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Lebanese Media and Elections Coverage in UNESCO Book

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.11.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Lebanese-Iraqi Sharro's scathing comments and biting humor came to mind when I wrote about the media's mixed bag coverage of Lebanon's presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections for a just-released UNESCO publication.

Musicians and Others Bullied Due to Intolerance

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.04.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

What happened on the last days of 2013 at the Al Hussein Cultural Centre was not new. In many cases artists and public figures complained that the centre, which belongs to the Greater Amman Municipality, has become a place for bullying and political partisanship.

It's Time for Great Britain to Take This Country Back

James Napoli | Posted 12.06.2013 | Comedy
James Napoli

Politicians on both sides of the aisle have had their shot at taking America back, and they have blown it. It's time to let someone else try to take us back: Great Britain.

9 Reasons to Say No on Syria

Brent Roske | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Brent Roske

If I was in Congress my vote for a strike against Syria would be 'No.' Here's why.

Congress' Labor Daze

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Rather than discussing the pros and cons of striking Syria today, we have to point out something which should be glaringly obvious -- that Congress will be continuing their fifth week of vacation rather than returning to Washington to vote on whether America should go to war.

No Justice, No Meat: Polish Parliament Reaffirms Antisemitism

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

As with most Jewish communities, the vast majority of Polish Jews do not keep kosher. Yet, the news that the ban on Kosher meat production in Poland will continue indefinitely is of profound symbolic importance.

Turning The Tide On Workplace Drinking

Lauren Booker | Posted 07.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lauren Booker

Alcohol Concern's recent survey of MPs revealed that a quarter of them believe there is an unhealthy drinking culture in parliament. Not surprising, really. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but many of us don't realise that relatively low levels of consumption can have a significant impact on health and wellbeing.

Jordan: Birth Pains of Democratic Politics

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.25.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Reform will evolve over the coming months and years. The only question that remains to be answered is whether the country has the luxury of waiting until the political class grasps the basic lessons of democracy and parliamentary governments.

Jordanian Politicians Unable to Face Reality

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 04.04.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Most losing candidates spent their time making accusations or complaining of voting irregularities. Accepting defeat and recognizing the results of a public poll is a cultural problem that cannot be solved overnight.

Inauguration Shouldn't Be a Coronation

Joe Lauria | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Joe Lauria

A speech on the steps of the Capitol should be enough -- especially for a second term. Tell us what you are going to do and then drive -- or walk -- down Pennsylvania Avenue and start doing it.

Jordanian Elections Season Exposes Flaws

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.05.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

After months of discussions and debates, the parliamentary election season in Jordan is finally upon us, and it exposes numerous flaws and weaknesses.

Soul Classics: A Conversation With Maceo Parker, Plus Cosmic Suckerpunch's Video Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.18.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"Coming out of the James Brown era or the James Brown school or whatever, I spent a lot of time with him and he was calling my name on some of the records, "Come on, Maceo, blow your horn!" Everybody that was really into James Brown somehow had to get into me because I was there and again."

The Legacy and Love of Aloisea Inyumba

Francine LeFrak | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

When I was in Rwanda last, I asked a five-year-old girl what she would like to be when she grows up. She enthusiastically responded, "President!" The response was so surprising, and a true testament to the type of country Rwanda has become.

Egyptians and Jordanians Dealing With Constitutional Guarantees vs. Legislative Limits

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 02.06.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The constitutional debate is turning into a street battle, with the country's rulers insisting that the constitutional assembly's slight majority is empowered to decide for all Egyptians what the shape and text of their parliament should be.

Jason Mraz's '93 Million Miles' Video, Plus a Conversation With Andre Williams and Blood Company & TeamWork Team Up

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.18.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

You probably can guess what's 93 million miles away, but check out this sweet video, which was directed here on Earth by Jeff Coffman and recorded during Mraz's recent appearance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado.

LOOK: PM Launches Blistering Attack On Sexism

Posted 10.09.2012 | World

Australia's female Prime Minister Julia Gillard gave an "epic speech on sexism" on Tuesday, when she traded heated blows in Parliament with opposition...

The Dangers of Government That Doesn't Get Things Done

Eric Black | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Eric Black

Many on the right also claim to have the Framers on their side. The Framers feared a dictatorial government, goes this historical argument. While evidence can be adduced for that view of the Framers, I tend to think it is more wrong than right.

Some appealing features of a parliamentary system

Eric Black | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Eric Black

What are the basic differences between the parliamentary system and an American-style setup? And what parliamentary features might look appealing to gridlock-frustrated Americans? Here's a rundown.

U.S. or Parliamentary System? One Is Nearly Gridlock-Proof -- and It Ain't Ours

Eric Black | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Eric Black

Because of their structures, parliamentary systems are relatively gridlock-proof. Our system -- absent the grease of partisan cooperation and compromise -- is particularly gridlock-prone.

PHOTOS: The Ruins Of Detroit's Musical Past

Randy Fox | Posted 06.04.2012 | Travel
Randy Fox

It's easy to understand why the citizens of Detroit may feel offended by the large amount of attention that is paid to their abandoned factories, stores and homes. It must seem like there are people coming from all over the globe to trade on a city's agony.

America's Oldest National Political Holiday

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.21.2012 | Home
Chris Weigant

On March 18, 1766, for the very first time America celebrated a political event together -- and they continued to do so for years afterwards. Together. As Americans -- celebrating a purely American national political holiday.

Take Your Toddler To Work: In Parliament

The Huffington Post | Lisa Belkin | Posted 02.19.2012 | Parents

You might remember the first photos of Licia Ronzulli taking her daughter to work back in September of 2010. Mom's work was (and still is) representin...

Italy Approves Austerity Budget, Stymieing Crisis

Posted 12.22.2011 | Business

ROME — Italian Premier Mario Monti easily won a vote of confidence in the Senate on Thursday, signaling parliamentary approval of the government's e...

The Simple Technology of Electoral Advertisement In Egypt

Mohamed El Dahshan | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Mohamed El Dahshan

A heavy imbalance of financial and mobilization means between parties and candidates means wider room for manipulation, that voters and observers alike must be aware of.

Republicans Disrespect Iraqi Democracy

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Every current Republican gripe on the Iraq withdrawal boils down to a monumental refusal to face the reality of a full-fledged Iraqi democracy.