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I Was Married To An Abusive Gay Man. I Got Out

Nimcy | April 27, 2015 | India
It could have been me. That was the first thought that crossed my mind when I read about Priya Vedi. Less than a year ago, I typed up a suicide note and wondered who to send it to and how to end it. For some reason, I couldn't go through with it. Probably because I couldn't let him have the pleasure of seeing me crash and burn.
Robert Kuttner

Obama's Trade Deals: A Test for Hillary Clinton

Robert Kuttner | April 26, 2015 | Politics
On trade policy, Clinton now finds herself to the right of Mr. Wall Street Democrat, Chuck Schumer. And this is only the first of countless tests of where Clinton really stands -- tests that will keep coming up between now and primary season. If she is presenting herself as a forceful leader, it ill-becomes Clinton to duck.
Dominique de Villepin

For Greater Europe We Must Embrace People-To-People Cooperation

Dominique de Villepin | April 26, 2015 | World
The Greater Europe project, which many politicians, experts and opinion makers from many European countries have been trying to promote since mid-1980s, now looks like a fantasy completely detached from reality. Neither Russia nor Europe can afford a new "Cold War."
John Feffer

Rebuilding Poland's Jewish Community

John Feffer | April 26, 2015 | World
Rachel Zacharia always knew she was Jewish. Her father, a Party official, read and wrote in Yiddish, and her parents spoke Yiddish with friends. But she didn't start thinking about her Jewish identify until 1968.
David Hearst

Sisi's Egypt Pushes Migrants Into the Sea

David Hearst | April 26, 2015 | World
Europe wept crocodile tears over the mass grave that the Mediterranean has become. Few have shown any sign that they will treat the mass drownings as what they are: a humanitarian disaster.
Sasha Bronner

When You Google 'Why Do Women...' Some Very Interesting Results Come Up

Sasha Bronner | April 25, 2015 | Women
After realizing last week that, as a woman, I apologize for nearly everything and to nearly everyone, my first instinct was to ask Google why. I typed the words "why do women," but before I could add "apologize," I was amazed at what Google suggested I ask instead.
Scott Atran

Here's What the Social Science Says About Countering Violent Extremism

Scott Atran | April 25, 2015 | Science
Unless we understand the powerful cultural forces behind the turn to violent extremism, we will fail to address the threat. When, as now, the focus is on military solutions and police interdiction, matters have already gone way too far. If that focus remains, we lose the coming generation.
Doug Bandow

Allies Are Not Like Facebook Friends: US Should Drop Useless and Dangerous Alliances

Doug Bandow | April 25, 2015 | World
If America ends up at war, it almost certainly will be on behalf of one ally or another. Washington collects allies like most people collect Facebook "friends." The vast majority of U.S. allies are security liabilities, tripwires for conflict and war. Alliances should be based on interest, not charity.
James Zogby

Acknowledging the Past

James Zogby | April 25, 2015 | Politics
A nation's refusal to come to grips with its past is more a sign of weakness, than of strength. Making peace with your past makes you stronger and more able to deal with future challenges. The inability to do so, is disturbing, to say the least. Denial and bullying the victim only delays the recognition that must ultimately come.
Frente Feminista Casperiana Lisandra

In Brazil's Macho Culture, Homophobia and Misogyny Are Intertwined

Frente Feminista Casperiana Lisandra | April 24, 2015 | Gay Voices
Both homophobia and sexism are part of the structure of the patriarchy. They are the most enduring building blocks in the construction of prejudice. And when those ideas come from within the gay community, we have a paradoxical situation.
Nathan Gardels

Weekend Roundup: 'The Wretched of the Earth' Are on the Move as Migrants

Nathan Gardels | April 24, 2015 | World
"The wretched of the earth," in Frantz Fanon's famous phrase, are on the move as migrants. Mostly, they have headed north across scorching deserts and menacing seas to follow their dreams of escaping poverty and finding a better life. As the writer Carlos Monsivais once quipped, "Los Angeles is the heart of the Mexican Dream." Now, as we see at both the U.S. border and European shores, migrants are also fleeing north in the rusty holds of doomed ships from Libya or the "La Bestia" death train from Central America to evade the nightmares of civil war, brutal Salvadoran street gangs or merciless Mexican drug cartels. (continued)
Sarah Brown

The Lessons of Rana Plaza: Tackling a Silent Crisis That Begins in Childhood

Sarah Brown | April 24, 2015 | UK
We must continue to fight for the rights of workers everywhere by ensuring that no one should be coerced or forced into unsafe work - especially not children - because that is all that is available to them. The children of the Rana Plaza disaster should be managing the factories of the future and their children should have options that those brave men and women never dreamed of. We will not get there until we ensure that all children everywhere have access to an education.
Raghida Dergham

UNSC Resolution 2016: A Roadmap Towards Yemen's Recovery

Raghida Dergham | April 24, 2015 | World
Political efforts are necessary and so are structural investments in Yemen. Pushing the political process forward requires serious stances by the United States, the UN, Iran, and Saudi Arabia and other countries participating in the coalition.
Nobuo Hayashi

Torture, Hostage Taking, and the Fundamental Immorality of Nuclear Weapons

Nobuo Hayashi | April 24, 2015 | World
Just as we consider torture and hostage taking unjustifiable under any circumstances, we deem the use and threat of nuclear weapons fundamentally unethical. There is a need for a political consensus on their unacceptability.
Barbara A. Finamore

China's National Coal Cap Policy Could Save Nearly 50,000 Lives and $6.2 Billion Every Year by 2020

Barbara A. Finamore | April 27, 2015 | Green
The health, economic and job benefits of capping coal consumption by greatly expanding renewable energy and energy efficiency are clear, and China is currently making strong efforts to speed up its clean energy transition.
David Doniger

Deal on HFC Super-Pollutants Inches Forward

David Doniger | April 27, 2015 | Green
The fallacy of the Saudi position is that none of the HFC phase-down proposals would require countries with hot climates to curb HFC use now.
Nitya Rajan

WATCH: The Indian Girls Who Refuse to Accept the Stigma Society Places on Them

Nitya Rajan | April 24, 2015 | Impact
For some teenage girls at The HOPE House, a NGO in the South Indian town of Vellore that's helping children who've lost their parents -- some to AIDS, the cultural prejudice they face is not only based on their gender but also on the families they are born into.
John Brady Kiesling

Savvas Xiros and the Greek-American Relations

John Brady Kiesling | April 24, 2015 | World
The important point to remember is that the United States cares far more about the health of the European Union and the global financial system than it does about Greece. If the Tsipras government continues to seem aggressively ambivalent about its desire for rescue within that system, the U.S. government will watch from the sidelines as it sinks.
Kathleen Matthews

Hospitality and Hope

Kathleen Matthews | April 24, 2015 | Impact
Hospitality offers so much hope for youth in emerging economies like South Africa.
David Tolbert

Why It's in Turkey's Interest to Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide

David Tolbert | April 24, 2015 | World
Denial is the final fortress of those who commit genocide and other atrocities. It not only damages the victims and their communities, but also promises a future based on lies, sowing the seeds of more conflict and repression.
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