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Glen Browder


Chernobyl 2012: People, Places, and Photos

Glen Browder | Posted July 29, 2012

My purpose in writing this post was not to present another horrific portrait of devastation but to present, as best I could, a picture of day-to-day life in still-impacted communities.
Jeffrey Laurenti


Assad at the Tipping Point

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted July 29, 2012

Two weeks ago the crackdown on peaceful protests at the university in Aleppo triggered a hemorrhage of support for the government. The international reaction to the Houla massacre seems set to accelerate that erosion.
Amb. Marc Ginsberg


If There Is No Plan B for Syria, How About a Plan C?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted July 29, 2012

Administration officials keep gravitating to the simplistic assertion that when it comes to Syria, there is no Plan B since Plan B may compel direct military intervention. But I can drive a ten-wheeler between existing U.S. policy and putting boots on Syrian ground.
Cynthia Rothschild


Oh, the Drama! The UN Human-Rights System Tackles Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Cynthia Rothschild | Posted July 29, 2012

Even with the back and forth, the up and down, I think the Human Rights Council panel in March, and its related, first-ever, official U.N. report on sexual-orientation and gender violence and discrimination, was nothing short of a watershed moment in U.N. and LGBT political history.
Yoani Sanchez


Minister Trips Up and Admits Fiber Optic Cable Is Working, But Cubans Can't Access It

Yoani Sanchez | Posted July 29, 2012

Between La Guaira, Venezuela, and Santiago de Cuba runs an umbilical cord that should turn us into a 21st Century country, remove our technological and communications handicaps.
Steve Kettmann


The Myth of the Euro's Imminent Demise

Steve Kettmann | Posted July 29, 2012

Anyone reading the U.S. press last year would have assumed the Euro would be dead by now. It isn't. Here's guessing the Euro will survive the current crisis -- which would be good not just for Europeans but for the world.
Philip Seib


China: The First Soft Power Superpower

Philip Seib | Posted July 29, 2012

If the United States and other nations persist in engaging with China within the realm of public diplomacy, China might be nudged toward increased openness. This could enable the newest superpower to continue to rely on soft power.
Aziz Nayani


Insecurities Over Sovereignty: Why Pakistan Sentenced Shakil Afridi

Aziz Nayani | Posted July 29, 2012

On the surface, it makes little sense for Pakistan to convict the man who assisted in operations aimed at capturing bin Laden. The decision reveals a larger insecurity within the Pakistani psyche.
Erin Siegal


Who Killed Brad Will?

Erin Siegal | Posted July 29, 2012

Osorio Ortega is not the first man accused of murdering Brad Will. In 2008, Mexican authorities fingered baker Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno as Will's killer.
Arianna Huffington


Austerity: 2011's Darling Becomes 2012's Pariah

Arianna Huffington | Posted July 29, 2012

There's a new scarlet letter in town. Actually, it's the same letter -- "A" -- but it stands for a different word that's increasingly regarded as shameful: Austerity. The darling idea of 2010 and 2011 has become the pariah concept of 2012. And the evidence of profound change is all around, from France and Greece to Germany and -- gasp -- the Republican Party. The change, when it comes to the conventional wisdom on austerity, has come from a combination of public pressure and leadership: one pushing up from below, the other pressing down from above. None of this means that we should break out the Keynesian champagne any time soon. But it's clear the forces of austerity are in retreat. And that's a very good thing.
James Dorsey


Egypt Election Offers Youth and Soccer Fans Second Chance

James Dorsey | Posted July 29, 2012

The Arab world's first free and fair presidential elections pose a dilemma and a wake-up call for militant Egyptian soccer fans and revolutionary youth groups as the two surviving candidates seek to win their votes in a run-off next month in which a majority of the votes are up for grabs.
Alex Storozynski


President Obama's Medal for Karski Shines Light on Poland's Real World War II Record

Alex Storozynski | Posted July 29, 2012

After escaping Soviet imprisonment and being savagely tortured by the Gestapo, Karski risked his life to sneak past German guards into the ghetto to see how the Nazis were abusing Jews. Karski then disguised himself as a Ukrainian guard to visit a transfer station that sorted Jews on their way to the death camps.
Mark D. Steinberg


Picturing Putin's Russia

Mark D. Steinberg | Posted July 29, 2012

Laughing mockery of power may let off steam. But it may also be a sign of something consequential: that many Russians, audacious and without fear, feel that Putinism has become an embarrassment and a hindrance.
Michael R. Powers


Insurance in the Middle Kingdom (Without the Middleman)

Michael R. Powers | Posted July 29, 2012

Insurance products, familiar for generations to those living in North America and Europe, are only now gaining a small foothold in China. It is possible that conventional insurance is simply failing to compete against a very ancient, financing mechanism: risk pooling.
Tom Andrews


The Pentagon's Dirty Deal

Tom Andrews | Posted July 29, 2012

Recently, the House unanimously passed an amendment to the House Defense Authorization bill that bans the purchase of weapons from any firm "controlled, directed or influenced by" a country providing weapons to state sponsors of terrorism, including Syria.
Andrew Lam


Human Trafficking a Growing Global Scourge

Andrew Lam | Posted July 29, 2012

Human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal business in the world, according to the State Department. It ranks only second to drug trafficking in profitability, bringing in an estimated $32 billion annually.
Mehrunisa Qayyum


Women in Middle East/North Africa Are Underrepresented in Science and Technology Professions

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted July 29, 2012

Women are not represented in the STEM fields professionally -- regardless of their enrollment rates in such courses at the university level. This challenging trend applies not only to the Middle East and North Africa, but to other regions as well.
Alon Ben-Meir


Preventing Sunni-Shiite Schism From Hijacking the Arab Spring

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted July 29, 2012

The Arab Sunni world can maintain its coherence and present an alternative to their societies by sharing Islam's values of freedom, justice, and human rights, which have thus far been squashed by blind Islamic Sunni and Shiite orthodoxy, whose time is surely running out.
Richard Driver


Greek Opinion Polls and the U.S. GDP Figure

Richard Driver | Posted July 29, 2012

Figures from the German, French and eurozone-wide services and manufacturing sectors almost all disappointed, suggesting that the eurozone's avoidance of economic contraction in Q1 will prove temporary.
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin


The Arab World and the Media's Symbiotic Revolutions

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted July 29, 2012

There has been much speculation as to how central a role social media has played in catalyzing the Arab Revolution or the Global Occupy Movement. But little has been discussed about its role in spurring the media revolution.
Ioannis Pappos


My Proud Bankrupt Greek Soul

Ioannis Pappos | Posted July 29, 2012

By 2010, I decided to spend some time writing in Greece. I had open accounts to settle there -- family, friends, closets. What I hadn't planned though was that it's hard to settle with the already bankrupt. I landed in a suicidal country itself deeply in the closet financially, morally, even sexually.
Julian Baird Gewirtz


'Foreign Trash' and China's Soft Power

Julian Baird Gewirtz | Posted July 29, 2012

China's soft power agenda has become a dangerous fault line. It will be an extraordinary challenge for China's new leadership to strengthen the country's cultural sphere while also maintaining the kind of global engagement that will make greater soft power useful.
The European Magazine


Kirchner Joins the Resource Wars

The European Magazine | Posted July 29, 2012

Argentina, Bolivia, Egypt: Countries around the world embrace resource nationalism and pursue the nationalization of oil and gas companies.
Adam Pertman


An Unnerving Reality: We're Deporting Adoptees

Adam Pertman | Posted July 29, 2012

People who break the law should unequivocally pay an appropriate price for their offenses. But I think it can fairly be argued that the reason some are being ejected from the only country they've ever known is not because of the crime they've committed -- but because they were adopted.
Paul Heroux


Iran's Nuclear Program: Challenging Conventional Options

Paul Heroux | Posted July 29, 2012

When dealing with Iran, it is critically important to factor in that the tougher our rhetoric gets, the deeper they will dig their heels in. We must exhaust all options before we turn to military action.
Patrick Galey


Beirut Burns as Lebanon's Violent Habits Die Hard

Patrick Galey | Posted July 29, 2012

Those who engage in fighting are not party 'supporters' as is often supposed. They are trained gunmen. Killers. And as long as they continue receiving tacit instructions from leaders to remain so, don't expect Lebanon to have picked its last fight with itself.
Joyce S. Dubensky


The Real Muslim Problem

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted July 29, 2012

When reading about the Afghanistan war, many people begin to conflate all Muslims with the radicals that we hear about on a daily basis. But what about this wonderful woman and her family and friends, who use Islam as a rich resource to promote peace?
Mark Weisbrot


The Jamaicanization of Europe

Mark Weisbrot | Posted July 29, 2012

Jamaica may seem worlds away from Eurozone countries, which are three or four times richer. But they face a common problem, and they could easily mimic the dismal economic performance that Jamaica has seen over the past 20 years.
Carina Kamel


Egypt's New President Must Hit the Ground Running or Face Tahrir

Carina Kamel | Posted July 29, 2012

The task ahead of Egypt's next president is gargantuan. Egyptians will want to see progress and they will want to see it fast, or it will not be long before they return to Tahrir.
Franz-Stefan Gady


The Cyberwar Hoax

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted July 29, 2012

Among the many definitions of war, cyberwar often (not always) fails to meet two of the most basic aspects of how we understand war; war must be lethal and political.
Mark Weisbrot


New ILO Leadership Could Push For Better Economic Policies

Mark Weisbrot | Posted July 29, 2012

Since Europe has by far the largest banking system in the world, the eurozone crisis is also a significant drag on growth and employment throughout most of the world, and could easily do more damage if it is not resolved.
Andrew Bacevich


The Golden Age of Special Operations

Andrew Bacevich | Posted July 29, 2012

When it comes to military policy, the Obama administration's success in shutting down wars conducted in plain sight tells only half the story, and the lesser half at that.
Conn Hallinan


Asia's Mad Arms Race

Conn Hallinan | Posted July 29, 2012

Asia is currently in the middle of an unprecedented arms race that is not only sharpening tensions in the region but also competing with efforts by Asian countries to address poverty and growing economic disparity.
Dilara Hafiz


Transforming Pain Into Purpose

Dilara Hafiz | Posted July 29, 2012

Hanouf Aljuhail is not your typical Kuwaiti woman. In fact, she defies the stereotype of a well-to-do woman who can live a life of luxury and leisure because she has chosen to fill her every waking moment with her passion.
Dr. Faheem Younus


Pakistan to Twitter: 'Yes We Ban!'

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted July 29, 2012

Safeguarding the honor of Prophet Muhammad is the overarching goal behind such bans. As a Muslim, I believe I am more committed to that goal than these clerics. But my approach follows the "Yes we can" logic.
Daniel Isenberg


Alignment Quiz for African Leaders: A note From the African World Economic Forum

Daniel Isenberg | Posted July 29, 2012

Just imagine how fast financial institutions, health care delivery, and public education would improve if leaders forced themselves to have their and their families' interests completely aligned with those of their constituents as well.
Greta Van Susteren


Genocide and Starvation in Sudan Is Getting Worse... and There Is Something We Can Do

Greta Van Susteren | Posted July 29, 2012

Our politicians are consumed with the crisis in Syria and the suffering there, but I would like to draw their attention to the crisis in Sudan, too. I know we can't police the world, but there is a simply solution worth exploring.
Bernard-Henri Lévy


An Open Letter to President Hollande Concerning the Syrian Disaster

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted July 29, 2012

Will France do for Houla and Homs what she has done for Benghazi and Misrata?
Kelly Rigg


International Climate Negotiations: Cutting the Gordian Knot

Kelly Rigg | Posted July 29, 2012

The Gordian knot of climate politics holds that action should be taken in a certain order, while opinions differ on what, exactly, that order should be. As a result, virtually every aspect of the climate negotiations becomes a proxy for these more fundamental disputes.
Menachem Rosensaft


President Obama Is a Friend of Israel

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted July 29, 2012

If past is prologue, Americans -- both Jews and non-Jews -- devoted to and concerned about Israel can vote to reelect President Obama in November with an absolutely clear conscience.
David Issacharoff


Hotter Summer than Usual

David Issacharoff | Posted August 6, 2012

It's summer, and now the talk about vice-presidential candidates rises. It's 'veepstakes' season, and Romney must make one of the hardest and most important choices of his political life.