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Toni Johnson

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The Debate Over Anti-Piracy Laws

5 Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 01/31/12 05:09 PM ET

Congress has postponed floor votes for the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), bills intended to increase protections for copyrighted digital content. This marked a victory for opponents who mounted landmark digital protests to call attention to what they believe was...

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Examining Obama's Pipeline Decision

38 Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 01/20/12 02:50 PM ET

The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it was rejecting the application of TransCanada for a 1700-mile oil pipeline -- known as Keystone XL -- intended to link the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf of Mexico. Michael A. Levi, director of CFR's program on energy security and climate...

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The Debate Over Aviation Emissions

Posted December 30, 2011 | 12/30/11 08:29 AM ET

Starting Jan. 1, the EU will require all international air carriers flying in and out of the airports of member states to participate in its carbon trading regime governing greenhouse gas emissions. Last week, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg rejected a petition by a group...

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Egypt's Uncertain Vote

Posted November 30, 2011 | 11/30/11 01:52 PM ET

Egyptians headed to the polls Monday in the first parliamentary elections (AP) since the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak amid deepening divisions in society and confusion over the nation's direction. Earlier, there were doubts over whether the elections would be held at all following more than a...

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The Transitioning Saudi Leadership

Posted November 4, 2011 | 11/04/11 05:11 PM ET

Saudi Arabia's Interior Minister Nayef bin Abdel Aziz was appointed crown prince after last week's burial of Sultan bin Abdel Aziz, defense minister since 1962 and former heir to the throne. Sultan's death has led to a reshuffling of the regime's top posts, and placed new scrutiny on the country's...

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Washington's Decision Deficit

Posted September 30, 2011 | 09/30/11 07:01 PM ET

This week Congress narrowly avoided a potential shutdown of the government for the third time in a year. The latest debate was over money for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and follows a damaging faceoff over funding the Federal Aviation Administration and a threatened shuttering of highway...

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Libya's Nervous Changing of the Guard

Posted September 16, 2011 | 09/16/11 03:39 PM ET

British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy travelled to Libya to pledge continuing military, economic, and political support for the country's new leadership (NYT) and National Transitional Council leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil. U.S. Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs Jeffrey Feltman met in Libya with the...

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Islam and Politics in Egypt

Posted February 26, 2011 | 02/26/11 04:01 PM ET

Unrest in Egypt and the departure of President Hosni Mubarak have raised questions about the role of Islam in political life going forward. Dina Shehata, a Cairo-based expert on Islamists, says it is a misconception to think of Egypt as on the brink of a theocracy. Islam and...

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