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How to Decode the Place Between Places

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.23.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

The ebb and flow of nature, economic base and the passage of time are always ripe for observation. Below, take note of one walk's illustration of two towns, their edges and the spaces between.

Growing Up in Transylvania

John Feffer | Posted 09.22.2014 | World
John Feffer

Agnes Gagyi has followed in the footsteps of her parents to become a critical intellectual. We talked about the rise and fall of extreme nationalism in Transylvania, the arrival of NGOs in Romania, the roots of the new populism in Hungary, and the emergence of the Fourth Republic.

Making the Castle Transparent

John Feffer | Posted 09.19.2014 | World
John Feffer

Today's Romania is quite different. It has gone through several political upheavals with different parties taking the helm. Accession to the EU forced quite a few important structural changes. The result is a considerably more transparent set of political institutions.

The Tao of North Korea

John Feffer | Posted 09.18.2014 | World
John Feffer

The reality of the Korean peninsula is, of course, vastly more complicated than these either-or contrasts. Stop thinking of the peninsula as two completely distinct halves, with barbed wire running down the middle.

Rescuing Polish Liberalism

John Feffer | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
John Feffer

Roday in Poland, a new generation of political actors has taken up the challenge of rescuing liberalism from the misconceptions of the past. Kultura Liberalna is a weekly magazine established in 2009. I

Untold (or Retold?) History: Oliver Stone's Showtime Series

Robert Orlando | Posted 09.17.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Orlando

Stone's confrontation with myth should be embraced, yet I don't think this simplistic Left vs. Right dichotomy, while making good drama, is helpful. Nor is limiting evil to capitalism, when the bloody saga of state Communism has been condemned prima facie by 20th century history.

Six Big Problems With Obama's New Anti-ISIS Strategy (Or, Why It May Already Be Too Late)

William Bradley | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Nearly a week has passed since President Obama at last announced his tardy strategy for dealing with Isis, the jihadist organization Obama now calls a huge threat only months after dismissing it as the "junior varsity" of jihadism. There's been no shortage of activity, as distinguished from action, from the Obama administration.

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.

Groundskeeper Willie Has Just The Man to Run Independent Scotland

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 09.15.2014 | World

The Sept. 18 vote on Scotland's independence from the United Kingdom has at least one animated character, well, animated. In a video clip attractin...

Think About It: A Creative Community for Peace

John M. Eger | Posted 09.13.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

In creating art, consciously or not, artists are attempting to communicate at a powerful emotional level to those within their own culture. The best work transcends its cultural matrix and speaks directly to our common humanity.

The Option of Sensing the City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.12.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

Sensing the city is a personal experience owned by each of us. From a legal perspective, it is an urban property right that transcends public and private domains. It is a form of place-decoding that deserves more illustration and attention.

Healing Vigilante: How Did You Grow From 9/11?

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

How does one process the vicarious tension and trauma picked up in those moments, even if just seeing it in the news?

The Cold War Never Died

John Feffer | Posted 09.11.2014 | World
John Feffer

Let's stop talking about the Cold War's revival as if Vladimir Putin is the one who raised the dead. We are the vampire hunters who failed to drive a stake through its heart. So we shouldn't be surprised, when we go out for a stroll one day to survey our domain, to hear the click of sharp teeth poised to tear into its latest victim.

Obama: President Who Pledged to Disengage Places U.S. on Permanent War Footing in the Middle East

William Bradley | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama defeated Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primaries and took office on the premise that he would wind down America's role in Middle Eastern and Central Asian conflicts. But his legacy will be the contrary.

Dealing With the Stasi

John Feffer | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
John Feffer

Today David Crawford reports for The Wall Street Journal from Berlin. When I met him 23 years ago, he was one of the most knowledgeable researchers into the Stasi. Through careful investigation, he put together a series of lists that exposed the inner workings of the organization.

#childrennotsoldiers

Steven Crandell | Posted 09.09.2014 | Arts
Steven Crandell

This story is fiction, but it could unfold in Iraq or Syria or Afghanistan or Libya or the Central African Republic or Colombia or Ukraine or Gaza or the Philippines or anywhere in at least 23 countries around the world where conflicts affect children.

(Clinical) Fear and Loathing in America

Max Dorfman | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Max Dorfman

Maybe as a nation--despite the depressed economy--we're not looking at ourselves clearly. We are still powerful--but no one, and no country, could possibly confront the mass amount of issues we believe we're responsible for in today's world. That is scary.

Sixty Seconds of Art

John Feffer | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
John Feffer

I was sitting in a café in Bratislava, having a final cup of coffee and picking up my email before boarding a train for Budapest. I was in a hurry, so I wasn't paying much attention. But then one of the guys came over to my table.

Obama: Mr. "We Don't Have A Strategy Yet" Does the Troubled NATO Summit

William Bradley | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Largely an exercise in fantasy, like the longest-running science fiction show on the planet, NATO, since the end of the Soviet superpower erased the Cold War fear of a Red Army surge through the heart of Western Europe to the Bay of Biscay, has been an institution in search of a new mission and an accident waiting to happen.

Cement

John Feffer | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
John Feffer

Fyodor Gladkov published his novel Cement in 1925. One of the first examples of socialist realism, it depicted the post-revolutionary construction of the Soviet Union from the point of view of a cement factory.

In Maduro Era, Ramírez Sidelined With Other Former Chávez Grandees

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 09.04.2014 | World
Kevin A. Lees

After zigging toward liberalization, by suggesting a reduction in the gasoline subsidy or letting the bolívar devalue, and zagging back away, the only continuity is that Maduro is gradually displacing the original chavista high guard.

How to Place-Decode the Elements of Urbanism

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.04.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

According to the New York Times' Roger Cohen, France is struggling with changing times, including how perception of classic physical space is evolving as the role of cyberspace expands.

Divorce, European Style

John Feffer | Posted 09.04.2014 | World
John Feffer

At stake is not only the happiness of the Ukrainian family but the happiness of the common Europe home. We can still avoid an Anna Karenina ending. There's still time to prevent the train wreck of a new Cold War.

Meet ABC's New Evening News Anchor

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 09.01.2014 | Media

NEW YORK (AP) — Among the stories David Muir will introduce during his first week as ABC's "World News" anchor is one he reported about a generation...

WATCH: ABC's Big New David Muir Ad

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 08.29.2014 | Media

ABC released a snazzy new trailer on Friday for its incoming "World News" anchor David Muir. Muir is taking over from Diane Sawyer, who provided th...