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Costas Meghir

A Careful Look at Greece's Options and Why Yes Is the Only One

Costas Meghir | July 3, 2015 | World
Understanding the consequences of leaving the Euro has to be analyzed in two separate parts: first the consequences during the transition to the drachma and second the long-term outlook for the Greek economy with its own currency. The transition is, of course, hugely important.
Raghida Dergham

The Need for Arab Initiatives to Resolve Regional Crises

Raghida Dergham | July 3, 2015 | World
Currently, there are two key opportunities led by the United Nations worth supporting because there are no alternatives, both in Libya and Yemen. The situation in these two countries, as well as in Syria, is heart wrenching, which requires urgent actions.
James Dorsey

Pitfalls of Turkish-Chinese Relations in a Microcosm

James Dorsey | July 3, 2015 | World
Turkish soccer player Alpaslan Ozturk's decision to risk fame and wealth by expressing support for the embattled Turkic Uighur minority in Xinjiang reflects pressures in China's ties to Turkey, its most complex relationship in the Muslim world and a key node on the Silk Road that Beijing hopes to revive.
Nathan Gardels

Weekend Roundup: How Will Greece Take Its Hemlock?

Nathan Gardels | July 2, 2015 | World
Ancient Greece was not only the birthplace of democracy, but also a deathbed of reason when a jury of 500 citizens condemned Socrates to die by hemlock poisoning for his impious attitude toward the order of the day. Defiant to the end, the philosopher voluntarily drank the poison himself in a suicidal display of dignity. This weekend, Greek voters will decide in a referendum whether they will be force-fed more painful austerity, imposed by the jury of other European democracies, or, like Socrates, administer their own poison in a "no" vote that will likely push Greece out of the eurozone. Tragedy, too, such as we are witnessing today, had its origins in early Greek drama. Nobel Laureate Joe Stiglitz and Martin Guzman argue that Greece will be better off administering the poison by its own hand. As they point out by examining the Argentine default in 2001, there is "life after debt and default." Manolis Glezos, the elderly firebrand of Syriza, writes from Athens that, in a democracy, "the people are the measure" of their fate. (continued)
Allan Hogarth

Why Are UK Spooks Spying on Amnesty International?

Allan Hogarth | July 3, 2015 | UK
We must have answers. Indiscriminate mass surveillance has an impact that reaches far beyond Amnesty. It threatens the vital work of other organisations and it impacts you. Yes, you! In accepting your government encroaching into your private communications you risk sleepwalking into a surveillance culture.
Stephen Hull

Introducing Beyond the Bombings

Stephen Hull | July 3, 2015 | UK
With Beyond the Bombings we've been deliberate to use our What's Working approach to news to focus on constructive, solution-led journalism. We will be publishing an interview with 7/7 survivor Gill Hicks who lost her legs and became a motivational speaker and anti-extremism campaigner. We'll have a blog from Esther Hyman, whose sister died in the attacks and who is raising money for an online anti-extremism course. We've also written a profile of Paul Dadge, the 'reluctant hero' who helped a woman with the white face mask in a famous picture. The London bombings touched people from across Britain, including our own news editor Jacqueline Housden who was on one of the tube trains which was attacked and is returning to work at HuffPost UK after giving birth to her first child. These are all remarkable stories which highlight the ability of wounds, no matter how deep, to heal.
William O. Beeman

In Iran Today Little Changes Mean a Lot

William O. Beeman | July 2, 2015 | World
Iran is changing. The behavior of the people today would have not been tolerated 35 years ago in the immediate post-Revolutionary period. The cumulative effect of these behavioral and cultural changes is a transformation of Iranian society that will likely never be reversed.
Eric Olander

What's Motivating China's Military Push in Africa?

Eric Olander | July 2, 2015 | World
China is steadily expanding its military footprint in Africa, highlighted by the recent deployment of 700 combat-ready troops to join a multinational peacekeeping operation in South Sudan. In all, the People's Liberation Army and Navy now have an estimated 2,700 soldiers, sailors, engineers and medical staff stationed across the continent.
Mark Weisbrot

Congress Weighs in on Holding IMF Accountable for Damage Caused by Failed Policies in Greece

Mark Weisbrot | July 2, 2015 | World
Unlike many letters from Congress that are ignored by the executive branch, this one might be taken more seriously by the IMF and the U.S. Treasury department -- which is the IMF's most powerful overseer. One reason is that the IMF has been trying for five years to enact reforms in its governance structure that are very important to the Fund and Treasury -- reforms that can't be enacted unless they are approved by Congress.
Susan Shaer

The Iran Deal and Unicorns

Susan Shaer | July 2, 2015 | World
As negotiations to achieve a lasting nuclear agreement between Iran and six international powers (known as the P5+1) continue for another week, it is worth remembering what the options are. Spoiler alert: There is no better deal.
Graca Machel

Here's How We Can Help Educate and Empower Millions of Marginalized Girls Worldwide

Graca Machel | July 2, 2015 | World
MAPUTO -- It is estimated that some countries lose more than $1 billion a year by failing to educate girls to the same level as boys. So we must act decisively.
Dr. Josef Olmert

Egypt, Israel and ISIS

Dr. Josef Olmert | July 2, 2015 | World
Beyond the immediate question of dealing with the threat in Sinai, a greater story really is the growing cooperation between Israel and Egypt. This is a potentially significant story, because it is Egypt, the largest and strongest Arab country.
Timothy P. Shriver

Jay Emmett: The Funniest Man Alive

Timothy P. Shriver | July 2, 2015 | Impact
We can never replace Jay Emmett. His devotion to the Special Olympics movement was as big as anyone's in our history.
Dr. Khalid Koser

Countering Violent Extremism and Bridging the Security-Development Gap

Dr. Khalid Koser | July 2, 2015 | World
There remains in many administrations a gap between those government agencies charged with security, and those with responsibility for overseas development. Countering violent extremism depends on bridging this gap.
John Feffer

The Islamic State and the Terrible Twos

John Feffer | July 2, 2015 | World
Liberation movements want a place at the table. The Islamic State, on the other hand, wants to destroy the table. The Islamic State isn't simply an insurgency. Though it certainly aspires to overthrow the current regimes in Damascus and Baghdad, it doesn't have any particular attachment to this territory. It maintains a warm spot for the holy sites in Saudi Arabia. Otherwise, it doesn't care about national boundaries.
Samuel Ramani

North Korea - A Rational Wildcard in the Pacific

Samuel Ramani | July 2, 2015 | World
North Korea's announcement of a year of friendship with Putin's Russia has increased Russian diplomatic leverage over North Korea at a time when US-Russia relations are at their lowest ebb since the end of the Cold War.
Adrián Vidales

Why Is It So Hard for the European Union to Act Like a Federal Body?

Adrián Vidales | July 2, 2015 | World
All of Europe has its eyes on Greece. Sunday, July 5th there will be a referendum that could be the first step toward the end of the European Union as we know it. A European Union that, once again, has failed.
Deborah James

Just Before Round of Negotiations on the Proposed 'Trade in Services Agreement' (TISA), Wikileaks Releases Updated Secret Documents

Deborah James | July 2, 2015 | World
The documents, along with the analysis, highlight the way that the TISA responds to major corporate lobbies' desire to deregulate services, even beyond the existing World Trade Organization rules. This leak exposes the corporate aim to use TISA to further limit the public interest regulatory capacity of democratically elected governments.
Barbara A. Finamore

How Does China's Climate Pledge Stack Up?

Barbara A. Finamore | July 2, 2015 | Green
Li Junfeng of China's National Development and Reform Commission has provided a helpful comparison of China's climate pledge and that of leading developed countries. He concludes that China is making significant contributions comparable to that of developed countries, based on a number of indicators we'll discuss below.
Alison van Diggelen

They Shot the Wrong Girl Says Malala's Favorite Author, Khaled Hosseini

Alison van Diggelen | July 2, 2015 | World
On Friday, she joined her favorite author, Khaled Hosseini (of Kite Runner fame) at San Jose State University in Silicon Valley, for a hard hitting conversation about Islam, violence and her dream of one day becoming Prime Minister of Pakistan.
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