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Fueling Ethnic Tensions in the Persian Gulf is Not a Strategy for Middle East Stability

Jamal Abdi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Abdi

Washington risks entering into a game of escalating provocations with Tehran even as continuing efforts to restart talks in November are underway. Ir...

Soul-Searching at Dubai's Cityscape (Slideshow)

Todd Reisz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Todd Reisz

First it was "booming Dubai," and then "sinking Dubai." Two years into one of its most cathartic states ever, where do things stand for Dubai?

The Madness of U.S. Arms Sales: Good Business, Bad For Planet

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

The madness in the world can best be boiled down to this: at the same time that we are told there is not enough money to create jobs or pay for real h...

Rank My City: The Singles Charts of the City-Building Business

Todd Reisz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Todd Reisz

It is often the cities not making the ranks that can be the most lively and exciting, even if their cafes still use white plastic chairs and the streets aren't pedestrianized.

Matters to Consider Before Launching Another War

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Before bombing Iran, as many now seem to want to do, here are some questions that require answers and considerable public debate.

What if the Israelis Were to Bomb Iran?

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

Baghdad, Friday, June 31, 2011, almost ten months in the future, and Israel has attacked Iran's nuclear facilities. What might the consequences be... ...

Who Says Iran Is Becoming Isolated in the Middle East?

Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett

it is truly surreal for the Obama administration and its supporters to be extolling how badly isolated the Islamic Republic of Iran is becoming in the broader Middle East.

Qatar's Bid for World Cup 2022: To Build a Nation or a Region?

Todd Reisz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Todd Reisz

In stark contrast to the US' coast-to-coast approach, Qatar proposes that every match of the 2022 World Cup will be played within an hour's drive from any other. This would be an advantage for both the players and the fans.

Obama's Next Gulf Crisis

Daniel Silva | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Silva

During this summer of fouled marshlands, the issue of Iran has receded quietly into the shadows. Obama might soon find himself longing for the days when his biggest problem was plugging a "damn hole" on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

Reading the Pictures: Crude Comparison

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Shaw

2010-04-29-spil.jpgWhile the Gulf is in flames, the Germans are putting up elegant-looking offshore windmills in the North Sea this week.

Imagining a World Without Oil

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

We have seen the deadly results and heartbreak in the Gulf of Mexico from every angle and are shocked and moved by what we see. But is it enough to get us to move from inertia into personal action and social change?

Iran Begins War Games

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(AP) TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard on Thursday started large-scale war games in the Persian Gulf and the strategic Strait of H...

Robert Gates: U.S. Lacks Policy To Curb Iran's Nuclear Drive

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — A memo from Defense Secretary Robert Gates to the White House warned that the United States lacks a nimble long-term plan for deali...

Wall Street Speculators Driving Up Oil Prices

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Oil consumption has fallen, demand from U.S. motorists for gasoline is flat at best and refiners that turn crude into fuel are operatin...

I See Belgium, I See France: I See the Burqa's Last Dance

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

For some governments, banning burqas about placing a legal element of moderation on public dress. Worldwide today, total nudity is usually illegal, these governments are simply saying that the other extreme is also not acceptable.

The U.N.'s Ocean Death Panel

David Helvarg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Helvarg

If present trends of industrial overfishing continue, there will be no commercially viable wild fisheries left by mid-century, and CITES failed at its recent meeting to intervene on this looming catastrophe.

Check the Oil? China Wants To Get Behind the Wheel

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

U.S. policymakers assume they have the right and obligation to steer the wheel of international diplomacy, but the view from Beijing (and other capitals) is very different.

An Ode to Mother's Day: Peace Begets Peace

John Perkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Perkins

We're in the midst of a war in our country and it's our job to re-engineer the world for peace. Our narrow-minded attitudes and the resultant policies...

Iran: Airlines Must Say 'Persian Gulf' Or Face Airspace Ban

Huffington Post | Adam Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Airlines must use the term 'Persian Gulf' rather than 'Arabian Gulf' to describe the body of water separating Iran from the Arabian Peninsula, or face...

Iran's Defiant Dare = Crunch Time for Obama

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Biting economic sanctions -- the type that hit at the very economic and financial heart of the regime and not the Iranian people -- must be aggressively pursued and carefully constructed.

Foreign Affairs Roundup

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

This Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs: Peace Prevails in Ireland A last minute peace deal is reached in Northern Ireland to peacefully devolve L...

U.S. Speeding Up Missile Defenses in Persian Gulf

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration edges toward imposing tougher sanctions on Iran, it has begun upgrading its approach to defending its P...

Which Way the Persian Gulf?

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Carl Pope

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia is hosting a major world conference -- the Global Competitiveness Forum  -- and this year the theme is "Sust...

Why China is Scarier Than Al Queda

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

Many people's nightmares are taken up entirely with dark, terrorist fantasies. As understandable as this may be, it's also irrational. Terrorism will ...

Forget Tiger's Problems and Find the Heroes Now...

Joe Favorito | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Joe Favorito

As we enter the holiday season and follow the seemingly endless path to destruction Tiger Woods may be on, take pause and look a little harder for some of the good out there being done by our gifted athletes.