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Psychology Students Missing Out On Critical Human Rights Lessons: Report

The Huffington Post | Sara Bondioli | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

Graduate students in psychology learn far too little about military medical ethics and international human rights laws, a report published Wednesday s...

Perpetual Peace Is a Work in Progress

Yemi Babington-Ashaye | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Yemi Babington-Ashaye

We appeal to everyone in the world to raise their voices to condemn violence and the loss of human life wherever it may occur. Above all, we appeal for an end to hostilities.

Missing Pieces in Analysis of Targeted-Killing Memo

Morris Davis | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Morris Davis

The news media and bloggers have covered the memo's release extensively, particularly whether the Obama administration's position squares with the Constitution and U.S. laws. However, there are two areas that I believe are equally important that have been overlooked or ignored.

Syria: Enough Is Enough

James Zogby | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

This degree of U.S. involvement may not be welcomed by many Americans and it will likely be rejected in many parts of the Arab World. But enough is enough. Something must be done to help end this Syrian nightmare.

The Real Origin of the Term 'Enemy Combatant'

Peter Jan Honigsberg | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Peter Jan Honigsberg

I have spent over 12 years searching for the person who suggested that the term enemy combatant be adopted by the Bush administration. Now I know. The rest is dismal history.

The Challenges of the New Year

James Zogby | Posted 02.27.2014 | World
James Zogby

The Middle East promises to be every bit as complicated and challenging to US policy-makers as it has been in the year just ending. There is a dizzying array of conflicts and crises unfolding across the region -- all of which will involve the US in the year to come.

France's President disappoints Palestinians

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

France has always been a country that cares first and foremost about itself, which is normal, but sometimes it is so calculating that it comes across ...

Is the Time Right to Design Corruption out of the System?

Elaine Dezenski | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Elaine Dezenski

The combination of popular anger, government action and backing from leading CEOs is creating a tipping point: There is now no shortage of good intentions in the fight against corruption, nor of proposals for action.

We Need a Geneva Convention on Cyber Warfare

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.28.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The "brave new world" of computer warfare -- in all its frightening aspects -- desperately needs some rules and limits. Communications spying and drone attacks are only the precursors for what could be eventually deployed against the United States.

Geneva Conference: U.S., Russia and the Staunchest Ally of Assad

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

A critical shift in policy has been manifested by including the staunchest ally of Assad's government in the Geneva II conference to be held before the end of the year, the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Another Round Of Meetings On Iran Gets Underway

Agence France Presse | | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

Iranian negotiators hold this week a series of meetings in Vienna meant to lay the groundwork for substantial progress in talks with world powers in G...

Sarin Gas: Too Heinous Even for War

Richard H. Carmona, M.D. | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Richard H. Carmona, M.D.

It is horrific to envision the scene at those hospitals the day of the alleged attacks. For health care professionals, the most difficult task in such a situation is immediately determining what type of poison the patient was exposed to, in order to choose the proper course of treatment.

Who Are the Good Guys in Syria?

Claude Salhani | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Claude Salhani

With the exception of a few intellectuals who truly believe in the democratic system of governance based on Western-like principles, the majority of the Syrian opposition forces appear to be as ruthless as the regime they are fighting to overthrow.

Killing Civilians to Protect Civilians in Syria

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

The United States and the international community have failed to take constructive steps to promote peace-making efforts, which could have brought the crisis in Syria to an end.

The Struggle Continues: Seeking Compensation for Vietnamese Agent Orange Victims, 52 years on

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

The use of Agent Orange on civilian populations violates the laws of war; yet no one has been held to account. Taxpayers pick up the tab of the Agent Orange Compensation fund for U. S. Veterans at a cost of 1.52 billion dollars a year.

Russia Is a Proud and Powerful Country

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics
Alison Winfield Burns

Tweeting melodiously, Alexei Pushkov, of the foreign affairs committee in Russia's lower house of parliament, lets fly an observation: "He can't live ...

Get Thee to Geneva, Mr. Obama: Your Drone Strikes Make Targets of Us All

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

While you defend drones as the least bad option in going after terrorist suspects, and while you stated a willingness to cede some authority to wage such warfare to greater oversight, it remains the case that your targeted killings abroad may actually be creating new dangers for us at home.

The Dick Cheney Presidential Library in Dallas

James Moore | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics
James Moore

If there has to be a library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, let it be named after the man who actually ran the country, and not the man who simply nodded his head in affirmation. Let's call it the "Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney Presidential Library."

Margaret Thatcher's Climate Change Of Heart

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 04.09.2013 | Green

In 1990, Margaret Thatcher emerged as one of the first world leaders to champion climate science, issuing a call to action to fight manmade global war...

Western Support for Syrian Rebels: A Viable Alternative?

Michael Kay | Posted 04.08.2013 | World
Michael Kay

Amnesty International has produced compelling evidence of massacres, mass abduction, detention beatings, killings and torture by anti-Libyan militia -- backed by the British, French and U.S. So will a post-Assad Syria be any different?

The Uncommon Courage of Bradley Manning

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Bradley Manning has pleaded guilty to 10 charges including possessing and willfully communicating to an unauthorized person all the main elements of the WikiLeaks disclosure.

A Response to Kathryn Bigelow's Latest Statement on Zero Dark Thirty and Torture

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.19.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Zero Dark Thirty ignores the fact that America's torture program inspired anti-U.S. sentiment around the world, causing many to vow revenge on the U.S. and its allies.

Warning: Avoid Military-Age Men in Muslim Countries

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.21.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

All men in Pakistan between the ages of 20 and 40 are potential targets for a U.S. drone strike, says former Ambassador Cameron Munter. And all "mili...

Why Fighting Pirates Is Both Good and Bad for PSC

David Isenberg | Posted 12.30.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

If you have been paying any attention at all this year to the piracy situation off Somalia you may remember that the number of pirate attacks against ...

Alleged 9/11 Mastermind Blasts U.S. For Killings

Reuters | Jane Sutton | Posted 10.18.2012 | World

GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba, Oct 17 (Reuters) -- The alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks told the Guantanamo courtroom on Wednesday th...