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Withdrawing from Afghanistan: What's the Rest of Our Plan?

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

It's pretty much conventional wisdom at this point that we're going to have to negotiate with the Taliban. Washington, Kabul, and Islamabad will div...

Jew vs. Jew? Protests, Threats Reach Fever Pitch over Israel

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

This week, New York City's Jewish community is riven by protests, counterprotests, and now, threats of Jew-on-Jew intimidation over the question of Israel and the Palestinians.

Do It for Us

Dana Agmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dana Agmon

The continual pre-conditions put forth by Israel and the Palestinian Authority are exactly the details that need to be discussed in formal negotiations. Instead of making demands, it's better to discuss the options.

Netanyahu Disses Biden: Biden Hits Back (UPDATE)

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Bottom line: there is very little left of Arab Palestine to negotiate over. And every time the United States winks when another settlement is announced, there is even less.

Should Palestinians Give Up On Negotiations?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

President Obama's "State of the Union" left out the traditional call for the renewal of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations which, for years, has been boilerplate in Presidential addresses to Congress.

Sam Stein

Congressional Frustration With Obama Mounts Over Health Care Impasse | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Frustration is mounting among Capitol Hill Democrats over what they say is the White House's lack of direction in how to resolve a potentially crippl...

Talk to the Taliban

Jim Calio | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Calio

After years of propping up corrupt and ineffective governments in South Vietnam, the U.S. finally decided to enter into peace talks with the North Vietnamese. The same should happen with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Health Care Bill's Winners And Losers: Drug Makers To Benefit, Insurers Brace For Hit

Wall Street Journal | JANET ADAMY and GREG HITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The drug industry stands to gain in a health-care overhaul by getting tens of millions of newly insured customers, while insurance companies -- especi...

How to be Your Own Mediator: A Relationship Goal is Necessary for Aim

Grande Lum | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Grande Lum

As a mediator, I often ask the parties individually and collectively about their relationship goals.

Against the Odds, Progress in Honduras?

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Altschuler

Rumors are swirling. Some say that all that remains is for negotiators to agree on the date of Zelaya's return. Others say that both sides have agreed to renounce the presidency.

Eyes on the Real Prize

Gloria Duffy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gloria Duffy

The US is entering a season of key international negotiations, during which two arms control treaties that have been languishing for years will hopefully be completed.

CBO Health Care Estimates: Washington Post Profiles Agency That Estimates Health Care Bills' Costs

Washington Post | Lori Montgomery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Phil Ellis may be the most powerful guy you've never heard of in the health-care debate. A senior analyst with the Congressional Budget Office, Ellis ...

2009: The Year Change Fell Prey to Backroom Deals

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

2008 was the Year of Change -- when voters ushered in a new progressive era. But a year later, health care has been hijacked by extortionists -- just so we can "cut a deal" to get 60 U.S. Senators.

Analysis: Why Iran Bombing Could Be Bad For Obama

TIME | Andrew Lee Butters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Sunday's suicide terrorism attack that killed at least five commanders of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps could have an impact far beyond the Islami...

UN Nuclear Inspectors Head To Iran To Visit Site

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — U.N. inspectors entered a once-secret uranium enrichment facility with bunker-like construction and heavy military protection tha...

Small Group Now Leads Closed-Door Health Care Reform Negotiations

Washington Post | Perry Bacon Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Three senators are working on the bill behind closed doors. Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) sits at the head of a wooden table at hi...

IAEA Report: Iran Has Data To Make Nuclear Bomb

New York Times | William J. Broad And David E. Sanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Senior staff members of the United Nations nuclear agency have concluded in a confidential analysis that Iran has acquired "sufficient information to ...

How to Be Your Own Mediator: Disconnect the Reaction from the Person

Grande Lum | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Grande Lum

When you can distance yourself from your response, you separate the reaction from yourself.

How to be Your Own Mediator: Raise the Issue Swept Under the Rug

Grande Lum | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Grande Lum

Unlike a comedian who has to setup a punch line carefully and wait for the right beat, you can come back to an issue that happened hours, weeks and even years ago to work things out.

How To Be Your Own Mediator: Tell the Third Story

Grande Lum | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Grande Lum

In conflict, two people can view identity as a zero sum game. The more right you are; the more wrong I am. You can sense this mentality creeping into stories we tell ourselves and other people.

How to be Your Own Mediator: Tell the Story Twice

Grande Lum | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Grande Lum

Catch the ways you leave out the other person's perspective. Alter your actions by altering the stories you tell yourself and others.

How to Be Your Own Mediator: Empathize and Assert at the Same Time

Grande Lum | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Grande Lum

Feeling forced to choose to be assertive or empathetic is natural. Yet you may actually feel mixed and even desire to both assert and empathize.

How to be Your Own Mediator: It's Me Not You

Grande Lum | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Grande Lum

Identify your contribution to the conflict. By accepting your part and then taking responsibility, you give yourself the best chance possible for getting out of conflict.

Tear Down the Walls: How to Move to Their Side

Grande Lum | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Grande Lum

If you truly want to bridge the gap between you and the person across from you, sitting alongside is still the place to start.

Tear Down the Walls: Imagine a Video Camera is Only Capturing You

Grande Lum | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Grande Lum

See yourself doing well. Separate that from what the other person has done or will do. Picture success as it relates to you, your body language, volume, tone and words.