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Does Turkey Fear the Kurds More Than ISIL?

Michael Hughes | Posted 10.23.2014 | World
Michael Hughes

Part of the problem is that the U.S. has made the Kurds the centerpiece of its strategy to defeat ISIL in Syria, which Turkey fears will empower and strengthen Kurdish elements that want to overthrow the Turkish state.

Worries of a Weary Power: The Cuban Missile Crisis... Now

James A. Nathan | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
James A. Nathan

American power might be relevant, but applying it will not be coerced. Like the case of the Cuban Crisis, parties will have to come to an understanding. Negotiating is not the mark of weakness, it's the signature of a successful appreciating of national interests by the parties involved.

In Fighting Ebola, Journalists Can Play Important Role

Committee to Protect Journalists | Posted 10.21.2014 | World
Committee to Protect Journalists

The Ebola crisis in West Africa is unrelenting, and journalists on the frontline of reporting on the virus are caught between authorities wanting to control how the outbreak is reported, and falling victim to the disease themselves.

Lost and (Surprisingly) Found: 75% Of Lost Cash Returned To Owners in Tokyo

Charli James | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Charli James

What's behind this Japanese propensity to turn things in instead of keeping them for themselves? Is Japan just an intrinsically moral country?

A Revolt Against Austerity?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

There was a bit of good news from Europe last week. Two of the nations that desperately need some respite from austerity essentially told German Chancellor Merkel to stuff it. France, under pressure from Germany and the European Union to meet the E.U.'s straightjacket requirement of deficits of no more than three percent of GDP (whether or not depression looms) informed the E.U. that they will not hit this target until 2017. The government of President Francois Hollande, under fire for failing to ignite a recovery, now plans economic stimulus measures -- and the target be damned. Under E.U. rules, France can be fined up to 0.2 percent of its GDP. The French seem to be saying, 'So sue us!'

Save Syrian Kurds From Slaughter In Kobani

David L. Phillips | Posted 10.11.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

ISIS is on the verge of occupying Kobani, the Kurdish city on the Syria-Turkey border. The UN Special Envoy warns that up 700 people, mainly elderly, will "most likely be massacred." Kurdish fighters desperately need arms and ammunition to stave off the ISIS onslaught.

7 Ways You Can Change the World

Monica Bourgeau | Posted 10.10.2014 | Impact
Monica Bourgeau

When you do something meaningful, you do more than just change the world. You increase your own happiness.

Warsaw Has Lots of Apples -- and Candles

Michael Winship | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

People in Poland are eating apples these days. Lots of apples. Here in Warsaw, they're pressed into your hands at a street festival, or baked into piles of pies and cakes. You see them everywhere. It's an act of defiance.

Global Study: Low Birth Rates Can Bring Surprising Economic Benefits

East-West Center | Posted 10.09.2014 | Science
East-West Center

While low fertility rates and aging populations can challenge government social safety nets, a new global study published in Science suggests that mod...

S4S Celebrates a Wonderful Team -- A Tribute to Grace Bennett

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

In only one year, Schools for Sustainability (S4S) has cultivated a beautifully dynamic team. We honor diversity as we attract support from members ...

The Three Million Manav March: Why Indian-Americans are Giving Prime Minister Modi a Rock Star Welcome at Madison Square Garden

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics
Vamsee Juluri

Mr. Modi's arrival in New York comes at a moment when a sense of civilizational renewal is powerfully in the minds and hearts of Indians in India and the diaspora.

Open-Ended Lies

Max Dorfman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Max Dorfman

When there's such a great difference between what the American population thinks and wants, and what the government desires, how can we feel we're actually being represented? The government will claim they're acting in our best interests -- even if we don't know it.

Can Art Bring Israel and Palestine Closer Together?

John M. Eger | Posted 09.14.2014 | World
John M. Eger

The Creative Community for Peace was born officially yesterday with a full-page ad in the New York Times calling the "arts (to be) used to build bridges of peace" in Israel and Palestine, and perhaps the world.

Iran's Covert and Quiet Military Build Up and Operations

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

The Islamic Republic has exercised a tactical shift with regards to its mass strategic signaling when it comes to its military and ballistic capabilities, development of nuclear technologies, covert operations, long-range missiles and ICBM capabilities.

Change: A CEO's Job In The 21st Century

Brian Kennell | Posted 09.11.2014 | Business
Brian Kennell

Pioneering companies proactively embrace change--not on a reactionary basis or simply as inevitability, but as an opportunity to challenge the status quo and achieve greater success.

There Is No Greater Truth Than Love

Scott Stabile | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Scott Stabile

Love is not a choice. It exists, everywhere and in each of us. We all know it well. To act from love, however, is a choice. To make love a priority, no matter what, is a choice. To commit oneself to being a messenger of love is a choice. The single best choice anyone of us can make.

7 Beautiful Beef Sandwiches From Around The World

Foodbeast | Posted 09.09.2014 | Taste
Foodbeast

Whether your cows go moo, meuh, ụm bò or eum-mae, it's hard denying the sheer pleasure of biting into a good chunk of beef.

Attachments and Connections to Ourselves and Our World

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Attachments and connections change throughout our lives. The quality of flexibility helps us adjust to our evolving selves and the world.

Why President Obama Needs to Listen to American Muslims

Lorna Byrne | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

I am told that if a small group of American Muslims drawn from both the Sunni and Shia strands of Islam, and from different ethnicities come together to discuss solutions they will come up with ideas that can lead to breakthroughs.

Will Israel Attack Iran's Nuclear Installation?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Israel has previously threatened to carry out attacks against Iran's nuclear installations. Nevertheless, the major dilemma is whether Israel would realistically attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

Philippines at a Crossroads: End of Aquino's Popularity?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 08.29.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Aquino's purported flirtation with a second term in office is startling for at least two reasons. First and foremost, there is the issue of timing. Any astute political strategist knows that it is best to push for major constitutional changes, especially controversial ones.

A Message Whose Powerful Impact Continues To Astound Two Years After It Was Originally Shared

Laura Wellington | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Laura Wellington

As a writer, I am a firm believer that words have a life of their own. Their impact might not be revealed immediately upon granting them freedom but ...

Surveillance and the Creative Mind

T.A. Ridout | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
T.A. Ridout

Recent U.S. history paints a clear picture of abuses by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, often with the approval of politicians. Despite paternalistic assurances that Americans have no reason to fear their own government, caution is warranted.

Video: Caste Forced to Clean Human Waste in India, in 2014

Human Rights Watch | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Human Rights Watch

(New Delhi) – The Indian government should end “manual scavenging” – the cleaning of human waste by communities considered low...

The Delights of Our Lives

Miriam Ava | Posted 10.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Miriam Ava

We're swimming, breathing, being in delight. We meet people we admire; we brush space with strangers who grow into friends; we revel in the things...