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Amnesty International: "Much of Gaza was razed to the ground..."

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

Destroyed houses, tent camps, clouds of white phosphorous--these were just a few of the images of Gaza included in the video that accompanied Amnesty ...

More "Congressional Depravity" on Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

By refusing to demonstrate leadership on the issues, Obama has played into the hands of his opponents. The losers are not just the Dems, but the prisoners at GITMO, who now seem more abandoned than at any time since GITMO's first years.

China's Google Syndrome

Libby Liu | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Libby Liu

So successful is China's model of internet censorship that other authoritarian governments strive to emulate it. And Google's move brings attention to this reality.

House Kills Plan to Close Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The House Armed Services Committee turned down the Obama's administration's request for some $350 million intended to close Guantánamo and buy a new prison in Illinois.

Beyond Protests: Students Making the Pieces of a Different Society

Saskia Sassen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saskia Sassen

Students in Iran, in Greece, in Puerto Rico -- all have shown a noticeable endurance to fight on for weeks against governments which are threatening t...

The Fight For Lebanon's Milk and Honey

Patrick Galey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patrick Galey

The news that UNESCO is considering removing Lebanon's Qadisha Valley from its World Heritage list ought to jolt many governments into immediate and decisive action. In Beirut, the threat has been met with little more than political platitudes.

UN Reports Diphtheria Outbreak in Port-au-Prince: IDP Camps Vulnerable

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Camp Canaan While in Haiti, we notified a health monitoring service about suspected outbreaks of up to 100 cases of diptheria in Camp Cannan, twel...

Moldova's Eurovision 2010 Song: "Run Away" by Sunstroke Project and Olia Tira (VIDEO)

Will Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Adams

Every year aspiring pop stars pull out their English language dictionaries and write lyrics they hope will appeal to English-speaking audiences. Unfortunately, many end up singing in "Eurovision English."

Congressman Rohrabacher on Afghanistan: Start Drawdown Now

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

According to Congressman Dana Rohrabacher there are three underlying evils at work in Afghanistan that must be addressed: centralization, U.S. military involvement and Hamid Karzai.

Combating Hunger by Reforesting Haiti

Salena Tramel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Salena Tramel

Haiti is a prime example of how natural disasters are exacerbated by environmental degradation and centralized development.

The Banks' Bonus Culture: "Have You Left No Sense of decency?"

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

Now that the banks have been stabilized (to some degree) as a result of massive public intervention, the very individuals who have nearly destroyed the country are ready to dance again.

A St Patrick's Day Message From Ireland: Thank You

Rory Fitzgerald | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Rory Fitzgerald

As a rule, Irishmen only cry at football games. But a walk around New York City can do strange things to a man.

Saudi Arabia's Most Daring Newspaper Loses Its Top Man

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Al Watan, arguably Saudi Arabia's most daring newspaper, seems to have lost its top man after Jamal Khashoggi, the publication's editor in chief, resigned earlier today.

Iran's Uprising Prospects After February 11: Escalation or Decline?

Ali Safavi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali Safavi

The Iranian uprising has ascended and, regardless of crackdown, it will not decline. Rather, it will guide future developments along the lines of toppling the clerical regime and establishing democracy in Iran.

Niall O'Dowd: "The Voice of Irish America"

Rory Fitzgerald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rory Fitzgerald

Thirty Years ago, Niall O'Dowd left Ireland. He arrived in America as an illegal immigrant, a construction worker. From humble beginnings, he went on ...

Pucker Up to Fight Homophobia: The Great Global Kiss-in

Waymon Hudson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Waymon Hudson

Hopefully, a day will come when events like the Great Global Kiss-in aren't necessary or acts of rebellion. Until then, we keep fighting one kiss at a time.

Israel's Supporters in the Diaspora Need Not Speak in One Voice

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carlo Strenger

Does being pro-Israel mean that as a diaspora Jew you are required to support the policies of Israeli governments, even if they contradict your values?

The Propaganda of 'Holy Warriors'

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Firas Al-Atraqchi

Propaganda of modern-day myths depicting angels fighting alongside "holy warriors" is being used to indoctrinate a minority of young disenfranchised Muslims with flights of fantasy and the glories of jihad.

Undoing Damage in Afghanistan Wrought by Bush-era Diplomat

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Kathleen Parker's idea that Zalmay Khalilzad's "healing powers" could restore Afghan President Hamid Karzai's soundness is more insane than Karzai himself.

ABC News Acknowledges Mini-Mistake In Toyota Report

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — For the want of a better two-second picture of a tachometer, ABC News has called into question its reporting on acceleration problems...

Murdoch and Fox Portray Black Men as Terrorists on 24

Ronald B. Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ronald B. Robinson

The first two Presidents on 24 were Black men. The first was assassinated and the second was responsible for allowing nuclear bombs into the country, causing mass destruction.

Belgium's Eurovision 2010 Song: 'Me and My Guitar' By Tom Dice

Will Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Adams

Quick: name a charismatic Belgian. If you're struggling to answer, then you understand the dilemma of 23-year old Tom Dice.

On the Eve of Passover, Israel Has Forgotten it is a Jewish State

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

Israel has lost its moral compass. I'm not talking about Gaza, the Occupation, or 1948. With Pesach in mind, I'm talking about how Israel is treating the strangers in its land.

Who Made U.S. Judge and Jury of Armenian Genocide?

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Hughes

Categorizing the 1915 killings of Armenians as "genocide" is certainly justifiable, but it is also fair to wonder why the U.S. gets to determine this, considering America is guilty of its own similar crimes.

Iceland's Pyrrhic Victory

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

While Icelanders have been endlessly debating IceSave, our unemployment rate has continued to climb, the number of insolvencies has continued to increase, and public services have continued to decrease.