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Shreen Ayob


Lazy Journalism in Chevaline Murder Case Must Be Challenged

Shreen Ayob | Posted September 20, 2012

On 5 September an old friend of mine, Saad Al-Hilli, along with his wife and mother-in-law were shot dead near the village of Chevaline in the French Alps. The incident is complex so it's ripe for armchair detectives to investigate from the comfort of their homes.
Daoud Kuttab


The Sad Truth About U.S. Attitudes Towards Palestinians

Daoud Kuttab | Posted November 19, 2012

The revelation of Mitt Romney's foreign policy attitude when it comes to the Palestinians sheds light on the gap between declared policies and the truth.
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz


Deuteronomy 31:1-30: A Call for Universal Education

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted November 19, 2012

The Torah reminds us that we must put down our shovels to prioritize public education. We cannot expect struggling villages and nations to address this challenge alone.
Avi Spiegel


The Real Reason Behind Anti-American Protests

Avi Spiegel | Posted November 19, 2012

If 2011 was about celebrating revolution, 2012 is about recognizing the risks that emerge from political vacuums. The most important thing for the U.S. to do now is to redouble our efforts to help build stable democratic institutions.
Amy Wu


Hong Kong's Textbook Season

Amy Wu | Posted November 19, 2012

The protestors are back again, thankfully. In recent days the college kids have surfaced. They are pitching tents alongside concerned parents, and boycotting classes outside of the Hong Kong Government headquarters. Their presence is both a relief and a concern to the present state and future of Hong Kong.
John Tirman


Reap What You Sow: Libya's Harsh Lessons

John Tirman | Posted November 19, 2012

There is a narrative in Arab countries that regards U.S. actions in the region as being mainly military and mainly harmful to ordinary Arabs and other Muslims. The less the U.S. is involved militarily in this region, the better for us in the long run.
Yoani Sanchez


Cuba Is Also Having an Election -- But Campaigning Is Strictly Forbidden

Yoani Sanchez | Posted November 19, 2012

Cuba's municipal elections for delegates to the People's Power are now getting underway again. The atmosphere would be similar to that of any other country during the period of nominating local representatives, if not for one crucial details.
Pierre M. Barker, M.D.


New Hope for Mothers and Newborns in Africa

Pierre M. Barker, M.D. | Posted November 19, 2012

We have the knowledge and resources to make death and complications around childbirth, even in Africa, a vanishingly rare event, but mothers and infants are still dying from causes that are preventable. At the heart of the problem lies a challenge.
Seth Engel


From 9/11 to Libya: Why There Is No "Us" and "Them"

Seth Engel | Posted November 19, 2012

While Americans have every right to be as angry and confused as they were on September 12, 2001, they also have the duty to be introspective and measured before acting or speaking, as they never were in the aftermath of 9/11.
Eboo Patel


A Common Life Together

Eboo Patel | Posted November 19, 2012

In an interconnected world, the only chance we have is a common life together. If we are to build it, we must insure the bridges between us are strong enough to withstand the bombs of the extremists.
Ruth Starkman


Multiculturalism: It's Complicated

Ruth Starkman | Posted November 19, 2012

The Democratic Contradictions of Multiculturalism examines the complexities of multiculturalism both as a policy and as a cultural practice. This wide-ranging book will appeal to many different audiences with its field studies, interviews, and cultural reflections.
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.


'In Haste Is Regret, In Slowness Peace': U.S. Embassy Demonstrations in Cairo Reveal the Need for Homegrown Solutions to Muslim-Coptic Tensions

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted November 19, 2012

Given the religious tenor of both the spark and tinder that ignited these demonstrations, on the minds of many Copts in Egypt are the negative repercussions of the senselessly provocative behaviour of extremist Coptic expats.
Otaviano Canuto


Not All That Glitters Is Gold

Otaviano Canuto | Posted November 19, 2012

Gross Domestic Product, better known as GDP, is the market value of all final goods and services produced within a country in a given period. That's why GDP per capita is widely used as a summary indicator of living standards in a country.
Jamal Abdi


Meet the Press Gives Netanyahu Cheney's Bully Pulpit for War

Jamal Abdi | Posted November 19, 2012

Until media outlets like NBC switch from "he said/she said" to real journalism that tries to establish and explain key facts, we will not get the fact-based debate that questions of war and peace deserve.
Nicholas Kralev


Why Should We Care About Diplomacy?

Nicholas Kralev | Posted November 19, 2012

What do those people do every day in hundreds of embassies and consulates, when they do not host visiting dignitaries or participate in high-stakes negotiations? On a human level, how does the Foreign Service lifestyle affect its members and their families?
Katie Redford


Arrrr! Shell Tries to Plunder Human Rights

Katie Redford | Posted November 19, 2012

Shell's lawyers actually argued to the Supreme Court that a hypothetical company -- Pirates Incorporated -- should not be held accountable for their crimes, because, you guessed it, they're a corporation.
Dalia Hatuqa


Why Building a Hotel in the West Bank Means So Much More

Dalia Hatuqa | Posted November 19, 2012

The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank has almost doubled in the past 12 years. Numbers provided by Israel's population registry show a 4.5 percent increase in the past 12 months alone. It's highly unlikely that these settlers will be forced to move.
Themba Mzingwane


The Kindness of America's Foreign Service Officers

Themba Mzingwane | Posted November 19, 2012

I understand there is a lot of anger in Libya, Egypt, and the Middle East. But whatever is at stake, no grievance justifies an attack on a US Embassy, and American diplomats.
John Seager


Global Gag Rule's Return Would Threaten Women Worldwide

John Seager | Posted November 19, 2012

For decades, reinstating the Global Gag Rule has been seen as the default "pro-life" position. I would argue that it's anything but.
Kip Hale


A Joint Worthy Enterprise

Kip Hale | Posted November 19, 2012

It may come as a surprise to some, but the United Nations-Khmer Rouge Tribunal is working. This hybrid Cambodian-international tribunal is a joint enterprise worthy of strong support.
Amb. Marc Ginsberg


A Field Guide to the Middle East Mess, Part I

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted November 19, 2012

The latest cycle of anti-American outrage is symptomatic of a broader problem facing Arabs -- that these revolutions have brought neither jobs nor bread.
Yoani Sanchez


30 Cuban Hunger Strikers Win Release of an Opponent

Yoani Sanchez | Posted November 19, 2012

Although the neighborhood was calm, cars parked on both sides of the street sheltered men who closely inspected everyone who approached. Inside the house the feeling was one of relief, of victory.
Salma Zulfiqar


Shaping Somalia's Political Landscape: Halima Ismail Ibrahim - Co-Chair Technical Selection Committee

Salma Zulfiqar | Posted September 20, 2012

At the age of 15 Halima Ismail Ibrahim was already advocating for women's rights at her high school in Afgoye, 30 km from Mogadishu. With or without a functioning state, as a passionate and committed human rights activist and recently appointed the Co-Chair of the Technical Selection Committee (TSC), Halima has been working for the poor, human rights and with youth for decades.
Richard Bangs


The Thin Line Between Life And Death, Running A River In Ladakh, Kashmir (PHOTOS)

Richard Bangs | Posted November 19, 2012

Walking down a vacant road on the way to Padum, capital of the ancient kingdom of Zanskar, about five kilometers off the river, I pass a Tibetan monk with his distinctive red kasaya wrapped obliquely about his shoulders. He stops, and in halting English asks my age. When I tell him, he looks me in the eyes and says, "Ah, you have short life left." It's a daunting thought.