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Hamas Crushes Challenge By Al Qaida-Inspired Rival

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By IBRAHIM BARZAK, Associated Press Writer RAFAH, Gaza Strip - The leader of an al-Qaida-inspired group in the Gaza Strip blew himself up during a s...

The Unconstitutional Un-Islamic Republic of Iran

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

With increasing accounts of rape, torture, forced confessions and skewed judicial proceedings, the Iranian government is losing any credibility it had left, including any legitimate claim to Islam.

Eva Joly on Iceland's Devastating Plight

Alda Sigmundsdottir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alda Sigmundsdottir

In her article, Mme Joly denounces what she calls the "blackmailing of Iceland" by a number of states, as well as the IMF and the EU, into taking on billions of Euros in debt.

World In Photos: August 10, 2009

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Here is the HuffPost's selection of photos of today's news and events from every corner of the globe. Check back Monday through Friday for this HuffPo...

HuffPost's 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...

A Plea to Barack Obama from the Guantanamo Uighurs

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Four months ago, 17 unjustly detained prisoners wrote a letter to Obama asking for their release. The government censors have only just cleared it and I have reprinted it here.

Fighting or Whitewashing Nazism: Will the Real Norway Please Stand up?

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

A review of official Norwegian websites shows a virtual whitewashing of Knut Hamsun's Nazi connection, while glorifying his literary career.

Guantanamo As Hotel California: You Can Check Out Any Time You Like, But You Can Never Leave

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Prisoners who do not face ill-treatment on return to their homelands are still held, no matter how many times their release is approved by various representatives of the U.S. government.

Obama "Deeply Saddened" By Corazon Aquino's Death

Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

This morning, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs released a statement from the President, honoring the recently deceased former President of the Philippines...

Happy Inauguration Day, Dr. Ahmadinejad: Don't Count on Success

Jamsheed K. Choksy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamsheed K. Choksy

Next week Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to be inaugurated for a second term in office as Iran's president. He faces a hornets' nest.

As Judge Orders Release of Tortured Guantanamo Prisoner, Government Refuses to Concede Defeat

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

I still have no firm idea why Obama and Holder have allowed the Justice Department to pursue unjustifiable and unwinnable habeas cases, resulting in humiliation after humiliation.

Iran's Red Tulip Revolution

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

With each death at the hands of the regime, a martyr is born, and with each martyr, the seed of revolution is planted.

Hillary Clinton's Nuclear Defense Umbrella for the Oil Price Gougers -- Who Pays?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Clinton, in her recent tour to Southeast Asia suggested clearly that the United States might well extend a "defense umbrella" protecting its Arab allies should Iran develop a nuclear weapons capability.

The Basij Are Cordially Invited to Join the Opposition

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

Thanks to their new duties, which include increasingly violent and inhumane acts, reports of Basiji taking protesters up on their invitations to join the opposition movement are growing.

World In Photos: July 24, 2009

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Here is the HuffPost's selection of photos of today's news and events from every corner of the globe. Check back Monday through Friday for this HuffPo...

On Patriotism and Principle: An Open Letter to the President (aka "The GOP's Bridge to Anywhere But Here")

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

Mr. President, talk to us directly. Tell us again why your election was only the first step, not the culmination, of a genuine movement to change the way we understand power, democracy, and our own roles in those phenomena.

Is Russia Iceland's New Best Friend?

Alda Sigmundsdottir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Alda Sigmundsdottir

At any rate, it seemed very strange to us that suddenly Russia wanted to be our new best friend -- particularly as the US was perceived to have turned its back on Iceland a few months earlier by leaving it out of an important currency swap agreement

Afghanistan: The Deadliest Month and It's Time to Get Out

Malou Innocent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

Afghanistan is not a winnable war by any stretch of the imagination.

Must it be Business as Usual as the People of Iran Hang in the Balance?

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Citizen lobbies and elected representatives have to ask this simple question: do we have to do business with people who do business with the Mullahs?

Predictable Chaos as Guantanamo Trials Resume

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

With no visible progress this was another dismal outing for the Commissions, and another warning for the Obama administration that any kind of revival of the wretched trial system will remain fraught with insoluble problems.

Breaking The Silence Claims Over Gaza Rebuffed By IDF Reservists

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In part of an ongoing schism within the ranks of the Israeli Defense Forces over alleged abuses against Palestinian civilians during Operation Cast Le...

Hey DJ Rafsanjani, Play Us Some Ayatollah Khomeini

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

At the heart of Iran's Islamic Revolution was a stencil duplicator and a tape recorder. These were the Ayatollah Khomeini's Facebook and Twitter.

World In Photos, Tuesday July 14, 2009

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Here is the HuffPost's selection of photos of today's news and events from every corner of the globe. Check back Monday through Friday for this HuffPo...

Former Insider Shatters Credibility of Military Commissions

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Lt. Col. Vandeveld said, "I simply could not in good conscience continue to work for an ad-hoc, hastily created apparatus whose evident resort to expediency and ethical compromise were so contrary to my own."

Exhibit A: Word From Iran

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Melody Moezzi

Reporters keep complaining about the difficulty of getting information out of Iran, but communicating with Iran is far from a challenge. I frequently get through on the first try.