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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 03.17.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.14.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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 03.10.2015 | 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 03.13.2015 | 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 03.12.2015 | 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 03.12.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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 03.10.2015 | 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 03.09.2015 | 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 03.07.2015 | 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 03.08.2015 | 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.

Poland's Feminist Genealogy

John Feffer | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
John Feffer

There is an infamous story in Poland about a sign at the shipyard in Gdansk where the trade union movement Solidarity got started in 1980. Although nobody actually saw the sign, many people firmly believe that it existed. The sign read: "Women, do not disturb us. We are fighting for Poland."

Here's to a Better and Peaceful New Year

Michael Levin | Posted 03.01.2015 | World
Michael Levin

Our poor old world lurches from crisis to crisis: Ebola. Ferguson. Syria. ISIS. So New Year's most welcome. Let's start again With peace on earth and goodwill toward men.

2 Arrested In Sydney In Counterterror Operation

AP | KRISTEN GELINEAU | Posted 12.23.2014 | World

SYDNEY (AP) — Two men were arrested as part of an ongoing counterterrorism investigation into a group that officials have accused of plotting to kil...

Reinventing the Left in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
John Feffer

Poland was both the most likely and the most unlikely place to expect the rebirth of the Left.

2015 Predictions for Islamist Terrorism Worldwide

Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz | Posted 02.17.2015 | World
Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz

What's in store for 2015? Here's what we can expect of Islamist terrorism in the coming year.

Romania's Resort Tourism

John Feffer | Posted 02.20.2015 | World
John Feffer

Romania has 275 kilometers of Black Sea coastline. The country tries to attract tourists by touting its sandy beaches, temperate climate, spas, and resort hotels. It's tough competition. I met a couple of Romanians who said straight out that they prefer to vacation along Bulgaria's Black Sea coast.

U.S. Weighs Response To Sony Hack Blamed On North Korea

Reuters | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics

By David Brunnstrom and Jim Finkle WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday a cyber attack on Sony Pictures was a serious ...

The Games of Our Lives

John Feffer | Posted 02.17.2015 | World
John Feffer

Welcome to the latest generation of computer games. They don't so much help you escape reality as insert you back into it at a different angle.