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Communists Meet Gangnam Style: Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek in South Korea

John R. Eperjesi | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John R. Eperjesi

The irony of holding an event on communism and Marxism in Gangnam, the zone of gaudy consumerism made famous by Psy, was lost on no one. This irony was compounded by the fact that Gangnam is only 35 miles away from the DMZ.

A Look Back at Three Heroes From the 1960s: JFK, MLK and RFK

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Bryan Cain-Jackson

It's 2013; we should definitely live for today and look ahead to what we hope will be a prosperous future. However, it should never be forgotten why ...

How One Russian Man Helped Prevent A Nuclear Holocaust

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 09.30.2013 | Technology

Thirty years ago today on September 26th, 1983, the quick wits of Soviet military officer Stanislav Petrov may have helped the world avoid World War I...

Friday Talking Points -- Cold War Nostalgia

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Before we get this ball rolling, we have two minor points which relate to the calendar which we feel merit mentioning. First, for the superstitious among us, it's not only Friday the 13th, but it's actually a double-dose, being 9/13/13. Wooo! Scary!

If You Really Want to Understand Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria (and More), You Need Context. Try Blowback

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 11.13.2013 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

The message that our military has exported for the last half century --- America as a super-nation, as the exception to all rules --- has made its way around the world and has returned home. Too bad so few of us have read Chalmers Johnson.

To Move the World: JFK's Quest for Peace (Part Three)

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 11.12.2013 | Books
Jeffrey Sachs

The most important lesson that we learn from John Kennedy is to fashion the future out of our rational hopes, not our fears. He was the first to deny the baseless hopes of idle dreamers. But he was also for seeing things as they might be, and asking, "Why not?"

To Move the World: JFK's Quest for Peace (Part Two)

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 11.11.2013 | Books
Jeffrey Sachs

"Peace," he emphasized, "is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. And however undramatic the pursuit of peace, that pursuit must go on."

To Move the World: JFK's Quest for Peace (Excerpt)

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 11.10.2013 | Books
Jeffrey Sachs

"There's always some son-of-a-b**ch who doesn't get the word," John F. Kennedy exclaimed in frustration. The president and his advisors were huddled at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, with the United States and the Soviet Union on the brink of nuclear war.

Cold War Chess: Why a Strike on Assad Would be Good for Russia, Bad for America, and Useless for Syria

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Sanjay Sanghoee

Whether we like it or not, we are now playing a game of diplomatic and military chess in the Middle East, and like any good player, we must think through several moves ahead if we want to have any hopes of winning. So far our government has not done that.

The Top 10 Reasons Why Walking Meetings Will Be Your Best Meetings

Brett Greene | Posted 10.26.2013 | Denver
Brett Greene

Even if your meetings aren't as important to world peace as Reagan and Gorbachev's, there are plenty of benefits to making your next meeting a walking meeting.

60 Years of Middle-East Meddling

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The whole Arab Spring movement has woken America up to the fact that we've been propping up some pretty brutal leaders for a long, long time. Which leads us to the uncomfortable position of not having a clear ideological position.

Return of the Cold War

Allan Topol | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
Allan Topol

President Obama's cancellation of the summit with Putin demonstrates the extent of the deterioration in American Russian relations. In a short time, the U.S. and Russia have moved from what some in Washington viewed as a hopeful partnership to an adversarial relationship.

Spectator Wars

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.08.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We will never get to the business of choosing a peaceful future until we declare war obsolete, and that will never happen until we are able to look squarely at what we ourselves have done as a nation over the years, and what we're doing right now.

The Diplomat

Senain Kheshgi | Posted 10.06.2013 | Sports
Senain Kheshgi

Growing up in 1980s America, we were inundated with images of life on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Everyday, news reports beamed stories of soldiers patrolling the Berlin Wall and Eastern European politicians spouting rhetoric against the United States.

Kennedy Documents Shed Light On Secretive Negotiations

AP | JAY LINDSAY | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics

BOSTON — Newly released papers from Robert F. Kennedy's tenure as U.S. attorney general offer a window into the Cold War's early years, when Ken...

Duck and Cover: Educational Fallout Shelters for a Sputnik Moment

Kevin Walsh | Posted 09.17.2013 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

The following was originally published in Kevin's blog, MyMediaDiary.com I'd only been through this doorway a few hundred times in my life -- and ...

Diplomacy Where It Is Needed Most

Gary Hart | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Gary Hart

For those who viscerally hate the Russians, there will always be reasons, however obscure, to justify their resentment. But Edward Snowden hardly provides the justification.

Detente From Below

John Feffer | Posted 09.01.2013 | World
John Feffer

The end of the Cold War promised a remapping of European security. The Warsaw Pact disbanded officially in 1991, though it had functionally ceased to exist at the end of 1989. NATO, without its longstanding opponent, no longer had a raison d'être.

America's New Cold War: Why the Allies Side With Snowden

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Was Snowden a "traitor," as both California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and former Vice President Dick Cheney have insisted, or a genuine whistleblower, as some of our allies are beginning to grasp for letting folks around the world in on the dirty secrets of U.S. intelligence?

Edward Snowden in Anne Applebaum's Russia

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 08.27.2013 | World
Subhankar Banerjee

We need all our voices of conscience to rise in unison so that Edward's Snowden's courageous and immensely important revelations don't get side stepped by the government, the corporate media, and by the right- and left-wing pundits.

Small Boat, Big City: Kayaking From Manhattan To The Statue of Liberty

Peter Mandel | Posted 08.26.2013 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Warm, and full of puffing sailboats, and washing-machine clean. I am having a hard time believing this is New York harbor -- and that I am kayaking it.

Our Generation's Security Challenge: Eliminating Nuclear Weapons

Joel Rubin | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Joel Rubin

There are approximately 17,300 nuclear weapons in the world across nine countries. Of these, nearly 7,700 are in the United States.

Official: U.S., Cuba To Resume Talks On Mail

AP | MATTHEW LEE and PAUL HAVEN | Posted 08.17.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- The United States and Cuba will resume talks this week on restarting direct mail service despite a deadlock between Washington and Havan...

Foreign Policy Wishes for Father's Day

Joel Rubin | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Joel Rubin

As a father, I question myself: what am I -- and what are we - -going to do over the next two decades to ensure that our children, when their time has come to lead, have a better world in front of them, just as we have had?

Blowing Billions on Nukes to Fight the (Long Dead) USSR

Jon Soltz | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

At a time when the budget is stretched to the breaking point because of poor decisions like the sequester, choices need to be made. If the choice is between taking care of our troops and veterans or protecting Europe from a ghost, it should be an easy choice to make.