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Richard Dawkins


Being 'Openly Secular' Is the First Step To Eliminating the Stigma

Richard Dawkins | September 20, 2014 | World
The Openly Secular coalition hopes to eliminate the social costs of coming forward. It is lamentable that people fear they are risking their jobs, businesses and personal relationships, simply through being true to who they are.
James Zogby


A War Worth Fighting, But We're Not There Yet

James Zogby | September 20, 2014 | World
I'm not one of those who scoffed at the President, a few weeks back, when he told reporters that he had not yet developed a strategy to confront ISIL -- the precursor to IS. Despite the rants of critics on the right, I want my President to spend time developing a strategy.
Kyle Knight


Intimidation, Uncertainty Mar Aid Work in Myanmar's Rakhine State

Kyle Knight | September 20, 2014 | World
The aid response in the western Burmese state has been tricky since two bouts of communal violence between Rakhine Buddhists and the minority Rohingya Muslims in June and October 2012 resulted in more than 140,000 people -- mostly Rohingyas -- being forced to flee to camps.
Peter Lehner


The People's Climate March: Join Us on September 21 to Make History

Peter Lehner | September 19, 2014 | Green
Citizen action is a powerful force for change. When so many of us, from so many disparate backgrounds, ages and interests, take to the streets together, our message cannot be ignored.
Nathan Gardels


Weekend Roundup: Scotland Stays Stitched

Nathan Gardels | September 20, 2014 | World
This week, the world reeled from a welter of cross currents. Though the "yes" vote on independence lost in the end, the Scottish referendum revealed a passionately dis-United Kingdom. Elsewhere, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in India, the other Asian giant, calling for a global economic alliance of the "world's factory and world's back office." On Wall Street, China's Alibaba launched what is expected to be the biggest market valuation of an IPO ever. Pope Francis, meanwhile, mused that we had already entered "a piecemeal WWIII." In an exclusive commentary for The WorldPost, former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown argues that the real quarrel of his fellow Scots is with the dislocations of globalization, not the Union. (continued)
Sameer Siddiqui


Edge of Revolution: New Pakistan

Sameer Siddiqui | September 19, 2014 | World
This is not about a clash of ephemeral political parties that you may not have heard of in a country far away. This is about a timeless issue of standing up to bullies who exert power simply because of their stature. This is about knowing in your heart what is inherently right.
Mehr Tarar

From Pakistan With Love

Mehr Tarar | September 19, 2014 | World
"Pack-istan? Never heard of the place, ma'am," the muscled, tattooed, slightly inebriated, impassive marine drawled when I answered his query about my country-of-origin, in the overcrowded, smoke-filled, cosy little pub.
Marie Clarke Brill


Deaths in Peru Show the Need to Protect Land Rights of Local Communities

Marie Clarke Brill | September 19, 2014 | Impact
Unfortunately, this problem is by no means limited to Peru. Poor communities in many countries around the world are being kicked off their land, often to be replaced by large agri-business projects that cause environmental damage and bring little or no benefits to the local area.
Anne Soy

Westgate, One Year On

Anne Soy | September 19, 2014 | World
A year after one of the most horrifying attacks on Kenyan soil, there is little around Westgate Shopping Centre to remind us of the siege last year in which 67 people died.
Danny Glover


Stop the Political Persecution of Aristide and Fanmi Lavalas Once and for All

Danny Glover | September 19, 2014 | World
It's time to end the campaign of attacks against Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Fanmi Lavalas once and for all. Aristide, like all Haitian citizens, must be allowed to participate in politics without fear and intimidation being the norm.
Karima Bennoune

A Ten-Point Plan for Defeating ISIS and Muslim Fundamentalism

Karima Bennoune | September 19, 2014 | World
In doing research for my recent book, I interviewed nearly 300 people of Muslim heritage from almost 30 countries, and heard countless stories of ordinary people engaged in extraordinary acts of courage to fight extremism.
CJ Pine

Resisting the Normalization of Crisis

CJ Pine | September 19, 2014 | College
The past few days reminded me that I live in a scary world. War is real. Refugees are real people with real day-to-day struggles that I can barely imagine. As a result, I put them aside, effectually dismissing the crisis as normal.
Patricia Gualinga


Why I March: We Need to Leave The Oil in The Ground!

Patricia Gualinga | September 19, 2014 | Green
This isn't just the fight of indigenous peoples. It's the fight of everyone, because the air we all breathe doesn't have borders. Water doesn't have borders. While we humans place political borders, the Earth is a unified entity. And the consequences of pollution are affecting everyone.
Richard (RJ) Eskow


'Think Locally, Act Globally': 6 Takeaways From the Scotland Vote

Richard (RJ) Eskow | September 19, 2014 | Politics
Scotland's independence vote has been cast, and its citizens chose overwhelmingly to remain part of Great Britain. But this historic vote should be studied by all those who want to affect political and economic change around the world, because there are important lessons to be learned.
Gary Barker, Ph.D.


In Brazil, the World Cup Is Over But the Sexual Violence Continues

Gary Barker, Ph.D. | September 19, 2014 | World
A few short weeks after the World Cup ended in Rio de Janeiro, four military police officers were arrested for the rape of three young women in a Rio de Janeiro favela. This episode and others have pointed to continual patterns of sexual violence in Brazil.
Philip Mirowski

Robots Are Not Just Taking Over Jobs -- They're Taking Over Economics As We Know It

Philip Mirowski | September 19, 2014 | World
People often mistakenly get the impression that modern economists care deeply about individual choice. Instead, robots are increasingly used to supersede human choices.
John Feffer


Making the Castle Transparent

John Feffer | September 19, 2014 | World
Today's Romania is quite different. It has gone through several political upheavals with different parties taking the helm. Accession to the EU forced quite a few important structural changes. The result is a considerably more transparent set of political institutions.
Dr. Elise Collins Shields


ISIS, Torture and World Silence About Women

Dr. Elise Collins Shields | September 19, 2014 | World
The United Nations must condemn the attacks against women as war crimes to the full extent, and direct that ISIS fighters be prosecuted in International Criminal Court. This, too, is an international outrage. These actions are not only achievable, but long overdue.
Zheng Yu

The U.S. Wants to Contain Russia But Cooperate With China

Zheng Yu | September 19, 2014 | World
The U.S. government believes that, as the inheritor of tsarist Russia and Soviet Union, Russia has expansionist and hegemonic traditions that China doesn't have. It believes Russia always has policies that challenge and attempt to supplant the existing international order while China doesn't. In many circumstances, China sees itself as a beneficiary of the current international order.
Richard Kerley

What Is Next for Scotland After the Referendum?

Richard Kerley | September 19, 2014 | World
For almost everybody in Scotland the referendum vote is seen as not the end of the matter; the key question is, "What now?"
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