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Ukraine Diplomatic Deal: Necessary Next Steps

Michael Shank | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

Beyond economic aid to Ukraine and other Eastern European nations, we have identified four overarching themes that should be reinforced and reaffirmed by Congress and the administration.

Diary of a Political Idiot, 15 Years Later

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Jasmina Tesanovic

The city is silent and paralyzed, but still working; rubbish is taken away, we have water, we have electricity... But where are the people, in houses, in beds, in shelters... I hear several personal stories of nervous breakdowns among my friends, male and female.

Let's Not Yield to Putin on the Truth

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

On the subject of the Ukrainian crisis and the possible kidnapping of Crimea by the Russian Federation, we have been hearing two very strange arguments that are in urgent need of rebuttal.

Dr. Kim's World Bank Legacy Hinges on Kosovo Climate Test

Justin Guay | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

When it comes to making decisions that test their willingness to build climate legacies, President Obama has the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and Dr. Kim has a massive coal plant in Kosovo.

Crimea Is Not Kosovo

David L. Phillips | Posted 03.10.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

There are fundamental legal and political differences between the internationally sanctioned process, which culminated in Kosovo's independence, and Russia's land-grab in Crimea. Kosovo's independence is based on international law; Russia's annexation of Crimea is not.

Hillary Clinton: Playing a Dog-Eared 'Hitler' Card

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

From the Vietnam War to the Iraq War, facile and wildly inaccurate comparisons between foreign adversaries and Adolf Hitler have served the interests of politicians hell-bent on propelling the United States into war. Often, those politicians succeeded. The carnage and the endless suffering have been vast.

Climate Change This Week: Screaming in the Tub, Solar Surge, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.21.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter - and more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Feb 20 2014 How unusual has th...

Addressing War Crimes in Former Yugoslavia

John Feffer | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

Yugoslavia fell apart in stages, and violence accompanied each of these stages. To assess these crimes and determine culpability, even as the wars continued to rage, the United Nations established the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 1993. It was the first war crimes tribunal since the end of World War II.

The Balkans Revisited: Sarajevo's Protests in Context of Regionalism

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 04.13.2014 | World
Saleem H. Ali

As protests become violent this week in Sarajevo, many residents across the region might be pondering whether the division of the country was really worth it. The vestigial states have taken many different paths.

Fatal Privilege for Serbian War Criminal

Sasa Milosevic | Posted 03.31.2014 | World
Sasa Milosevic

The citizens of Serbia face a very unsettling question. How many war criminals are enjoying various prisoner privileges and freely walking the streets? They reasonably ask: Will the truth be told before they go to God?

A Lesson for Dr. Kim and the World Bank as It Ponders the Kosovo Coal Project

Justin Guay | Posted 03.28.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

As Dr. Kim and the World Bank prepare for the Kosovo project there is one question that Kosovars should be asking: Is the World Bank willing to pay for the costs of the inevitable overrun, or like the Slovenians, will the citizens of Kosovo be stuck with the check?

Demise of the International Herald Tribune

Ladan Rafii | Posted 02.05.2014 | World
Ladan Rafii

If there was ever a newspaper one could consider a friend all over the world, it was the International Herald Tribune. It conveyed a sense of warmth and familiarity that is often missing when one is living and working abroad.

Kosovo Coal Plant Fails President Obama's Climate Plan Test

Justin Guay | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

President Obama made a pledge in his Climate Action Plan to lead in the fight against climate disruption when he announced an end to financing for n...

Kate Sheppard

Treasury Issues New Guidance On Funding Coal Plants Abroad

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department issued new guidance on Tuesday that makes it even more clear that the Obama administration will no longer approv...

Dr. Kim Sweeps World Bank Policy Violations on Controversial Tata Mundra Coal Plant Under the Rug

Justin Guay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Justin Guay

Photo courtesy of Joe Athialy, Bank Information Center Just a few short months ago the World Bank got itself on the right side of history by placin...

Father Of Roma Girl Expelled From France Admits To Lying For Amnesty

AP | NEBI QENA | Posted 10.18.2013 | World

MITROVICA, Kosovo -- MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) — The father of a Roma immigrant girl who has become a cause celebre in France said Friday he pretended ...

Start of EU Membership Negotiations With Serbia Could Further Stabilize the Western Balkans

Dominik Tolksdorf | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Dominik Tolksdorf

The past year has demonstrated that the prospect of EU membership can be a powerful incentive for governments to take unprecedented decisions toward stability and conflict resolution.

Kindness ONE: Kindness Beats Murphy's Law in Montenegro

Leon Logothetis | Posted 12.11.2013 | Travel
Leon Logothetis

Murphy's law states that when everything can go wrong it will. What Murphy didn't bargain for, however, was a Montenegrin farmer coming to save the day! Let me explain.

The Center Holds (Too Much) in Serbia

John Feffer | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
John Feffer

In contrast to the famous Yeats poem, the center indeed holds in East-Central Europe, and perhaps holds too much. Budapest, for instance, dominates Hungary. The Czech Republic is similarly centralized around Prague.

Ultimate Reason to Support Resolution Authorizing Use of Military Force to Stop Chemical Weapons in Syria: It's Working

Robert Creamer | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

For those who do not want to see the use of military force in Syria, the best thing they can do to assure that the military action is not needed is to support the Congressional resolution authorizing the president to use military force if necessary.

In Support of Our President in Syria: Understanding Those Beyond Terrible, Even in Warfare

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
SaraKay Smullens

For over thirty years, I have witnessed the inner sanctums of true family lives, as opposed to the lives families project to the outside world. I am c...

Stay Out of Syria's Inferno: Americans Want Peace, Not Another War

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The president has placed the decision whether to go to war where it belongs, with Congress. Legislators should act on behalf of the American people, not the Obama administration. And the right decision is to keep the U.S. at peace.

Making the Jump Together

John Feffer | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
John Feffer

In April, Serbia and Kosovo signed a landmark normalization treaty. The deal, in what might seem a paradoxical quid pro quo, gives Kosovo authority over the Serbian pocket in the north and greater autonomy to the Serbs living in that region.

Attack or No Attack on Syria -- Obama Wins

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

So the world looks to America to lead. Is seeking the approval of the American people through their elected leaders a 'failure' of leadership? Is a propensity to think before acting a sign of weakness?

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.