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Lobbying for Women in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

Activist Judit Hatfaludi took a position with Hungary's Feminist Network to coordinate a campaign to lobby for the pro-choice bill back in the '90s. We recently caught up about the current state of women's issues in Hungary, why the annual Pride marches are no longer like jubilees, and what she does now in her current work as a shaman.

Thanksgiving and a Billion Hungry Neighbors

Mark Moore | Posted 11.21.2014 | Impact
Mark Moore

Though it may test our American sensibilities to admit it, the truth is the group of Christians who founded America's first colony in 1607 in Jamestown did so under communist principles.

Asia Smiles for the Cameras

John Feffer | Posted 11.20.2014 | World
John Feffer

Washington needs to recognize that its Pacific pivot is adding insecurity to the region, not stability. With its arms sales and encouragement of ally assertiveness, the United States is bringing peace to the region just like the Colt .45 "Peacemaker" brought peace to the Wild West.

The Dance of Superpowers

John Feffer | Posted 11.19.2014 | World
John Feffer

The US and China are engaged in a dance of global partnership in which the two tightly embrace or wriggle warily in tandem at a distance, depending on the background music. At the same time, where there is overlap in the perceived spheres of influence, the music stops and the two countries argue over who calls the tune.

Obama's Regime Change Strategy in Syria Will Only Strengthen ISIL

Michael Hughes | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Michael Hughes

Nobel Peace Prize-winning Obama is looking to one-up George W. Bush in the toppling of dictators' category as he redoubles efforts to overthrow the Syrian government. Unfortunately, Obama's obsession to effect regime change in Damascus will likely only bolster the Islamic State, which happens to be a sworn enemy of Assad the Apostate.

More Malcolm X

John Feffer | Posted 11.18.2014 | World
John Feffer

Aladar Horvath has been a Roma civil rights activist for more than two decades. He created one of the most important Roma organizations -- Phralipe -- and served in the Hungarian parliament in the early 1990s. He has also studied the experience of African Americans.

How We Learn From Urban Immersion

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.18.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

How we experience purchases of coffee and baked goods may sound fairly trivial, and elitist. But, based on my current immersion in the south of France, I have come to think these simple interactions offer valuable lessons for how to live in neighborhoods and cities.

Can G20 Leaders Pull Together in Brisbane to End Financial Secrecy and Curb Corruption?

John Ruthrauff | Posted 11.16.2014 | Impact
John Ruthrauff

The world will be watching the G20 leaders in Brisbane this weekend (November 15-16) to see if they can address the world's slow economic growth, the problem of anonymous companies, and global inequality.

Resolving Conflicts in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 11.16.2014 | World
John Feffer

An ethnic map of Romania explains a great deal about the relations between the majority and the minorities in Romania. Ethnic Hungarians have an absolute majority in two counties -- Harghita and Covasna -- in the very heart of the country.

Kobane: Hunger Strikes and Air Strikes

John Feffer | Posted 11.14.2014 | World
John Feffer

The administration is desperate to find a balance: air strikes but no (or few) boots on the ground, attacks on ISIS but no inadvertent bolstering of the Assad regime, assembling a coalition of Arab states against ISIS but trying to prevent some of these states from funding extremist factions on the ground, and so on.

Making It in Lowicz

John Feffer | Posted 11.14.2014 | World
John Feffer

When we first met 23 years ago, Wojciech Waligorski worked for a newspaper devoted to sobriety. He updated me on the state of alcoholism in Poland. We also talked about the impact of former Communist officials, the role of religion in Łowicz, and what people expect from a local newspaper.

A Song and Prayer for My Teacher, Thích Nhất Hạnh

Sat Hon | Posted 11.13.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Sat Hon

Calligraphy, Breathe, by Thích Nhất Hạnh FOR MY beloved teacher, Thích Nhất Hạnh, who is battling from a massive brain hemorrhage, I bow ...

China's Domestic Self-interest Fuels US Climate Pact

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 11.14.2014 | World
Kevin A. Lees

Landmark though the US-Chinese bilateral agreement may be, it is still much more about domestic Chinese priorities than trans-Pacific good will.

The Wall

John Feffer | Posted 11.13.2014 | World
John Feffer

For most Americans, the fall of the Berlin Wall remains the iconic image of the changes that took place in East-Central Europe 25 years ago. Just look at how the U.S. media has been covering the anniversary of 1989.

Awake! Why Hindus Must Choose Moral Relevance Over Historic Fantasy

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 11.11.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

Awake: The Life of Yogananda is a stunning vision, statement, and experience all at once.

The Key to Countering Violent Extremism

Alaa Murabit | Posted 11.10.2014 | World
Alaa Murabit

Despite their relative lack of formal political and economic authority, women are vital to conflict resolution and sustainable peace building worldwide.

The No-Complex Generation In Romania

John Feffer | Posted 11.07.2014 | World
John Feffer

Of all the countries that I've visited in this region, the mentality of people here in Romania seems to have changed less than in the other places.

Sankara Ghost Hangs Over Burkina Faso Turmoil

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 11.06.2014 | World
Kevin A. Lees

Only seven world leaders held office longer than Burkina Faso's president Blaise Compaoré before his ouster late last week, following chaotic protests in the capital city of Ouagadougou, when protesters set the parliament on fire before the Burkinabé military.

Letter From Seoul

John Feffer | Posted 11.06.2014 | World
John Feffer

For more than half a millennium, this narrow alleyway in the heart of Seoul stretched for several kilometers. Today, only a tiny stretch of Pimatgol remains, along with a wooden gate that leads into a half-block of modern storefronts. The fate of Pimatgol reflects the forward-looking trajectory of South Korea.

Korea's Balloon War

John Feffer | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
John Feffer

Korean human rights activists send all sorts of things by balloon across the border into North Korea. Despite the volume of these deliveries, it's not clear whether much of the contraband makes it into the hands of the intended recipients. What is clear, however, is that the North Korean government is very unhappy about this activism.

Obama Seeking $6.2 Billion To Fight Ebola

AP | JIM KUHNHENN & ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday asked Congress for $6.2 billion in emergency funds to confront Ebola at its source in West Afr...

Social Movements Gain Momentum in the Fight for Climate Justice

Salena Tramel | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Salena Tramel

While welcoming this sense of urgency, tightly knit coalitions of activists stand firm in the belief that communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis hold the real solutions in turning the rising tides -- not the corporate-driven UN agenda.

What the World Can Teach the US About Voting Rights

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Kevin A. Lees

The United States of America, otherwise a beacon of democratic rule for over two centuries, is essentially the North Korea of federal district voting rights, a clear outlier for democratic best practices across the world. As voters across the country elect members of the House of Representatives, District voters have nothing.

Avoiding the Yugoslav Scenario

John Feffer | Posted 11.02.2014 | World
John Feffer

The first war of nationalist extremism in East-Central Europe in the post-1989 era could easily have been in Romania, not Yugoslavia. Before conflicts between Serbs and Croats escalated into violence, ethnic Hungarians and ethnic Romanians squared off against each other.

NATO: Rebellion in the Ranks?

John Feffer | Posted 10.30.2014 | World
John Feffer

Misreadings of what's taking place on the eastern stretches of Europe contribute to an almost 1946-like sense of foreboding and inevitability.