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Dame Tessa Jowell

7/7 Remembered - How the Bombings Showed Our Country Is the Model of Resilience

Dame Tessa Jowell | July 5, 2015 | UK
The story of London on and after 7 July 2005, despite the pain and the anguish which will never abate, is a more optimistic story than that. People stopped to help. We mourned together. It changed us. The bombs brought fire and death; but I recall that one of the Olympic symbols is a torch. That was the fire which lit London three years ago, which London will carry forever, and in whose flickering light the names of those who died will live for evermore.
John Valentine

7/7 Reflections

John Valentine | July 4, 2015 | UK
It was a moment, and a morning of horror. I still don't understand it, still find it hard to go back there in my mind. It has changed me. There is still outrage, anger. Still a great sense of shock, of violation. But, to my surprise, a friend who was also there, spoke of seeing Jesus on the streets of Holborn that day. And there in the middle of the horror, He was.
Esther Hyman

7/7 - Miriam's Vision: We All Have the Potential to Replace Hatred and Division with Compassion

Esther Hyman | July 4, 2015 | UK
Miriam Hyman was my little sister and only sibling. The Miriam Hyman Memorial Trust was established 2008 in response to Miriam's death in the Tavistock Square explosion on 7 July 2005. In 2008 her memorial: the Miriam Hyman Children's Eye Care Centre in Odisha, one of India's most deprived states.
Andreas A. Papandreou

Why Vote 'Yes'

Andreas A. Papandreou | July 4, 2015 | World
The reason that we cling to Europe, the EU and the Euro despite all our suffering and however much we attribute to their poor handling of our present predicament, is that with all the disillusionment we have in the capacity of our own governments and our institutions, imperfect Europe remains our beacon of hope.
Kenneth M. Quinn

A 4th of July Sidebar Discussion in Vienna

Kenneth M. Quinn | July 4, 2015 | Impact
As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with his Iranian counterpart in Vienna, at some point, he might want to make a reference to an event that just took place at the State Department in Washington on July 1 -- the announcement of the 2015 World Food Prize laureate.
The GroundTruth Project

Millennials Overwhelmingly Favor 'No' Vote in Greek Referendum

The GroundTruth Project | July 4, 2015 | World
With the clock ticking until Greece's critical Sunday referendum, 28-year-old Barbara Georganta found herself in Syntagma Square on Friday afternoon, shouting at a man telling passers-by to vote in favor of creditors' demands.
Jeff Faux

This Greek Tragedy Could Be Europe's As Well

Jeff Faux | July 4, 2015 | Politics
Like the chorus of a drama played out in some ancient Athenian amphitheater, Europe's politicians and pundits chant that the Greeks deserve their fate; they violated the sacred dictum of the Gods of Finance -- that countries must not live beyond their means. Therefore, they must be punished.
Doug Bandow

The U.S. and China Should Not Risk War Over a "Damn Fool Thing" in the South China Sea

Doug Bandow | July 4, 2015 | World
Some territorial claims are easy. Often, however, history disdains simplicity. In this case, there is a complex mix of control, historical practice, international law and treaty. In the view of most observers, Beijing's claims are extravagant. Yet, they are not unprecedented.
Dimitris Katsikas

The Final Mistake of a Bad Negotiation

Dimitris Katsikas | July 4, 2015 | World
The decision to hold a referendum on the creditors' proposal is the final act in a drama that started five months ago, when the new Greek government initiated a new round of negotiations with the country's creditors.
James Zogby

Oren's Orgy of Self-Justification

James Zogby | July 4, 2015 | Politics
The book is instructive and disturbing on many levels. First and foremost, I was struck by the arrogance and the sense of impunity with which Ally was written. No one who criticizes Israel is spared from Oren's venomous pen. Two targets receive special attention: President Obama and liberal American Jews.
James Dorsey

Egyptian soccer player criticizes Sisi in reflection of mounting discontent

James Dorsey | July 4, 2015 | World
By James M. Dorsey Criticism this week by soccer player Ahmed al-Merghani of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi's hard-handed repression of dissent and failure to defeat a mushrooming insurgency in the Sinai peninsula signals mounting discontent in Egypt. Mr. Al-Merghani's comments on his Facebook page are indicative because they suggested...
Marjorie Cohn

Next Steps in the Normalization of U.S.-Cuban Relations: Thoughts From the Cuban Five

Marjorie Cohn | July 4, 2015 | Politics
Now that United States and Cuba are preparing to open embassies in each other's countries, what else needs to happen to support the process of détente between the two countries?
William M. LeoGrande

Beyond Symbolism, Restoring Ties With Cuba Has Practical Benefits

William M. LeoGrande | July 3, 2015 | World
The reopening of embassies in Washington and Havana is symbolic of the change in U.S. policy that President Obama announced on December 17 of last year -- replacing the policy hostility and subversion dating back to the break in diplomatic relations 54 years ago with a new a policy of engagement and cooperation.
Elena Ambrosiadou

What the Referendum Means for Greece

Elena Ambrosiadou | July 3, 2015 | World
Plans based on common sense of purpose and partnership in problem solving are the basis for delivering the much needed change. There are many areas which should be subject to deep structural reform. The willingness has to be there from both sides.
Pavlos Tsimas

The Tragedy of Greece's Referendum

Pavlos Tsimas | July 4, 2015 | World
That whatever has happened (in the name of decency and self-determination, supposedly) during the past few days, the end of negotiations, the closing of the banks, the sudden fall in our economy, place us defenseless in the hands of our creditors.
Robert Naiman

Bernie Sanders Will End the IMF's Economic Violence in Greece and Africa

Robert Naiman | July 3, 2015 | World
Many people want to know more about Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' foreign policy agenda. Yes, they say, we like what Sanders is saying about reducing extreme inequality, about reducing the political power of the billionaire class. But what about U.S. foreign policy?
David Harris

UN Human Rights Council? UN Human Wrongs Council!

David Harris | July 3, 2015 | World
The 47-member UN Human Rights Council in Geneva just voted to assail Israel because of the Hamas-triggered war in the summer of 2014. That's right, assail Israel, not Hamas.
Costas Meghir

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

Costas Meghir | July 4, 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.
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Bosnia to US, From Refugees to Great Americans

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | July 3, 2015 | World
Early July still brings a bittersweet week for Bosnian-Americans. They are reminded by the Srebrenica genocide commemoration why so many had to flee Bosnia and Herzegovina and why they/we are so fortunate to have been welcomed in America.
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.
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