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Friedman's Flawed Beijing Bulletin

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

One problem with Friedman's September 14 column is that it creates the erroneous impression that Chinese online politics equals blogging. In reality, online bulletin boards and chat rooms are also very important.

Weaving Our Stories Into the Carpets of Afghanistan

Seema Jilani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Seema Jilani

I recently assisted in a surgical procedure in Kabul on a young boy. The chief surgeon was an Afghan man. I didn't know how he would respond to a woman as our fierce Asian eyes met over surgical masks.

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.

Yom Kippur, 2010 -- I Plead Guilty

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bradley Burston

May our children see each other for what they are, sisters and brothers. And after all that they've gone through, for their sake if not for ours, inscribe them for a year of peace.

The Naked King

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Today's guest post, from the independent journalist Reinaldo Escobar, originally appeared in Spanish in the on-line newspaper, Diario de Cuba. The ...

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.

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.

Jobs and Today's Youth

Blythe McGarvie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Blythe McGarvie

I encourage young adults to travel and even work in other countries to meet people who are "different" and start learning what and who is shaking the globe.

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.

A Mosque Perhaps, but a Swimming Pool?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Raymond J. Learsy

Whether a mosque should be built so near the site is debatable, but to build a swimming pool -- where one is meant to come play and frolic -- smacks of gross insensitivity or worse yet, triumphalism.

Re-channeling the Energy of Homegrown Terrorists

Neetu Mahil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Neetu Mahil

As the world was glued to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, an American teen named Zachary Adam Chesser was busy trying to join Al-Shabaab, a Somali...

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.

Peace Through Prosperity in Afghanistan

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

The Afghan Diaspora wants to share its knowledge and talent with their native bloodline connections to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan through prosperity and government transparency.

The ADL's Troubling Alliance With the Christian Right

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Sadly, The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the nation's foremost Jewish civil rights organization, has come out against the construction of an Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero.

WikiStan: Do We Want Julian Assange on That Wall?

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Hughes

Nescient arm-chair security analysts with an axe to grind sure as hell shouldn't be able to declassify thousands of government documents and unfetter them into cyberspace.

Take a Friend to the Movies -- Before It's Too Late

Steven Crandell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Steven Crandell

Heed my words. Go see Countdown To Zero. It will open your eyes to a nemesis that pretends to be a guard dog. There are still 23,000 nukes in the world, and they all have to go.

Compassion in Taliban Territory

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Akbar Ahmed

If you were a Swati and lived in that idyllic land and were suddenly forced to leave your home to seek shelter outside the district, and then saw the ...

Pre-Election White House Suck-up to Israel Fails

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

On Friday, I received a White House e-mail with links to five "Israel can do no wrong" statements by the White House. They couldn't be more blatant. "Election Day Is Coming. And We LOVE Israel." Cynical much?

UK Sought Rendition of British Nationals to Guantanamo; Tony Blair Directly Involved

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Previously classified documents reveal how the Labour government was happy for British nationals and residents seized in Afghanistan and Pakistan to be rendered to Guantánamo.

CONGO: Survey Shows Women and Boys in Increasing Danger in War-Torn Eastern DRC

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

Civilians in eastern Congo are facing an increased risk of rape and forced labour as a result of internationally backed military operations against rebel groups.

PHOTOS: The World's 20 Most Expensive Cities

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

With the economic recovery sputtering along Americans may still not feel much relief in when it comes to their pocketbooks, but they can at least be r...

Islam, the Founding Fathers and the 4th of July

Frankie Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Frankie Martin

In a country where feelings against Islam are precarious, the outlook of the Founding Fathers, who openly embraced Muslims, could not be more significant.

UPDATE: It's Monday And More Bloggers Follow Israeli Instructions To Smear Goldstone

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

The Israelis will never tire of their obsession with Judge Richard Goldstone. Because he had the temerity to write a UN report calling Israel's actions in Gaza "war crimes," they are utterly unhinged by the man.

Graham Robb's Paris: 18 Arrested Explosions (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

Graham Robb is making France irresistible again. His new book, Parisians, delivers nearly a score of long anecdotes about famous people in real scenes beyond imagining.

Balkanizing Pakistan: A Collective National Security Strategy

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Balkanization does seem like an extreme step at first blush, and perhaps Pakistan should be given another chance. Yet, after considering Pakistan's historic and current relationship with Al Qaeda -- it becomes much easier to justify.