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Why the "Merchant of Death" Won't Ever See Trial

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

The recent decision by a Thai appeals court to extradite the alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout, touted as the "Merchant of Death" in popular books and m...

US: Immigration Detainees at Risk of Sexual Abuse

Human Rights Watch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Human Rights Watch

By Meghan Rhoad, women's rights researcher at Human Rights Watch (Washington) - The US government needs to strengthen its protection of people in imm...

Deregulation, the Forsaken Panacea for Climate Change

Sunil Sharan | Posted 10.17.2011 | Green
Sunil Sharan

America is stuck. Yet deregulation, a concept all but renounced by the country a decade back in the wake of California's energy crisis, holds the potential to unlock the gates to climatic heaven.

Is China Poised for Implosion? What Would the Communist Manifesto Predict?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Howard Steven Friedman

Deng Xiaoping probably would be concerned to see that Chinese population policies and practices as well as the engine of capitalism appears to be creating a Marxian nightmare of bourgeois and proletariat.

Why Travel? Because It Is There

Sophia Dembling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Sophia Dembling

Sure, some trips are more fun than others, and some places' charms aren't evident at first glance. But I've never been anywhere that couldn't hold my attention or anywhere I would refuse to visit again.

DANCE: American Ballet Theatre Performs In Cuba For First Time In 50 years

Yahoo! News | Wed Aug 18, 2:36pm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

NEW YORK (AFP) -- American Ballet Theater, one of the leading US classical dance companies, will perform in Havana, Cuba this year for the first time ...

Where 15 Chefs Love To Eat Off The Beaten Track

Find. Eat. Drink. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Find. Eat. Drink.

It's a subjective question asking chefs around the country to name their favorite off the beaten track places to eat. But, we have to say, we are excited to try all of their recommendations.

New CIA Interrogation Tapes Hint at Legal 'Loophole' Allowing the US to Outsource Torture

Clara Gutteridge | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Clara Gutteridge

The stash of tapes reveal that there is more evidence of the CIA's torture programme than has previously been admitted, and hint at the central role played by Morocco in the secret prison system .

Pakistan's Shock Doctrine

James Denselow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Denselow

Pakistan's floods are wrecking havoc over the beleaguered country. Over 1,600 are dead and more than 2 million are homeless. The government in Islamabad stands at a crossroads.

USA-Slovenia Call Continues To Draw Questions

AP | SIMON HAYDON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

JOHANNESBURG — Modern soccer has turned the penalty area into a wrestling ring, and that's what cost the United States victory in its World Cup ...

The Guns of August

Tara Sonenshine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tara Sonenshine

Summers are for taking stock--of what we are good at, and what we have learned about how to prevent, manage, and resolve international conflicts that threaten all we treasure and preserve.

How Long Will China's Economy Be the Second Largest?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Howard Steven Friedman

While China's manufacturing dominates much of the world's consumer products, this will not likely last forever.

Gov 2.0 Is Now Gov 3.0 Through Semantic Web

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Alan W. Silberberg

The semantic web (Web 3.0) is coming to a Government 2.0 app near you! In one of the first International Strategic Alliances in the Gov 2.0 / Gov 3.0 ...

Adios GOP

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

The Arizona experiment has been a fiasco for Republicans. It has cemented the idea in the minds of many Latinos across the country, that the GOP is actively antagonistic to Americans of Latino descent

Republicans: What's Wrong With Being Sweden?

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

The Regressives in the GOP, who would like their Fox-fed minions and Tea Party zombies to bring us back to a white America that existed around the tim...

The Costs of Pakistan's Floods

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

The floods in Pakistan are sorely testing the government's capacity, and setbacks are likely in its efforts toward economic growth and development, fight against militancy, and the country's civil-military relations.

A Word to Colombia's New President: Real Security Is the Rule of Law

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lisa Haugaard

If the Obama Administration wants to be a true friend to Colombia, U.S. support-both aid and trade-must be conditioned upon real and lasting human rights improvements.

Time to Win Hearts in the Deluged Pakistan

Saad Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saad Khan

Perhaps this is the time for the Americans to interact with the troubled and grief stricken Pakistanis. There is a fear that the Pashtuns will turn to the Taliban if help does not arrive swiftly.

From Totalitarianism to Turbines: The Unending Struggle for Power in Central Asia

Derek Henry Flood | Posted 06.29.2011 | World
Derek Henry Flood

The deadly June crisis in southern Kyrgyzstan highlights the extreme fragility in Central Asia's inherently flawed post-independence nation-state structures. However, the five republics are being simultaneously courted by the U.S. military.

Putting BP's Oil Spill Into Context

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with How unusual is it for 4.9 million barrels of oil to be spilled into the ocean? The newspapers tell us that the ...

Supreme Court Expected to Hear Prop 8, Rule for Equality of Marriage for Corporations

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
John Wellington Ennis

Legal scholars believe that based on the court's intent under Chief Justice Roberts, the case will achieve a milestone by granting the equal rights provided through marriage to corporations, at last.

America's Iraqi Strategic Blunder

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

Even in 2002, in the midst of the fear campaign unleashed by Bush's White House to create public support for an invasion of Iraq, credible voices in the American mainstream questioned the claims.

Nuclear Stars Align for New START

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Nine of the ten former and current commanders of America's nuclear forces have told the Senate it is time to approve a new arms pact with Russia. Will the senators listen to our top military leaders?

No Change in Policy as Obama Picks Bush Era Diplomat as Envoy to Azerbaijan

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harut Sassounian

Matt Bryza, Obama's nominee for ambassador to Azerbaijan, is a relic from the Bush Administration with a checkered and controversial past.

Paranoid Politics: The Denial of Islamophobia

Jillian York | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jillian York

Concerned communities should engage in dialogue with Muslims and their organizations, and learn more about them, rather than rely on the types of prejudices and paranoia being hawked by Islamophobes.