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The Beginning of the End of Malaria

Martin Edlund | Posted 10.09.2015 | Impact
Martin Edlund

Bold goal-setting and sustained global commitment have cut malaria deaths by 60 percent over the past 15 years, and momentum is building to rid the world of this deadly disease once and for all. Last week, that effort shifted into high gear.

Mouth Wide Shut

John Feffer | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

Barack Obama was, in 2008, the anti-torture candidate. It's a sad comment on the state of U.S. democracy that such a thing ever existed. After all, it would be startling to hear appeals from a pro-oxygen or an anti-apocalypse candidate. Still, it was refreshing. So what happened?

Iran and U.S. to Intensify Tactical Cooperation

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Since the U.S does not have clear and detailed policy towards the conflicts in the Middle East, and since the U.S policy is currently anchored in the wait-and-see foreign policy, Washington is more willing to delegate the task of fighting the Islamic State or resolving the crisis in Syria and Yemen, to Tehran and Moscow or other nations.

The Middle East's New Nakba

John Feffer | Posted 10.01.2015 | World
John Feffer

Today, the Middle East is witnessing a large-scale population transfer, the third major one in the region over the last century. Religion and ethnicity play a significant role in the displacement. But ideology also has a hand in it.

The Biggest Disability No One Talks About & How We Can Address It with Mindfulness - An Open Letter to Google

Steven Crandell | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Steven Crandell

Mindfulness training, spread digitally, is a very cost-effective option to help people on a massive scale. It's sustainable. It offers a low cost of entry to populations most in-need. It can help all of us with disabilities -- recognized or not -- to find well-being every single day.

Haiti's Multi-Billion Dollar Humanitarian Aid Problem

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

The reality is that a confluence of poor accountability and lack of local partnering by international organizations have severely hindered the effectiveness of aid dollars, and hence, Haiti's development.

Iran is Offering to Resolve Yemen's War; The Agenda?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.26.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iranian officials' rhetoric and tone on the Yemen crisis has slightly changed. This change was initiated because of the shift in Iran's foreign policy regarding how to use "diplomacy" and the appropriate wording in order to achieve Tehran's ideological, geopolitical and economic objectives.

The 25 Best Value Cities in the World

trivago | Posted 09.25.2015 | Travel

Building your dream vacation can be a very expensive undertaking, especially if you plan on hitting some of the world's most famous sights and cities. To help travelers create a fun (and affordable) itinerary for 2016, we analyzed the world's most popular cities to determine which 25 destinations will get you more bling for less cha-ching.

What Happened to Brazil?

John Feffer | Posted 09.24.2015 | World
John Feffer

Brazil was heading into the semifinals of world development as an odds-on favorite. How did the country go from world-class performer to global embarrassment in what seems like the blink of an eye?

Palestinians Protest Israeli Government's Discrimination Against Christian Schools

Dr. Reem Khamis Dakwar | Posted 09.21.2015 | World
Dr. Reem Khamis Dakwar

Church-run schools receive funding to cover only 29% of their total operating costs in comparison to similarly sized Jewish Haredi and religious schools which have 100% of their costs covered by the government.

After Obama: Clinton Vs. Sanders

John Feffer | Posted 09.18.2015 | World
John Feffer

Will Clinton's more muscular alternative be the future of U.S. foreign policy if the Democrats hold on to the Oval Office in 2016? Or would Bernie Sanders, if he grabs the Democratic nomination and triumphs in the general election, guide the United States in a different direction?

Business: EU and Its Comanies Helping IRGC Terror

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Short-sighted and business-driven moves by European countries and companies might bring short term benefit and profit for them, however, it will lead to long-term severe economic and geopolitical consequences that will have a grave affect on EU economic, national, and geopolitical interests.

A Note to Fellow Millennials During Political Season

Elnaz Moghangard | Posted 09.14.2015 | Impact
Elnaz Moghangard

As a young individual observing all of this and thinking of the future of our society, I worry that the many voices of reason -- the many voices encouraging unity, diplomacy and peace -- struggle to be heard in all the hysteria. Controversy, after all, sells. I get it.

The Rubik's Cube of Roma Rights

John Feffer | Posted 09.14.2015 | World
John Feffer

Many European organizations, the Open Society Foundation among them, have put a great deal of money and energy into addressing the issue of Roma. Some progress has been made. And yet, for the vast majority of Roma, inclusion remains a distant goal.

Iran Married to Both Assad and the Alawite State

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.13.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Assad is not only an individual who can be replaced by someone else, but he is an indispensable part of the Syrian state; he embodies the domination of Alawite in the political establishment. The removal of Assad from power will be a strong blow to the Syrian government, and a moral boost to the oppositional and rebel groups.

China, Climate, and the Opportunity Costs of 9/11

John Feffer | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
John Feffer

Despite all the meetings, promises, and apocalyptic threats, global carbon emissions have risen from the Kyoto Protocol of 1997 until today -- from around 6.5 billion metric tons per year to nearly 10 billion. If both China and the U.S. had tackled this issue back in 2001, perhaps we wouldn't currently be in this pickle. Chalk that up as another opportunity cost (which might just cost us the planet). Instead of haggling over currency, hacking, and sea-lanes, the two superpowers should be thinking big. Between them, the U.S. and China account for nearly one-third of the global economy, nearly one-quarter of the world's population, and more than two-fifths of the world's carbon emissions. What these two countries do by definition has an enormous global impact.

Homeless Man Dies Saving Hostage Victim

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 09.09.2015 | World

A homeless man who died saving the life of a woman being held hostage by a gunman in Brazil is being hailed a hero.  Luiz Antonio da Si...

You Don't Know Me

William Spear | Posted 09.04.2015 | World
William Spear

And I am no different than you, my skin wrapped around my beating heart -- pleading for mercy and loving-kindness and waiting for this long night to be over.

It Takes a Village

Jessica Markowitz | Posted 09.03.2015 | Good News
Jessica Markowitz

I will never forget brushing my fingers across my great uncle Adam's arm, where his number was tattooed permanently, and feeling his pain as I looked in his eyes. "Never again," he told me.

The New Middle Passage

John Feffer | Posted 09.03.2015 | World
John Feffer

Hungary is the epicenter of a new wave of migration hitting Europe. In 2011, about 7,000 migrants arrived in Hungary. Now the country is experiencing as many as 3,000 per day.

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

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...