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Reflections on a New Hamas Strategy

Michael Sharnoff | Posted 04.09.2012 | World
Michael Sharnoff

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.

Haitians Take on Capitol Hill

Salena Tramel | Posted 04.08.2012 | World
Salena Tramel

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.

Is Iran's Nuclear Program Slowly Boiling Us?

Paul Heroux | Posted 04.02.2012 | World
Paul Heroux

While the West could be all wrong about Iran's intentions, the evidence uncovered by the IAEA does not suggest this to be the case.

Taking Advantage of the Calm Before the Storm

Michael Sharnoff | Posted 04.01.2012 | World
Michael Sharnoff

The history of failed bilateral negotiations shows that it may be time to try a novel and multilateral approach advocated by the Arab Peace Initiative.

Population Dips In Country Where Youth Have 'No Interest' In Sex

The Huffington Post | Mark Hanrahan | Posted 01.31.2012 | World

A startling number of Japanese youths have turned their backs on sex and relationships, a new survey has found. The survey, conducted by the Japan...

Please Call for the Closure of Guantanamo By Signing the White House Petition

Andy Worthington | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics
Andy Worthington

What happened to President Obama's bold promise to close Guantánamo?

Lebanon's Disaster Waiting to Happen

Patrick Galey | Posted 03.24.2012 | World
Patrick Galey

The cultural damage wrought by the unchecked regeneration of Beirut has been talked about at length, but there are also safety aspects to consider.

Occupy Wall Street -- A Thousand Thanks

Gary Zukav | Posted 03.10.2012 | World
Gary Zukav

A thousand thanks to the people in Liberty Plaza and places like it who are giving voice to much that is destructive and painful about our social stru...

The Verdict on Iraq

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 02.25.2012 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

What started as a hyped-up war of 'shock and awe', has ended rather quietly, tainted with mixed reviews as to whether or not the 'mission' was indeed accomplished.

Twitter Is Definitely 'Trending', Confirms 300 Million Saudi Investment

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 02.18.2012 | Media
Faisal J. Abbas

Earlier today, Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) announced a $300m investment in social media site, Twitter, following months of negotiations.

New York Times Columnist Tom Friedman Crossed a Line

David Harris | Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics
David Harris

Tom Friedman, the New York Times columnist, crossed a line in his recent op-ed, "Newt, Mitt, Bibi and Vladimir." Shockingly, he wrote: "I sure hope ...

The History and Politics Behind Coke's Saudi Investment

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 02.14.2012 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

To many, Coca Cola's decision to invest $980 million in buying a stake in leading Saudi beverage manufacturer, Aujan Industries, may simply seem as an...

A "Mass Murderer" Invited to the White House

Abbas Rezai | Posted 02.11.2012 | World
Abbas Rezai

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.

Striking! The Best Photos Of The Day

The Huffington Post | Mark Hanrahan | Posted 12.09.2011 | World

From the tragic shootings at Virgina Tech to rodeo riders getting bucked from broncos, thousands of stories have unfolded around the world in the last...

Hope and Change: The Arab Spring Dominated the Headlines, But 2011 Saw Other Landmark Human Rights Victories

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 02.08.2012 | World
Julie Gutman Dickinson

As the international community prepares to mark the 61st annual Human Rights Day on December 10, here is a short list of some of the best human rights developments of 2011 outside the Middle East.

Dear The Commonwealth, It's Time to Suspend Swaziland

Stephen_Brown | Posted 02.06.2012 | World

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.

An Economic Lifeline for Women in Rural Haiti

Caroline Gluck | Posted 02.06.2012 | World
Caroline Gluck

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.

Not in our name: African human rights activists reject UK aid conditionality

Mark Canavera | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Mark Canavera

An oft-told African proverb (whose precise culture of origin often changes with the teller) asserts that "When elephants fight, the grass suffers." Pu...

Every Day Is World AIDS Day

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

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.

"Israel and 'Pinkwashing'": What Was the New York Times Thinking?

David Harris | Posted 01.27.2012 | Media
David Harris

One of the three spaces on the prestigious New York Times op-ed page in the November 23rd edition was given to a rather odd piece.

The Middle East's Latest Police State

Patrick Galey | Posted 01.25.2012 | World
Patrick Galey

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.

Movements Unite In Mali, Confronting Powerful Interests

Salena Tramel | Posted 01.21.2012 | World
Salena Tramel

Last week, peasants from across Africa and around the world worked together to envision communities where land is more than a commodity.

Americans Still Lead the World in Self Regard, Latest Poll

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Gail Vida Hamburg

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?

GOP Field Unveils Disturbing Foreign Policy Platforms

Michael Hughes | Posted 01.15.2012 | Politics
Michael Hughes

Bombing Iran, abating foreign aid to zero, intimidating China and torturing people are just a few examples of what GOP contenders are calling diplomacy nowadays.

Poor, Misunderstood Iran!

David Harris | Posted 01.15.2012 | World
David Harris

The latest International Atomic Energy Agency report sends yet another clear warning of Iran's goal, at least for those prepared to see the truth as it is, not as they might wish or pretend it to be.