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Challenging the Warsaw Pact From Within

John Feffer | Posted 01.24.2015 | World
John Feffer

One of our important activities was the seminar organized in 1987 at a church in Warsaw. The title of the seminar was Bringing Real Life to the Helsinki Agreement, and it was based on the Memorandum prepared by the Western peace movement and politicians as well as people from the opposition in the East.

Can Muslims Ever Truly Belong In Europe?

Egyptian Streets | Posted 01.23.2015 | World
Egyptian Streets

Until there's a greater balance in the discussion on the Muslim community, and sheer logic that's applied to other communities applied to Muslims, Europe's Muslims will always be the 'other' in their own homes or as one senior British politician put it recently "unwanted citizens."

A World of Economic Trouble

Richard Barrington | Posted 01.22.2015 | Money
Richard Barrington

These should be happy times for the U.S. stock market. GDP is booming, employment is up and interest rates are low. And yet, throughout the first month of 2015, the stock market has at times behaved as though it were 2008. What happened?

Obama: King Abdullah Held 'Passionate Belief In The Importance' Of U.S.-Saudi Relationship

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama released a statement Thursday on the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. Obama's full statement: It is w...

A Neanderthal Foreign Policy

John Feffer | Posted 01.22.2015 | World
John Feffer

It's still not entirely clear why Neanderthals died out. They might have been simply absorbed through interbreeding. They might not have had sufficient numbers to compete for scarce resources. Or perhaps it had something to do with climate.

Jamaica May Soon Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

AP | DAVID McFADDEN | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica's Cabinet has approved a much-anticipated bill of drug law amendments that would decriminalize possession of small ...

An Endearing Arrogance in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Jake Threadgould | Posted 01.21.2015 | Travel
Jake Threadgould

For Nasrin the headscarf transcends aesthetics, it is a symbol of the Islamic Republic itself. A symbol of that which reduces her to something that she is not. A symbol of something that can quite literally smother her identity. Only in the alcoves of this rigid regime, such as the corner of her friend's café, could she be herself.

Conflict Resolution and German Reunification

John Feffer | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
John Feffer

When I met Jamie Walker in 1990, she was a specialist in mediation and conflict resolution. She worked in this capacity from her home in West Berlin, becoming involved in the peace movement, doing violence-prevention work in the school system, and eventually pioneering efforts in mediating cross-border family conflicts.

Obama, David Cameron Agree To Keep Sanctions On Russia

Reuters | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have agreed to keep sanctions on Russia until it s...

Europe's Coming Battle

John Feffer | Posted 01.15.2015 | World
John Feffer

If these murders do not constitute a war, they nonetheless point to a deep conflict inside Europe. This conflict is not over whose religion is the one true religion. It is about the very identity of Europe.

The Strange Non-Death of Polish Neoliberalism

John Feffer | Posted 01.14.2015 | World
John Feffer

Colin Crouch and I talked about how he became involved with Krytyka Polityczna, why he doesn't like the term "civil society," and why he considers the creation of the European Union one of the greatest innovations in history.

Following in the Footsteps of Malcolm X

Emily O'Dell | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Emily O'Dell

Following in the footsteps of Malcolm this year in Africa and the Middle East, I've learned that knowledge, humility, and humor make for great weapons in the fight for freedom.

French Parliament's Spontaneous Tribute To Terror Victims Will Put A Lump In Your Throat

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.13.2015 | World

After a moment of silence Tuesday to honor victims of the terror attacks in France, the French Parliament's National Assembly spontaneously sang "La M...

Spaces of Freedom in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Jake Threadgould | Posted 01.13.2015 | Travel
Jake Threadgould

On my second night in Iran, I was invited to a party in a middle-class area of Tehran. Since we were a mixed gendered group with a foreigner in their midst, we had to be reasonably inconspicuous. As soon as we stepped over the threshold of the house, however, we were no longer in the Islamic Republic.

Rouhani Takes Hardliners Head-On to Bring Iran Out from the Cold

Holly Dagres | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Holly Dagres

Since the 2013 Joint Plan of Action, the Rouhani administration is in a tug-of-war with hardliners from various echelons of the Iranian government over the country's controversial nuclear program. But now President Hassan Rouhani has done the unthinkable.

What Happened to Poland's Red Capitalists?

John Feffer | Posted 01.11.2015 | World
John Feffer

In Poland in the late 1980s, Polish sociologist Jadwiga Staniszkis began writing about "political capitalists." These were colloquially known as "red capitalists" -- technocrats and enterprise managers who were technically part of the Communist system but had already begun to function like capitalists.

Charlie Hebdo: Middle East Blowback?

John Feffer | Posted 01.10.2015 | World
John Feffer

The Charlie Hebdo killings, whatever their connections to the current wars in the Middle East, were acts of terrorism that should be handled by law enforcement.

Opinions Versus Opinionated

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

I have opinions, and if you read my weekly blogs regularly you know that I do not hesitate to voice those opinions. But I am not opinionated. I like to think that I base my opinions on "evidence and good reason."

Anonymous Vow to Avenge Hebdo Massacre: Real Threat or Bluster?

Michael Hughes | Posted 01.09.2015 | World
Michael Hughes

It is tempting to feel that such vigilantism would be a just counterattack, assuming it is appropriately and proportionately measured. A chilling volley by a virtual, non-state, lone-wolf actor that could strike at any time seems like a just recipe.

What the Paris Attack Is Really About (Hint -- Neither Free Speech Nor the Varied Nature of Muslims)

David Mednicoff | Posted 01.09.2015 | World
David Mednicoff

Both of these large points are true in general, perhaps to the point of banality. Yet the first is too general and the second too specific. Both conceal real nuances that are important to moving policy discussions forward.

Why 2014 Wasn't So Terrible

John Feffer | Posted 01.08.2015 | World
John Feffer

In a burst of early-January optimism, let me give you three reasons to be cheerful. If we're lucky, these bright spots from 2014 will endure even after Ebola retreats, ISIS withers away, and Russia backs off.

60 Years in Journalism and Counting: What I've Learned So Far

Irv Chapman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Media
Irv Chapman

We have come a long way from "current events" class. And few colleges require courses in history, or how the government and the economy work -- or are supposed to work -- or the role of evidence in law or in science. What I learned preparing for 60 years in journalism, and then practicing it, doesn't seem to be taught much any more.

Obama Condemns 'Cowardly, Evil' Attack On French Newspaper

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama called Wednesday's deadly shooting at a satirical newspaper in Paris "cowardly evil attacks" on journalists...

Cuba's Contributions to Local and Global Public Health

Donna A. Patterson | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Donna A. Patterson

President Obama's decision to begin restoring diplomatic and economic relations with Cuba is historic, and the U.S.-Cuba detente provides a valuable impetus for Cuba to expand its local and international biomedical capacity.

From Urbanizing to Urban, According to My Facebook Cover Page

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 01.06.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

During a year filled with four trips abroad and two months away, many of my 2014 Facebook cover photos helped fill my yearly urban and exurban diaries.