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2 Arrested In Sydney In Counterterror Operation

AP | KRISTEN GELINEAU | Posted 12.23.2014 | World

SYDNEY (AP) — Two men were arrested as part of an ongoing counterterrorism investigation into a group that officials have accused of plotting to kil...

Reinventing the Left in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
John Feffer

Poland was both the most likely and the most unlikely place to expect the rebirth of the Left.

2015 Predictions for Islamist Terrorism Worldwide

Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz

What's in store for 2015? Here's what we can expect of Islamist terrorism in the coming year.

Romania's Resort Tourism

John Feffer | Posted 12.21.2014 | World
John Feffer

Romania has 275 kilometers of Black Sea coastline. The country tries to attract tourists by touting its sandy beaches, temperate climate, spas, and resort hotels. It's tough competition. I met a couple of Romanians who said straight out that they prefer to vacation along Bulgaria's Black Sea coast.

U.S. Weighs Response To Sony Hack Blamed On North Korea

Reuters | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics

By David Brunnstrom and Jim Finkle WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday a cyber attack on Sony Pictures was a serious ...

The Games of Our Lives

John Feffer | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
John Feffer

Welcome to the latest generation of computer games. They don't so much help you escape reality as insert you back into it at a different angle.

U.S. Officials Determine North Korea Is Behind Sony Hack: Reports

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

U.S. officials have determined that hackers working for North Korea are behind the Sony Pictures Entertainment attack, multiple news outlets reported ...

Playing Party Politics in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
John Feffer

Political parties in East-Central Europe are like amoebas. They are constantly splitting apart (mitosis) and then banding together in coalitions (aggregation). For someone coming from a U.S. context of two relatively stable parties, the political scene in East-Central Europe seems hopelessly complex. That goes double for Romania.

ISIS Reportedly Releases Guide On How To Treat Sex Slaves

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 12.14.2014 | World

Chilling guidelines believed to be published by the Islamic State counsel militants on how to treat female slaves, according to the Middle East Media ...

What Happened to Romania's Irrecuperables?

John Feffer | Posted 12.14.2014 | World
John Feffer

In 1990, the issue that catapulted Romania into the headlines in the West, after the rise and fall of Ceausescu, was the country's orphanages. Journalists and foreign health care workers were appalled to discover the condition of babies and children in the many state-run institutions in the country.

The Business of Renewable Resources

Brian Kennell | Posted 12.14.2014 | Business
Brian Kennell

If businesses adopt a circular paradigm that tracks the environmental impacts of their products throughout their entire lifecycles, we can help alleviate climate change and ensure we have enough natural resources to use in perpetuity.

America Held Hostage

John Feffer | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

Consistency is the hobgoblin of little countries: Superpowers can do whatever they wish. But the United States enjoys only the illusion of free rein. In fact, America is held hostage by the very way it conducts its foreign policy.

Orders of Magnitude and the Human Cost of Illicit Financial Flows

Raymond Baker | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Raymond Baker

All of us would like better data -- better financial flows data, better financial stock data, better health data. But, a lack of perfection in the data that we have cannot become an excuse for failing to accept the linkage between resources and survival.

Fighting for Equal Opportunity in Germany

John Feffer | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
John Feffer

Marina Grasse is a biologist who was involved in the independent peace movement in East Germany in the 1980s. I met her in 1990 (when she was Marina Beyer) to talk about the Pankow Peace Circle and how it was adapting to the new circumstances in a democratic East Germany.

The Life and Times of Michael B

John Feffer | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

If the term "apartheid" shames the establishment into acting -- and prompts pundits to utter the word "race" when discussing inequality -- then by all means let's use the unflattering comparison. It's a fitting way of bearing witness to the life and times of Michael B and everyone else who has suffered under this abhorrent system.

Egypt's re-Mubarakization Is Now Complete

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Kevin A. Lees

There's no more potent symbol that Egypt's current government is simply a more military-strong version of Mubarak-era authoritarianism. Egypt's re-Mubarakization could hardly be more complete.

Indonesia: On Track for a Strong Recovery

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Stephen P. Groff

The recent election that brought President Joko Widodo to power has taken Indonesia's democracy to a new level. Popularly known as Jokowi, the new president is seen as a man of the people. This image, coupled with his pragmatic reform programs, has made him immensely popular in Indonesia.

Obama and the Gordian Knot of Politics

John Feffer | Posted 11.28.2014 | World
John Feffer

The world is more complicated. The knots are somehow knottier. Bringing in a council of concerned citizens to patiently untie the Gordian knot of politics may take longer. But, in the end, consent is mightier than the sword.

Game of (Nationalist) Cards in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
John Feffer

Despite the ongoing struggle for civil rights on the part of ethnic Hungarians and the continued playing of nationalist cards by extremists on both sides, Ungvari Zrinyi believes that the situation has improved overall.

Unsettled by Global Warming

Aaron Caleb Bardo | Posted 11.26.2014 | Travel
Aaron Caleb Bardo

The world changes. It burns. It's something to live by. My wife and I will settle into its fires one day, but right now they've inspired us to keep moving, to journey and live unpredictably.

Follow the Sand to the Real Fracking Boom

James Stafford | Posted 11.25.2014 | Business
James Stafford

When it takes up to four million pounds of sand to frack a single well, it's no wonder that demand is outpacing supply and frack sand producers are becoming the biggest behind-the-scenes beneficiaries of the American oil and gas boom.

Roma and Local Politics

John Feffer | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
John Feffer

There are somewhere between one and two million Roma in Romania. Ratys estimates that there are around 300 Roma in elected office at a local level. But it's difficult to calculate how underrepresented Roma are at the local level.

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.