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Sri Lanka's Opposition Party Crumbles in Public

Anuradha K. Herath | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anuradha K. Herath

The ongoing internal conflict within the main opposition United National Party (UNP) is now unfolding in public, with independent statements, accusations and denials highlighting the party's fragmentation.

Note to MDWs: Don't Come to Lebanon

Patrick Galey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patrick Galey

Migrant domestic workers continue to die at the rate of one a week in Lebanon. Let's take that in for a moment. One a week. Sure, they aren't murdered...

By One Vote, U.S. Court OKs Torture and "Extraordinary Rendition"

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The ruling delivered last Wednesday by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of five men subjected to "extraordinary rendition" and torture, is so troubling it takes a while to digest.

Israeli and Palestinian Schools More Important than Peace Talks

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

Two state, one state, or no state, Israeli and Palestinian fates are bound together and our educational systems must reflect that. We must learn more than one another's languages, cultures, histories, and values.

Corruption Is the Enemy in Afghanistan but Who Is Going to Kill it?

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

A profound societal change is needed that must start at the top. That vacuum of authority can be filled by a legitimate, unifying national leader that is seen as uncorrupt and has the capacity to build an independent nation.

Is Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu a "Master Manipulator"?

David Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Harris

Given the Israeli public's understandable skepticism about the chances for genuine peace with the Palestinians, it actually takes someone like Benjamin Netanyahu to give it a try.

An Appeal by an Islamic scholar to Grand Ayatollah Khamene'i of Iran

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Akbar Ahmed

The following is a personal appeal by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Grand Ayatollah Ali Hoseyni Khāmene'i, to show Islamic co...

Girl In Infamous Puppy Throwing Video Found By Police

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(AP) SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Police in Bosnia say they believe they have located a young woman shown in a video throwing puppies into a river....

Don't turn the page on our translators

Zachary J. Iscol | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zachary J. Iscol

Last night, in a sobering prime time address from the Oval Office, President Obama called for us to turn the page on Iraq. But for thousands of Iraqi...

Russia's Migrant Scapegoats

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Reporters Uncensored

Most immigrants in Russia come from Central Asian countries, where the money they send home accounts for nearly 10% of the country's GDP. But as new populations form enclaves, ethnic Russians have backlashed violently.

How Diane Sawyer Has Changed 'World News'

Howard Kurtz | Howard Kurtz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In six months as anchor of "World News," the longtime morning star hasn't changed the newscast's second-place status, but she has brought a sharper ed...

Criminalizing Peaceful Protest: Israel Jails Another Palestinian Gandhi

Joseph Dana | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph Dana

On Tuesday, nonviolent grassroots Palestinian leader Abdallah Abu Rahmah was found guilty by an Israeli military court of "incitement, and organizing and participating in illegal demonstrations."

Wyclef Jean Not Giving Up Bid For Haiti Presidency, Will Appeal Election Board's Decision

AP | TAMARA LUSH | Posted 08.22.2010 | World

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean said Sunday he is not abandoning his presidential bid just yet and will try to get the courts...

Ground Zero Mosque: American Intolerance on Full Display for Muslim World

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

The American public's oppugnancy to the erection of the "ground zero mosque" only serves to reinforce the worst fears of Muslims around the globe -- which is a shame because obstructing such an endeavor couldn't be more un-American.

Pakistan's Floods Reveal an Emerging Geopolitics

Saskia Sassen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saskia Sassen

Here is another revelation brought forth by the floods in Pakistan: a newfound power for civil society organizations intersecting with global partners for coping with state-failure.

Reimagining Israel's Negev

Salena Tramel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Salena Tramel

Down south in the Negev desert, increasing militarization is constant --at least 80% of the land there is used for military training purposes, including weaponry development.

Israeli soldier mocks Palestinian prisoners in photos

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

Highlighting the cold indifference and cruelty that has come to characterize the Israeli occupation, a recently discharged soldier has posted photos o...

An open letter of protest to the Israeli government

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

Tonight hundreds--if not thousands--will march in Tel Aviv to protest the deportation of migrant workers' children. After a year-long battle over the...

Sierra Club -- What Hast Thou Wrought and at Whose Cost?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The Sierra Club wishes to close down the operations of a fertilizer producer. But do the economic and social pros and cons balance out, and if not, what can be done to bring greater equanimity to these confrontations?

Calling Pakistan's Floods 'Zardari's Katrina' is an Insult to George W. Bush

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Bush's Katrina gaffes simply resulted in a Democratic seizure of power, whereas the political fallout from the Zardari administration's incompetence will have far-reaching consequences.

Spike in Civilian Casualties Shows U.S. War Policy Is Failing Afghans and Americans

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

The United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan reports that the number of civilians killed in the first six months of 2010 spiked by 25 percent compared to the same period last year.

A Party-Driven Process: Kyoto Protocol? Copenhagen Accord?

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tina Gerhardt

Bonn, Germany -- Already at the last UNFCCC meeting in June, the majority of nations -- aside from airing their grievances over how the negotiating pr...

Shooting the Messenger: Why BBM Shouldn't Be Banned!

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

For nearly a week now, it really seemed like nothing else mattered! Headline news every where, emails, phone conversation and public debates! I am of course referring to the recent 'Blackberry' crises that swept the world.

Drink, Pray, Love: New Yorkers and Pacific Islanders Eschew Interference in Favor of Tolerance.

Philip Smucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Philip Smucker

A strange tale from the remote Spice Islands seems oddly prescient today, particularly as I think of the cataclysmic violence that rocked New York City nearly nine years ago.

U.S. Climate Bill, Regional Accords and State Leadership?

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

The Senate shelved climate legislation, making it unlikely that it will be passed this year. The subject has been the source of considerable concern and conversation here at the UNFCCC climate talks.