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Inside Outsiders

John Feffer | Posted 11.23.2013 | World
John Feffer

In explaining the fall of Communism, most analysts talk about pressure from the inside (dissidents) coupled with pressure from the outside (Gorbachev, Reagan). But equally important were the inside-outsiders.

Cat-Eating Festival Under Fire

AP | Associated Press | Posted 09.23.2013 | Latino Voices

LIMA, Peru -- A Peruvian congressman has joined animal rights activists to try and halt the consumption of barbecued cat at an annual religious festiv...

Justice and the East European Revolutions

John Feffer | Posted 11.21.2013 | World
John Feffer

The debate continues over whether the people of East-Central Europe have benefitted economically from the post-1989 transition. But this discussion of economic winners and losers largely ignores a key demand of the people in the region.

After the Syria Red Alert: Big Doings in the Pacific Pivot, but Brazil Strategy Flops

William Bradley | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Just like that, a big crisis passes into the rear view mirror. But its impact continues, perhaps even more elsewhere.

Is This The Place Where Beowulf Slew Grendel?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 09.18.2013 | World

The Old English epic poem "Beowulf" is partly based on a real hall unearthed in a small town in Denmark, according to archeologists. The poem is be...

Miss America Meets Bollywood: Democracy and the Promise of Popular Culture

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Vamsee Juluri

Amidst the celebrations (and the wholly unnecessary controversies) about the crowning of Nina Davuluri as Miss America, we should not forget that events like beauty contests and talent shows often function as an informal mirror to the voices of the people in a democratic culture.

The Center Holds (Too Much) in Serbia

John Feffer | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
John Feffer

In contrast to the famous Yeats poem, the center indeed holds in East-Central Europe, and perhaps holds too much. Budapest, for instance, dominates Hungary. The Czech Republic is similarly centralized around Prague.

WATCH: Refugee Love Story Is A Tearjerker

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 09.16.2013 | World

Theirs was a romance that defied distance, war and statelessness. Marwa O'da and Wissan Nassar first met seven years ago when they were living in ...

A Middle East Quiz

David Harris | Posted 11.15.2013 | Media
David Harris

What Middle East story does the New York Times deem so important that it devotes most of the front page of its 12-page Sunday Review section this week, including eye-catching art work, and the bulk of two inside pages? No, it's not about Syria.

The Stories You Should Read This Week

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 09.13.2013 | World

Spending our days on the interwebs has its advantages, one being that we come across lots of excellent pieces of journalism. Every week, we'll bring y...

The Disease of Short-Termism

John Feffer | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
John Feffer

In 1989, we smugly contemplated the "end of history." But now, precisely because of the triumph of a model infected by the disease of short-termism, we might be forced to contemplate a far worse fate.

Obama's Sudden Syria Crisis, With Putin Solution: What the Heck Was That?

William Bradley | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

The truth is that Putin is as much messing with Obama with this New York Times piece as he is trying to sell himself to the American public. Putin showed he knows how to reach the American people. But how believable is he?

Green Thumbs: Dutch City Plans Weed Club

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 09.12.2013 | World

A city in the Netherlands has reportedly given the go-ahead to the nation's first planned cannabis cultivation club. The Social Cannabis Club Domst...


John Feffer | Posted 11.11.2013 | World
John Feffer

Every country in Eastern Europe had "them" - the Communists who put the Soviet Union above any national priorities. But in East Germany, a more potent "them" eventually emerged: the Stasi.

Occupy Slovenia

John Feffer | Posted 11.11.2013 | World
John Feffer

In Slovenia, the Occupy movement started with a big demonstration on October 15, 2011. This O15 movement avoided some of the procedural challenges of the American Occupy movement by sticking to a rather simple rule.

Christina Wilkie

Syrian Opposition Faces Uphill Climb In U.S. | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After months of quietly lobbying for U.S. military intervention in Syria, representatives from a leading Syrian opposition group seekin...

Syrian Parliament Speaker Sends Letter To Congress

HuffPost | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

Editor's Note: Click here for coverage of Mohammad Jihad al-Laham's letter to Congress. Another version of the story appeared on this page earlier, bu...

LOOK: Gruesome Iron Age Massacre Uncovered

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 09.10.2013 | World

Archaeologists working at a massive Iron Age excavation in England have uncovered chilling details of an apparent massacre that occurred close to 1,80...

Spectacular Andes Survival Story Takes Dark Turn

AP | ALMUDENA CALATRAVA | Posted 11.09.2013 | World

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A story of survival in the snow-covered Andes has taken a somber turn. Officials in Chile say the Uruguayan man who wa...

Confronting History in the GDR

John Feffer | Posted 09.09.2013 | World
John Feffer

Although historians might naturally disagree, Germany would appear to be cursed with too much history.

Syria as Russia's Oil Price Tool

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.08.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Over the last weeks, since the inception of the demonstrations in Egypt for president Morsi's ouster, to the sarin gassing of innocents in Syria these past days, the price of oil has skyrocketed. After Saudi Arabia, the most immediate beneficiary of this spiking of oil prices is Russia.

Around The World In 10 Photos

Posted 09.07.2013 | World

Every week, we bring you some of the most fascinating photos from around the world. This week, we've got an incredible puppet show in Indonesia, th...

Putin Schools Obama: From Russia With Love

William Bradley | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

I'm baffled by what Obama is doing and have been for more than a week. If he had determined to attack, which I think is highly questionable strategy, he should have done it right away, fast and hard. The U.S. Navy had the ships on station to carry out the strikes.

New Debate Over Fabled Mines Of King Solomon

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 09.06.2013 | World

Perhaps finally putting to rest a longstanding debate among experts, some researchers claim they can now definitively state that an ancient mine did e...

LOOK: Gruesome War Tactic Has Ancient Roots?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 09.06.2013 | World

Even as Syrian President Bashar Assad faces international criticism over allegations of illegal chemical attacks, it appears the region may have seen ...