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Nico Lang

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If You Want to Date Someone Great, Be Someone Great

Nico Lang | October 22, 2012 | Chicago
Standards aren't the problem. Standards are great. When you have standards, it allows you to set goals in your life and hold yourself accountable. The problem is that people have the wrong standards -- ones they don't require of themselves.
Tim Mohin

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How Electronics Companies Plan to Comply With the SEC's New Conflict Minerals Rule

Tim Mohin | October 22, 2012 | Business
The ultimate question is whether the new law and all of our implementation efforts will be sufficient to resolve the conflict in the DRC.
Ahmad Shafi

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For Afghans, London Games Brings More Than Olympics Glory

Ahmad Shafi | October 22, 2012 | World
What the trio in the Afghan team achieved may not alter the outcome of the conflict as U.S.-led NATO troops prepare to leave the country in 2014. But it allowed young Afghans who grew up in the last 20 years to see their country briefly united for the first time in their lives.
Ilias Sourdis

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Searching for Logic in the Bubbles of Ballyhoo

Ilias Sourdis | October 22, 2012 | World
Once we burst the glittering bubbles of Ballyhoo and come face-to-face with reality, we can see without any doubt the continuous deterioration of the quality of life in our world.
Shirin Sadeghi

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Iran's War on Female Doctors and Male Nurses

Shirin Sadeghi | October 22, 2012 | World
The announcement that 36 universities across Iran have banned 77 fields of study to women is just the latest example of the Iranian government's particular disdain for the progress that women have made in education.
Daniel A. Bell

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Political Meritocracy Is a Good Thing (Part 2): Improving Meritocracy in China

Daniel A. Bell | October 22, 2012 | World
China can learn much from the political virtues typically associated with democratic regimes: political participation, freedom, transparency, and toleration. But the country can and should build upon the actual and potential advantages of its political meritocracy.
Bruce Reyes-Chow

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Oh Pussy... Riot, How You Make This Boy Squirm

Bruce Reyes-Chow | October 22, 2012 | Politics
At the root of my discomfort might be that somewhere in my psyche there is a place that probably does not want women to claim power in ways challenge my own. Now I have to reflect on my own power and privilege. Thanks a lot, Pussy Riot.
Harvey Stein

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Fields of Heaven: A Joint Israeli-Palestinian Farm May Take Root in West Bank

Harvey Stein | October 22, 2012 | Religion
While many Jews and Muslims here believe their religions have exclusively bequeathed them the land, these guys assert a higher wisdom, "The land doesn't belong to us, we belong to the land."
Zoë Triska

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The Next HuffPost Book Club Pick

Zoë Triska | October 22, 2012 | Books
CONFESSION: When I interviewed Junot Díaz in June at BEA (Book Expo America, for non-book industry folks), I had not read anything that he'd written. I knew, of course that he'd written a book that had won the Pulitzer Prize and was read highly among hipsters and intellectuals.
Danny Schechter

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Extortion Against Standard Chartered Shows Bias Against Iran

Danny Schechter | October 22, 2012 | Business
Wall Street has become a place where real financial fraudsters go unpunished while inflated cases like this get the attention especially when a demonized "evil doer" like Iran is said to be involved. Real crimes like the way sanctions hurt ordinary Iranians go unreported.
Katie Redford

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Human Rights Violations Cast a Dark Shadow Over the London Olympics

Katie Redford | October 22, 2012 | World
The stories behind gold medal triumphs are always front and center on the Olympic stage, celebrating hard work, dedication, and courage, and inspiring millions. But this year, there's a different gold medal tale that has gone untold.
Peter Van Buren

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America's Increasingly Irrelevant Concierge Abroad

Peter Van Buren | October 22, 2012 | World
A new report shows that more than one fourth of all State Dep. Foreign Service positions are unfilled or are filled with below-grade employees. State's somnolent response to what should be a crisis call tells the tale. It really doesn't matter, and even State itself knows.
Adam Pourahmadi

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Did Iran Really Just Ban Women From Universities?

Adam Pourahmadi | October 22, 2012 | World
If you are like me and believe in the power of education, the thought of women being denied the right to learn is frightening.
Daphne Eviatar

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9/11 Hearing Cancelled But Secrecy Issues Remain (UPDATE)

Daphne Eviatar | October 22, 2012 | World
If the defendants' statements about their own treatment at the hands of U.S. agents is classified, will the public ever be allowed to know what the U.S. government did to those suspected of aiding terrorism in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks?
Dorian de Wind

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The Afghanistan War: Grim Milestones and Ominous Trends

Dorian de Wind | October 22, 2012 | World
Milestones are significant events in our personal lives, in projects and in war and peace. Generally we celebrate those milestones but sometimes they come to symbolize sad and grim stages -- especially in war -- and they become milestones that we mourn and even fear. Just a little over...
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

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Is Islam Compatible With Women's Sports, Fitness and Health?

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | October 22, 2012 | Religion
As the Olympian winners savor their gold, silver and bronze medals and the London party winds down, I think much of the world is still perplexed by the intersection between Islam, women and sports.
Imam Mohamed Magid

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The Future of Religious Minorities in the Muslim World

Imam Mohamed Magid | October 22, 2012 | Religion
Much more work is needed to make this world safe for all people of faith, and it is my hope and prayer that religious leaders worldwide can take the lead in getting it done.
Marc Van Ameringen

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A Nourishing Olympic Legacy? Transforming the Life Chances of Millions of Children

Marc Van Ameringen | October 22, 2012 | Impact
A global effort is needed to address chronic malnutrition -- and with 65 Olympic medals behind them, it's great to see the UK leading the way to a world where the world's poorest people can aspire to their share of Olympic medals.
Jamie Klingler

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We Need to Stop Electing Neanderthals Who Believe That Rape Is Anything Other Than a Heinous Act

Jamie Klingler | October 22, 2012 | UK
Last night, I stormed out of a dinner party in a rage with tears streaming down my face. I was in a conversation with a male friend who I love who was trying to explain away Galloway's comments on Assange.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

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Tilling the Ground for the Seeds of Terrorism

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | October 22, 2012 | Politics
After more than 10 years of war against al Qaeda and the accompanying global "war on terrorism," we have failed to learn that our actions create reactions.
Faisal Devji

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The Poetry Of The Taliban

Faisal Devji | October 22, 2012 | Books
The Taliban are known not only in the West, but in much of the Muslim world, too, for their strict conservatism rather than for any delicate feelings of humanity -- yet the poetry associated with them is replete with such fine emotions.
Aparna Pande

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India-Pakistan-Afghanistan Triangle

Aparna Pande | October 22, 2012 | World
Pakistan has no reason to fear close ties between India and Afghanistan, as both countries benefit -- strategically and economically -- from and seek a stable, democratic and prosperous Pakistan.
Clay Farris Naff

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5 Lessons on Religion From the Killing Fields of Syria

Clay Farris Naff | October 22, 2012 | World
If it is true that religion evolved to constrain violence and promote harmony, why is it such a blood-soaked institution? One reason: Although religion expands the circle of moral obligation, not even religions claiming universal reach guarantee decent treatment to all people.
Trita Parsi

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Obama Made the Right Call -- and Everyone Won

Trita Parsi | October 22, 2012 | Politics
Despite the abysmal relations between the U.S. and Iran, Washington has on numerous occasions sent aid as well as rescue teams to Iran to help with relief work. And the Iranian government has often -- but not always -- accepted the help.
Ben Jefferies

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The Quality of Morsi Is Not Restrained

Ben Jefferies | October 22, 2012 | UK
Call me cynical, but things are not running aright when the political landscape of post-revolutionary Egypt is dominated by clerical fascists in zealot beards and man-nighties who think that rape-victims were asking for it, Jews are to blame for everything, Christians should not be allowed to be president and homosexuals should be thrown off mountains.
Payam Akhavan

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Don't Mistake Iran's Brutality For Strength

Payam Akhavan | October 22, 2012 | Canada Politics
Beyond doubt, this is the bloodiest period in Iran's contemporary history. A former political prisoner described how she was savagely beaten while six-months pregnant, while yet another spoke about a 14-year-old boy crying for his mother as the noose was put around his neck. Violence is often mistaken as a sign of strength. The exact contrary is true: Violence is the ultimate sign of weakness.