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Joanna Eede


Colin Firth and Survival International Come Together to Save the Awá Tribe

Joanna Eede | Posted June 25, 2012

The solution to the Awá's problems is actually relatively simple: their lands need to be protected and their rights respected.
Charlie Habershon


Defining Sierra Leone's Past, Present and Future

Charlie Habershon | Posted June 25, 2012

Friday marks the 51st year of Sierra Leone's independence from British rule, a day when Sierra Leoneans get together and party hard.
Dan Thomas


It's Vital the Global Community Gets Behind World Immunisation Week

Dan Thomas | Posted June 25, 2012

The GAVI Alliance and our partners UNICEF and WHO are working with Ghana's Ministry of Health to plan a massive celebration in Accra on April 26, during World Immunization Week, at which the first children will be vaccinated.
Vamsee Juluri


Remembering Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Vamsee Juluri | Posted June 25, 2012

I have yet to find the right words for what he meant to my family and to me. He made me think that at its heart all religion is about selfless love, and he showed me that it is humanly possible.
Otaviano Canuto


Less Poor but More Unequal

Otaviano Canuto | Posted June 25, 2012

Debates over inequality -- and the role governments should play -- have polarized political and economic debates. How much should inequality matter or weigh in policy making?
Renee Parsons


U.S. Hegemony in Latin America

Renee Parsons | Posted June 25, 2012

While the 'misconduct' of Secret Service agents with prostitutes in Colombia is a significant, if titillating scandal, most media reports have missed the tectonic political shift that surfaced at the recent Summit of the Americas meeting.
Yoav Sivan


Israeli Citizens Abroad Don't Need to Vote, They're Absent for a Reason

Yoav Sivan | Posted June 25, 2012

Should Israel grant its citizens living abroad the right to vote in Israeli elections? Immediately, the idea of granting out-of-country voting elicits impassioned, polarized reactions.
Leslie Gerwin


Why Everyone Should Celebrate Jim Yong Kim's Election as President of the World Bank

Leslie Gerwin | Posted June 25, 2012

This is a moment for Americans to recognize what Dr. Kim's work teaches us -- economic health depends upon healthy people and healthy communities.
Miles Jaffe


The French Choice

Miles Jaffe | Posted June 25, 2012

The election of Hollande would lead to a major change in German-French relations. The prospect of German-French discord in Europe offers at minimum good theatre.
Tom Butta


The Significance of Shanghai

Tom Butta | Posted June 25, 2012

Shanghai embodies the potential of China perhaps more than any other Chinese city. Shanghai is at once contemporary, connected, in tune, aware, open, willing, engaged, and hungry.
Amb. Marc Ginsberg


Is it Possible to Salvage the Faltering Syrian "Ceasefire"

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted June 25, 2012

An absence of imaginative, strategic diplomacy as the year-long crisis in Syria unfolded has caught the U.S. with dwindling options as the oxymoronic UN ceasefire collapses. Consequences abound as a result for U.S. interests across the region.
Carlo Strenger


Israel at 64: Farewell to Hysteria -- Welcome to Pragmatism

Carlo Strenger | Posted June 25, 2012

First of all Mazaltov to us all: Israel is celebrating its 64th independence day. The festivities will make us forget for a day that, at 64, Israel's internal discourse is haunted by profound insecurities.
Don Golden


Are We Still Dedicated to Peace in South Sudan?

Don Golden | Posted April 25, 2012

If we continue to stand now for peace in South Sudan, then their first chapter as a nation could read of new schools and children living past their 5th birthdays, instead of burned marketplaces and displaced refugees.
Annette Insdorf


From Israel, Documentaries of Internal Landscapes

Annette Insdorf | Posted June 25, 2012

Two very different Israeli documentaries are opening at New York's Quad Cinema over the next 10 days. These fascinating films have less to do with the political tensions that dominate headlines from the Middle East than with exploring personal identity.
Dr. Jane Aronson


Haiti Journal #3 -- The Highs and Lows of Fieldwork

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted June 25, 2012

Everyone was astonished by the condition of both buildings from the earthquake ... and the tent camps that still remain in the main square.
Eric Ehrmann


Brazil's Cry for Argentina Makes 'Social Equality' an Issue for Obama and Romney

Eric Ehrmann | Posted June 25, 2012

Brazil's financial markets and domestic policies may feel some unexpected turbulence being dragged into the slipstream of President Obama's presidential election campaign.
Yoani Sanchez


José Daniel Ferrer, Former Cuban Black Spring Prisoner, on Hunger Strike After New Arrest

Yoani Sanchez | Posted June 25, 2012

His drawing power, and the respect many have for him, comes also from his perseverance and, in particular, from the fact that he is quicker to embrace than to distrust. He has become a human bridge between several citizen projects and, right now, that makes him a sharp stone in the Cuban government's shoe.
Michael Levy


The Bo Xilai Scandal and What It Says About Us

Michael Levy | Posted June 25, 2012

The Bo Xilai scandal is many things. It is intriguing, complex, significant, and even sexy. But don't believe the hype. It will no more bring down Beijing than Watergate brought down Washington.
Monica L. Marks


Do Arabs Really 'Hate' Women? The Problem With Native Informants

Monica L. Marks | Posted June 25, 2012

Mona Eltahawy's fault lies in extrapolating broad cultural judgments from context-specific abuses.
Robert Reich


How Europe's Double Dip Could Become America's

Robert Reich | Posted June 25, 2012

What's the problem with Europe? Don't blame it on the so-called "debt crisis." There was no debt crisis in Britain, for example, which is now experiencing its first double-dip recession since the 1970s. Blame it on austerity economics.
Lou YK


How Russia Has Been Hedging Its Bets on Syria

Lou YK | Posted June 25, 2012

Russia is now the key to the survival of the Assad regime and only when it begins to see the Assad regime as a liability will Syria be settled.
Paul Stoller


Targeting Timbuktu

Paul Stoller | Posted June 25, 2012

Military occupation is not only bad news for the people who live in Timbuktu, but also for its world-renowned centers of learning that house precious manuscripts, some of which date to the 13th century.
William Brindley


Open Humanitarian Initiative: Improving Disaster Response

William Brindley | Posted June 25, 2012

Why is it so important that data be widely accessible during a disaster? Imagine that you're in a coastal region reeling from the aftermath of a tsunami. You may be trapped under rubble or in desperate need of medical attention, food and water.
Yoani Sanchez


Raudel Collazo in New Documentary: 'Awakening'

Yoani Sanchez | Posted June 25, 2012

Raudel Collazo is on stage: sweating, singing, talking, the whole time a chorus of applause joining the music. After the concert he returns to his house in Guines, to the narrow broken sidewalk along which he walks his daughter to school, to his mother with the white wrap around her head.
David Issacharoff


22,993 Heroes

David Issacharoff | Posted June 25, 2012

Israel never forgets the people who sacrificed their lives for their country, and that's why Israel celebrates Independence Day and Remembrance Day.
Katharine McPhee


World Malaria Day: The Faces Behind The Numbers

Katharine McPhee | Posted June 25, 2012

I recently went on a trip to multiple locations in Africa, where I learned that although I can't save the world, I can help save one life.
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie


For Our Creative Survival: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted June 25, 2012

Can the Jewish people survive without a Jewish and democratic state in the Land of Israel? For a while, perhaps. But creative Jewish survival needs a state to strengthen Jewish identity, foster Jewish unity and offer a meaningful Jewish response to the emptiness of modern life.
Kenneth Bob


Why Progressive Nationalism Is Still So Relevant: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Kenneth Bob | Posted June 25, 2012

Israel's founders understood that Israel cannot treat its minorities the way that Jews were treated throughout history. A world view of how the Jews can realize their national aspirations in a socially just manner is as relevant today as it was then.
Mitchell Cohen


Let's Have An Honest Debate: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Mitchell Cohen | Posted June 25, 2012

Hard though it may be, I think it is better to struggle constantly between particularism and universalism -- to struggle between the demands of actual, complex situations and circumstances and the horizons or principles that let us project better ones.
Steven J. Zipperstein


Distorting the Word 'Zionism': Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Steven J. Zipperstein | Posted June 25, 2012

Zionism's plummet as a compelling idea -- beyond, that is, the political or religious right -- isn't merely the byproduct of insidious propaganda or of the bullying of leftwing academics. The term has stumbled into something worse than obsolescence.
Tomas Hirst


Russia's Opposition Needs Some Grassroots Realism

Tomas Hirst | Posted June 25, 2012

All of this has provided tangible rewards, albeit not the media-friendly variety that the opposition had become used to. Indeed it may well not be until the next parliamentary elections in 2015 that the benefits of a grassroots focus become apparent.