Perhaps the true reason behind Hamas' new pragmatism is the realization that Gazans and West Bankers could mimic Arab Spring protestors and channel their rage against Palestinian leaders if they fail to deliver change.
A dynamic group of human rights, peasant and women leaders, the Haitians were at the start of a three-day tour -- a rare opportunity to present firsthand testimonies about the situation in their country to U.S. government officials.
The disputable meeting between Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki and President Obama will be held today in the White House. Mr. Maliki will be accompanied by Hadi Ameri, a government minister who has been the Commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards 9th Badr corps.
Swaziland is a member of the Commonwealth, which claims "54 independent states working together in the common interests of their citizens for development, democracy and peace." Imprisoning students, torturing and beating them is a funny way of sticking to that.
Unemployment is especially hard in rural areas, where there are few economic opportunities available. This was a major issue in Haiti, as much before the earthquake as now. But, after the quake, it's also hampering people's ability to rebuild their lives.
World AIDS Day has always been bittersweet for me. On the one hand, it's a day when much of the media focuses on a global pandemic that desperately needs attention. On the other hand, it's become the only day that happens.
Western and Arab diplomats will cheerfully tell you (off the record) that a number of international missions monitor conversations across the country, as do domestic organizations. It's a poorly kept secret that it's hard to keep a secret in Lebanon.
Pew's findings are a tribute to the resilience of our super-size ego. It shows that most of us are quite pleased with ourselves. Why analyze anything, or learn from our shortcomings, or examine our mistakes, when we can just tell ourselves how superior we are?