls. We can come together with humility and cooperation. But first we need to be willing to see that these changes are necessary. And we need to bring this consciousness into the political arena, or we all lose.

A Race Car Brain With Bicycle Brakes: One Vision of ADD With Edward Hallowell

Carol Smaldino | Posted 07.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

For me, one way of thinking about children with ADD (adults deserve their own piece and the center deals with them too) is that they are more fiercely democratic than other kids who will easily adhere to strict rules and regulations with a passive attitude.

Russia's Opposition Needs Some Grassroots Realism

Tomas Hirst | Posted 06.25.2012 | Home
Tomas Hirst

All of this has provided tangible rewards, albeit not the media-friendly variety that the opposition had become used to. Indeed it may well not be until the next parliamentary elections in 2015 that the benefits of a grassroots focus become apparent.

How to Stop Iran's Nuclear Threat

Alireza Jafarzadeh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Alireza Jafarzadeh

The Iranian opposition movement does not ask for money or arms, much less troops. But it does demand that, at this critical juncture, it not be shut out of the Iran policy debate.

We Are Being Silenced

Elcin Poyrazlar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elcin Poyrazlar

While the Middle East is swaying gracefully under the wind of change, Turkey is slowly suffocating without free media.

WikiLeaks Disclosures and the Historic Opportunity on Iran

Ali Safavi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ali Safavi

Appeasing a medieval theocracy in Iran will only translate into a devastated Iraq controlled by a nuclear-armed Iranian regime. Silence is no longer an option.