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Yoani Sanchez


After 40 Years of Working, Keeping Body and Soul Together Selling Plastic Bags

Yoani Sanchez | August 29, 2014 | World
Selling 'jabitas' (plastic bags) in front of an agricultural market in Havana. (Luz Escobar) 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 28 August 2014 - "I need some dark...
Nathan Gardels


Weekend Roundup: Where in Hell Did ISIS Come From?

Nathan Gardels | August 29, 2014 | World
What happens when the strategic fatigue of the West meets an energetic jihadist surge aimed at setting up a Syriaq Caliphate? That is the question The WorldPost asked our contributors to address this week. Writing from Beirut, the legendary former MI6 agent and "middleman of the Middle East," Alastair Crooke, examines the link between ISIS ideology and the puritanical Wahhabi sect of Islam that dominates Saudi Arabia. Graham Fuller, who was CIA station chief in Kabul at the time of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and later Vice-Chair of the CIA's National Intelligence Council, draws from his long experience to warn against a "tit for tat" response to the ISIS beheading of James Foley that would perpetuate instead of break the cycle of violence. Writing from Berlin, Joschka Fischer, who was Germany's foreign minister from 1998-2005, calls on Europe to help fill the vacuum in a brutal world as the U.S. tapers its power. Jane Harman, who for many years headed the House Intelligence Committee, laments a "feckless" U.S. Congress that has gone AWOL on American security policy. (continued)
Richard Javad Heydarian


Philippines at a Crossroads: End of Aquino's Popularity?

Richard Javad Heydarian | August 29, 2014 | World
Aquino's purported flirtation with a second term in office is startling for at least two reasons. First and foremost, there is the issue of timing. Any astute political strategist knows that it is best to push for major constitutional changes, especially controversial ones.
Omid Memarian


Why Hassan Rouhani Should Facilitate the Release of Washington Post Reporter

Omid Memarian | August 29, 2014 | World
Since the arrest of two journalists, Washington Post correspondent, Jason Rezaian, and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, a reporter for the UAE's National Newspaper, the Iranian government has refused to explain why they have been arrested. Nonetheless, all surrounding circumstances indicate that their arrests fall into a...
Tarek Mouganie

For Africa to Truly Rise, Entrepreneurs Must Be Prioritized

Tarek Mouganie | August 29, 2014 | World
Growing up, I had endless support from my family, the teachers at school and my university professors. I completed a PhD in physics at a relatively young age and spent some time trying to commercialize the project I setup, all thanks to my funders -- a venture-backed project. It was this experience that made me want to help other entrepreneurs. So after six years on the job, I headed back to Ghana with all my savings and a vague career goal.
Shappal Ibrahim

My Time in Secret Detention in Syria: "We Could Hear the Screams of Torture Victims"

Shappal Ibrahim | August 29, 2014 | World
On May 29, 2013, one of the guards came to our cell and told me I would be released. I didn't believe him, I thought I was going to be executed. The guards shaved my hair off and I was sure I was going to die.
Carlos F. Chamorro

Will China's Nicaraguan Canal Shift Power In The Western Hemisphere?

Carlos F. Chamorro | August 29, 2014 | World
At a minimum cost of $50 billion and capable of handling the world's largest and most modern ships, this Chinese project right in the heart of the Americas will bring myriad uncertainties to Nicaragua. The unfolding of the Nicaraguan Canal is worth paying attention to, because it threatens to significantly reformat power alignments in Latin America and the world.
Samarth Pathak

Fast Track Courts Against Criminal Lawmakers 'Imperative' for Indian Democracy

Samarth Pathak | August 29, 2014 | World
A wide section of India's politico-legal fraternity has expressed disappointment with the apex court's recent rejection of a proposal to fast track criminal cases against parliamentarians.
Alexander Motyl

Russo-Ukrainian War Now a Reality

Alexander Motyl | August 29, 2014 | World
Now is the time for the West -- whether NATO, the United States, or individual European states --to provide or sell the high-tech weaponry Ukraine needs to defend itself effectively. The argument against such a move -- that it would provoke a Russian escalation--is no longer valid, now that Russia has escalated. A well-armed Ukraine could stop Putin from embarking on any of these more alarming scenarios.
Committee to Protect Journalists


After Gaza Conflict, Probe Needed Into Journalist Killings

Committee to Protect Journalists | August 29, 2014 | World
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he killing of journalists and media workers, among several other potential violations of international law committed by both Israel and Palestinian factions, should be included in any future investigations into the Gaza war.
John Feffer


The Countryside Strikes Back

John Feffer | August 29, 2014 | World
Gabor Harangozo is one of the new young leaders of the Hungarian Socialist Party. He started out, as many of his generation did, working with Fidesz, which in the early 1990 was a liberal youth party. Gradually, however, he grew disenchanted with market liberalism and moved toward social democracy.
Fathima Imra Nazeer

Does Islamic State's Brutality Really Have Nothing to Do With Religion?

Fathima Imra Nazeer | August 29, 2014 | World
It's time we take our blinders off and started openly talking about the connection between ISIS's brutality and Quranic literalism.
Stephen Miles


Iraq and Syria: What if Bombing Makes Things Worse?

Stephen Miles | August 29, 2014 | Politics
With more than 1,000 U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq, surveillance flights over Syria, and over 100 airstrikes launched in Iraq, it is time to start asking the hard questions about the latest U.S. military intervention in the Middle East.
Jose Graziano da Silva


Championing the Development Aspirations of Island States

Jose Graziano da Silva | August 29, 2014 | World
Small Island Developing States share many similar social, economic and environmental challenges, including relatively small populations, limited land resources, vulnerability to natural disasters and external shocks, as well as high food import bills and an excessive dependence on foreign trade.
Luis Bettencourt

Mass Urbanization Could Lead to Unprecedented Human Creativity -- But Only if We Do it Right

Luis Bettencourt | August 29, 2014 | World
Successful global urbanization could lead to a profoundly-changed world in just a few decades, where age-old human problems of extreme poverty, famine, disease and conflict would be greatly alleviated -- if not eradicated.
Raghida Dergham


Egypt Has Regained the Palestinian Issue and Its Regional Leadership

Raghida Dergham | August 29, 2014 | World
Damascus is calling for internationalization as an opportunity for its rehabilitation. It wants to lure President Barack Obama to Syria as part of the war on terror, while ISIS is seeking to lure the American president to the Syrian and Iraqi arenas at the same time.
Angie Ahmadi


Dismissal of Iranian Science Minister Rallies Both Support and Opposition for Moderate President Rohani

Angie Ahmadi | August 29, 2014 | World
The impeachment of Iranian Minister of Science Reza Faraji Dana by the conservative-dominated Iranian Parliament on August 20 has been a key event for both sides -- a slip in the political tectonics that could yield seismic waves throughout the country's political landscape.


WATCH: These Mind-Controlling Parasites Are Freaky, And Apparently There Are A Lot Of Them

TEDTalks | August 29, 2014 | TED Weekends
How do you explain suicidal crickets and zombie caterpillars? One word: parasites. Science writer Ed Yong shows us how these tiny creatures force insects and animals to do their bidding, and asks: Are parasites manipulating humans, too?
Peter T. Coleman, PhD


Mad With Power?

Peter T. Coleman, PhD | August 29, 2014 | World
Vladimir Putin appears steadfast in his determination to reclaim large sections of Ukraine -- in particular its industrial heartland -- through intimidation and violence, while denying any but humanitarian involvement there. This raises the question: Is Putin psychotic?
Ronald Tiersky


Francois Hollande in Purgatory

Ronald Tiersky | August 29, 2014 | World
Hollande should let Montebourg and the Socialist party's left-wing go its own way. He's lost them anyway. The Socialists would be free to prepare the 2017 presidential election with Montebourg a strong candidate against an MRP politician such as Alain Juppé or former president Sarkozy.
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