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Somalia's "State" of Emergency An International Affair

Andrew Belonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andrew Belonsky

Somalis are given two alluring choices: join the Islamists' fight or head to the high seas. There's no state to either welcome them or be aligned with.

In the Digital Iran, Censorship and Surveillance Merge

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bob Ostertag

For nearly two weeks, they have managed to keep one step ahead of the Iranian censors. But censoring these communications and surveilling them are very different matters.

Getting Along with the Invaders: Bishkek Versus Kashgar

Alexander Davenport | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alexander Davenport

My experiences out West revealed the simmering race relations between the Han and Uighur peoples, which helps explain the necessity of sending Uighur detainees from Guantanamo to Palau and not back to China.

The Iranian Crackdown: Who's Really Afraid of Whom?

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cynthia Boaz

Every time the regime represses, it further undermines its own power while simultaneously helping to recruit new members to the resistance.

World News Quiz

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Have you been paying attention this week? Test your knowledge of international events by taking our Weekly World News Quiz based on the past week's ma...

Judge Orders Release from Guantanamo of Al-Qaeda Torture Victim

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

In over three years of researching and reporting about the prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, I learned that many of the men were "Mickey Mouse" prisoners, with no connection to terrorism whatsoever.

How Do You Say "Overcollection" in Farsi?

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

One of the surest clues to the abuse of power is when state officials start inventing new words to describe their own actions.

Liberty, Justice, and Freedom of Information for All

Rosalind Wiseman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rosalind Wiseman

Every individual has an inherent right to freedom of speech but governments have an inherent motivation to stifle dissent; to deny the very right it is mandated to protect.

Four Reflections on the Iranian Uprising So Far

Salena Tramel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Salena Tramel

I have been glued to the Internet all week watching Iran's chaos unfold from the outside. Following are some key lessons learned, regardless of the outcome of the fallout.

What Can the Obama Administration Do About Iran?

Neil Hicks | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Neil Hicks

Ahmadinejad's disputed victory has exposed fissures within the leadership and called into question the authority and the sure-footedness of the Supreme Leader.

World Association of Newspapers' President Slams Aggregators and Reveals Merger With IFRA

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Faisal J. Abbas

Even if the recession is over, what are newspapers going to do with the ever growing competition coming from their online counterparts?

Empty Evidence: The Stories of the Saudis Released From Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Khalid Saad Mohammed seized from a hospital in Pakistan and sold to the U.S. military. But the authorities in GITMO had never managed to build up a credible case against him.

Should President Obama's First Prime Time TV Discussion About his Health Care Plan Belong Solely to ABC News?

Eric Deggans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Deggans

I find it disturbing to see that the nation's first stab at real health care reform in more than a dozen years may start off with a cynical partnership between a politician and a network news division.

Jason Linkins

Rush Limbaugh Accuses Huffington Post Of Ignoring Iranian Protests

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Oh, snap! Rush Limbaugh says that we here at the Huffington Post are history's greatest monsters because while "people are being gunned down in Iran"...

Iran Election TWITTER Feeds: Constant Updates

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

With the Iranian government jamming cell phones and text messages and blocking access to many social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter has em...

From Guantanamo to the South Pacific: Is This a Joke?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Could there be an answer to the Obama administration's Uighur problem?

The Free Market's Marked Men, From The Niger Delta To The Amazon

Amy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amy Goodman

Ken Saro-Wiwa's family and others just won a landmark settlement in U.S. federal court, ending a 13-year battle with Shell Oil. Alberto Pizango's ordeal is just beginning.

Obama Dubbed "The Heir of Antar" As Reactions To His Cairo Speech Continue

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

If there was a "reaction of the week" award, then it should go without any hesitation to popular Iraqi poet, Abbas Chechan.

The Difference Between Bush's "Freedom Agenda" and Obama's "Support for Human Rights"

Neil Hicks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Neil Hicks

President Obama's strength is that he does not need to engage in the abrasive and divisive rhetoric of the Bush administration to get the attention of the region's autocratic governments.

How Do You Say "Kumbaya" in Arabic?

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Z. Chesnoff

A few thoughts after the Cairo Address. I don't know about you, but I am increasingly weary of our national leader trying to win friends and influen...

Obama: Three Continents, One Day

Christina Bellantoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christina Bellantoni

First published at WashingtonTimes.com   DRESDEN, GERMANY -- The whirlwind tour continues here Friday as President Obama sees Buchenwald concent...

Jason Linkins

Ignored In Obama Speech: Shift From Bush On Muslim Charities

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I credit Spencer Ackerman for being the guy who got me looking for the many ways President Barack Obama applies counterinsurgency strategy to policy a...

Samantha Orobator Sentenced To Life By Lao Court

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VIENTIANE, Laos — A court in Laos found a pregnant British woman guilty of trafficking heroin and sentenced her to life in prison Wednesday, a c...

Missing Air France Plane: How Did It Crash?

AP | FEDERICO ESCHER and BRADLEY BROOKS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

FERNANDO DE NORONHA, Brazil — Military planes located new debris from Air France Flight 447 Wednesday while investigators focused on a nightmari...

Report on Cheney Shows Why We Need The Truth

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Did Dick Cheney knowingly send intelligence officials to Congress to mislead them about the use of waterboarding? Did the Vice President himself?