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Liz Scarff

What's Your Tipping Point?

Liz Scarff | Posted May 31, 2012

I've written and re-written this blog post a number of times. I have about half an hour of power left on my laptop battery so I don't have much time.

I want to tell you the stories of the two strong women we met recently in Niger. But I'm finding...

Azizah al-Hibri

Anti-Blasphemy Laws in the Arab Spring

Azizah al-Hibri | Posted May 31, 2012

The Emir of Kuwait is faced at this very moment with the decision of approving a law that would impose the death penalty against unrepentant Muslims (and varying prison sentences upon others) who exercise their religious freedom of speech in a way deemed blasphemous. So far, this is the most...

Amy Chavez

Why I Don't Buy Japan's Nuclear Restart

Amy Chavez | Posted May 31, 2012

With the announcement that Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will likely approve the restart of two of Japan's nuclear reactors, I admit that I don't buy any of the reasons for doing so.

I've heard many excuses for the nuclear accident that happened as a...

Committee to Protect Journalists

Tiananmen's lessons still elude Chinese leadership

Committee to Protect Journalists | Posted May 31, 2012

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By Madeline Earp/CPJ Senior Asia Research Associate

The annual crackdown on commemorations of the June 4 anniversary of the brutal suppression of student-led demonstrations based in Tiananmen Square in 1989 Beijing is under way, according to Agence France-Presse. What’s concerning is the number of writers and activists...

Cecilia Attias

Ending Infant Mortality

Cecilia Attias | Posted May 31, 2012

Earlier this month, Africa gave the world some very good news. The Economist magazine reported that the continent as a whole had experienced some of the steepest drops in child mortality ever seen anywhere.

Africa's swift economic growth has become a familiar story; but the fact that...

Haris Tarin

The Biggest Challenge for Islamic Political Parties? Pluralism

Haris Tarin | Posted May 31, 2012

Attending the 2012 U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar this week during the peak of the Egyptian presidential elections is the dream of pundits, commentators, and intellectuals alike seeking to analyze the next steps of seculars, Islamic groups, and all other political forces that have arrived on the scene after...

Dr. Adam Lankford

Review: 'Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden--from 9/11 to Abbottabad'

Dr. Adam Lankford | Posted May 31, 2012

It was a secret more closely guarded than any other. They didn't tell their assistants, they didn't tell their spouses. They didn't tell the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan until just three days before the strike.

And yet, as they debated whether or not Osama bin Laden was...

Wray Herbert

God's Flipside: Religion Without Kindness

Wray Herbert | Posted May 31, 2012

I recently watched one of the most brutal and upsetting films I've ever seen, called The Stoning of Soraya M. I suppose the title of this 2008 film should have warned me away, but I really don't believe that anything could prepare viewers for the graphic, bloody and excruciatingly prolonged...

Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Desecration of Holocaust Hero's Statue Exposes Dangerous Struggle Over Memory and Values

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted June 1, 2012

I will never forget that cold winter day. January 17, 1981. A 'whose who' of Jews, led by Simon Wiesenthal, Eli Wiesel, and Nobel laureates along with anonymous survivors of the Holocaust, came to Stockholm, Sweden to say a belated thank you to an unheralded hero, Raoul Wallenberg, and to...

Kevin F. F. Quigley

Let's Put the 'Peace' Back in Peace Corps

Kevin F. F. Quigley | Posted May 31, 2012

Sometimes a point can be so obvious that we all overlook it. Consider the Peace Corps.

Over the past five decades, we've become so accustomed to hearing the name that we can forget the importance of the first word: peace.

Within the Peace Corps community, we talk often about the...
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

In Search of an Alliance of Civilizations: Part I

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted June 1, 2012

Earlier this year, myself and 11 other young leaders from North America and Europe were invited by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations to travel to three countries in the Middle East and North Africa to meet with government officials and youth leaders in order to develop networks and partnerships...

Michelle Brané

Getting Away With Murder at the Border

Michelle Brané | Posted May 31, 2012

Co-authored by Michelle Brané, Director, and Jennifer Podkul, Program Officer, Detention and Asylum

It's been two years since Sergio Hernandez-Gueraca was killed by Customs and Border Protection agents. In June 2010, as 15-year-old Sergio was attempting to cross into the United States, a confrontation between a smuggler...

Helen Young

A Malicious Nun?

Helen Young | Posted May 31, 2012

There are many words that come to mind to describe Sister Anne Montgomery, and her work but "malicious" is certainly not one of them. Sister Anne, an 85-year-old Roman Catholic nun from the Society of the Sacred Heart who once taught students in Spanish Harlem and high school dropouts in...

Philip Seib

China's Embrace of Cultural Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted May 31, 2012

SHANGHAI --- Zhao Qizeng, China's leading proponent of public diplomacy, wrote, "Culture is the soul and life of a nation." That concept is the driving force behind much of China's exercise of soft power, and other countries that deal with this superpower need to understand the value the Chinese place...

MJ Rosenberg

The Middle East and Citizens United

MJ Rosenberg | Posted May 31, 2012

It appears now that all the legitimate complaints that the pursuit of campaign contributions had utterly distorted U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East is becoming a small part of a much larger catastrophe.

That is because as critical as the Middle East is, the whole issue is now being...

J. Mijin Cha

Stopping Renewable Energy From Going the "Dirty" Path

J. Mijin Cha | Posted May 31, 2012

One of the main benefits of renewable energy is that we can meet our energy demands in a way that is more environmentally sustainable and through a medium that has a seemingly infinite supply. In contrast, fossil fuels are extracted through environmentally destructive means and will eventually run out, leaving...

Manish Bapna

Climate Justice: Creating Urgency and Safeguarding Rights

Manish Bapna | Posted May 31, 2012

The United Nations climate change convention is 20 years old this month. As we see from the just-completed climate talks in Bonn, Germany, we still haven't solved the problem nor even agreed how to solve it. Meanwhile, the impacts of climate change become more apparent, hitting the poorest and most...

David Tereshchuk

Message of Accountability for Murderous Leaders?

David Tereshchuk | Posted May 31, 2012

So it's possible. This week's news tells the world that a criminal head of state can be made -- eventually -- to pay for his crimes.

It inescapably felt historic to take in the live feed from The Hague as Presiding Judge Richard Lussick read in his matter-of-fact Australasian...

Yoani Sanchez

The Russians, Back in Cuba With Their MasterCards

Yoani Sanchez | Posted May 31, 2012

The plane touches down in the middle of a Havana night and tourists pass through the international airport terminal where dozens of Cubans offer them taxis, rooms for rent, rum or mulatas. A young man approaches a short, dumpy visitor and, squatting close to his ear, asks, "Mister, you like...

Eva Smets

Justice for "Bush Wives": The ICC and Bosco Ntaganda

Eva Smets | Posted June 8, 2012

In March, the International Criminal Court (ICC) convicted Thomas Lubanga, a former Congolese rebel commander, for conscripting, enlisting and using children under the age of 15. The landmark judgment has stirred up events from the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the courtrooms in The Hague.

Jonathan Granoff

NATO Looks Backward, Nobel Peace Laureates Look Forward to Youth

Jonathan Granoff | Posted June 1, 2012

Co-written by Mr. Pavel Palazhchenko, adviser to President Mikhail Gorbachev

NATO's Heads of State and Government met in Chicago on May 20 and 21. A few weeks earlier, April 23-25, the Nobel Peace Laureates gathered there for their annual summit. A city that could carry the messages of both of...

Nick Turse

A Drone-Eat-Drone World

Nick Turse | Posted May 31, 2012

With Its “Roadmap” in Tatters, The Pentagon Detours to Terminator Planet

U.S. military documents tell the story vividly.  In the Gulf of Guinea, off the coast of West Africa, an unmanned mini-submarine deployed from the USS Freedom detects an “anomaly”: another small remotely-operated sub with welding capabilities...

Anders Lorenzen

Norway: The Oil State

Anders Lorenzen | Posted June 14, 2012

Welcome to Norway, home to a proud people who enjoy telling the myth about how they cheated their rival and neighbor Denmark by, despite owning very little of the North Sea oil, getting the then-Danish minister drunk on Norwegian snaps and signing the majority over to them.

It's the...

Hani Almadhoun

Finding Law in Lawless Gaza

Hani Almadhoun | Posted May 31, 2012

When I was in Gaza, I was amazed with how local family councils were able to establish rules and handle situations that some of us in the United States might expect the state or police to deal with. Each family in Gaza has an elder who represents them, speaks on...

Mark Joaquin Ruiz

An Economic Revolution Driven by Microentrepreneurs

Mark Joaquin Ruiz | Posted May 31, 2012

Here in the World Economic Forum on East Asia, Bangkok, the conference theme is Shaping the Region's Future through Connectivity:

"The 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) together form an important strategic and economic region with a combined population of over 600 million, a...

Robert Scheer

Hope Burning

Robert Scheer | Posted May 31, 2012

So now we have Rambo Obama, a steely warrior who, according to a lengthy leaked insider account in the New York Times, hurls death-dealing drones at anyone who threatens the good old USA. Including children. Those children are presumed guilty by virtue of proximity, and the Times plays...