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Robert Kuttner


A Revolt Against Austerity?

Robert Kuttner | October 19, 2014 | Politics
There was a bit of good news from Europe last week. Two of the nations that desperately need some respite from austerity essentially told German Chancellor Merkel to stuff it. France, under pressure from Germany and the European Union to meet the E.U.'s straightjacket requirement of deficits of no more than three percent of GDP (whether or not depression looms) informed the E.U. that they will not hit this target until 2017. The government of President Francois Hollande, under fire for failing to ignite a recovery, now plans economic stimulus measures -- and the target be damned. Under E.U. rules, France can be fined up to 0.2 percent of its GDP. The French seem to be saying, 'So sue us!'
John Feffer


Romania: A Sad Country Full of Humor

John Feffer | October 18, 2014 | Politics
In front of Ovid's statue in Constanta, I met up with Mircea Tuglea, a writer, translator, literary critic, and teacher who lives with his family in Constanta. We spent a good part of the day together, as he discoursed on various sad topics but always with a joke or ironic aside thrown in to lighten things up.
Gordon Brown


The Ray of Hope from Nigeria Should Inspire Us to Provide Safe Schools for Every Girl

Gordon Brown | October 18, 2014 | World
With the possibility that the Chibok girls will go free soon, we must intensify our efforts for the wider global goal that every girl has the chance to be at school, safe and free from violence.
Jonathan Biron


Israel's True Face

Jonathan Biron | October 18, 2014 | Politics
Following the non-binding British Parliament's recognition of Palestine, it has been written a lot about Israel's inaction regarding the peace process. While reporting on Israel's politics and policy, it is important to draw the full picture -- most Israelis want peace.
James Zogby


We Need to Know More, But the 'Experts' Aren't Helping

James Zogby | October 18, 2014 | Politics
To hear these "experts" pontificating about Islam or Arab culture is more than annoying. It's downright dangerous. Instead of elevating the discourse, they dumb it down. And instead of making us aware of the enormous complexities involved in these conflict zones, they reduce them to simple and easy clichés.
Marc Gopin


Managing the Madness in the Middle East

Marc Gopin | October 17, 2014 | World
The key to untangling this mess and creating a series of tactical and strategic responses is to understand one basic truth: There are spirals of violence here that come from below, from the street, and spirals that come from above, from the state. Responses by citizens must undercut the violent spiral and address separately the state and the street.
Nathan Gardels


Weekend Roundup: Who Lost Iraq?

Nathan Gardels | October 17, 2014 | World
This week, as Baghdad is under siege from within and Kobani is poised to fall to ISIS fighters, the question of "Who Lost Iraq?" is taking center stage. Many, including some former insiders, are quick to blame President Obama for pulling American troops out "too soon" -- despite the fact that the Iraq war wearily tested the sacrifice and patience of Americans longer than World War I and II combined. Obama was elected in the first place to end it all. The primary fault, more likely, lies with the blunt trauma to the region caused by the U.S. invasion and occupation in 2003, the unwise dismantling of the Iraqi army and the exclusion of Sunnis from post-Saddam power arrangements. A decade later, the counter-revolution is underway. In this contest, the reticent use of 21st century air power appears to be no match for the 17th century fervor of the Islamic State's boots on the ground. The French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy calls for the expulsion of modern day Turkey from NATO because of Turkey's willful abandonment of the Kurds in Kobani. Writing from Beirut, legendary former MI6 agent Alastair Crooke traces the appeal of ISIS today to the yearning for Islamic authority after the early 20th century demise of the Ottoman Caliphate. (continued)
Hannah Laufer-Rottman

The Hunger Language

Hannah Laufer-Rottman | October 17, 2014 | Impact
A parent who doesn't feed his/her hungry child is judged harshly -- and children come to understand that being fed regularly is their birth right, their entitlement. This is not the case for those living in poverty and with food insecurity.
Majid Rafizadeh


Israel Sounds Alarm on Threat of Islamic Republic

Majid Rafizadeh | October 17, 2014 | World
As the deadline for the final nuclear deal between the P5+1 and the Islamic Republic becomes closer, and as the world powers appear to be softening their demands on Iran's nuclear capabilities, Netanyahu's fear in the signing of a final nuclear deal and his objective is to postpone this process between Iran and six world powers.
Fu Ying

Answering Four Key Questions About China's Rise

Fu Ying | October 17, 2014 | World
China may join in discussions about hotspot issues with the aim of seeking a peaceful solution, but it will not turn into a party involved in the conflict or take steps that make the problem worse.
Rawan Maki

Protecting the Gulf's National Treasure: The Clash of Social Norms in the Gulf With the Gulf Woman's Dynamism

Rawan Maki | October 17, 2014 | World
In the Gulf, women are dangerously placed atop the social pyramid as unreachable, fragile beings.
Steve H. Hanke


The Cost of Ebola and the Misery Index

Steve H. Hanke | October 17, 2014 | World
With Ebola wreaking havoc on Liberia (and neighboring countries), the level of misery is, unfortunately set to soar.
Jordan Roth

To See the Holy See

Jordan Roth | October 17, 2014 | Gay Voices
Just as the church asked if they are capable of welcoming us without compromising their doctrine on the family and matrimony, so too must we ask if we are capable of allowing them this opportunity for reflection and growth without compromising our own strength and knowledge that we are not flawed beings and that we do not require their affirmation to affirm ourselves.
Natalie Alhonte Braga


Brazil at a Crossroads: Why the US Should Take Note

Natalie Alhonte Braga | October 17, 2014 | World
As the votes come in next Sunday, leaders across all sectors should take note of the opportunities that this election offers and discern the best steps to work with either administration.
Kevin A. Lees


Five Things Neves Must Do to Win the Brazilian Presidency

Kevin A. Lees | October 17, 2014 | World
Fresh off a surprising victory in the first round of Brazil's presidential election, Aécio Neves suddenly seems like a man with a real chance at leading the first center-right administration in 12 years.
Rabbi Edward Bernstein


Returning to Jaffa Road

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | October 17, 2014 | Religion
I lived through and observed this saga up close and have always been inspired by the strength and courage of Len and Vicki Eisenfeld and Arline Duker.


What Was It Like to Be in the Soviet Union Just After It Collapsed?

Quora | October 17, 2014 | World
I was 18-20 at the time. It was a very difficult time, and I would not characterize it as a feeling of freedom. Freedom was the last thing everyone was thinking about, but the inflation, food, and shortage of everything else were foremost on everyone's mind.
John Feffer


Romania: The Revolution Came Too Early

John Feffer | October 17, 2014 | World
In Romania, there was no Charter 77 or Solidarity trade union movement. Only a few intellectuals had come out against the Ceausescu regime, and most ended up in exile as a result. The first real organization of civil society emerged in the first exhilarating days of revolution in December 1989.
Matthew S. McGlone

Changing Hospital and Health Communication Can Help Contain Ebola and Other Diseases

Matthew S. McGlone | October 17, 2014 | Healthy Living
Although the CDC can be commended for its efforts to contain Ebola here and abroad, the effort could be improved if changes to the health and risk communication were made.
Abby Norman


I'm a Hazmat-Trained Hospital Worker: Here's What No One Is Telling You About Ebola

Abby Norman | October 19, 2014 | Healthy Living
You can't just expect any nurse or any doctor or any health care worker or layperson to understand the deconning procedures by way of some kind of pamphlet or 10-minute training video. Not only is it mentally rigorous, but it's physically exhausting. 
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