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Tinatin Japaridze


A Proud Russkiy Citizen or an Upatriotic Traitor of Mother Russia?

Tinatin Japaridze | July 25, 2014 | World
I refuse to be defined by my passport -- both literally and metaphorically. Surely there's more to an individual than his personal identification number and/or the color of his passport?
Joseph A. Palermo


It Can Be Done: Negotiate an End to the Siege in Gaza

Joseph A. Palermo | July 25, 2014 | Politics
There are so many stakeholders, not only in the Middle East but also in Europe and beyond, that would like to see an end to this madness in Gaza. The vital thing confronting us today is for the U.S. to put pressure on Israel to lift the siege of Gaza and seek a viable and realistic political solution.
Sadiq Khan


British Muslims Have British Values

Sadiq Khan | July 25, 2014 | UK Politics
British Muslims are an extremely enterprising community. They contribute over £31billion to the UK economy every year. Over 100,000 British Muslims are civil servants, doctors, lawyers and accountants. In London alone, small businesses run by Muslims employ over 70,000 people... The majority of people view British Muslims as contributing well to our national way of life. Let us build on and strengthen that. While I'm fasting this weekend - when I'm hungry and thirsty - I will be thinking about what I can do to promote a more positive view of British Muslims - I think we should all do the same.
Marco Cáceres


G'head, Do the Gangs a Favor, Deport the Kids to Central America

Marco Cáceres | July 25, 2014 | World
The gangs continue growing in numbers because of the relative powerlessness of the authorities in Central America. The police are outgunned and easily corrupted, while the judges and politicians are effortlessly cowed.
Svetlana Alexievich

The Russian Dream Is All About Empire

Svetlana Alexievich | July 25, 2014 | World
The Russian Dream is for the country to be a great empire and to inspire fear. Interviews I recently conducted in Moscow all ended with the same words: "First, the Olympic Games in Sochi, then we annexed Crimea. And now, we've won the hockey championships!"
Olga Bielkova

Three Reasons We Need a Parliamentary Election in Ukraine

Olga Bielkova | July 25, 2014 | World
The sitting Parliament, where at least half of the delegates can be qualified as unprincipled populists at best and outright criminals at worst, is incapable of acting on behalf of the people and it must be dissolved.
Nathan Gardels


Weekend Roundup: Queen Rania vs. Shimon Peres

Nathan Gardels | July 25, 2014 | World
Two icons of peace and conciliation in the Middle East, Queen Rania of Jordan and Israel's outgoing president, Shimon Peres, are at bitter loggerheads in this week's WorldPost. While Peres speaks of Israel's "moral heritage" and the undisputed right to defend itself against Hamas missiles, Queen Rania pleads for a sense of common humanity to relieve Gaza from the Israeli siege that has turned that dispossessed sliver of land into "a modern day dystopia" and "the most tragic place to live on the planet." (continued)
Martin Hellman

Malaysia Air Flight 17: Let Grief, Not Anger, Guide Us

Martin Hellman | July 25, 2014 | World
Wars bring out the worst on all sides, and to be effective in preventing future tragedies such as MH17, we need to stop blaming others and start taking responsibility for our own mistakes.
Atalia Omer

When Gaza Is Burning, We Must Break the Silence

Atalia Omer | July 25, 2014 | World
In times of war, it is critical to challenge the logic of those who paint the violence as "inevitable," and also to treat as newsworthy those citizens who actively challenge the conventional narrative from within Israel.
Rodrigo Nunes


The Worst Kind of World Cup Legacy: Brazil's New Political Prisoners

Rodrigo Nunes | July 25, 2014 | World
This could be a chapter in Latin American history coming full circle in the worst possible way.
Eleanor Goldberg


Birthright Didn't Kill American IDF Soldier Max Steinberg

Eleanor Goldberg | July 25, 2014 | Religion
Max Steinberg, a Los Angeles native who upped and moved to Israel alone to volunteer with the Israeli Defense Forces died in combat on Sunday. But according to an editor at Slate, it wasn't Hamas who killed this 24-year-old.
David Hearst


Mahmoud Abbas' Epiphany Over Gaza

David Hearst | July 25, 2014 | World
Abbas can make a series of feints like pressing ahead with membership of UN institutions, and taking Israel to the International Criminal Court. But the margin of error for the arch political survivor is narrowing.
Robert Koehler


Never Again to Us

Robert Koehler | July 25, 2014 | World
"Israel regrets every injury to civilians. I call on the residents of Gaza: Don't stay there. Hamas wants you to die, we want you to be safe." This is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as quoted in the Jewish Daily Forward, cleansing the nation's collective conscience. Is it...
Brian Levin, J.D.


For Israelis and Palestinians Peace Must Not Be The Last Casualty

Brian Levin, J.D. | July 25, 2014 | World
Assessing legal and moral culpability, while vitally important, is not nearly as urgent as stopping the conflict now and preventing any more losses of innocent lives, which have been overwhelmingly Palestinian, with over 826 deaths, as well as those of 37 Israelis.
Food Politic


Using Food as a Treatment for Mental Illness

Food Politic | July 25, 2014 | Impact
Most of us are familiar with food banks and soup kitchens, where donated food goes to feed hungry people in the community. Yet we rarely talk about the connection between mental illness and hunger and how access to food can do more than just provide a full stomach.
Ivan Sukhov

Nailing Shut 'Window to Europe' Will Empower Russian Nationalists

Ivan Sukhov | July 25, 2014 | World
The most frightening possible result of sanctions is that the West could nail shut the "window to Europe" that Russia has been laboring hard to develop ever since Peter the Great first built it at tremendous cost in the early 18th century.
Olivia Snaije

Social Media About Gaza Reflects Misplaced Anger Instead of Humanity

Olivia Snaije | July 25, 2014 | Media
I have been spending far too much time away from my work because I am alternately outraged, fascinated and horrified by what I read about Gaza on Facebook, today's reflection of our society.
Dorian de Wind


A 'Humane King's' Words Resonate Twenty Years Later

Dorian de Wind | July 25, 2014 | World
I have always liked and admired the late King Hussein of Jordan. In my opinion, he was a kind, wise leader -- a haven of peace, reason and steadfastness in the always-troubled Middle East.
Eli Beer


Silent Victims

Eli Beer | July 25, 2014 | World
The story of this conflict is not complete without including the silent victims: the anonymous, the unnoticed, the uncounted, who suffer but are not included in any of the official statistics.


WATCH: He Was Shot 3 Times And He Killed Someone At 19. Who He Is Today Will Amaze You

TEDTalks | July 25, 2014 | TED Weekends
Is it possible to forgive a murderer? What if that murderer is you? This former drug dealer and convicted murderer was in solitary confinement when he had the awakening that would change his life forever.
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