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Does the Sudden Ukraine Deal Clear the Decks for Obama's Asia-Pacific Tour?

William Bradley | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

The key to getting Russia to back away from any potential invasion of Ukraine is what it has always been, to ensure that Ukraine, just a few hundred miles from Moscow, does not become a leading outpost of the West and NATO.

A Fresh Wind for Realizing Human Potential

David Addiss, MD, MPH | Posted 04.17.2014 | Impact
David Addiss, MD, MPH

More than a billion people worldwide -- including 800 million children -- are denied the opportunity to realize their potential by parasitic worms that live in the intestines.

Commemorating the International Day of Peasant Struggle

Salena Tramel | Posted 04.17.2014 | World
Salena Tramel

Sadly, yet not unlike the inception of many commemorative days, the events that inspired the first International Day of Peasant Struggle were soaked with blood.

Why Is Obama Listening to Ted Cruz?

John Feffer | Posted 04.17.2014 | World
John Feffer

If the story stopped with Ted Cruz, it would be only an amusing anecdote. But, unbelievably, Cruz's measure won the unanimous support of both the Senate and the House. Unanimous? There was no one willing to stand up to bullyboys Ted Cruz and his ally Charles Schumer?

The Hungarian Horseradish

John Feffer | Posted 04.15.2014 | World
John Feffer

The most sensitive issue is the very identity of Hungarians. The far-right party Jobbik has made the identity issue central to its program.

Saber Rattling, Mostly Foolhardy, From the Potomac to the Pacific

William Bradley | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

A bitter extended exchange between two very old friends from Capitol Hill's contingent of Vietnam vets -- Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John McCain -- captured the spirit of anger and disarray that presently characterizes America's geopolitical posture.

NATO on Viagra

John Feffer | Posted 04.11.2014 | World
John Feffer

NATO should be getting the message. Someone in Brussels should be ordering a big cake, compiling the festschrift, preparing golden parachutes for the top brass, and getting the "mission accomplished" banner printed up.

A Plan Still on Paper: Three Years of the US-Colombia Labor Action Plan

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Lisa Haugaard

Monday, April 7 marked the third anniversary of the failed U.S.-Colombia Labor Action Plan (LAP). Rather than celebrating this anniversary, we are just once again reminded that Colombia still has far to go to protect labor rights and labor unionists' lives.

Clean Energy Investment: Lower, but Looking Up

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 04.09.2014 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

Despite the decline in total investment, prices for renewable technologies continue to drop, making them increasingly competitive with conventional power sources.

For Yom HaShoah: A Search for Bones in Lithuania

Ellen Cassedy | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Ellen Cassedy

On Yom HaShoah, we remember the Jews killed in the Holocaust. Also on my mind will be a little town in Lithuania, and a white-haired man searching for a way to pay his respects to the dead.

Running Political Campaigns in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 04.07.2014 | World
John Feffer

The campaign against Vladimir Meciar in 1998 launched many young Slovaks into politics. Young people were instrumental in the 1998 elections -- as election observers, media monitors, and civil society activists -- that broke Meciar's authoritarian hold over the Slovak political system.

Social Media in Latin America: Brazil's Campaign Against Violence Toward Women

Natalie Alhonte Braga | Posted 04.04.2014 | Latino Voices
Natalie Alhonte Braga

Last week, a study was released on attitudes toward women in Brazil. In a shocking revelation, the majority of those interviewed agreed that "women who wear clothes that show off their body deserve to be attacked." Activists turned to social media to express outrage and to challenge this way of thinking.

Asking the Hard Questions About Israel

John Feffer | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

Amid all the disagreements, however, one thing is certain. Progress can only be made through talking. If a work of art encourages that kind of debate, it is part of the solution, not part of the problem. The Admission offers no easy answers. But no one should try to stop it from asking the hard questions.

'Just Because You're Paranoid Doesn't Mean...' Putin Paranoia Borne Out by U.S. Attempt at 'Color Revolution' in Cuba

William Bradley | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

You know the old saying. Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.

ZunZuneo, USAID and How the U.S. Lost the Confidence of the Cuban People

Victor Salcedo | Posted 04.03.2014 | Latino Voices
Victor Salcedo

Kudos to USAID for thinking outside the box and trying to solve this 20th century problem with 21st century technologies. Nonetheless, the agency failed too soon and too publicly.

Memo to Alex Salmond: Independence Is for Life, Not Just for Christmas

David Miles | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
David Miles

Fast-forward to 2014. There is a contradiction and an absurdity at the heart of the SNP's economic claims regarding a currency union and, ultimately, the party's case for independence.

John 'Quixote' Kerry Tilts for the Impossible With Russia and Israel

William Bradley | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

There are times these days when Secretary of State John Kerry seems like Don Quixote, tilting at windmills in trying to teach Russian President Vladimir Putin diplomatic manners and get right-wing Israeli leaders to accept a peace deal with the badly split Palestinians.

The Bottom-Line Patterns of Urban Street Design

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 04.02.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

A recent collaboration suggests that we should explicitly recognize historic patterns of pedestrian city settings in contemporary urban design and pol...

Workers Fight Back in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 04.02.2014 | World
John Feffer

It was October 1990, and the economic changes were starting to bite. After the Soviet Union cut back oil shipments to Hungary, the government in Budapest dramatically raised the price of gas. In response, taxi drivers and teamsters essentially shut down the country over a three-day period. It was just a taste of what was to come in terms of austerity measures.

Congress Sends Obama Bill Aiding Ukraine, Sanctioning Russia

AP | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

BY DEB RIECHMANN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama a bill on Tuesday to provide $1 billion in loan gua...

Kerry Calls Off Meeting With Palestinian President

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

BRUSSELS, April 1 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday called off a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramalla...

Creating Opportunities for Youth -- The Way Forward for the Arab World

Sima Bahous | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Sima Bahous

This week the United Nations Development Programme is convening a forum in Tunis to launch a new global strategy that puts youth at the center of all ...

Kerry Meets With Russian Foreign Minister

AP | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics

BY MATTHEW LEE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PARIS (AP) — Russia on Sunday set out demands for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, saying t...

World History Shows U.S.- Russia Relations Must Move Beyond Fear and Conflict

David Miles | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
David Miles

Tensions between the West and Russia will only be diffused when both sides begin displaying the same level of sensitivity to the concerns of the other that Kennedy's team brought to bear in resolving the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Tales of the Fantastic

John Feffer | Posted 03.28.2014 | World
John Feffer

Journalist Daniel Kumermann and I talked about the fall of Communism, how his unfamiliarity with a fax machine nearly wrecked the Velvet Revolution, his criticisms of Vaclav Klaus, and why the world should listen to Donald Rumsfeld and prepare for unknown unknowns.