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

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 08.01.2014 | 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.

Dereliction of Duty, Part III

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
Harry Leibowitz

I recently wrote about our Government's dereliction of duty in relation to the crisis at our nation's border (see Part 1 and Part 2). Today, this appe...

Parsing the East Asian Powder Keg

Conn Hallinan | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Conn Hallinan

The past six months have seen an incredible ratcheting up of tensions in the East and South China Seas, where the world's three largest economies are caught up in an increasingly tangled web of territorial disputes, competing alliances, and historical grievances.

When Donor Driven Programs Work

Fron Nahzi | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Fron Nahzi

Ideally, USAID and other donors should make sustainability an umbrella aspect of their political, social, and economic development programming.

Russian Oligarch's Balkan-Style Gambit in Ukraine

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

When Serbia found that Milosevic was an impediment to its campaign to regain world respect, it sent the architect of genocidal crimes to The Hague. Russia's elite may decide the same about Putin -- especially after the ghastly circumstances surrounding the destruction of MH17 -- and dump him as a liability... if they can.

Back to Iraq's Future: A Constructive Partnership With the UN

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to meet with Iraq's leadership including Grand Ayatollah Sistani on 24 July. The meeting which is understood, in essence, to have been primarily a consultative one, is potentially a critical turning point in the United Nation's involvement in Iraq's steps towards democracy.

WATCH: The Future Of Warfare

Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 3:00 - 4:00pm MDT (5:00 - 6:00pm EST). Our still formidable nuclear arsenal and our supremacy in conventional armaments are of limite...

The Slow Recovery Continues

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 07.24.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

The recovery continues, but it remains weak, indeed a bit weaker than we forecast in April. We have revised our forecast for world growth in 2014 from 3.7 percent in April to 3.4 percent today. This headline number makes things look worse than they really are.

Bahrain Regime Targets Opposition -- and the United States

Brian Dooley | Posted 07.24.2014 | World
Brian Dooley

Washington needs to take a hard look at why it continues to arm and train Bahrain's military, and whether it's finally time to fundamentally change its relationship with the country's ruling family.

In This Time of Immigration Debate

Stephanie J. Stiavetti | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Stephanie J. Stiavetti

There's only one voice that comes to mind, for me, when the immigration argument devolves into a slurry. For those who have not seen them firsthand beneath the Statue of Liberty, these are the words of Emma Lazarus.

20 Best Day Trips in the U.S.

Fodor's | Posted 07.23.2014 | Travel
Fodor's

Whether you're a local or a visitor, one of the best things to do in a city is escape for a while. And sometimes all you need is a day to recharge, wh...

10 Best Surfing Spots in the U.S.

Fodor's | Posted 07.23.2014 | Travel
Fodor's

As surfing has become more and more popular over the decades, the number of spots known for great waves has grown as well. With summer's arrival, now'...

America Will Be a Stronger Nation When Gay Marriage and Marijuana Are Legalized Nationally

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

When this generation allows Americans the basic right to marry and earn money from a plant that isn't responsible for "2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) annually," then future legislation will be based more on reason than superstition or prejudice.

U.S. Spying and Europe's Disillusioned Pro-American Elites

Stephan Richter | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Stephan Richter

Spying scandals, the systematic erosion of privacy. A corporate sector that makes mincemeat of American democracy. To understand why Europe's normally pro-American elites are so disillusioned now, it is important to look at the days of their youth a few decades back -- specifically the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The Attainable American Dream

Stefanie Haeffele-Balch | Posted 07.22.2014 | Money
Stefanie Haeffele-Balch

The analysis insinuates that Americans should not be happy with their achievements because they have not attained arbitrary material objects. Somehow, USA Today misses what the American Dream is all about -- the pursuit of whatever each individual finds personally fulfilling.

What Prof. Piketty Missed

Milton Ezrati | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Milton Ezrati

Prof. Thomas Piketty's book, Capital for the Twenty-First Century, certainly has stirred up plenty of debate and political posturing. It is unfortunate, however, that no one has considered the demographic backdrop behind the economic trends.

Cuba, the United States and Human Trafficking

Salim Lamrani | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Salim Lamrani

The United States has once again placed Cuba on the list of countries involved in human trafficking. However, international institutions repudiate Washington's perspective.

As Clean Energy Goes Mainstream, Leadership Is Squarely Focused On States and Cities

Clint Wilder | Posted 07.18.2014 | Green
Clint Wilder

The recently released 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index from Clean Edge, the research and advisory firm where I am senior editor, finds the U.S. clean-tech market making impressive strides in many areas, while still hampered by inaction and inertia in others.

Governance Matters: Civil Society Voice and Performance at the World Cup

Daniel_Kaufmann | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Daniel_Kaufmann

These days, a soccer World Cup is a multi-billion dollar project, with a number of financial "winners," such as FIFA, and many losers, given the development priorities that are sacrificed to build gleaming stadia. Does this also mean that one can explain a nation's success at the cup largely by money?

Period of Adjustment

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

It's true: we don't have a rough-rider President à la Theodore Roosevelt. It's also true that we do have a President who does special operations (Osama bin Laden), unlike his hapless predecessor, Jimmy Carter (Desert One).

Report from Berlin: Global Trade Deals Can No Longer Include Investor-State Dispute Settlement

Larry Cohen | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

As negotiations move forward on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a wide range of German elected and civic leaders are in disbelief that the U.S. remains serious about including Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).

Mind Control Rays Are Switched Off -- Americans Can Return to Ignoring Soccer

Spencer Green | Posted 07.14.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Moments after Germany's 1-0 World Cup victory over Argentina, the international mind control rays aimed at the United States were officially turned off, allowing millions of Americans to once again ignore soccer as usual.

Sport and Society for Arete -- The World Cup

Richard Crepeau | Posted 07.12.2014 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

I am not a fan of The Beautiful Game, although I do watch and appreciate its beauty especially when it is displayed by the likes of Lionel Messi. Soccer, as with all games, when played with skill and competence is a beautiful game.

How Many People Need to Die? The Manipulation of Grief to Incite War

Leeat Granek, PhD | Posted 07.11.2014 | World
Leeat Granek, PhD

The deplorable and frightening violence erupting in Israel and in the occupied territories is not an inevitable blood feud. It is the logical outcome of leaders who cannot come to the table to negotiate peace for the sake of their people.

A Way Forward for the Muslim World

Sunil Sharan | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion
Sunil Sharan

The difference between Protestantism and Catholicism is not much, at least to an outside observer, just as the gap between Shia and Sunni Islam does not appear that wide. But to many within, the gulfs are wide and unbridgeable, oftentimes enough to spark internecine wars.