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The Tennesseans to Premiere July 4

Ed Hooper | Posted 07.03.2015 | Impact
Ed Hooper

The Tennesseans: A Volunteer Legacy will premiere July 4 and 5 on the state's public television stations. The hour-long film is the first to highlight the events, men and women that earned the state its nickname from the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain to the modern battlefields of today.

The Islamic State and the Terrible Twos

John Feffer | Posted 07.02.2015 | World
John Feffer

Liberation movements want a place at the table. The Islamic State, on the other hand, wants to destroy the table. The Islamic State isn't simply an insurgency. Though it certainly aspires to overthrow the current regimes in Damascus and Baghdad, it doesn't have any particular attachment to this territory. It maintains a warm spot for the holy sites in Saudi Arabia. Otherwise, it doesn't care about national boundaries.

Iran-U.S. Nuclear Talks: What Absolute Deadlines?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.02.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

De-emphasizing and missing the deadlines appears to be a result of concerted efforts by the United States and Iran to show their domestic constituents and the global community that both sides are taking the deal seriously.

Five Miles in my Shoes

Brad Hobbs | Posted 06.30.2015 | Arts
Brad Hobbs

When photographers and creatives join forces the possibilities are endless. Five miles in my shoes is a great example of community and creativity. F...

Will P5+1 and Iran Clinch a Deal?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.28.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

After years of negotiations, the Islamic Republic and the six world powers, known as the P5+1; China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus Germany, are only a few days away from the June 30 deadline to seal a final nuclear deal.

Refugee World

John Feffer | Posted 06.25.2015 | World
John Feffer

Many of our post-apocalyptic stories -- Mad Max, The Road, World War Z -- feature desperate people on the move in a friendless and resource-poor environment. That's "reality" at the Cineplex. Unfortunately, it looks a lot like the reality of a refugee.

The World's Betrayal of Israel

Shahar Azani | Posted 06.23.2015 | World
Shahar Azani

It was the month of January 2005. That Saturday night, a 17-year-old girl, by the name of Ayala Abukasis, was walking home with her younger brother, T...

Returning Poland to Europe

John Feffer | Posted 06.23.2015 | World
John Feffer

Central Europe had been kidnapped, the Czech writer Milan Kundera once wrote in a celebrated essay from 1984. It had been dragged eastward by the Soviet Union after World War II. And like a displaced person yearning to return home, the region couldn't wait until it could rejoin Europe.

What if the Nuclear Deadline Is Missed? The Contended Standoff

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

With less than two weeks remaining before the nuclear deadline of June 30th, the progress between the six world powers (known as the p5+1; the United States, United Kingdom, China, France, Russia, plus Germany) and the Islamic Republic appears to be on the rise and auspicious for the involved parties.

World Sickle Cell Day: Why It Matters to Everybody

Edda Collins Coleman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Edda Collins Coleman

Your baby is crying, and you don't know why. You've followed the rules for Parenting 101 and your little one is fed, dry and cuddled. Yet, he's still ...

Could the Yugoslav Wars Have Been Avoided?

John Feffer | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
John Feffer

When I met political scientist Mitja Zagar in Slovenia, he provided the most chilling prediction. "I believe that the only way of dismantling Yugoslavia without creating any kind of new links or forms of common living would be if there is a war in some parts."

Asia: On the Rocks

John Feffer | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
John Feffer

The U.S. inability to help resolve the myriad island disputes in Asia and its failure to overcome domestic resistance to the TPP suggest that a time will come quite soon when America no longer rules the waves in the Pacific (or has the hegemonic power to waive the rules).

Korean Reunification: The View From the North

John Feffer | Posted 06.17.2015 | World
John Feffer

Reunification, for Koreans, has a mythic quality. Most Koreans dream of reunification, of a time in the future when the North and the South will join together to recreate the Korean whole that existed before division and Japanese colonialism. It's a lovely idea, but no one has a very good idea of how to achieve it.

How to Smear a United Nations Whistleblower

Bea Edwards | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Bea Edwards

After the first article about the child sex abuse scandal in the Central African Republic (CAR) involving French troops appeared, a UN Spokesperson sounded off to a journalist about Kompass.

Iran Welcomes Shell, BP, Total and American Oil Companies

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

In an unprecedented move, Iranian leaders have welcomed American oil companies to enter Iran, upon the condition that sanctions are lifted. This move suggests that the Islamic Republic is putting its economic interests ahead of its revolutionary ideological interests.

Pig Farming in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 06.13.2015 | World
John Feffer

Theirs is a family farm, which is nothing like the industrial farming that dominates American agriculture. The Janeczeks keep about 90 sows and produce about 1,300 piglets a year that they then fatten up and sell.

Surreptitious Totalitarianism

Daniel Raphael | Posted 06.12.2015 | College
Daniel Raphael

How many people reading this have heard of Turkmenistan? The isolated central Asian nation has geopolitical importance due to its proximity toward both Iran and Afghanistan, but beyond that is virtually unheard of.

Multiculturalism Saves Turkey

John Feffer | Posted 06.11.2015 | World
John Feffer

When I talked with Turkish photographer Attila Durak back in 2007, he was just finishing up a project documenting the country's many ethnic groups.

U.S. Dilemma of Cost Benefit Analysis of Afghanistan War

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Nake M. Kamrany

As the U.S. grapples with other pertinent issues such as wage stagnation, healthcare funding, and education, the billions that were spent on the Afghanistan War has detracted from governmental investment in other vital areas.

Reviving the Iran-North Korea Axis

John Feffer | Posted 06.08.2015 | World
John Feffer

Because much of the cooperation between Iran and North Korea is shrouded in mystery, their relationship is ripe for exploitation, particularly by those who are eager to find a hammer to destroy the impending nuclear agreement with Iran. But if this is the only implement that critics can find to inflict damage, they're scraping the bottom of their toolbox of destruction.

Today's Global Economy? We Are All in it Together!

Dominik Knoll | Posted 06.04.2015 | Business
Dominik Knoll

Today I would like to write about the World Economy, highlighting some of the current strengths and developments on the examples of the US, Europe, China and India.

Morality, Religion and Experimenting on You

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

To improve the process of ethical oversight of research, we need to change our attitudes, and recognize far more fully that complicated moral issues, strains and vagaries are involved.

Venture Capitalists Rule the World

John Feffer | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

Venture capitalism has a disproportionate impact on the economy. It helps to ensure that technological innovation enriches the few and sustains jobless economic growth. Industrial policy in the hands of the government ideally creates wealth and spreads it around. Venture capitalists pick a handful of winners as part of a process of concentrating wealth in fewer and fewer hands.

A Better Approach to China -- and the World

Peter Schurman | Posted 06.03.2015 | World
Peter Schurman

Escalating tensions between the US and China, while ominous, offer a useful reminder that the artificial division of our world into separate nation-states may no longer serve us, and present a compelling reason to consider a better model.

Kerry Returning To U.S. For Medical Treatment

Reuters | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

GENEVA, June 1 (Reuters) - A U.S. military aircraft from a base in Germany will transport Secretary of State John Kerry to Boston from Geneva for medi...