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Beverly Bell


'Our Ancestors Left This for Us to Protect': Honduran Land Movement Celebrates Victory

Beverly Bell | Posted November 17, 2012

Writing from Honduras, Miriam, the coordinator of OFRANEH, told about the first victory in the Garífuna's most recent campaign to win back their legal and ancestral lands lost to mega-development projects.
Stanley Kutler


Who Is the Client State?

Stanley Kutler | Posted November 17, 2012

Exactly which regime change does Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have in mind -- Iran's or that of the United States, specifically with the ascent of his old/new pal Mitt Romney to the White House?
James Bloodworth


Socialism and Blasphemy: All Authority Should Be Ridiculed

James Bloodworth | Posted November 17, 2012

Instead of unreservedly condemning the violence and defending free expression, however, a number of Western commentators have sunk into a swamp of half-baked liberalism that appears to believe only in the necessity of committing cultural suicide as hastily as possible.
Toby Greene


Time for the EU to Proscribe Hezbollah in Full

Toby Greene | Posted November 17, 2012

The EU is weighing whether to add Hezbollah to its list of designated terror organisations. Such a move is long overdue both in the European Union and in Britain.
Daniel Wagner


The Perils of Investing in New Democracies

Daniel Wagner | Posted November 17, 2012

The landscape will surely change at a moment's notice, often with unpleasant surprises. The best advice any potential investor in a newly democratized country should heed is to be wary, cautious, and acutely focused on protecting your interests.
Federico Barriga


Venezuelan Elections: An Emboldened Opposition Challenges One of Latin America's Most Skilled Politicians

Federico Barriga | Posted November 17, 2012

The man who has dominated Venezuela's politics for over a decade -- and has often expressed his will to rule for at least one more -- is suffering from voter fatigue and an uncertain health outlook after being diagnosed with cancer in mid-2011.
Deborah Derrick


Health Efforts a Keystone in Rebuilding Burma

Deborah Derrick | Posted November 17, 2012

There is still a lot of work to be done in Burma. But with a healthy foundation, and with continued strong support from the U.S., it can move toward building a stronger and more just society.
Wajid Ali Syed


The House Divided

Wajid Ali Syed | Posted November 17, 2012

The official history dictated and enforced by the Pakistani state has not allowed the factual narrative to come forward. However, a new book brings new information to light.
Ben Barber


The Problem With the Middle East Is the Middle East

Ben Barber | Posted November 17, 2012

Americans of every political stripe must accept that what we do or don't do will not change the way of life in countries from Morocco to Pakistan.
Christopher Atamian


Goulash Diplomacy: Why Viktor Orban Should Resign

Christopher Atamian | Posted November 17, 2012

The United States, the United Nations and other international organizations and governments should apply all available pressure on the Azeri government to honor its agreement with Hungary and return Safarov to where he belongs for the rest of his life -- a jail cell.
Philip Seib


The Perils of YouTube Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted November 17, 2012

Ten years ago, the Innocence of Muslims controversy would not have happened. YouTube did not exist, and without this means of reaching a global audience, the offensive snippets of the "film" would never have been seen.
John L. Esposito


Domestic and Foreign Extremists Behind the Cairo and Libya Attacks

John L. Esposito | Posted November 17, 2012

Once again extremists -- both the U.S.-based creators of the video, "Innocence of Muslims" and extremists in Cairo and Benghazi, and subsequently from the Arab world to Southeast Asia -- are the agents behind the latest flash point in a tragic death and destruction.
Tara Sophia Mohr


These Grandmothers Are Changing the World (PHOTOS)

Tara Sophia Mohr | Posted November 17, 2012

What would our world look like if more grandmothers were at the helm?
Barry Lando


The Lessons of Sabra and Shatila 1982

Barry Lando | Posted November 17, 2012

An op-ed piece in the New York Times detailing U.S. complicity with the Sabra and Shatila slaughter is a must-read for anyone trying to fathom the dynamics between Israeli and American leaders.
Jeff Madrick


Central Banks Are Saving Democracy From Itself

Jeff Madrick | Posted November 17, 2012

Note that it is Romney who is saying he wants Bernanke out of there and crying wolf about inflation. Bernanke, not subject to the whims of democracy, has had the courage to change his own thinking. He knows the consequences of tight policy now.
Jordan Kassalow


My First Trip to Summer Davos

Jordan Kassalow | Posted November 17, 2012

The conversations and interactions I had last week could not have occurred anywhere else and the experience opened my mind to new possibilities and different perspectives on how to solve the complex challenges facing the world today.
Joseph Blady, M.D.


Why America Struggles

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted November 17, 2012

The overarching problem that causes us to back losers and reach for military solutions all too often is a profound and enduring failure to formulate foreign policies that match situations and regions.
MJ Rosenberg


The Attacks on Maureen Dowd Are Themselves Anti-Semitic

MJ Rosenberg | Posted November 17, 2012

It's come full circle. The neocons are now using classic anti-semitic tropes to attack Maureen Dowd for criticizing Romney adviser Dan Senor and the other neocons who are in charge of the Romney campaign's foreign policy apparatus.
James Dorsey


Middle East Protests: Ultras Settle Scores, Islamists Seek to Score Points

James Dorsey | Posted November 17, 2012

The challenge for post-revolt governments in the Middle East and North Africa is harnessing the revolutionary energy and channeling it from street into pluralistic politics.


Do They Hate Us for Our Freedom of Hate Speech?

Gareth_Price | Posted November 17, 2012

There is a certain arrogance -- or perhaps ignorance -- in holding that hate speech is constitutionally protected, and then professing astonishment that those who are its targets have the temerity to take offence.
Human Rights Watch


Syria: End Opposition Use of Torture, Executions

Human Rights Watch | Posted November 17, 2012

(New York) – Armed opposition groups in Syria have subjected detainees to ill-treatment and torture and committed extrajudicial or summary executions in Aleppo, Latakia, and Idlib, Human Rights Watch said today following a visit to Aleppo governorate. Torture and extrajudicial or summary executions of detainees in the context of...
Alon Ben-Meir


A Dangerous Misperception and Cultural Divide

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted November 17, 2012

The flurry of reporting and analysis about the tragic death of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans strongly suggests there is a strikingly limited understanding behind the complex underpinnings of this outrageous act of violence.
Ruzan Sarwar


You Give Muslims a Bad Name

Ruzan Sarwar | Posted November 17, 2012

If the Muslim world, with all its law-abiding, productive moderates and progressives, allows itself to fall victim to its extremist factions, there will never be peace.
Pat LaMarche


U.S. Poised to Violate Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Pat LaMarche | Posted November 17, 2012

Wasting money on weapons when the U.S. is reeling from overwhelming debt and consequently slashing assistance to the needy isn't the only reason to question this enormous expenditure. The big looming unknown is the value of U.S. ink on paper.
Sami Moubayed


Sami Moubayed: Reactions to the Anti-Muslim Film: It is Now Time To Grow Up

Sami Moubayed | Posted November 17, 2012

The Prophet is one of the greatest names and most influential figures in human history. What a nobody says about him will definitely never affect him or his reputation.
Sharon Premoli


11 Years and Counting, Part 2

Sharon Premoli | Posted November 17, 2012

The depth of Prince Salman's ties to organizations linked to al Qaeda left little doubt in our minds about his dedication to the jihadist cause, but Prince Salman's extremist connections are not merely a matter of historical record and curiosity.
Liaquat Ali Khan


Republican Platform Envisions America Without Human Rights

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted November 17, 2012

Invoking American Exceptionalism, the Republican platform envisions America without human rights and detaches the nation from the entire world.
The Center for Public Integrity


As kidney disease kills thousands across continents, scientists scramble for answers

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted November 17, 2012

By Sasha ChavkinThe Center for Public IntegritySANDAMALGAMA, Sri Lanka -- In this tiny Sri Lankan village, rice farmer Wimal Rajaratna sits cross-legged on a wooden bed, peering out toward...
Dorian de Wind


American Diplomats and Interests Attacked: The Right Time to 'Double Down'?

Dorian de Wind | Posted November 17, 2012

It will be interesting to see how the GOP manages to pin these anti-U.S., anti-Obama demonstrations in Australia, one of our staunchest allies, on President Obama's alleged lack of leadership and on his alleged "sympathizing with those who make these attacks."
Carl Medearis


Muslim Anger, American Response

Carl Medearis | Posted November 17, 2012

I'm guessing that the crazies who stormed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi won't be reading this... but if they were, I'd say "Don't you know that you're killing yourselves!?" Let's think carefully and clearly for just a moment. I know that's difficult in times like these. It was hard...
Yoani Sanchez


Health of Prominent Cuban Hunger Striker Martha Beatriz Roque Is Deteriorating Rapidly

Yoani Sanchez | Posted November 17, 2012

I visited Martha at her home in the capital neighborhood of Santo Suarez and witnessed firsthand her physical deterioration. Dry lips, sallow skin and trembling limbs were some of the symptoms of the famous economist.
Atim Oton


Africa, Disability and Mental Illness: When Will We Evolve?

Atim Oton | Posted November 17, 2012

Yes, I do understand that we are people of tradition and our culture and beliefs hold us almost stationary, but our evolution in some areas takes a snail's pace, especially when it comes to dealing with disabilities and mental illness in Africa.
V. V. Raman


Blasphemy Beyond Borders

V. V. Raman | Posted November 17, 2012

Practically all traditional religions have or have had strict rules on blasphemy. But even in olden times only the followers of a religion were held accountable for acts or words of blasphemy.
Douglas Kmiec


Let No One Say Chris Stevens Died in Vain

Douglas Kmiec | Posted November 17, 2012

Here I am, Barack: Send me back to continue the Inter-faith work which you inspire and for which Chris Stevens laid down his life.
Professor Sir Gordon Conway


Women in African agriculture: Farmers, Mothers, Innovators and Educators

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted November 17, 2012

The droughts in the US and Russia and their impact on harvests have dominated the news in the last few weeks.


Why Does the USA Insist on Doing Things Differently Than the Majority of Other Developed Nations?

Quora | Posted November 16, 2012

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Gary Teal, Republican America doesn't insist on doing anything differently. We just do whatever the hell we want because we grew up in a world...