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James Snell


Non-Intervention in Syria Was a Grave Mistake

James Snell | April 20, 2014 | UK Politics
When the House of Commons voted to reject military action to protect the citizens of Syria from tyranny - both political and religious - MPs plunged this country, and the world, into the terrifying situation that exists in the region today. Non-intervention has cost Britain and NATO respect on the international stage...
Joseph Braude


A Saudi Psychologist on Jihadism, Clerical Elite and Education Reform

Joseph Braude | April 20, 2014 | World
Clinical psychologist Abdullah al-Garni serves a niche clientele: recovering jihadists. He heads the mental health division at the Mohammed bin Naif Center for Counseling and Advice.
Yoani Sanchez


Cuba's Culture of Violence: A Dangerous Spiral

Yoani Sanchez | April 20, 2014 | World
A woman hits a child, who appears to be her son, on one corner. A hundred yards further on, two men get in a fight because one stepped on the other's shoe. I arrive home thinking about this aggressiveness, just under the skin, that I feel in the street.
Melissa Carr


When Did Being A Mom Become The 'World's Toughest Job'?

Melissa Carr | April 20, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
If you have time to watch a YouTube video and Facebook about it all damn day, motherhood hasn't completely swallowed you up -- you had enough time in your busy day for this, let's be honest, frivolity. Maybe, after all, it isn't the toughest job in the world.
James Dorsey


Syrian Jihadists Employ Soccer as Propaganda and Recruitment Tool

James Dorsey | April 20, 2014 | World
Jihadists have found a new way of employing the game for propaganda and recruitment purposes. A recent jihadist video suggested that an apparent Portuguese fighter in Syria was a former French international who had played for British premier league club Arsenal.
Evelyn Leopold


Is Justice Possible for North Korea's Victims?

Evelyn Leopold | April 19, 2014 | World
What to do about torture, rape, political prison camps and other atrocities in North Korea? A UN investigative panel says the isolated country is a "totalitarian state without parallel in the contemporary world" and its abusers must be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court.
Stephen Hawking

Transcending Complacency on Superintelligent Machines

Stephen Hawking | April 19, 2014 | Science
As the Hollywood blockbuster Transcendence debuts this weekend with Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman and clashing visions for the future of humanity, it's tempting to dismiss the notion of highly intelligent machines as mere science fiction. But this would be a mistake, and potentially our worst mistake ever.
Mehrnaz Samimi

Social Media Helps Young Iranian Fashion Designers

Mehrnaz Samimi | April 18, 2014 | World
Vahdat Hall, originally called Roudaki Hall and built for artistic performances, was a prominent venue for major concerts and plays over the years. This year, however, on the occasion of spring and Nowruz, the Iranian new year, it became the site for a different type of event: the Fajr Fashion...
Rabbi Michael Bernstein


A Time of Vigilance in the Ukraine

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | April 18, 2014 | Religion
We are challenged these days by the ugly reminders of anti-Semitism on both sides of the Ukrainian conflict and, of course, so recently in our own backyard. We must both remain vigilant against those who would do us harm and anticipate not increasing danger but redemption and peace.
Robin Lustig


When Countries Fall Apart

Robin Lustig | April 18, 2014 | UK Politics
I don't see why it would be such a tragedy if Ukraine and Russia redrew their borders, with one, all-important proviso: that it is done in accordance with the wishes of the majority of the people in the region affected, as expressed in a fairly-conducted referendum. After all, that's what is planned for the people of Scotland...
Neil Durkin


This Easter Don't Play the Monopoly of Persecution Game

Neil Durkin | April 18, 2014 | UK
There's no monopoly on victimhood and no fixed pattern to religious discrimination and violence. Despite what David Cameron says, Christians aren't unique in being persecuted, and nor are they always unblemished when it comes to dishing out the persecution.
Dr Alastair Redfern


There Are Few Places Where the Message of Easter Is as Relevant as the Central African Republic

Dr Alastair Redfern | April 18, 2014 | UK
I have faith in the human capacity for hope and generosity of spirit. Easter is a time for celebration of the triumph of light over darkness and sacrifice into new life. For the children of CAR, who have sacrificed so much, this is our opportunity to give them something to be hopeful about.
Richard Javad Heydarian


Algerian Elections: The End of the Arab Spring?

Richard Javad Heydarian | April 18, 2014 | World
As Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika secured his fourth term in office, many are wondering whether the 2010-11 Arab uprisings have had any lasting imprint on the region at all.
Nathan Gardels


Weekend Roundup

Nathan Gardels | April 19, 2014 | World
This week, The WorldPost streamed live Chelsea and Hillary Clinton's virtual dialogue, "Girls: A No Ceilings Conversation," about how young people can prepare to meet life's challenges. In our One-On-One series, historian Niall Ferguson discusses the degeneration of America's institutions. In a HuffPost Live interview, economist Thomas Piketty talks about his new book, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" and growing inequality. Novelist and Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer describes her disillusion with post-Mandela South Africa. Actor and activist Robert Redford appeals to President Obama to keep oil drilling out of the Arctic. Sergio Munoz Bata remembers his long-time friend and colleague, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. (continued)
Kuntal Joisher

I'm Climbing Everest for a Cause

Kuntal Joisher | April 18, 2014 | Impact
Yes, I know hundreds of people attempt to summit the highest point in the world every year, but I'd like to think my journey is special. I'm climbing in honor of my father for over a decade.
Pierre Guerlain


The Obama Drama

Pierre Guerlain | April 18, 2014 | Politics
Everyone remembers the 2008 campaign when, in the exhilaration of Obamania, the advertising slogan "no-drama Obama" had a fair amount of success. This reflected a common misunderstanding of politics, for personalities matter much less than the force field of conflicts between the various powerful sectors in oligarchic democracies.
Richard Attias


Schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria: Complicity through Silence

Richard Attias | April 18, 2014 | World
This past Monday night, militants from the Islamist group Boko Haram kidnapped 129 high school female students from their beds in northern Nigeria. The Western media has made barely a mention of this story and appears resigned to ignore this abduction, which is an act of terror and...
Omid Memarian


Why Iran Should Appoint a New Ambassador to the UN?

Omid Memarian | April 18, 2014 | World
Iran's decision to resist replacing Hamid Aboutalebi, as the Islamic Republic's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, is only increasing frustrations both in Tehran and Washington.
Patricia Adams


The Probe of Three Gorges Officials Is Getting Too Close for Communist Party Leaders

Patricia Adams | April 18, 2014 | Canada
Chinese President Xi Jinping's sweeping campaign to root out graft and curb abuse of power is now trained on the Three Gorges Corporation, the state-owned enterprise that built and operates the world's largest dam.
Sergio Muñoz Bata


Adios, Gabo

Sergio Muñoz Bata | April 18, 2014 | World
When a friend dies, you are left with deep pain and a multitude of memories of the moments you shared. After all, as Gabo wrote: "Life is not the one you lived but the one you remember and how you remember it to tell it."
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