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Why Tony Blair Is Talking to Hamas' Khaled Meshaal

David Hearst | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
David Hearst

News that Tony Blair and his officials are in active negotiation with Khaled Meshaal, the leader of Hamas to bring about an end to the eight year siege of Gaza might come as a surprise to those acquainted with the record of the former Middle East envoy.

Interview With Marina Litvinenko, Widow of Poisoned Ex-FSB Operative and Putin Critic Alexander Litvinenko

Samuel Ramani | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

Marina Litvinenko is the widow of Russian FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko, who fled Russia for the United Kingdom in 2000. Alexander Litvinenko was murdered by radioactivity poisoning in London in 2006; and since then, Marina Litvinenko has become an activist who has pushed for several inquiries into the events leading to his death.

Tony Blair's New Job: Fighting Anti-Semitism In Europe

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 06.07.2015 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has a new job campaigning against religious and political extremism in Europe. ...

How to Combat Child Poverty in the U.S.

Bruce Lesley | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

It's not something that just afflicts people of one color or ethnicity. It's striking families who never imagined that they could find themselves telling their kids that they don't have any food or that the electricity has been shut off.

Jeb Bush Re-Writes the History of the Iraq War

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Nothing illustrates better the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican war hawks who call themselves presidential candidates than their attempts to whitewash the history of how this nation went to war in Iraq.

Amber Ferguson

David Letterman Grilling Politicians And Pundits Through The Years

HuffingtonPost.com | Amber Ferguson | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the weeks leading up to Wednesday's final show, David Letterman has been hailed as a comic genius, a revolutionary who stormed the ne...

Britain's Shock Election: Labour's Big Defeat Seeded in the Sands of Iraq

William Bradley | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

The truth is that, intriguing as Scotland always is, it was in Iraq -- and in the reaction to Iraq -- where Labour got off the winning course.

Allies: Why Japan, Rather Than Israel, Should Be the New Britain

William Bradley | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's just completed trip to Washington, D.C. and California points up Japan's new status. Our bitter enemy of the mid-20th century is poised to become America's most important ally in the early 21st century.

Judith Miller Clings to Her Own Stubborn Myths

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.07.2015 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

Judith Miller recently popped out of the Fox News bubble for a quick jaunt to the Wall Street Journal editorial page, the home base for John Bolton, Max Boot, and other neo-con hawks, to give her forthcoming book a little free advertising. In the process she attempts to whitewash her role as an influential pro-war voice in the lead-up to the Iraq War.

Mourning Sir Martin

Barry Singer | Posted 04.08.2015 | Books
Barry Singer

Martin Gilbert died this past Tuesday evening, February 3, after a long and difficult illness. His accomplishments are too bountiful to be summarized.

Putting the Great Back into Great Britain

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

Britain faces an existential nomenclature challenge. Will the word "Great" be expunged from its name and sentenced to permanent exile? Or, will Britain's better angels gather to resurrect a second finest hour?

Cli-Fi Is Real

Scott Thill | Posted 12.30.2014 | Green
Scott Thill

That we have been sleepwalking through such massive destabilization for decades proves that we are much better at consensually hallucinating than we are at separating our sciences and fictions.

In The News Sorority, Sheila Weller Serves Up Substance and Dish About Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and Christiane Amanpour

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 11.29.2014 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

The News Sorority is a dish fest -- if you care what Katie and Diane and Christiane are really like, for God's sake do not start reading on a Friday night, because you'll miss Bill Maher and may just be finishing when John Oliver comes on.

Management That Is Doomed to Fail

David Hearst | Posted 11.21.2014 | World
David Hearst

By any yardstick, the conflicts of the Middle East are not being well managed. Three states have failed - Iraq, Syria and Libya - two of these as a consequence of Western intervention. Other states like Yemen are tottering.

War Is Not the Answer

Jim Wallis | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Wars often fail to solve the problems and ultimately make them worse. War has to answer to metrics, just as more peaceful alternatives do. The war in Iraq was a complete failure with enormous human and financial costs; ISIS is now one of the consequences.

Tony Blair Gets 'Philanthropist Of The Year' Award From GQ Magazine Amid Backlash

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.04.2014 | Impact

British GQ magazine is defending its decision to name former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair "Philanthropist of the Year" at its 2014 Men of the Year a...

Is the Media Selling or Telling: How Perception Management Works in Israel's War on Gaza

Danny Schechter | Posted 09.16.2014 | Media
Danny Schechter

There is an art of war and there is an art to selling war -- to one's own people, and the world at large.

Tony Blair Under Attack Again

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
S. Azmat Hassan

Last month was not the first time that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has come under collective censure.

Tony Blair and the Gulf Neocons

David Hearst | Posted 09.02.2014 | World
David Hearst

Today's generation has lost its faith in nation building. Blair may find "chemistry" with a Emirati Crown Prince but the former prime minister is toxic to his own people.

Tony Blair To Advise Egypt Strongman

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 07.02.2014 | World

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been tapped to become an advisor to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, the Guardian reported on Wed...

Incredible: Tony Blair Says Iraq's Implosion Would Have Happened Without Our Invasion

Paul Abrams | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

I apologize to my British friends, but I consider their former prime minister, Tony Blair, to have been Bush's enabler. Without Blair, i.e, without our closest ally, one doubts whether even the Bush administration could have proceeded with lying us into the Iraq quicksand.

Iraq Will Follow Blair to His grave

David Hearst | Posted 08.15.2014 | World
David Hearst

Blair has to recognize that the Iraq war did not end when Barack Obama pulled the last combat troops out of the country. It is still going on now. Iraq is indeed more than a legacy of office. It is a large weight to have on one's conscience.

The EU Today Is Not About Peace Among Neighbors, But Power in the World

Tony Blair | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
Tony Blair

The EU must think carefully about where it goes from here, how it reconnects with its citizens' concerns, and how it can better realize its ideals in a changing world. Complacency about the far right's showing, on the grounds that there remains a pro-European majority, is dangerous. Even ardent supporters of Europe think there must be change. In an increasingly multipolar world, in which GDP and population will increasingly be correlated, the rationale for Europe is stronger than ever. Together, Europe's peoples can wield genuine influence. Alone, they will over time decline in relative importance. The 21st century world order will be dramatically different from that of the 20th century. The rationale for Europe today is not peace; it is power.

Collaboration Facilitates Moments, Movements and Miracles

Suna Senman | Posted 08.04.2014 | Women
Suna Senman

In today's world, boardrooms lack women, medicine is male-centered and girls are prevented from getting an education. Swimming against historical perspectives, experts in fields such as business, education and psychology create new collaborations for change.

Has Putin Been Manipulating Energy Prices?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.06.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The crafting of Putin's new Euro-Asian vision -- in effect a new "Greater Russia" assembled from the remnants of the old Soviet Union in Central Asia and Europe -- has been greased by a pipeline delivery system under the Kremlin's control.