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Medea Benjamin

Pave Paradise, Put Up a Naval Base: South Korean Activists' Extraordinary Struggle to Save Jeju Island

Medea Benjamin | May 29, 2015 | World
South Korea's Jeju Island is a popular tourist destination full of spas, resorts, golf courses, sandy beaches, waterfalls and hiking trails. But if you really want to get rejuvenated, skip the tourist hotspots and go directly to the village of Gangjeong to support the extraordinary community that has been opposing the building of a naval base since 2007.
Robert Pappalardo

We're One Step Closer to Understanding a Moon That Could Be Home to Alien Life

Robert Pappalardo | May 29, 2015 | World
Finding life elsewhere would end our cosmic isolation: if there is life in our own planetary backyard, then life is probably common throughout the universe. These enticing possibilities are why my colleagues and I have spent 17 years developing a spacecraft mission dedicated to understanding Europa.

Will Latin America Again Become an Arena for Great Power Conflict?

Wikistrat | May 29, 2015 | World
For almost two centuries, the Monroe Doctrine has shaped great power interactions with Latin America. Designed to provide a framework for protecting nascent Latin American republics from European colonial interference, the Monroe Doctrine grew into a vision of United States (U.S.) leadership, if not hegemony and domination.
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Father's Return to German Hometown Leads to Youth Prize

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | May 29, 2015 | Chicago
This week we will celebrate Dad's 81st birthday. His continued survival is a source of joy for those of us in the family and all whose lives he has touched as well as a reminder of the ultimate failure of Hitler's genocidal regime.
Jim Wallis

Iraq, ISIS and Our Need for Repentance

Jim Wallis | May 29, 2015 | Politics
Given that "the facts" the United States used to justify the invasion of Iraq were all wrong, most of the presidential candidates have admitted they might not have launched that particular war. What we have yet to hear from presidential candidates or the habitual hawks is the appropriate spiritual response to the war in Iraq: repentance.
Sebastian Christ

Why Soccer Doesn't Need FIFA

Sebastian Christ | May 29, 2015 | World
It would be best if all soccer fans would make it clear to the world that their passion for the game doesn't have anything to do with this grotesque show, which for decades, has been staged in Zurich by FIFA.
Aditya Karkera

The Great Indian Capitalist

Aditya Karkera | May 29, 2015 | India
It is important to understand that while Narendra Modi will arguably be the greatest Prime Minister of this decade, his government will be one of the worst. While Narendra Modi's vision will lead India to new realms of prosperity, his government's backwardness and conservatism will only pull his vision down into the mud.
Denice Torres

When We Celebrate Our Differences, We Make a Better World For All

Denice Torres | May 29, 2015 | Impact
Fifteen years from now, my daughter Sierra will be 29 years old. Born prematurely due to a virus, my girl has cerebral palsy, is nonverbal and spends the vast majority of her day in a wheelchair. She uses an iPad with a special app as her primary mode of communication. When she was 12 years old, the sweetest words I ever heard in my entire life were the digitized words, "I love you mommy."
Ana Davila


Ana Davila | May 29, 2015 | World
In a series of peculiar events that can only be contextually placed in the reality of the 21st century, football, war, and diplomacy meet and intertwine. Today, Russia and the U.S take one more step in their very own modern adaptation of the Cold War in the curious battlefield of international soccer.
Eamon Gilmore

Is Same-Sex Marriage the Civil Rights Issue of This Generation?

Eamon Gilmore | May 29, 2015 | Politics
The recent Irish referendum was a national act of inclusion and liberation for gay and lesbian people. But it was also a powerful statement to the rest of the world from a country, once considered to be among the most socially conservative.
Dinesh Malkani

What The Internet Of Everything Will Mean For India

Dinesh Malkani | May 28, 2015 | India
The Internet of Everything is the intelligent connection of people, processes, data and things. Citizens, companies and governments around the world are embracing it and turning to digitisation for more efficiency. Our networked world will include far more than just computers, tablets and phones. We will see the digitisation of street lights, parking spaces, beacons, kiosks, sensor-based water defences, physical infrastructure monitoring and controls and smart energy grid services.
Raghida Dergham

Iran Is America's De-Facto Ally in the War Against ISIS

Raghida Dergham | May 29, 2015 | World
The Arab region will undergo a difficult and complex period ahead. The mistakes made by Arab leaders are major mistakes. The Iranian ideas have found a sponsor with Barack Hussein Obama. If only federalism could make its way to realistic Arab strategies.
Harlan Green

The IRS Data Theft and Putin's Red Notice

Harlan Green | May 28, 2015 | World
It has to be more than a coincidence that the recent cyber theft of IRS tax data has been traced to Russian criminals. IRS investigators believe the identity thieves who stole the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers are part of a sophisticated criminal operation.
Stefanie Jones

Will Putting Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Behind Bars Accomplish Anything?

Stefanie Jones | May 28, 2015 | Crime
Friday, Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht will be sentenced. He faces the possibility of between 20 years to life behind bars because drugs were bought and sold on his website. But Silk Road's online marketplace actually reduced the harms of drugs in several key ways.
Hervé Ladsous

Why UN Peacekeeping Needs Global Support More Than Ever

Hervé Ladsous | May 29, 2015 | World
In environments where peacekeepers are directly targeted, where widespread violence is ongoing, or where thousands of civilians need protection from unthinkable acts of violence, peacekeeping operations must remain fit for purpose. Our missions require well-trained and skilled troops from a broad array of countries. When crises erupt, they must be ready to deploy more quickly.
Inga Batur

A Guide to Slovenia's Best Craft Breweries

Inga Batur | May 28, 2015 | Travel
Despite its size of 20.273 square kilometers, Slovenia is home to roughly around 28 breweries, making it a perfect destination for any beer connoisseur. Here's a list of the true stars of Slovenia's beer renaissance.
Yoani Sanchez

Art and Necessity at the Havana Biennial

Yoani Sanchez | May 28, 2015 | World
Need marks each work of art of the Havana Biennial. Material need, where a screw used in some pedestal could end up in the door of a home, or in a chair or even in the bed where four people sleep every night. And the other need, that of freedom, makes us approach the art to take for ourselves a piece of its rebellion, before the guard blows his whistle and we leave, empty-handed.
Bennet Kelley

FIFA Sponsors Must Act Now to Save the Game

Bennet Kelley | May 28, 2015 | Sports
FIFA's principal sponsors Adidas, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, Hyundai and McDonalds have done nothing more than issue tepid statements "expressing concern". So if confirmed reports of slave labor and a Justice Department call for cleaning house are not sufficient to take action, what is?
Georgianne Nienaber

An Obama Policy of Disingenuousness in Rwanda

Georgianne Nienaber | May 28, 2015 | Politics
My feeling is that Obama's State Department is persecuting the only stable government in Central Africa and coddling a brutal dictator in Congo by sending the equivalent of schoolchildren to do the work of policy experts. Ask yourself how DRL's Steven Feldstein can be an "expert" on both Sudan and Rwanda and responsible for international religious freedom on top of it all.
Martin Bunzl

In the Long Run, Who Is Ultimately Affected By Climate Change?

Martin Bunzl | May 28, 2015 | Green
I keep reading papers about cognitive theories and climate change that strike me as, by and large, "wildly optimistic." The trouble goes beyond making the salient effects of climate on the "other" real for "us." But the real other effected by climate change are those of future generations.
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