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'Mothering Can be More Demanding than War Reporting -- Where you Actually get a Break Sometimes'

Juliet Linley | Posted 03.07.2014 | Parents
Juliet Linley

"What nobody made clear to me was how difficult it might be to actually have children if I waited too long. At age 39, no husband in sight, I decided to conceive on my own. Somehow that decision sent a message to the universe because my husband showed up a few weeks later."

How to Talk and Listen to Iran

William O. Beeman | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
William O. Beeman

Current negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program in Geneva have raised hopes that there may be rapprochement between Iran and the West.

Think NYC Is Expensive? Try Living Here

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 03.06.2014 | Business

Hey New Yorkers, think your life is expensive? Take some solace in knowing it could be much, much worse. The city's cost of living is less than at ...

10 Places in Europe You Never Thought You Could Afford

SmarterTravel | Posted 03.04.2014 | Travel
SmarterTravel

It'll take more than a discreetly tucked money belt to protect your cash in Europe's most expensive cities. Here's how to experience London, Paris, Venice, and other delightful destinations for a whole lot less than the average traveler.

The Counter Terrorism Card Backfires on Syrian Regime's Delegation in Montreux

Raghida Dergham | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Raghida Dergham

During the Montreux episode, the Syrian opposition and its backers scored some points. Now, it is time to invest this wisely to save Syria from the inferno ravaging the country.

Making Inclusive Space: Bringing the 'Peoples' into the UN

Bonian Golmohammadi | Posted 03.26.2014 | World
Bonian Golmohammadi

Over the years, the relationship between the UN and "the people," or civil society, has eroded, and hasn't kept up with the changing dynamics of global governance.

The Simple Touch: Children of Syria Continue to Pay the Price for Conflict

World Vision | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
World Vision

There are words we are trained not to use as humanitarian communicators. "Traumatized" is one of them. It's a word with a very specific meaning applied in specific circumstances. But as I looked at this little boy standing with a plastic gun aimed at my head, I could think of no other word.

Is It a Bug? A Star? No, Wait, It's a Particle!

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 03.09.2014 | Science
Sidonie Sawyer

I know it's not always easy to grasp all the scientific gibberish and savant stories about particle acceleration, protons, matter/anti-matter, and the so-called "God particle" that we often read about in the press.

Syria: The War on Development and Democracy

Akbar Ganji | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Akbar Ganji

Syria's destruction and the catastrophic events there are the result of trying to bring about regime change by military intervention.

Is the Turkish-Israeli Rapprochement for Real?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The two states' shared economic and security interests have created an unusual dynamic that permits both to extend an open hand, as well as a clenched fist.

Iran, Israel and the Failure to Speak Softly

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
Reese Schonfeld

I am not a member of, nor do I support, the Israeli lobby in Washington, but Iran's flat refusal to recognize Israel or "change its stance" disappoints all of us who hope for some sort of peace in the Middle East and some accommodation between the countries existing there.

Israel's anger with US likely to be taken out on Palestinians

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.27.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

On the surface, it is hard to see any direct link between the recently concluded deal by Iran and the P5+1 group and the Palestinian-Israeli peace tal...

Max J. Rosenthal

Syria Peace Talks Are Finally On, But Here's Why You Shouldn't Get Your Hopes Up

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 11.27.2013 | World

The major players in the nearly 3-year-old Syrian civil war have agreed to convene a peace conference in Geneva on Jan. 22. But it's still matter of d...

Iran Is Driving the Bus, so Why Is the West Celebrating?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

It is hard to understand what all the celebrating in the West is about. Simply that there is an agreement where there had been none? The Iranians should be doing the celebrating -- and they are.

The Iran Accord -- Profoundly, and Primarily, Symbolic

William O. Beeman | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics
William O. Beeman

The profound symbolism of the moment more than outweighs the lighter substantive elements of the temporary agreement. The United States and its partners appeared tough and got very little. Iran appeared tough and gave up very little. Both sides saved face.

Everything You Need To Know About The Iran Nuclear Deal

AP | BRIAN MURPHY and MATTHEW LEE | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a potentially history-shaping choice of diplomacy over confrontation, the U.S. and other world powers agreed Sunday to give Ira...

Is the "P6" Now Ready for Prime Time in Geneva?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

November 10 will not go down as a stellar day for U.S. diplomacy. The premature faux hoopla over the scuttled first-stage nuclear agreement with Iran yielded little more than a legacy of miscues and a dozen eggs on Uncle Sam's face.

The Iranian Deal: Now You See It (Or Do You?), Now You Don't

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

There's still a fair amount of mystery around the West's much ballyhooed almost deal with Iran on its hotly disputed nuclear program. Like, what was the deal? And why did it suddenly stall?

This Diamond Just Sold For How Much?!

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

(Adds name of buyer, quotes and details) By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Nov 13 (Reuters) - The "Pink Star", a flawless pin...

Diamond Could Go For INSANE Amount At Auction

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

GENEVA (AP) — The largest fancy vivid orange diamond ever sold at auction went for $35.5 million in Geneva, where a pink diamond estimated to be wor...

Sacrificing the ICANN Will Not Be Enough for the US to Restore Its Internet Ethics

Jean-Christophe Nothias | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Jean-Christophe Nothias

Giving away the ICANN might please a few; the Swiss, the Brazilians, and the usual faithful digital US allies such as the Swedish and British, but what's about the Germans, the French and other Europeans, not to mention the Africans and Asians. As the single market for Telecom in Europe is at stake these days, the Europeans might have a serious talk.

Kerry Sees Progress As Iran Nuclear Talks Enter Unplanned Third Day

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

* Kerry, Zarif in five-hour meeting to seek to narrow differences * Iran wants oil, banking sanctions eased to launch deal ...

Cutting the Salami With Putin

Allan Topol | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Allan Topol

Imagine a large salami in the center of a table. First, Putin offers to cut the salami down the middle. He takes out his knife and cuts it. Then puts one half in his bag. He looks at the remaining salami on the table and says, "Now let's talk about how we'll divide the salami."

Lessons From Russian and Balkan History on How to Stop the War in Syria

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber | Posted 11.18.2013 | World
Wolfgang Danspeckgruber

The current debate on the use and ban of chemical weapons in Syria is a salient testimony to a seemingly forgone notion in crisis diplomacy: the downward spiral of conflict doesn't end until the strategic interests of the key players are addressed.

Eliminating Syria's Chemical Weapons Goes Beyond the Security Council

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Securing and destroying Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles will not be easy, risk-free or cheap -- especially if the violence has not completely dissipated.