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A Jewish Perspective On The Dangerous Charisma Of Power

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 07.12.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

What is the Jewish attitude towards rulers? The person before you may seem a god. He is a person, with the same stubborn flaws that afflict us all, if anything, they may be magnified by power.

Chasing Demons: Visiting Pol Pot's Grave

Peter Winter | Posted 05.26.2011 | Travel
Peter Winter

2011-03-27-20110326BurningHDR.gif We loaded up the bikes early. Our destination for the day was Prasat Preah Vihear, a mountaintop temple currently the sticking point between Thai and Cambodia military forces.

Propaganda: Art Of Gaddafi, Hussein And Kim Jong Il

BLTWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Gaddafi has posed beneath a giant gold fist in Tripoli, but he's hardly the first dictator to use art to create the illusion of victory. From Ramses I...

The Hypocrisy Of War

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

The U.S. just started another war. We're good at starting wars. We're not good at ending them, but we start them really well. They say this is for "humanitarian" reasons. But aren't they all?

U.S. Banks Oppose Stricter Money Rules

Wall Street Journal | DEBORAH BALL AND CASSELL BRYAN-LOW | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Even as governments freeze assets tied to regimes in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia, U.S. banks are resisting efforts to tighten international rules to prev...

Toppling Dictators with a Lethal Dose of Technology and Nonviolent Action

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Stephanie Rudat

Ahmed Salah, an Egyptian journalist and activist who had survived torture while incarcerated in jail for pushing against the regime, brought his mission to the United States.

Witnessing Revolutions

Ann Medlock | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ann Medlock

With all the news of uprisings, I've been rocketed back in time and space to the Congo, to Vietnam, where I got some first-hand experiences of what it's like when people make such dramatic moves.

The Domino Theory Strikes Again: Who's Next?

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Lurio

The next regime to go is Algeria. You may ask, "How do you know this? Didn't the police there just beat the crap out of the demonstrators a day or two...

Democracies Dancing With the Devil

Dovid Efune | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dovid Efune

Backhanded handling with imposed leadership structures throughout the world may be a sad necessity for democracies; comprehensive agreements with concrete commitments including the ceding of land is downright irresponsibly dangerous.

Are We All Egyptians?

Laura Mola | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Laura Mola

"We own their Army. They won't fire on their citizens. Don't worry." An Arab friend calmed me in one instant while the next found me thinking: who is ...

Arab Uprising's Winners and Losers

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The newly found bravery of Arab youths has spread from one country to another. The right to free expression and assembly, long restricted in Arab countries, has now been extracted as a result of the sacrifices in the streets.

Mubarak's fortune equals...

Jeff Jarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Jarvis

Here's a compilation of tweets giving perspective to the Guardian's report that Mubarak's fortune could add up to $70 billion. (Apologies for misspell...

Harry Reid Calls Chinese President 'Dictator' On Eve Of Visit

Politics Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

LAS VEGAS -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid branded Chinese President Hu Jintao a "dictator" on a TV talk show on Tuesday night, a remark likely to...

10 High-Level Threats to Humanity

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

Secretary-General Kofi Annan named Anand Panyarachun, former Prime Minister of Thailand, to chair a high-level panel on global security threats and re...

PHOTOS: 9 Places Built By Dictators

Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

The world's dictators have a naughty habit of commemorating their absolute power in monuments, statues, colossal building projects, and extravagantly ...

Libya Launders its Reputation

Ben S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben S. Cohen

Just as one would wash shady banknotes through an offshore bank, so can the most bloodstained of reputations can be cleansed just by engaging in a publicity stunt billed as a humanitarian gift to Gaza's Palestinians.

Reynaldo Bignone, Argentina's Last Dictator, Gets 25 Years In Jail

AP | DEBORA REY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina's last dictator was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison Tuesday for kidnappings and torture during...

Juan Mendez on International Human Rights

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

"The U.N. simply does not have adequate support of the world powers," Juan E. Mendez told me. Coming from anyone, this might be less important. From...

Afro-Brazilian History, Beats and Culture

Lauri Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
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Lauri Lyons

While Africa and America are often recognized as the book ends of the African Diaspora, there is an additional link in the Middle Passage that is less publicized, but no less important.

Why the US Owes Haiti Billions -- The Briefest History

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bill Quigley

The current crisis is an opportunity for people in the US to own up to our country's history of dominating Haiti and to make a truly just response.

Ring Them Bells

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

A disturbing story out of China compels me to resolve that when critiquing the state of American democracy, I will always bear in mind how fortunate I am to have been born in the U.S.A.

Why Dictators Tend to Babble

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lionel Beehner

Moammar Gadhafi droned on for 90 minutes yesterday in rambling prose barely befitting a head of state. Later, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also gave long-winded remarks.

Mr. Ahmadinejad

Gershon Hepner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Gershon Hepner

Mr. Ahmajinedad, world leader with the creepiest smile, did not count each hanging chad, and therefore doesn't hear Sieg Heil as often as the Great Di...

Goodbye/Hello 7 "Human Rights Gone Wrong"

Patt Cottingham | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patt Cottingham

Goodbye to seating inhumane governments and regimes at the human rights table. Hello to removing inhumane governments and regimes at the human rights table.

Will Obama Stand Up to, or Smile at, Dictators?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

If President Obama feels that he has to be the one to greet a man like Chavez, must it be with the kind of ear-to-ear grin that one might show girl-scouts selling cookies?