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Washington-Tehran Embassies? Khamenei's Private and Public Views on the U.S.

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.30.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Khamenei holds two stances on the U.S. -- one in private, and one in public -- for the purpose of preserving his legitimacy. When speaking in public, Khamenei's speeches and statements clearly characterize his distrust towards the "Great Satan." Khamenei does this for multiple reasons.

From Solidarity to Business

John Feffer | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
John Feffer

When I met with Mariusz Ambroziak in 1993, he was secretary for the Solidarity trade union in the Mazowsze area around Warsaw. He'd been a Solidarity activist for most of his life, starting out as a young worker involved in the famous Solidarity chapter at the Ursus tractor factory in Warsaw.

Poland's Uncivil Society

John Feffer | Posted 08.25.2015 | World
John Feffer

In 1990, I interviewed Leszek Konarski and Zygmunt Fura who were involved with environmental issues and the creation of Poland's first Green Party. Twenty-three years later, I met up with them again in Krakow.

Let's Celebrate US Army Ranger Grads Griest And Haver

Lauren C Anderson | Posted 08.21.2015 | Women
Lauren C Anderson

Let's celebrate this great achievement of Captain Griest and Lieutenant Haver. Let's pull for the remaining third woman to complete Ranger School. And let's allow them to do their jobs, as members of a team, without the media attention. They already stand as incredible role models for young women everywhere.

3 Foods That Won't Survive Minor Climate Changes

Thrillist | Posted 08.21.2015 | Taste
Thrillist

By: Dan Gentile Credit: Drew Swantak/Thrillist If you believe in thermometers, you should believe in global warming. And if you believe in eating f...

Poland on the Economic Periphery

John Feffer | Posted 08.16.2015 | World
John Feffer

Small countries often have no choice but to align themselves with larger economic entities, as for instance the Baltic countries have done inside the European Union. But Poland is not a small country. It is the sixth largest EU country by population, and the largest country in East-Central Europe (twice the size of its nearest competitor, Romania).

Inside Iran: Iranian People on Iran-West, Iran-U.S. Ties and the Nuclear Deal

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.16.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Some ordinary people view the deal and Iran-West improving their ties as a sign that their living standards will improve. They hope for the possibility of reform and the advance of human rights, such as, freedom of speech, press, assembly, social justice, rule of law and democracy.

John Kerry: Why I'm Going to Havana

John Kerry | Posted 08.19.2015 | Latino Voices
John Kerry

After 50 years of stagnation, the sense of progress and potential is real. We are under no illusions that Cuba will be transformed overnight, and we are clear-eyed about the challenges ahead. Among these is Cuba's continued denial of universal human rights.

After Iran: A Deal With North Korea?

John Feffer | Posted 08.12.2015 | World
John Feffer

If international relations obeyed the rules of logic, the United States and North Korea would be sitting down right now to work out their differences.

Confessions of an SAI Superfan & Recent Lessons From Kenya+

Dana Wilkins | Posted 08.12.2015 | World
Dana Wilkins

Everyone has their "thing". That nerdy interest--bordering on obsession--that they get a little short of breath talking about and love tucking into in their spare time. Some people have Arsenal, or Assassin's Creed, or underwater photography. For the last 5 years, I've had Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs).

The 'Other' Options With Iran's Nuclear Program

Paul Heroux | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Opponents to the Iran deal often say that they could have gotten a better deal. These critics are largely found in the U.S. and in Israel. Critics are right for scrutinizing any deal. They would not be doing their job if they were giving it an automatic pass. However, being critical because a better alternative is desired is not realistic.

Doing Business With Post-Sanctions Iran: Risks and Opportunities

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.08.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

When it comes to Iran's economic landscape after the nuclear deal, major questions to address are: What sectors will likely witness foreign investment and flourish the most? Which countries are more likely to rekindle business and gain more? What will be the Iranian leaders invest in the most? What are the opportunities and risks?

The Real Victims of India and Pakistan Proxy War

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 08.07.2015 | World
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

Hostility between Afghanistan and Pakistan has been ongoing now for about four decades, whereas hostility between Pakistan and India has been present since 1947. The proxy war between between India and Pakistan lies in Afghanistan.

Black Ops for Peace

John Feffer | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
John Feffer

When we're emerging from a dark winter of government secrecy, we're all instinctively sun worshippers. But when it comes to concluding peace treaties or dealing with the global power imbalance, sometimes we have to go where the sun don't shine.

#ZimbabweanLivesMatter

Themba Mzingwane | Posted 08.05.2015 | World
Themba Mzingwane

Then, this past week, for the first time in decades, Zimbabwe was all over the news. Walter Palmer's killing of Cecil was a heartless act. But I found the massive outpouring of anger in the United States and Europe bewildering, and frankly, a saddening classic case of misplaced priorities.

Making Green Cool Again in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 08.04.2015 | World
John Feffer

It was certainly cool to be an environmentalist in Hungary in the 1980s. But that was 30 years ago. The environmental movement in Hungary has aged considerably since then. Other issues became hip, young people were drawn to other movements, and Green organizations shrank.

America in Black and White

Aaron Caleb Bardo | Posted 08.04.2015 | Media
Aaron Caleb Bardo

The process of change begins with us and ends with us. Through social media and grassroots movement we can unite our colors as we did on June 26, 2015. We can inspire American Dreams for generations to come before the riots begin, before the violence turns viral.

Khamenei's Inflammatory Statements, Who Can Constrain Iran? The Muslim World

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.02.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

For Iranian leaders, their geopolitical, strategic and diplomatic ties with Muslim and Arab states are crucial since they desire to project the Islamic Republic as the front runner of the Muslim world, ideologically speaking. Iranian leaders are more concerned of being distanced and isolated by Muslim countries than Western powers

Art of Resistance: Charlie Hebdo's Antonio Fischetti and Judea Pearl on the War on Journalists

Devra Maza | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
Devra Maza

It's the prize no one should have to win. When The Daniel Pearl Award was presented to the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, everyone who rose to applaud knew it came at a terrible cost.

The Kurdish Elephant

John Feffer | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
John Feffer

The more chaotic things get in the Middle East, the more power and territory Kurds can control. But the more power and territory they control, the greater the fear in Tehran, Ankara, and Baghdad that the Kurds will create greater Kurdistan.

$6-$35 Billions Annually to Assad: Stronger Iran, Mightier Assad?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

In the ongoing 4-year-long civil war, the Islamic Republic- one of the major bank-rollers for the Syrian government- has approximately spent between $6 and $35 billion a year in order to keep its staunchest regional ally, Bashar Al Assad in power.

The Future Of Social Movements

John Feffer | Posted 07.27.2015 | World
John Feffer

Social movements didn't disappear from Slovenia. Some groups became professionalized, like the Peace Institute. Other voluntary organizations continued, particularly among the younger generation. But they no longer had the prominence or influence they enjoyed during that brief period in the 1980s.

The Myth of India's Vegetarian Elites: A Response to NPR and New York Times

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 07.24.2015 | Green
Vamsee Juluri

All of India may not have been vegetarian all the time. But the importance given to vegetarianism in Indian life for the simple reason we could live without taking an animal life, is an enormous leap in human civilization that the modern West has had a very tough time coming around to accept.

Greece, Iran, And The Rules Of The Game

John Feffer | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
John Feffer

It's no surprise that the powerful both set the rules and break the rules with impunity. The world system isn't presided over by Miss Manners. For small countries like Greece, there's not much room for maneuver between the regulations of the EU and the general parameters established by globalization. There isn't much room for democracy either, as Greek citizens discovered when they voted in Syriza and attempted to vote out austerity in the more recent referendum. Iran, a larger country that plays a strategic role in the Middle East, has considerably more room for maneuver than does Greece. But it too cannot unilaterally remake the rules of the game. It can only negotiate the best deal it can. In the end, it must open itself up to the kind of inspection regime that more powerful countries would never tolerate.

As Cities Evolve, 'Access' Is About More Than Cars

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.22.2015 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Questions and answers about accessing cities and neighborhoods once spoke the language of exit ramps, street widening and parking adequacy. Now, different conversations, and varied imagery, create diverse story lines, where urban policy and citizen activism converge.