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MJ Rosenberg

House Votes This Week to Tie Obama's Hands on Iran

MJ Rosenberg | Posted May 13, 2012

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives is slated to vote on a resolution designed to tie the president's hands on Iran policy. The resolution, which is coming up under an expedited House procedure, was the centerpiece of AIPAC's recent conference. In fact, 13,000 AIPAC delegates

Dr Johan Franzén

Egypt: Revolution or Reaction?

Dr Johan Franzén | Posted May 13, 2012

As we approach Egypt's anticipated presidential elections, which are scheduled to take place on 23 and 24 May, an assessment of the 'revolution' that overthrew Hosni Mubarak more than a year ago is in order. The erstwhile optimism expressed by many Western liberal commentators over the democratic nature of the...

Tali Lennox

How the People of Sierra Leone are Being Helped to Help Themselves

Tali Lennox | Posted May 14, 2012

There's nothing more surreal than bullet-holes in a village setting.

In many ways, with its beaches and lush, green landscapes, Sierra Leone should be an ideal holiday destination. Unfortunately, the brutal civil war of 1991, which only ended 10 years ago, has taken its toll.

As I passed through the...

Connie Lawn

Investiture Ceremony at the New Zealand Embassy, Washington D.C.

Connie Lawn | Posted May 13, 2012

Once again New Zealand has honored me, and I am overwhelmed. The wonderful people of New Zealand gave me a Royal Honour, for "Services to New Zealand-USA Relations." I just did what any reporter does -- I asked a lot of questions, ran around after visiting New Zealand officials or...

David Gosset

A Renewed Ambition for Sino-French Relations

David Gosset | Posted May 16, 2012

Since economic, political and strategic relations between Europe and China are not commensurate with their mutual appreciation and reciprocal attraction, a formidable potential for synergy between the two edges of the continent still awaits to be unleashed.

The new French President François Hollande is obviously facing daunting challenges on...

Barbara Becker

Colombia: Attempted Shooting of Rights Lawyer Raises Questions of Political Will

Barbara Becker | Posted May 13, 2012

Mónica Roa did not think twice when the lights went out in her office at 5:00 p.m. last Monday. Power outages are a common occurrence in Bogotá, so Roa, a well-known human rights attorney, and two colleagues continued on with their meeting. But at 6:30 pm, a bullet hit the...

Barbara Biziou

Mother's Day: Where Did It All Begin?

Barbara Biziou | Posted May 13, 2012

Most of us buy cards or go out for dinner to commemorate Mother's Day, but we rarely realize how far back these celebrations date. Like many other holidays that have been commercialized in modern times, Mother's Day has centuries-old antecedents. Cultures around the world celebrated (and still do) the mother...

Donna Henes

Mother's Day: Celebrating the Universal Maternal Divine

Donna Henes | Posted May 13, 2012

It is promulgated in some paleontological circles that all of humankind is the offspring of a single lady who lived in Africa, or some say Asia, a very long time ago. The geometrically multiplied generations of her darling daughters and sons have since become geographically dispersed and ethnically diverse. Over...