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What About Libya: Or How the U.S. Prioritizes One Suffering Nation Over Another

Samantha Paige Rosen | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Samantha Paige Rosen

What makes one country more important than another? That's a crucial question to ask when it comes to Libya. The U.S. is now prioritizing the fight against ISIS through airstrikes over Iraq and Syria. But what about the country we were so focused on three years ago?

Invading Albania's Party Beaches

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 12.09.2014 | Travel
Jared S. Baumeister

Albania was sealed off to foreigners for almost the entirety of the Cold War. With democracy came an influx of visitors from the rest of the world. No one knew quite what to expect. But getting to the pristine beaches of the Albanian Riviera is not an easy task.

Enough Already With the Dumb Quizzes

John Blumenthal | Posted 04.14.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

Those annoying Buzzfeed, Quizilla and Quizfarm et al quizzes have been clogging my Facebook news feed for months at a rate that now surpasses the petition requests, memes and revolting photos of the disgusting gourmet slop people had for dinner.

Alan Grayson On NSA Spying: 'Dictator Palin' Could Rule The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Ashley Balcerzak | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) recently stressed the need to rein in domestic spying programs by expressing concern that the U.S. could one day be control...

The Day I Never Climbed Mount Everest on Facebook

Edward M. Weinman | Posted 09.15.2013 | Comedy
Edward M. Weinman

During the age of self-promotion on social media, it's important to remember the above-mentioned refrain.

Hugo Chavez Is No Hero

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.05.2013 | World
Fernando Espuelas

Hugo Chavez is dead -- but he is no hero. Even as his supporters pour into the streets to mourn their fallen idol, the damage he caused to Venezuela is incalculable.

Sacha Baron Cohen's Dictator Falls Off A Camel At Cannes

AP | JAKE COYLE | Posted 07.16.2012 | Entertainment

CANNES, France — Wes Anderson opened the 65th Cannes Film Festival with his meticulously composed ode to young love, "Moonrise Kingdom," while l...

War Is Over. What Next?

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

To mark the milestone of the last American troops to leave Iraq, I'd like to take a wider view and look at the entire region, post-Saddam and post-Arab Spring.

George Ayittey: How to Defeat a Dictator

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 08.24.2011 | World
Thor Halvorssen

Ghanaian economist George Ayittey attended the Oslo Freedom Forum in May. There, he sat down with me to talk about defeating dictators.

Yoani Sánchez Forbidden by Cuba to Collect Her Award; CEPOS Freedom Prize Presented in Absentia

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 07.05.2011 | World
Thor Halvorssen

Yoani Sánchez -- the world-renowned Cuban blogger and philologist -- will be honored here with the inaugural Freedom Award by CEPOS. But there's one oddity: Yoani is forbidden to leave her country to accept the award.

Inside Qaddafi's Former Money Man

Bloomberg | Vernon Silver, Elisa Martinuzzi and Boris Groendahl | Posted 06.27.2011 | Business

In helping run the world’s 11th-biggest sovereign-wealth fund, Zarti strove to make money in global markets three decades after sanctions relegated ...

Be Consistent -- Invade Saudi Arabia

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Scheer

In the glaring light of the democratic currents sweeping through the Mideast, the contradictions in supporting one set of dictators while toppling others may prove impossible for the U.S. and its allies to effectively manage.

Legacy Writing On Courage

Rachael Freed | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Courage, a value that we've seen practiced and heard much about at home and around the world in 2011, is what we'll concentrate on in our legacy writing this month.

Rebels Deploy Around Strategic Libyan Oil Port

AP | By PAUL SCHEMM | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BREGA, Libya -- Mutinous army units in pickup trucks armed with machine-guns and rocket launchers deployed around the strategic oil installation at Br...

Hugo Chavez Sets up Dictators Resort, Welcomes Mubarak

Jack Hidary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jack Hidary

The resort has all the amenities of a 5-star property including Canyon Ranch spa and wellness center. The resort also offers psychological services to help the former rulers cope with their diminished circumstances.

Free At Last! Now What?

Lorna Bright | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lorna Bright

No, I've never toppled a dictatorship or torn down a divisive wall, but I do know that even the smallest steps to freedom can be frightening and somewhat intimidating.

Slideshow: Protests Sweep Middle East

The Huffington Post | Mark Hanrahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Following uprisings that deposed leaders in both Egypt and Tunisia, a wave of protest movements have engulfed the Middle East in recent days. Protest...

Farewell Friday: Tahrir Square Has Spoken

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Yet another Western-backed dictator is set to fall from grace. The Shah of Iran, Manuel Noriega, Saddam Hussein -- they all refused to concede defeat. And they all fell down. Hosni Mubarak will, too, if he doesn't review his history books.

Former Dictator Seeks Housing/Long Term Exile

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
MP Nunan

If Hosni Mubarak were logging into Craiglist these days, it might look something like this. Click on image to make it larger. ...

Democracy's Drawback

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

America is a strong supporter of democracy worldwide. Except, of course, when we aren't. That piece of doublethink is the heart of the conundrum in which we now find ourselves in Egypt.

Sacha Baron Cohen To Play Character Based On Novel Written By Saddam Hussein

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

LOS ANGELES — As if his portrayals of Borat and Bruno weren't outrageous enough, Sacha Baron Cohen's next role will be playing Saddam Hussein. ...

Marhaba Ben Ali! U.S. Ally Houses Tunisia's Dictator

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Good ol' Saudi Arabia. If you're a corrupt and fleeing Sunni despot, you'll always have a home in Saudi. Just ask their latest refugee, the very recently former President of Tunisia, Mr. Zine El Abedine Ben Ali.

Where Are They Now? Descendents Of 10 Former Dictators

Mental Floss | Stacy Conradt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

1. Alessandra Mussolini, the daughter of Benito Mussolini's son and his first wife, Anna Maria Scicolone (who also happened to be Sophia Loren's siste...

McCain: "I've Always Aspired to be a Dictator"

David Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Goldstein

We all remember George W. Bush's quip, but it appears that Sen. John McCain has similar aspirations.