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Congressman Paul N. “Pete” McCloskey, Jr.

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The Need for Truth

Congressman Paul N. “Pete” McCloskey, Jr. | November 21, 2012 | Politics
Valerie Plame is right in defending a Navy Seal's right to give a true account of the raid which took out Osama Bin Laden. The issue at stake is the right of enlisted personnel and junior officers to tell the truth about their combat experiences. That truth needs to be known.
Dr. Derek Yach

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Private Sector Serious About Tackling NCDs Despite Concerns of Civil Society

Dr. Derek Yach | November 21, 2012 | Impact
How well is the private sector doing in tackling the rising pandemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which cause nearly two out of every three deaths in the world?
Owen Tudor

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Why Has the UN's ILO Been Kicked Out of an Island Paradise?

Owen Tudor | November 21, 2012 | UK
There's in paradise. The military regime that currently runs the small South Pacific island of Fiji this week added to its pariah status by 'asking' a delegation from the UN's workplace agency (the International Labour Organisation, or ILO) to leave the country.
Christopher Holshek

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Keep Calm and Carry Forward

Christopher Holshek | November 21, 2012 | World
The violent riots that have been going on at U.S. embassies and other places in the "Arab Spring" countries in particular are certainly cause for alarm, but what's really going on here?
Hamid M. Khan

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The Blasphemy of Islam

Hamid M. Khan | November 21, 2012 | Religion
Peace is both a journey and an ideal. Muslims rightfully angered by offenses leveled against something so near and dear to their hearts also need to take heart that this faith which has stood for centuries was not sustained by a need to defend, but by steadfastness, mercy and love.
Peter Seligmann

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Charting a Path to Ocean Prosperity

Peter Seligmann | November 21, 2012 | Green
The Pacific Island Forum nations and their peoples have courageously stood up to the developed world and asked those countries to stop the overexploitation and thoughtless destruction of the ocean. Now it is time for the developed world to answer.
Marc Gopin

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Remembering Roger Fisher And Our Stage Of Human Global Development

Marc Gopin | November 21, 2012 | World
This next stage of human development will require thousands of Roger Fishers having the courage to pioneer new thinking, new and bold experimentation, continuous learning, as we race for the time it will take to heal the effects of war and redirect human energies to life preserving and life enhancing activities.
Eliza Wood

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God, The Battlefield

Eliza Wood | November 21, 2012 | Religion
Let's say that either we Christians or we Americans could get to the bottom of who "they" are and are able to figure out the true enemy or enemies, who exactly do "they" think they are fighting?
Zester Daily

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'Bitter Seeds' Film Tells of Suicide and GMO Effects on India's Farmers

Zester Daily | November 21, 2012 | Food
"Every 30 minutes a farmer in India kills himself ..." This frightening fact is pointed out in "Bitter Seeds," the third documentary in "The Globalization Trilogy" directed by Micha Peled.
Meryl Chertoff

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Conscience and Charisma: Aung San Suu Kyi Receives the Congressional Gold Medal

Meryl Chertoff | November 21, 2012 | World
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is graced with a charismatic leadership style that has focused world attention on her as the embodiment of the aspirations of her people.
Yoani Sanchez

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The Most Boring Program on Cuban Television

Yoani Sanchez | November 21, 2012 | World
Few TV shows have been the object of as many jokes and parodies as the Roundtable. Emerging from the heat of the so-called Battle of Ideas, this program shows the highest level of political proselytizing to be found in our national media.
Paul Rockower

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Setting the Table for Diplomacy

Paul Rockower | November 21, 2012 | Food
There is promise and potential with the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership initiative. To make it truly successful, it remains incumbent on middle America to understand that this is about communicating culture from all across America, and showcasing our diversity of cuisine.
Dr. Josef Olmert

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Israel and Turkey -- It's Time for Netanyahu to Apologize

Dr. Josef Olmert | November 21, 2012 | World
PM Netanyahu should make a bold move and apologize to Turkey. It will not signal weakness on the part of Israel. In fact the opposite will be true.
Stanley Weiss

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Indonesia's "Three R's"

Stanley Weiss | November 21, 2012 | World
For the government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, determined to join the ranks of the world's truly advanced democracies, the "three R's" of modernization may as well be reading, writing, and road-building.
Raghida Dergham

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The "New Tyrants" Threaten the Revolutions of Change

Raghida Dergham | November 21, 2012 | World
There is a new tyrant in the Arab region, which is going through a troubled transitional phase in the wake of the revolutions of change that have toppled the dictators: It is the unruly mobs that are threatening the course of democracy and imposing dangerous tendencies on the future of the Arabs, and their relations with both West and East.
Lisa Belkin

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Giving Birth With A Borrowed Womb Is Not What Makes You A Mother

Lisa Belkin | November 21, 2012 | Parents
There are countless ways to have a baby, and all of them are essentially irrelevant to actually becoming a parent.
Abraham H. Foxman

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The Arab Protests and Anti-Semitism

Abraham H. Foxman | November 21, 2012 | World
We thought that once the story got out that the filmmaker of was a Coptic Christian, and not Jewish, the conspiracy theory would die down, and the anti-Semitism with it. But instead it has gone viral at warp speed.
Harut Sassounian

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Root Cause of Anti-American Protests: Bad Movie or Bad Policy?

Harut Sassounian | November 21, 2012 | World
The list of serious missteps by successive U.S. administrations is lengthy enough to fill many volumes.
Eric Ehrmann

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Brazil's Crack Gangs Trigger New Favela Violence

Eric Ehrmann | November 21, 2012 | World
With favela gangs arming themselves with RPGs and recruiting kids who are used as child soldiers, cocaine's bad karma is making Brazil a more violent society.
Mike Ghouse

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Some Muslims Don't Get It: Freedom of Speech and the Legitimacy of Muslim Protests

Mike Ghouse | November 21, 2012 | Religion
The Muslims who murdered Ambassador Christopher Stevens were purportedly defending the name of Prophet Muhammad. But they have done the exact opposite of their intention: tarnished the name of the Prophet in the eyes of the few non-Muslims.
Lori Pottinger

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A Risky Climate for Big Dams in Africa

Lori Pottinger | May 14, 2013 | Green
Climate change is bringing many uncertainties, especially to the world of water. No continent will be harder hit by climate change than Africa.
Manish Bapna

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3 Imperatives for the Next Global Development Agenda

Manish Bapna | November 21, 2012 | Green
Can extreme poverty be eliminated in the next 20 years? With much of the world still mired in an economic slump, the question might seem ill-timed. Yet, as heads of state arrive in New York on Monday for the 67th United Nations General Assembly, this goal should be at the top of the agenda.
Laura Carlsen

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Heart-to-Heart on the Drug War

Laura Carlsen | November 21, 2012 | Crime
In the nation that first invented the drug war and exported it to their country with deadly results, the Mexican bereaved have left a mark in the hearts of thousands of men and women. Sometimes it takes tragedy to make change.
Ban Ki-moon

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Education First

Ban Ki-moon | November 21, 2012 | Education
Education is not simply a moral imperative; it is the smart choice. Every dollar invested generates $10 to $15 in returns. Yet worldwide, some 61 million children are still not in school.
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

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U.S.-Muslim Relations: The Second Coming?

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | November 21, 2012 | World
Despite division on what to do with the Arab Spring, one thing was for certain, the educated classes of young people felt this was their time to take the lead and push the envelope.
Gregory Kulacki

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The Risk of Nuclear War with China

Gregory Kulacki | November 21, 2012 | World
Last week two separate studies warned that China and the United States are pursuing military strategies and implementing defense policies that could lead to a nuclear war.
Rod Downie

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1.32 Million Reasons to Tackle Climate Change

Rod Downie | November 21, 2012 | UK
To coincide with the sea ice minimum, the UK Environmental Audit Committee today released a hard-hitting report from their inquiry into the UK's role in protecting the Arctic. We contributed substantially to this process, providing written and oral evidence.
Kátia Abreu

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Archaic and Modern

Kátia Abreu | November 21, 2012 | World
The Brazilian agricultural intelligence is creating its own imprint of success by respecting the untouchable part of our territory and preserving and maintaining fertile the cultivated part.
Omid Safi

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HuffJummah: A Prophetic Response to the Anti-'Muhammad' Film

Omid Safi | April 15, 2013 | Religion
We know Muhammad like the producers of the hateful "film" don't know Muhammad. The person they attack is not the real Muhammad, but a figment of their own imagination. We know Muhammad. Let us not forget Muhammad.
Holly Dagres

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Naïve: Insinuating War with Iran Versus Finding Peace

Holly Dagres | November 21, 2012 | World
I firmly believe that Iran is not developing nuclear weapons, but I am also convinced they would like us to assume so -- a sort of wild card if you will in the game of politics.
Peter Henne

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Does Religious Freedom Matter?

Peter Henne | November 21, 2012 | World
Restrictions on religious practice by states do have negative consequences for societies. They increase societal tensions, making states more unstable. And they enable authoritarian regimes to repress domestic dissent.
Christina Patterson

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What Salman Rushdie Reminds Us About the Freedoms That We Cherish

Christina Patterson | November 21, 2012 | World
Those of us who believe in the right to say what you think without being threatened can only show that there are some beliefs that we cherish, too. We can show that we believe in the right of clever writers to write good books, and the right of stupid fantasists to make bad films.
Ahmed Charai

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Arab Disturbance, American Distress

Ahmed Charai | November 21, 2012 | World
In the Arab world, there is always a large segment of the population that views American policy as an imperialist conspiracy, even if that policy was designed to help them.
Alex Fattal

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Credit Crisis

Alex Fattal | November 21, 2012 | Politics
The nightmare of my brother Josh's 781 days of arbitrary detention in Iran finally ended on September 21, 2011. There are many who received far less public credit than they should have. Atop that list are President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton.
Susan K. Stern

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Shining a Light in Odessa

Susan K. Stern | November 21, 2012 | Religion
The Holocaust brought unimaginable death and destruction to a city of 180,000 Jews; by the time Odessa was liberated from the Nazis in 1944, only 600 remained. Since then, the city has slowly been rediscovering its Jewish roots.
KidSpirit

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Talking With Tomorrow's Peacemakers

KidSpirit | November 21, 2012 | Religion
We live in a violent world filled with conflict, and we always have. But every member of every generation has a responsibility to our world -- to, in our own way, try to lessen the unhappiness that reigns on this planet.
Gates Cambridge Scholars

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Maternal Health is an Issue for All

Gates Cambridge Scholars | November 21, 2012 | UK Lifestyle
Causes of maternal mortality include unsafe abortions, obstructed labour, high blood pressure, severe bleeding after childbirth, and post-natal infections. Poor maternal health is also influenced by malnutrition from low iron levels and iodine deficiency.
Catriona Luke

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Rushdie has Damaged Rather Than Protected Free Speech

Catriona Luke | November 21, 2012 | UK Culture
Rushdie told the World Service that "the most frightening change" that he saw in Pakistan was that the mass of the people seemed to have given up on the "very moderate" religious beliefs that they used to hold.
Joe Cirincione

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What Obama Should Tell the UN

Joe Cirincione | November 21, 2012 | Politics
In the few paragraphs about nuclear weapons that you will put in your speech, you can reassure your allies and warn your adversaries by quickly and powerfully laying out your integrated, three-part agenda.
Elischia Fludd

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Small Acts of Peace Make a Difference

Elischia Fludd | November 20, 2012 | World
Every year, September 21st is the day that is dedicated to works around the world toward peace, one person, one act at a time.