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The U.S., Colombia and Human Rights Doublespeak

Dan Kovalik | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

Critical to the U.S.'s ability to get away with its backing of monstrous crimes is the Orwellian nature of U.S. government rhetoric about "democracy" and "human rights," and the main stream press's eagerness to parrot this rhetoric and selectively report upon human rights abuses.

The U.S. Must No Longer Accept China's Denial of Government-Sponsored Hack Attacks

Rep. Matt Salmon | Posted 01.11.2016 | World
Rep. Matt Salmon

I encourage the Chinese leadership to consider whether the imbalance between maintaining domestic stability and stifling free speech and limiting free access to information will eventually impair Chinese citizens, as well as China's true national potential.

Yes, He Did: Why Obama Is the Most Consequential Second-Term President Since FDR

Lawrence Jacobs | Posted 01.11.2016 | World
Lawrence Jacobs

Here is what is rarely acknowledged and speaks volumes about Obama's impact: we now accept the sea change in the lives of most Americans that the Affordable Care Act swept in. No one serious challenges the Affordable Care Act's guarantee of insurance coverage for all without the threat of preexisting conditions, the new coverage for the prescription drug benefits for seniors and much more.

Iran-Saudi Arabia: The Reversal Of A Geopolitical Balance

Milad Jokar | Posted 01.21.2016 | World
Milad Jokar

From Riyadh's point of view, the current geopolitical reversal gives Iran a dominant role in the region at the expense of Saudi Arabia.

An Invitation for H.R. 158 Supporters: 'See You in Iran'

Negar Mortazavi | Posted 01.08.2016 | World
Negar Mortazavi

The bipartisan support of H.R. 158 is demonstrative of the deeper problem of "Iranophobia," which necessitates a response if one is to prevent future discriminatory policies.

Saudi Arabia's Act of Strategic Defiance

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.07.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

As Saudi Arabia is fighting a proxy war against Iran in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, it is determined not to allow Iran free regional reign. By creating the crisis, Saudi Arabia also hopes to disrupt the warming relations between Iran and the U.S., which it views as contrary to its interests. In addition, Saudi Arabia hopes to undermine the EU's drive for rapprochement with Iran, as it otherwise has the potential of becoming the largest trading partner with the EU.

Iranian Americans: Now Second-Class Citizens?

Elnaz Moghangard | Posted 01.06.2016 | World
Elnaz Moghangard

I could discuss the many wrongs of this bill from the perspective of someone who is an American born citizen. Yet, I have realized that our nationality of birth is not as relevant as we may have perceived it to be, because the prejudice that pervades our humanity speaks volumes.

Pakistan: Change but No Change

Aparna Pande | Posted 01.06.2016 | World
Aparna Pande

From New Delhi's perspective every step forward in India-Pakistan relations results, within a short period of time, with a stab in the back that harms relations between the two countries.

By Cutting Ties with Iran, Saudi Arabia Executed the 48th Terrorist

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 01.05.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

It was as if Saudi Arabia executed yet another terrorist when Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir announced the severing of ties with Iran.

The Tale of Two School Boys

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 01.05.2016 | Education
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

American-Australian married couples seem quite common. Denise and I have run into at least a half-dozen in our six months here. Families with children that lived in the United States for years and then emigrated to Australia, often with one parent having been born in Oz, also appear common.

Remembering the 1990s

Quora | Posted 12.31.2015 | Technology

Before there was Netscape, which began arriving around 1995, we enjoyed a world full of things that were nearing the end of their lifespans -- and we had no idea.

The Faithful Shopper: New Year, New Stores

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 12.30.2015 | New York
Read More: Champagne, 2016, Happy New Year, Times Square, Madison Avenue, Sonia Rykiel, 816 Madison Ave, Paris, France, Ready-to-Wear Collections, Fur, Leather, Shoes, Children's Lines, Julie De Libran, 935 Madison Avenue, Italy, Milan, Pope, United States, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Intermix, Moda Operandi, Neiman Marcus, Net-a-Porter, Saks, Shopbop, Moynat, Faith Hope Consolo, New York Fashion Week, February, Dover Street Market, Apple, Mac, Iphone, Macbook, Ipad, Jimmy Choo, 699 Madison Avenue, Hermès, Isabel Marant, 23 East 67th Street, The Row, 17 East 71st Street, Ashley Olsen, Full House, Mary-Kate Olsen, Midtown, Saks OFF 5TH, Billionaires Row, Millionaires Row, 135 East 57th Street, Saks Fifth Avenue, Discount Designer Handbags, Dresses, Tower 57, Brookfield Place, Target, 255 Greenwich Street, Tribeca, East Harlem, Westfield World Trade Center, World Trade Center, 7 WTC, Oculus, Santiago Calatrava, 3 World Trade Center, 4 World Trade Center, Aesop, Aldo, The Art of Shaving, Banana Republic, Beer Table, Breitling, Camper, Caudalie, Charles Tyrwhitt, Cole Haan, Cos, Crabtree & Evelyn, Designer Eyes, Dune London, Eataly, Edward Beiner, Epicerie Boulud, Fika, Folli Follie, Fossil, Hugo Boss, Joe Coffee, John Barrett Salon, John Varvatos, Kate Spade New York, Kiehl's, Kiko Milano, L'Occitane, La Colombe, Lacoste, Links of London, LK Bennett, London Jewelers, Longines, Lore Wine & Spirits, M.a.C, Market Lane (Previously Known as Jones the Grocer), Michael Kors, K. Minamoto, Montblanc, Nobletree Coffee, NuNu Chocolates, Pandora, Penhaglion's, Reiss, Rituals Cosmetics, Sephora, Stuart Weitzman, Swatch, Thomas Sabo, Tissot, True Religion, Turnbull & Asser, Under Armour, Une De 50, Victoria's Secret, Victoria's Secret Beauty, Vince Camuto, & Other Stories, Aquazzura, Matchesfashion, New York News
Faith Hope Consolo

It's time to pop the champagne and celebrate the new shopping landscape that is on the horizon in 2016.

Saudi Arabia's Economic Time Bomb

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 12.30.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Time is a luxury that Saudi Arabia can no longer take for granted. It faces an economic time bomb, which, if not defused, will have severe and possibly irreversible effects both nationally and internationally.

'Miracle of American Oil': Continental Resources Courted Corporate Media to Sell Oil Exports

Steve Horn | Posted 12.29.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A document published by the Public Relations Society of America, discovered by DeSmog, reveals that from the onset of its public relations campaign, the oil industry courted mainstream media reporters to help it sell the idea of lifting the ban on crude oil exports to the American public and policymakers.

Desalination: Expensive and Worth It

Seth M. Siegel | Posted 12.28.2015 | Green
Seth M. Siegel

Now what is needed is for California communities to know what is required of them if they want to build a facility and, where needed, for more desalination plants to be fast-tracked. Planning for water scarcity in California is prudent.

Global Common Allies and Adversaries

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 12.28.2015 | Politics
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

Double standards in any relation, particularly in the war on terror would not be in the interest of anyone. Muslims and non-Muslims should end the blame game and they should leave their differences aside and unite against this common enemy.

Iran Prefers Bernie Sanders for President in 2016

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.27.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Tehran would rather see a Democrat than a Republican as the next U.S. president. At one time there were minimal differences between the parties' views on Iran, but in the last few years the gap has widened.

Moving Stories: International Review of How Media Cover Migration

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.26.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Peace on earth, goodwill towards men (women and children), except if they're migrants, refugees, or asylum seekers, who the media worldwide have, for the most part, failed to cover accurately, fairly, in a balanced way, and ethically.

Why America Needs Syrian Refugees

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 12.23.2015 | World
Nancy K. Humphreys

Creating structures to support the absorption of large numbers of refugees into our nation might actually provide new and better ways of assisting more Americans needing temporary support to get back on their feet.

Dreaming of a Hot Christmas

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 12.23.2015 | World
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

It's a week before Christmas and it's 32°C here in Melbourne. That sentence explains nearly everything to contrast the "holidays" in Oz compared to the Bay Area. Thirty-two degrees Celsius, by the way, is 97°F according to my handy temperature conversion app on my phone.

The Biggest Moments in Youth Activism at the UN Climate Negotiations

Aly Johnson-Kurts | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics
Aly Johnson-Kurts

The biggest moments in youth activism at the United Nations climate negotiations (COP21) were focused on limiting global temperature rise, supporting the efforts of the most vulnerable populations, and bringing domestic issues to the international arena.

Why WSIS+10 Matters to the Future of the Internet

Charles H. Rivkin | Posted 12.23.2015 | World
Charles H. Rivkin

As more and more people use and rely on the Internet around the globe, one of the key questions is how it should be governed - and who should set the ...

12 Neighborhoods Across America That Are About to Blow Up

Thrillist | Posted 12.27.2015 | Travel

By: Matt Meltzer Credit: Dan Gentile/Thrillist It's about time we retired the phrase "The Brooklyn" of anywhere, right? First, because most pe...

Why I Fled Syria

Ahed Al Hendi | Posted 12.23.2015 | World
Ahed Al Hendi

This article tells different refugee stories from Syrians who left their home country in the last years and found a new home in the United States. In their personal stories, you can learn about their dreams and why they decided to leave, as well as their experiences with and attachment to the U.S.

A Letter from George Washington To Donald Trump

Noam Schimmel | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Noam Schimmel

In August of 1790 President George Washington wrote a letter to the Touro Synagogue of Newport Rhode Island. Like most American Jews at the time and ...