Weekend Roundup 51,
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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)
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
With the presidential election looming on February 14, Nigeria is at a crossroads.
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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.
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.
Access to mobile technology is transforming our ability to reach the poorest of the poor.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...