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Gary Johnson

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Libya, Afghanistan and the Middle East -- Why Obama and Romney are Both Wrong

Gary Johnson | November 14, 2012 | Politics
As far as what we do right now in response to the tragic events of this week, it's actually pretty simple. Get our folks out of places they don't need to be -- and out of harm's way -- and cut off every dime of U.S. tax dollars we are sending to clearly ungrateful regimes.
Karin Wasteson

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Assange: Sweden, US and the 'Ifs and Buts'

Karin Wasteson | November 14, 2012 | UK
Assange says he's expecting to stay in the Ecuadorian embassy for up to a year, while hoping for Sweden to drop the legal case against him. Let's imagine that he walked out on the Embassy steps and agreed to being surrendered to Swedish authorities by British police.
Adrian Lovett

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A Golden Moment to End a Golden Summer

Adrian Lovett | November 14, 2012 | UK Politics
Our Olympic and Paralympic heroes deserved every bit of the great parade we saw last week. But why didn't this celebration happen again yesterday? That's when the UN announced that the number of children dying each year under the age of five has fallen by 41% since 1990. While 12 million died in 1990, just under seven million lives were lost in 2011. That's 14,000 a day less than were dying in 1990. The progress made in reducing child deaths must be one of the biggest success stories of the last decade. Yet there was no tickertape parade.
Raghida Dergham

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Amid America's Negligence: Preparations for a "Kurdish Spring"

Raghida Dergham | November 14, 2012 | World
There are increasingly clear signs that US President Barack Obama absolutely refuses to direct a military strike against nuclear sites in Iran, regardless of how much Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flames up with rage.
Alexis Dudden

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Korea-Japan Standoff: Why Americans Should Care

Alexis Dudden | November 14, 2012 | World
Korea and Japan have spiraled into their worst relations in decades over tensions surrounding a few rocky islets in the ocean between them.
Valerie Plame Wilson

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Why Is the U.S. Government Bullying an American Hero?

Valerie Plame Wilson | November 14, 2012 | Politics
We have heard riveting stories of heroism and valor from one of the soldiers who participated the mission that killed Osama bin Laden. His book is by most accounts devoid of any classified information. So are U.S. government officials angry that he wrote a book, or that his book came out before their movie?
Faisal J. Abbas

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The Truth Is, Muslims Are Guilty!

Faisal J. Abbas | November 14, 2012 | World
Thanks to the reckless retaliation of some of us, the voices of the many peace-loving and kind-hearted Christian Copts will now be lost in the details.
Imran Garda

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Illiteracy, Musharraf's Belly and @ASE

Imran Garda | November 14, 2012 | World
He was a General who came to power in a coup. Then he dropped his uniform and became a President. Never one to be too keen on democracy, his time at the helm of nuclear-powered Pakistan was one best-remembered for emergency rule, locking horns with...
Andrew Lam

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From Arab Spring to Autumn Rage: The Dark Power of Social Media

Andrew Lam | November 14, 2012 | World
In the global age, it is no longer just dictators or overzealous elected head of states with power of preemptive strikes can direct history to the edge of an abyss, but also fruit vendors and lousy filmmakers.
José Ramos-Horta

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Benghazi Was Not the Beginning of the End

José Ramos-Horta | November 14, 2012 | World
The tragedy of Benghazi and riots in Yemen do not signal the end of the Arab Spring. Nor is it an indication of any "failed policies," any more than it is justification for the shameful practice of political candidates in the US attempting to make points from a US Ambassador's death.
Paul Szep

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The Daily Szep -- America's World

Paul Szep | November 14, 2012 | World
Mark Levine

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The Awful Blowback of Benghazi No One Will Learn From

Mark Levine | November 14, 2012 | World
Religious oppression, hatred and violence is a toxic brew that, as Martin Luther King, Jr., so eloquently reminded us, inevitably begets more of the same.
Joe Mirabella

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Thousands Demand Cameroon Drop Criminal Charges for Gay Text Message

Joe Mirabella | November 14, 2012 | Gay Voices
Roger Jean-Claude Mbédé was arrested last year for sending another man a text message that said, "I'm very much in love w/u." He was charged and convicted under Cameroon's law that criminalizes "homosexual behavior" and sentenced to three years in prison.
Committee to Protect Journalists

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Erdoğan tells Turkish journalists: don't cover conflict with Kurds

Committee to Protect Journalists | November 14, 2012 | World
Read More: Cpj, World News
By Özgür Öğret and Nina Ognianova/CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Staff Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey is known to lash out publicly at journalists of whose coverage he disapproves. He has called on media owners and editors to discipline reporters and columnists critical of his policies,...
Feisal G. Mohamed

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The Muhammad "Film" Protests and the Crimes of Fundamentalism

Feisal G. Mohamed | November 14, 2012 | World
Can there be any objective lesson more clear on the irrational, destructive overreaction that fundamentalism breeds?
Geoffrey R. Stone

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Terry Jones and the First Amendment

Geoffrey R. Stone | November 14, 2012 | Politics
Are those who condemn Islam and mock Mohammad protected by the First Amendment? There are two arguments one might make to support the proposition that such speech is beyond the protection of the Constitution.
Ian Linden

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The Virus of Hatred

Ian Linden | November 14, 2012 | UK
The Benghazi killings are a call to action both to religious leaders and to organisations like the Tony Blair Faith Foundation who believe there is another potent message and that what young people learn about faith and religion matters, and that we walk away from this challenge at our peril.
Malik Siraj Akbar

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Disappearances in Pakistan: The U.N. Mission Must Succeed

Malik Siraj Akbar | November 14, 2012 | World
This visit may give impetuous to international calls to the Pakistani government to end suspected extrajudicial practices and punish officials responsible for the countless cases of forced disappearance.
Terry Ally

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Sahel Food Crisis Diary: Mali Children Flock to Gold Mines and Street Begging

Terry Ally | November 14, 2012 | UK
The emergency in Mali has different characteristics than in Niger. There are no camps or large scale food programmes that one sees in the media where thousands of women queue for rations. However, one of the ways in which it is manifested is in child labour. Thousands of children have dropped out of school to go find work to help support the family.
Robert Creamer

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Five Reasons We Can't Trust Romney With Our National Security

Robert Creamer | November 14, 2012 | Politics
The events of the last 48 hours have made it indisputably clear: America cannot trust Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan with our national security.
Dr. Josef Olmert

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The Cairo Riots and the New Egypt

Dr. Josef Olmert | November 14, 2012 | World
Morsi will prove President Obama's statement, that Egypt is neither ally nor enemy, to be the more realistic expression of the post-Mubarak situation, and that is regardless of the somewhat pathetic attempts of the White House to "explain" this very true and sober assessment of the situation.
Benjamin R. Barber

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The Arab Spring: Confounded Again... And Again

Benjamin R. Barber | November 14, 2012 | World
Coupled with the rising anger against the United States in Egypt, Yemen and elsewhere, the Libyan events must make Americans wonder what is happening to the Arab Spring.
Nathan Gardels

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Democratized Media Meets the Arab Political Awakening

Nathan Gardels | November 14, 2012 | World
Welcome to our new world, where no one is in control -- neither the West of its social media nor Arab rulers of their liberated subjects. This is a combustible mix.
Sharon Premoli

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11 Years and Counting: Part 1

Sharon Premoli | November 14, 2012 | World
The demise of Osama bin Laden is obviously welcome, but there is far more to be done. Nowhere is this more pressing than with our nation's refusal to demand that the Saudi government accept culpability for supporting the terrorists who attacked us.
Tea Leaf Nation

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Can Online Protests Change China?

Tea Leaf Nation | November 14, 2012 | UK
By David Wertime, Tea Leaf Nation co-founder and editor What would a world without Weibo, China's Twitter, look like? It's increasingly hard to fathom one without it. Earlier this week, Mark MacKinnon of The Globe and Mail called it "the largest national public square in...
Anav Silverman

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Bringing Morocco's Sacred Music to Jerusalem

Anav Silverman | November 14, 2012 | Arts
The Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival recently brought a new tradition to the holy city. For 24 consecutive hours, artists and musicians from Israel and abroad shared a variety of musical traditions.
Scott De Buitléir

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Irish President Gives Youth Their Voice

Scott De Buitléir | November 14, 2012 | UK Politics
Using the tagline 'Take Charge of Change,' Being Young and Irish is a series of seminars organised by President Higgins whereby people aged between 17 and 26 can have their say on where Ireland is going.
Rachel Citrin

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Iran-Israel: Build Trust, Don't Bomb

Rachel Citrin | November 14, 2012 | Teen
Israel and its allies need to recognize Iran's right to enrich uranium to an agreed-upon level. Ultimately, compromise is needed from both sides.
Tom Mulhall

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Kate Middleton's Topless Break Was British And Proper

Tom Mulhall | November 14, 2012 | Travel
Poor Kate Middleton. She was laying near a pool dressed like millions of other English women on holiday -- in just a bikini bottom and a smile -- and now there is scandal and a stampede of headlines all of which seem to ignore just how normal her toplessness was.