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International Pressure and Human Rights in Afghanistan: The Women's Shelter Case

Ahmad Shuja | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmad Shuja

The government wants to take over shelters that house women who have suffered abuse and violence, while human rights organizations are trying to prevent the takeover of the only asylums.

U.S. Public Diplomacy and the New Egypt

Philip Seib | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Seib

Although built on democratic aspirations, Egypt's revolution did not draw inspiration from the United States. And given that reality, their relationship requires prompt and thoughtful rebuilding.

U.S. Embassy Official Detained In Pakistan On Murder Charges

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LAHORE (Reuters) - A Pakistani court jailed an American, accused of murdering two Pakistani men during what he said was an attempted robbery, for 14 m...

Exploitation Of Foreign Workers At U.S. Embassies Revealed

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

U.S. State Department employees working throughout the Arab World are abusing foreign workers by illegally confiscating their passports and providing ...

Former Dictator Seeks Housing/Long Term Exile

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
MP Nunan

If Hosni Mubarak were logging into Craiglist these days, it might look something like this. Click on image to make it larger....

So You Say You Want a Revolution?

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
MP Nunan

Take a look at this handy chart covering a smattering of recent revolutions, militant movements, terror groups and insurgencies to see how others have tried to topple a government!

Which Foreign Leader Gave Obama The Best Gift?

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Officials have just released a list of all gifts that federal employees received from international politicians and other diplomats in 2009. Not surpr...

A Missed Opportunity at the State Department

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

Finally, the department has officially admitted what many have been saying for decades: the U.S. foreign policy apparatus is failing. But the new report fails to put forward any specific strategies for achieving its objectives.

Diplomatic Impunity

Sunil Adam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sunil Adam


Wikileaks Cables Reveal Obama Administration Tried To Thwart Torture Prosecutions

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The Obama administration has done just what I thought it would: It's continued the Bush policy of interfering in other countries' attempts to apply the rule of law.

WikiLeaks: Hossein Ghanbarzadeh Vahedi, 75-Year-Old U.S. Dentist Who Fled Iran On Horseback, Revealed

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The barrage of State Department documents released by online whistleblower WikiLeaks have sparked international outrage, but a closer look also unveil...

The Arts as an International Force for Change

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

World governments are increasingly excited about the economic power of the arts and the value of cultural exchange in a changing world.

U.S. Activists Lobby Against U.N. Religious Defamation Resolution

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious freedom advocates are urging members of the United Nations to vote against the la...

At Least They're Not Doing Vodka Butt Shots Anymore

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

It seems like it was just yesterday, although it was actually just a bit over a year ago, that the media was buzzing about the drunken hazing rituals ...

Daniel Pearl Act Identifies Violations of Press Freedom Globally

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

With little fanfare in Washington and with few countries in the world noticing, President Barack Obama signed into law an act that will hold governments all around the world accountable for violations of human rights.

US Bars Acclaimed Colombian Journalist

Gabriel Elizondo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gabriel Elizondo

Morris' work has led him to uncover evidence of atrocities potentially committed by actors of the state. His reporting has often thrown doubt on official government positions few other journalists seem dare to challenge.

Iran: From Theocracy to Democracy

Reza Pahlavi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Reza Pahlavi

These are very troubling times for my country. The searing images on YouTube, Facebook and other media have brought the misery of the Iranian people and the brutality of the clerical regime into vivid perspective.

The Supreme Court: Working for Peace Is a Prosecutable Offense

Kay Guinane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kay Guinane

While nobody would argue that the government shouldn't take all necessary and justifiable steps to prevent terrorism, what rational person would argue that turning extremists away from violence runs contrary to that goal?

Brilliant Film Premiers Monday in NYC, Offering Solution to Global Child Exploitation

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Not often does a filmmaker present both an untenable social problem - and its solution. Not often is its filmmaker an artist as well as a banker and ...

Our Enemy's Enemy Is Our Enemy? The Strange Case of the U.S.-MEK Relationship

Allan Gerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Allan Gerson

The enemy of our enemy should be our friend, but the U.S. State Department persists in keeping the the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran, the largest Iranian anti-mullah organization, on the List of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

US: No Climate Aid To Developing Countries Opposing Copenhagen Accord

The Guardian | Suzanne Goldenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The US State Department is denying climate change assistance to countries opposing the Copenhagen accord, it emerged today. The new policy, first rep...

The Foundation of Movement: Cultural Diplomacy

Linda Constant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Linda Constant

The new standards of cultural discourse strive for elements such as shared platforms of communication, multifaceted engagements, and an understanding of mutual objectives and benefits.

Fonkoze Helps Rebuild Haiti through Microfinance Following Earthquake

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Unprecedented Collaboration Assists the Most Vulnerable In the pre-dawn hours of Saturday, January 23, an unprecedented joint NGO-military operation ...

Gaddafi-Switzerland Row Escalates, US Forced To Apologize To Libya Leader

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The U.S. State Department has been drawn into an international dispute between Libya and Switzerland after Muammar Gaddafi demanded an apology for dis...

Iraqi Police Contract Flaws Raise Questions About Afghan Effort

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By Christine SpolarHuffington Post Investigative Fund In a report that offers lessons for the growing war in Afghanistan, the inspector general overs...