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Geoffrey Mock

A New Hope With Every Sunrise for Families of the Disappeared

Geoffrey Mock | August 31, 2014 | World
In every one of these cases, there is an answer. There is someone in these governments who knows where these people are or what happened to them.
Marco Cáceres


Margarita Murillo: Another Victim of Neoliberalism in Honduras?

Marco Cáceres | August 31, 2014 | World
Land disputes between peasants and large landowners in Honduras go back decades. Agrarian reform has been perhaps the most contentious issue for any Honduran government to deal with since the 1950s and 1960s, and certainly the biggest challenge.
James Dorsey


Saudi-Qatari Rivalry Spills onto the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | August 31, 2014 | World
Unable to persuade Qatari leaders to drop their support for the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups, Saudi Arabia appears determined to deprive its tiny neighbor of its regional soccer supremacy.
Majid Rafizadeh


Will Israel Attack Iran's Nuclear Installation?

Majid Rafizadeh | August 30, 2014 | Politics
Israel has previously threatened to carry out attacks against Iran's nuclear installations. Nevertheless, the major dilemma is whether Israel would realistically attack Iran's nuclear facilities.
José Ramos-Horta


New Zealand: Time for a Small Country on the UN Security Council

José Ramos-Horta | August 30, 2014 | Politics
In these incredibly challenging times in the Middle East, parts of Africa and Asia, the world needs small countries with New Zealand's record to be sitting in the UN Security Council. And it is important for other small UN member states to see New Zealand win and know that the UN Security Council is accessible for them too.
Ben Cosgrove


World War II Erupts: Haunting Color Photos From 1939 Poland

Ben Cosgrove | August 29, 2014 | World
On Sept. 1, 1939, one week after Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact, more than a million German troops--along with 50,000 Slovakian soldiers--invaded Poland. Two weeks later, a half-million Russian troops attacked Poland from the east. After years of vague rumblings, explicit threats and open conjecture...
Gregory Beals

3 Million and Counting

Gregory Beals | August 29, 2014 | World
With Syria's war well into its third year, another depressing marker has been crossed - now more than 3 million men, women and children live as refugees. Conservative estimates of the death count stand at roughly 191,000. What is equally as depressing is the fact that for the most part we as a world could care less. "Three million refugees is not just another statistic," says Angelina Jolie, the UN Special Envoy for refugees. "It is a searing indictment of our collective failure to end the war in Syria." Syria is hemorrhaging women, children and men who cross borders often with little more than the clothes on their back. I imagine the waves of humanity that stretch into Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt. Given the vast numbers of people fleeing into neighbouring countries it is not surprising that Syrian refugees now represent the largest percentage of asylum seekers entering Europe. Often the people I speak with have spent at least a year away from their homes before deciding to cross the border. They move from village to village relying on anyone and everyone to survive. For the most part, they wait because they cannot afford the smugglers or the bribes necessary to cross into another country. But having passed across a border it becomes safe again for them to exercise memory. The air inside the reception hall at Za'atari refugee camp is largely quiet, not like the sky thick with the thud of ordinance across the border. Mortar and artillery fire do not light up the night in Za'atari the way it does in Allepo or Dara'a. I see the look on people's faces and it is almost as if they are experiencing a form of relief. There is finally shelter and a meal to eat. The fact of survival blankets them in the...
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
Hassan Rouhani must hold those who commit human rights violations responsible, including those who arrested Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi, taking the necessary steps to guarantee their release.
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.
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