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Adrianna Quintero

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Latin America Must Continue Its Leadership Past COP-20

Adrianna Quintero | December 18, 2014 | Green
Central and South American countries stand at a key crossroads; as environmentally and economically vulnerable countries, they have much to lose in the face of devastating climate change.
Ibrahim Sharqieh

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Keeping the Keys: The Rise of the Palestinian Diplomatic Intifada

Ibrahim Sharqieh | December 18, 2014 | World
Abbas should not be expected to magically relieve the suffering of the Palestinian, but to preserve his credibility and his standing among the Palestinian people he needs to take action, not just make statements.
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

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Can Bosnia's Army Save the World?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | December 17, 2014 | World
Soldiers, officers and police that fought against each other two decades earlier are now working together in UN and NATO operations to keep or deliver peace.
Marjorie Cohn

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'Cuban Five' at Heart of US-Cuba Deal

Marjorie Cohn | December 17, 2014 | Politics
Because of the significance of the Cuban exile community in Miami, and the strategic importance of Florida in US elections, no US president has dared to normalize relations with Cuba. Obama has taken a courageous step in shifting US policy toward Cuba.
James Cheyne

Our Australian Cousins Showed They Can Keep a Calm Head in More Ways Than One on Their Darkest Day

James Cheyne | December 17, 2014 | UK
In the immediate wake of the horrific siege in Sydney earlier this week the focus has quite rightly been on the bravery of those hostages and the awful situation that unfolded when Australian special forces stormed that café in a hail of flash bangs and bullets. But as the new scycle inevitably moves on, perhaps there's an important point to be raised about my old colleagues in the Australian media.
Gérard Houllier

Thierry Henry: An Extraordinary, Passionate Player

Gérard Houllier | December 17, 2014 | Sports
I met Thierry Henry very early on, 20 years ago, when I was the manager for the under-17 French team. Back then, three things struck me about him: first, his extraordinary talent, his drive coupled with an incredible passion for football, and finally his personality. It was these three factors and all the hard work he put in that led him to the career we know.
Hirania Luzardo

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We Are All Cubans

Hirania Luzardo | December 17, 2014 | Latino Voices
We have all lost in this fight. There are no winners, and with the announcement, pained feelings we have carried for five decades come to the surface.
Abraham R. Wagner

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Cuba -- Finally

Abraham R. Wagner | December 17, 2014 | Politics
Reports that the Obama Administration is now actively working to normalize relations with Cuba should be welcome news to Americans across the political spectrum. The current state of affairs is an artifact of the Cold War that should have been changed decades ago and serves no national security or economic interest of the nation at all.
Peter Scheer

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EU Bureaucrats Want to Dictate What Content Americans Can View on U.S.-Based Websites

Peter Scheer | December 17, 2014 | Technology
Although the Right to be Forgotten ruling, to date, may have affected content that is mostly trivial, the precedent of governmental censorship across borders, once established, can't be easily confined to information that society doesn't much care about.
Trita Parsi

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If It's True on Cuba, It's True on Iran

Trita Parsi | December 17, 2014 | Politics
Today, President Barack Obama took bold action to put an end to this farce. Over half a century of a counterproductive sanctions and isolation policy is coming to an end. But Cuba is only one of many examples of domestic politics rendering American foreign policy dysfunctional.
Darryl D'Monte

Maharashtra Races to Build India's First Solar Farm on Dam Wall

Darryl D'Monte | December 17, 2014 | World
The idea of building a solar power generation farm that floats on a reservoir was first mooted in Kerala. Now Maharashtra is moving fast with a related idea -- placing solar panels on a dam wall to generate electricity.
Gordon Brown

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One Reason Millions of Congolese Children Don't Go To School: Fees Parents Can't Afford

Gordon Brown | December 18, 2014 | World
You may think that charging poor people to go to school is a vicious idea that should have been left behind in the 19th century but the Democratic Republic of Congo will need an extra $500 million simply to complete the abolition of school fees.
Tara Sonenshine

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A Cuban Chanukah and Christmas Gift

Tara Sonenshine | December 17, 2014 | World
The administration's decision is a win-win for the international community.
Ivan Sukhov

Russians Feel a Tempest Brewing

Ivan Sukhov | December 17, 2014 | World
In the life of any country a situation can arise that requires a clear choice between positive change or stagnation and decline. At such times, only the collective will of the people can generate sufficient will to begin the process of change. And yes, sometimes the awakening of national consciousness begins with struggling over a mountain of dirty and snowy slush on the side of the road.
Beena Sarwar

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Pakistan Must Discard its 'Good Taliban, Bad Taliban' Narrative

Beena Sarwar | December 17, 2014 | World
The Pakistani government has put off a decisive move against the Taliban due to 'lack of political consensus.
James Dorsey

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Gulf human rights declaration increases heat on Qatar to act on migrant workers' rights

James Dorsey | December 17, 2014 | World
By James M. Dorsey The adoption of a human rights declaration by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that was designed to shield wealthy Gulf monarchies including 2022 World Cup host Qatar from criticism by human rights and trade union activists is likely to increase pressure on the sports-focused Gulf state...
Stanley Weiss

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America and Iran's Taba Moment

Stanley Weiss | December 17, 2014 | World
LONDON--As President Bill Clinton tells it, Yasser Arafat wanted to wear something controversial to the White House ceremony in which Israelis and Palestinians signed the Oslo Accords in 1993: his handgun. While Clinton convinced Arafat, then chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, to leave his firearm behind--and then...
Nicolas J.S. Davies

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Could Torture Report Be First Step to Ending U.S. War Crimes?

Nicolas J.S. Davies | December 17, 2014 | Politics
The torture of 119 people by the CIA is the tip of an iceberg of systematic war crimes that have become a defining characteristic of America's role in the world.
Janet Tavakoli

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Vladimir Putin Won't Waste a Crisis

Janet Tavakoli | December 17, 2014 | World
What do you do when the ruble is in free fall, and your panicky population is buying up consumer goods and foreign currency? If you are President Vladimir Putin, you get a facial, a manicure, a make-up artist and make a jingoistic video ahead of your Thursday press conference:
Jeff Danziger

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Russians Keep Warm

Jeff Danziger | December 17, 2014 | World
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