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World Mental Health Day: Let's Do It for the Children

Curt Goering | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Curt Goering

With counseling and psychosocial support, young lives devastated by war and childhoods violently taken away can be reclaimed. We see it happen when they begin to smile again, laugh again, and play again.

Rethink America's Yemen Policy, Set New Standard for Syria, Iraq

Michael Shank | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

Addressing root causes of inequality, inequity and injustice and promoting the well-being of Yemeni citizens will ensure that the country thrives in the long-term.

Watch Lists and the First and Fourth Amendments

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Ray McGovern was put on the State Department's Diplomatic Security Be On the Look Out list-- one of a series of proliferating government watch lists. What he did to end up on Diplomatic Security's dangerous persons list and how he got off the list are a tale of our era, Post-Constitutional America.

Protecting the Health of People and the Planet

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Sen. Ed Markey

The erosion of our personal and public health is exactly the kind of attack that will come from unchecked climate change. As pollution makes our planet sick, so will a sick planet erode the health of its people.

ISIS Isn't Alone: The Case for U.S. Ground Troops Anywhere Terror Exists in the World

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

There are over 50 other major terrorist organizations in the world, from Nigeria to the Philippines, and America can't wait for any of them to become the next ISIS.

Of the 17,891 Deaths from Terrorism Last Year, 19 Were American. Let Iraqis Fight ISIS.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The reality of the war against terrorism is that since 2001, the U.S. has weakened groups like Al-Qaeda, but "hasn't wiped any out" according to a recent Washington Post article.

State Dept. Asks North Korea To Release Detained U.S. Detainees

Reuters | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Sept 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday requested that the North Korean government release three U.S. citizens currently detained...

White House: Securing Release Of Detainees In North Korea A Top Priority

Reuters | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Sept 1 (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday it was continuing to do all that it can to secure the release of three Americans detai...

Kate Sheppard

State Dept. Denies Seeking Alternative To Climate Treaty, But Has Been Doing So Since 2009

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The New York Times reported Wednesday that the Obama administration is planning to make an end run around the Senate in order to get an ...

Will the Middle East Achieve Peace Out of Conflict?

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Sanjay Sanghoee

For the Middle East, ISIS represents a past that it desperately wants to leave behind.

Libya's Last Stand

Ethan Chorin | Posted 10.14.2014 | World
Ethan Chorin

If there was ever a J.R.R. Tolkien moment in the Libya conflict, it has arrived. The forces of good and evil are fighting the future of Libya.

'Green News Report' - August 12, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 10.12.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: If it seems like there's more extreme weather -- you're right; What san...

Why Airstrikes in Iraq Are a Mistake

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

You cannot bomb away a political movement. You cannot kill an idea that motivates millions of people with a Hellfire missile.

Sam Stein

John Kerry Hasn't Been MIA On The Middle East -- If Anything, He's Traveled Too Much

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During an appearance on "Fox News Sunday" several weeks ago, Secretary of State John Kerry was confronted with comments he had made in a...

What Would Clausewitz Do?

James A. Nathan | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
James A. Nathan

A fair-minded review of the last 40 or 50 years reveals a painfully meager inventory of successes. Grenada, Panama, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan (we can hope) are arguable exceptions.

John Kerry Raises a Beacon to the Spirit of the Saint Louis

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Ironically, there is another transatlantic transport with the name 'St. Louis' whose story is one of the nadirs of America's storied past. Though little known, perhaps no other moment since the Emancipation Proclamation might well have burdened America's conscience as much.

Israel vs. Hamas Through the Eyes of a Son of Holocaust Survivors

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Today my prayers are for the safety of the people of Israel but also for the Palestinian people. May our prayers help to move Hamas to recognize and accept Israel, and for Israel to then accept terms that will ensure a better future for the people of Gaza.

As Keystone XL Dominoes Fall, Time to Arrest Tar Sands Industry

Tom Weis | Posted 07.31.2014 | Green
Tom Weis

As it becomes increasingly clear that Keystone XL's northern leg is not going through, it is time to set our sights on ending all tar sands exploitation.

Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson Calls For U.S. Travel Ban In Response To Ebola Outbreak

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) is calling on the Obama administration to impose a travel ban on three West African nations in response to a growing Ebola ...

The Cost of Surveillance

Sen. Chris Murphy | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Sen. Chris Murphy

The bottom line is this: just because we can obtain a piece of information, or listen into a conversation, doesn't mean we should. This is especially true when it comes to our nation's most important allies, like Germany.

U.S. Highlights Bahrain Sectarianism in New Religious Freedom Report

Brian Dooley | Posted 09.27.2014 | World
Brian Dooley

Today's State Department report on international religious freedom for 2013 is unlikely to heal the increasing rift between the U.S. government and Bahrain.

Ted Cruz Blames Democrats For Congressional Dysfunction

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is worried about dysfunction in Congress, but he's placing the blame for inaction squarely at the feet of Democrats in Washing...

AWKWARD: GOP Congressman Mistakes U.S. Officials For Indian Nationals

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics

Rep. Curt Clawson (R-Fla.) addressed what he believed were two members of the Indian government at a House hearing on Thursday and assured them that, ...

Ban the Bundlers!

Charles Kolb | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Charles Kolb

An ambassador is neither a social secretary nor a socialite. It is, quite frankly, embarrassing that so many of our key diplomatic positions are now considered commodities for sale to the highest bidder or bundler.

New Twist In German Spy Scandal

Reuters | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, July 11 (Reuters) - A German defense official under investigation for alleged spying was in contact with a U.S. State...