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Fu Ying

China's New Silk Road Promises Prosperity Across Eurasia

Fu Ying | July 31, 2015 | World
SINGAPORE -- By developing more arteries for connectivity, we should be able to build new blood vessels of development for disadvantaged economies in Asia's hinterlands to create prosperity and opportunities and improve the competitiveness of the whole region.
Raghida Dergham

The Rise of the Turkish and Iranian Roles at the Expense of the Arabs

Raghida Dergham | July 31, 2015 | World
The Arab leaders, in contrast to Iranian clarity, Turkish ambiguity, and Israeli relief for Arab fragmentation, are distraught and are in disarray.
Mark Schuller

100 Years of Occupation in Haiti : Constitution Maybe Paper

Mark Schuller | July 31, 2015 | World
A series of commemoration activities on Tuesday for 100 years of U.S. Occupation organized by the Mouvman Patriyotik Demokratik Popilè (the Patriotiic, Democratic, People's Movement) carried the theme, "with or without boots, the occupation still exists."
Mohammad Taqi

Mullah Omar's Death Breaks the Back of the Taliban

Mohammad Taqi | July 31, 2015 | World
The height of the Pakistani state's chutzpah is that it does not only harbor these terrorists for decades and unleash them on the neighbors and the world, but also that it wants to be given credit and a thank you note even when America or Allah takes them out. The fundamental question about Mullah Omar's death in Karachi is who in Pakistan knew about his presence there, when did they know it and what, if anything at all, did they do about it.

Wasting Food? It'll Cost You

XPRIZE | July 31, 2015 | Green
One wonders if such an intrusive idea could ever take hold in the U.S., where the belief in personal freedom often trumps consideration of the common good, and the idea of government-issued ID cards and RFID tracking is often seen as suspect.
Travel + Leisure

No, Big Game Hunting Does Not Secretly Help Conservation Efforts

Travel + Leisure | July 31, 2015 | Travel
Awareness alone isn't enough, especially when the sentimentally charged conversation happens in a void. So we talked to some of Africa's most trusted, most esteemed conservators about the practice of game hunting to set the record straight--the good, the bad, and the (often incredibly) ugly.
Evangelos Venizelos

Greece's Current High-Wire Act

Evangelos Venizelos | July 31, 2015 | World
SYRIZA, which holds the government and first party of this House, must finally say, as soon as is it possible, what its clear and definitive position is as to the identity and future of the country.
Mama Hope

African Men, Hollywood Stereotypes: Why Challenging the Status Quo Went Viral

Mama Hope | July 31, 2015 | World
We were tired of seeing the stereotypes: helpless children sifting through garbage with distended bellies and flies in their eyes or bloodthirsty warlords toting AK-47s, and not much in between. We saw how these stereotypes hurt everyone.
Dilip Hiro

China Muscles Way Into the Indian Ocean Through Its Silk Road Link With Pakistan

Dilip Hiro | July 31, 2015 | World
LONDON -- Twice in the fall of 2014, the Chinese attacked submarines docked at Sri Lanka's newly opened, $500 million Colombo South Container Terminal, built and majority-owned by the state-run China Merchant Holdings. This ran counter to the core of Xi's speech to the Indonesian parliament in October 2014 when he presented China's nationalist project as building a "maritime Silk Road" to increase trade and cultural exchanges in the sprawling region.
Anne Gallagher

Chasing the Slave Traders: A Law Enforcement Perspective on Operation Underground Railroad

Anne Gallagher | July 31, 2015 | Impact
Why are police in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Colombia not arresting child sex traffickers if they are so easy to find? The simplest explanation is law enforcement complicity in such crimes. Agreeing to cooperate with OUR is a win-win: local cops get to keep an eye on what's happening and ensure OUR doesn't stray into their turf; they also gain international kudos for taking on the traffickers.
Neil Hicks

Ahead of Strategic Dialogue, Egyptian Authorities Take Further Steps to Restrict Independent Human Rights Organizations

Neil Hicks | July 31, 2015 | World
Instead of protecting space for independent civil society organizations to operate freely, the Egyptian government has stepped up its harassment and disruption of the legitimate activities of human rights organizations.
Michael Klosson

Failing Syria's Refugees: Stopgap Measures Fall Short

Michael Klosson | July 31, 2015 | World
There are more displaced persons around the world than at any time since World War II. And while the world is much more capable than it was six decades ago, we are collectively failing to meet their essential needs with dignity. We can and must do better, governments and other donors alike.
George Chen

How China's Stock Market Volatility Undermines the Communist Party's Authority

George Chen | July 31, 2015 | World
HONG KONG -- At the very beginning of the Chinese stock market crisis in late June, many investors felt there were problems mostly related to liquidity issues. But gradually the concerns have grown to encompass more than the market itself. People have begun to talk about whether the government is capable of handling the stock market crisis, and whether this may end up as a broader crisis of governance.
Paul Scham

Let's Make Good Use of This Crisis

Paul Scham | July 31, 2015 | Politics
The phrase "No good crisis should be wasted" is by now a cliché, but it is very much applicable to the current situation, following the Iran nuclear agreement signed in Vienna on July 14.
John A. Tures

Stabbing at Gay Parade Shows Flaws in Netanyahu's Security for Israelis

John A. Tures | July 31, 2015 | Politics
He was let out early, before the parade, serving a fraction of the time Palestinians are sentenced for attempted murder. He even publicized his intentions before the parade. It makes you wonder about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's commitment to the safety and security of all Israelis.
Alon Tal

Global Food Security and the Missed Message of Milan's Expo 2015

Alon Tal | July 31, 2015 | World
Every five years, the world convenes an Expo: the 21st-century iteration of the world's fair that has become the planet's third largest international gathering (after the Olympics and Soccer's World Cup). The city of Milan opened the most recent edition this month.
Nicholas Agar

Why Techno-Optimism Is Dangerous

Nicholas Agar | July 31, 2015 | World
A good prediction about how I would feel if I suddenly gained access to the technologies of Star Trek translates into a bad prediction about how they will affect society as a whole. Overlooking hedonic normalization leads us to exaggerate the joyfulness of the future and to overstate the joylessness of the past.
Stephan Richter

Selling Out the Kurds

Stephan Richter | July 31, 2015 | Politics
The U.S. military is now helping Turkey's hardliners achieve their goals against the very Kurdish fighters whose close coordination with U.S. bombers have pushed ISIS back from Kobane and disrupted its supply lines.
Layla Madihi

Building Skills That Build Societies in Morocco

Layla Madihi | July 31, 2015 | Impact
In the social field, I've learned the importance of teamwork and also to be creative in order to find solutions. I've learned not to spare any effort to achieve my goals, because at the end, those goals are not about me, but about the wellbeing of others.
Desmond Tutu

The Look of Silence: Finding our Humanity in the Face of Genocide

Desmond Tutu | July 31, 2015 | World
When we use atrocity to inspire us to act, to ask the right questions, to reach across the globe and try to stop someone from being killed or suffering, our world will become a more livable one. Only then will we be able to hope to turn back the tide on genocide.
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