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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...

Obama's New Cuba Policy Corrects a Five-Decade Failure

Jason Marczak | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Jason Marczak

The policy changes are not a reward for the Castros. They are a recognition that involvement, not estrangement, will foster a productive relationship better able to reach our goals of an inclusive, democratic hemisphere.

Are You Happy? Honestly?

Dean Graziosi | Posted 12.11.2014 | Impact
Dean Graziosi

This is a great time to reflect, a great time of the year to reflect and polish that own inner diamond of yours and find something that allows happiness to shine out rather than waiting for those exterior things to shine light in.

The Timeless Allure Of The Pilgrimage To India

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 12.08.2014 | World

Every country has its particular draws for travelers, from history and thrilling scenery to opportunities to step outside comfort zones and be immerse...

4 Reasons to Love Afghanistan That Have Nothing to Do With War

Kevin Bell | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
Kevin Bell

So here are a few of my favorite features of life in Afghanistan that are not commonly known by Americans. I hope some of this inspires you to consider the story of life there beyond the war:

Big Job, No Rules?

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 11.21.2014 | World
Danny Sriskandarajah

At the national level all over the world, we are witnessing protests driven by a rejection of political and economic systems that serve and entrench elite interests.

A Message From the People of Egypt's South Sinai

Egyptian Streets | Posted 11.16.2014 | World
Egyptian Streets

The more the name of Sinai can be reclaimed and coupled with positive associations and the more things might begin to change for its local Bedouin communities, whose livelihoods and name have suffered through misinformed narratives about the Sinai for too long.

Let's Make Peace, Not War

Anush Kostanyan | Posted 11.04.2014 | Impact
Anush Kostanyan

Look around you. Observe the world you are living in. Can you feel the beating of a thousand desperate hearts? Can you see the fear for tomorrow in the looks of people? Can you hear the cries of a thousand mothers who are losing their children each day?

The World Misery Index: 109 Countries

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

Through a simple sum of the former three rates, minus year-on-year per capita GDP growth, I constructed a misery index that comprehensively ranks 109 countries based on misery.

Many Questions Loom Ahead of Ukrainian Elections

Taras Garapiak | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Taras Garapiak

When describing the Ukrainian Parliamentary elections of 2012, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the 'Ukrainian people deserve so much better.' Hopefully the new Parliament will prove worthy of Ukrainian people.

What Are Some of the Biggest Misconceptions About Africa?

Quora | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Quora

Africa is a continent with over a billion people, who live in more than 50 different countries and speak more than 2,000 different languages. There are definitely large cultural groupings, and many Africans feel some sense of unity, but it is really an incredibly diverse place.

Does Turkey Fear the Kurds More Than ISIL?

Michael Hughes | Posted 12.23.2014 | World
Michael Hughes

Part of the problem is that the U.S. has made the Kurds the centerpiece of its strategy to defeat ISIL in Syria, which Turkey fears will empower and strengthen Kurdish elements that want to overthrow the Turkish state.

Worries of a Weary Power: The Cuban Missile Crisis... Now

James A. Nathan | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
James A. Nathan

American power might be relevant, but applying it will not be coerced. Like the case of the Cuban Crisis, parties will have to come to an understanding. Negotiating is not the mark of weakness, it's the signature of a successful appreciating of national interests by the parties involved.

In Fighting Ebola, Journalists Can Play Important Role

Committee to Protect Journalists | Posted 12.20.2014 | World
Committee to Protect Journalists

The Ebola crisis in West Africa is unrelenting, and journalists on the frontline of reporting on the virus are caught between authorities wanting to control how the outbreak is reported, and falling victim to the disease themselves.

Lost and (Surprisingly) Found: 75% Of Lost Cash Returned To Owners in Tokyo

Charli James | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Charli James

What's behind this Japanese propensity to turn things in instead of keeping them for themselves? Is Japan just an intrinsically moral country?

A Revolt Against Austerity?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

There was a bit of good news from Europe last week. Two of the nations that desperately need some respite from austerity essentially told German Chancellor Merkel to stuff it. France, under pressure from Germany and the European Union to meet the E.U.'s straightjacket requirement of deficits of no more than three percent of GDP (whether or not depression looms) informed the E.U. that they will not hit this target until 2017. The government of President Francois Hollande, under fire for failing to ignite a recovery, now plans economic stimulus measures -- and the target be damned. Under E.U. rules, France can be fined up to 0.2 percent of its GDP. The French seem to be saying, 'So sue us!'

Save Syrian Kurds From Slaughter In Kobani

David L. Phillips | Posted 12.11.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

ISIS is on the verge of occupying Kobani, the Kurdish city on the Syria-Turkey border. The UN Special Envoy warns that up 700 people, mainly elderly, will "most likely be massacred." Kurdish fighters desperately need arms and ammunition to stave off the ISIS onslaught.

7 Ways You Can Change the World

Monica Bourgeau | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Monica Bourgeau

When you do something meaningful, you do more than just change the world. You increase your own happiness.

Warsaw Has Lots of Apples -- and Candles

Michael Winship | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

People in Poland are eating apples these days. Lots of apples. Here in Warsaw, they're pressed into your hands at a street festival, or baked into piles of pies and cakes. You see them everywhere. It's an act of defiance.

Global Study: Low Birth Rates Can Bring Surprising Economic Benefits

East-West Center | Posted 12.09.2014 | Science
East-West Center

While low fertility rates and aging populations can challenge government social safety nets, a new global study published in Science suggests that mod...

S4S Celebrates a Wonderful Team -- A Tribute to Grace Bennett

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

In only one year, Schools for Sustainability (S4S) has cultivated a beautifully dynamic team. We honor diversity as we attract support from members ...

The Three Million Manav March: Why Indian-Americans are Giving Prime Minister Modi a Rock Star Welcome at Madison Square Garden

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Vamsee Juluri

Mr. Modi's arrival in New York comes at a moment when a sense of civilizational renewal is powerfully in the minds and hearts of Indians in India and the diaspora.

Open-Ended Lies

Max Dorfman | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Max Dorfman

When there's such a great difference between what the American population thinks and wants, and what the government desires, how can we feel we're actually being represented? The government will claim they're acting in our best interests -- even if we don't know it.

Can Art Bring Israel and Palestine Closer Together?

John M. Eger | Posted 11.14.2014 | World
John M. Eger

The Creative Community for Peace was born officially yesterday with a full-page ad in the New York Times calling the "arts (to be) used to build bridges of peace" in Israel and Palestine, and perhaps the world.

Iran's Covert and Quiet Military Build Up and Operations

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

The Islamic Republic has exercised a tactical shift with regards to its mass strategic signaling when it comes to its military and ballistic capabilities, development of nuclear technologies, covert operations, long-range missiles and ICBM capabilities.