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Nathan Gardels

Weekend Roundup: Greece Revolts!

Nathan Gardels | January 30, 2015 | World
No sooner did the global elites leave their annual talking shop high in the Alps at Davos last week than the people spoke in Greece. In a mutiny against an untenable status quo, those who are run over have revolted against those who run things. Now righteous populism must face economic, financial and political realities if other European states don't bend Greece's way. To keep up with the drama as it evolves over the coming weeks, we've connected WorldPost readers directly to the daily blog of Yanis Varoufakis, the self-described "erratic Marxist" who is now Greece's finance minister. Writing from Athens, HuffPost Greece Editorial Director Sophia Papaioannou says Alexis Tsipras' electoral victory will give suffering Greeks "space and time" to address their predicament. Former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou argues that the path forward after the election is for a national referendum on a "Greek plan" for reform that will bind a now polarized nation. Rena Dourou, a deputy of the victorious Syriza party, notes that the vote was as much against the corruption of the formerly ruling political parties in Greece as it was against austerity. (continued)
Robin Lustig

The Saudi Royals: Not People to Do Business With

Robin Lustig | January 30, 2015 | UK Politics
I understand the need for diplomatic niceties to be observed. That's why when a royal head of state dies, I'm perfectly happy for one of our royals to attend the funeral. But why on earth do we have to send the prime minister as well? ... Wouldn't it be nice if, like Germany, we could halt our arms sales to what is undoubtedly one of the nastiest regimes on the planet. And when the new king dies - he's already 79 - perhaps we could send Prince Charles on his own. I'm sure he'd manage just fine.
Barbara Frost

Time to Look Ahead on Ebola

Barbara Frost | January 30, 2015 | UK
As the Ebola crisis in West Africa begins to ease, there is equal cause for hope and fear. The news that infections have slowed to fewer than 100 new cases per week is cause for optimism. But as the fight against Ebola moves into this next stage, there is still so much work to be done.
Samuel Ramani

Why the West's Strategy of Containing an 'Aggressive' Putin Is Misplaced

Samuel Ramani | January 30, 2015 | World
While the world's attention is preoccupied with entertaining the possibility of Putin's invasion rampage, this misplaced focus distracts greatly from the internal crisis brewing in Ukraine.
Miri Ben-Ari

A World Without Tolerance

Miri Ben-Ari | January 30, 2015 | Impact
As the world continues to move forward, discrimination and racism unfortunately have not disappeared from the face of the earth; on the contrary, they exist and even rule some parts of our world.
Vincent Intondi

The U.S. and the 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bomb

Vincent Intondi | January 30, 2015 | World
On Jan. 22, 2015 the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, in consultation with 17 Nobel Prize laureates adjusted the Doomsday Clock to three minutes to midnight.
Mahir Zeynalov

For Turkish Media, It Is All About Carrots and Sticks

Mahir Zeynalov | January 30, 2015 | World
Fifteen years ago, the mainstream media in Turkey had worked under the shadow of the ruthless military and hostile judiciary. Little has improved since 1990s, and this time the tyrannical elected government is unchecked to a degree that there is no formidable power that could hold the authorities accountable.
Jacob K. Olupona

Nigeria's Time of Uncertainty

Jacob K. Olupona | January 30, 2015 | World
With the presidential election looming on February 14, Nigeria is at a crossroads.
John Seager

Dear Pope Francis: Saving the World Requires Contraception

John Seager | January 30, 2015 | World
Planning and preventing pregnancy is not only a personal choice; it's a human right that saves lives, combats poverty, and helps to close the inequality gap. But more than that it's a crucial requirement for slowing population growth and, in turn, saving the planet from its greatest threat--climate change.
Haider Khan

Yannis Varoufakis and the New Economics for Greece

Haider Khan | January 30, 2015 | World
Yannis Varoufakis is not a household name in North America or Western Europe. But in the coming days people who pay attention to the press and other mass media will hear more about him.
Courtenay Cabot Venton

Technology for Development: Shifting the Status Quo in Africa

Courtenay Cabot Venton | January 30, 2015 | Impact
Access to mobile technology is transforming our ability to reach the poorest of the poor.
Rodrigo Aguilera

The Fiscal Risks of Low Oil Prices in Mexico

Rodrigo Aguilera | January 30, 2015 | World
This weakness in oil prices comes at a time when the Mexican government is struggling to overcome a two-year economic slowdown and ensure the attractiveness of Mexico's considerable energy potential after passing the energy reform. The country will have to make important adjustments in both the short and medium term if low oil prices remain the norm after 2015.
Robin Guittard

Cuba-USA: A New Hope for Human Rights

Robin Guittard | January 30, 2015 | World
The positive steps taken in the past weeks must absolutely translate into the full implementation of a new human-rights agenda. That is the only hope for real change.
Majid Rafizadeh

Escalation of Tensions: Israel and the Shiite Front (Iran-Hezbollah)

Majid Rafizadeh | January 30, 2015 | World
Since any military retaliation from Hezbollah, leading to a wider conflict with Israel, will pull Iran in as well, Iranian leaders are more likely to caution Hezbollah about using any tactics or strategy that might bring about a war.
Phil Thompson

Medical Servants, Not Slaves

Phil Thompson | January 30, 2015 | World
Cuba currently claims some 80,000 medical personnel, who serve in more than 20 countries worldwide. In Brazil, arriving doctors have been met with protest and branded "medical slaves."
Michael Møller

Who Are We Going to Trust?

Michael Møller | January 30, 2015 | World
Many have lost trust in their leaders, in political systems, in religious institutions and in the very notion that we are all in this world together and share a common future. This is a problem, because trust is the essential element that allows us to build a world of agreed-upon rules, with a level playing field for all.
Barbara E. Joe

Peace Corps in Cuba? You Heard It Here First

Barbara E. Joe | January 30, 2015 | World
Before anyone starts bombarding Peace Corps headquarters with inquiries about Cuba service, it's only an embryonic idea right now, but one that I've been advocating for a while.
Daoud Kuttab

New Greek PM Supports Palestinian Rights

Daoud Kuttab | January 30, 2015 | World
The country that brought to the world modern democracy has shown the refreshing meaning of giving people the right to say who rules them. Let us hope that our region will benefit politically from the new elections and also absorb the liberating power of democracy.
Robert Walker

Population: Four Out of Five Scientists Agree...

Robert Walker | January 30, 2015 | Science
A new poll of American scientists, conducted by the Pew Research Center, suggests that a large majority of them (82 percent) regard population growth as a major challenge. The poll results are not surprising; what is remarkable is that given the levels of scientific concern about humanity's impact on the planet, more scientists are not talking publicly about population.
Wilborn Hampton

Met Opera: Love and Obsession in 'Iolanta' and 'Bluebeard's Castle'

Wilborn Hampton | January 30, 2015 | Arts
At first thought, the heroines of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle wouldn't seem to have a lot in common. But as the Metropolitan Opera's snow-delayed opening of those two seemingly disparate one-acts showed, both are simply looking for love in a couple of very unlikely places, especially in the...
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