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Tea Leaf Nation

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As Recriminations Over Anti-Japanese Protests Mount, Deep Divisions in China Emerge

Tea Leaf Nation | November 24, 2012 | UK Politics
Hope for a freer China was voiced online, but dull cynicism soon echoed back. Many netizens on Weibo did not appear to trust the generally hard-working but otherwise reflexively patriotic migrant workers. Nor did they trust the government to unfetter full civil participation.
Cat Carter

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Syria: One Woman's Story

Cat Carter | November 24, 2012 | UK
I'm crouched next to Reem, a beautiful young Syrian woman living in the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan. A head scarf covers her hair and her family hover nearby. She is telling me about her life in Dera'a, Syria, and why they left. She is also crying.
Claire Alkouatli

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A Message to Medina, the Beginning of Giving Back

Claire Alkouatli | November 24, 2012 | Religion
This message to the Messenger is from Muslims in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria and Canada in the hope that we might come to know him more intimately, peace be upon him, and understand better the pain generated by incorrect understandings about him that manifest as crude films or violent protests.
Sarah Brown

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The Teacher Who Inspired Me: Education Is the Key

Sarah Brown | November 24, 2012 | Education
By uniting corporate leaders from across sectors and across continents, the new Global Business Coalition for Education aims to amplify their voices and bring the dynamism of the private sector to bear on one of the great public policy challenges of our times.
Malik Siraj Akbar

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Not in Muhammad's Name

Malik Siraj Akbar | November 24, 2012 | World
The plea from Muslim scholars that "freedom of expression" should come with "responsibility" or "limits" is absolutely irrelevant. For ages, Muslim clerics and dictators have used "responsibility" and "limits" as a pretext to dissuade citizens from seeking their right to freedom of expression.
Neil Parmar

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Queen Rania of Jordan Calls for "Another Revolution in Arab World"

Neil Parmar | November 24, 2012 | World
Some of the world's top leaders in government and business convened this week, calling for educational reform in the Middle East and North Africa to help tackle rampant joblessness in the region.
Lawrence Wittner

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How Hawkish Are Americans?

Lawrence Wittner | November 24, 2012 | World
Americans favor a less militarized U.S. government approach to world affairs than currently exists. Perhaps the time has come for politicians to catch up with them!
Bernard-Henri Lévy

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The Honor of Benghazi

Bernard-Henri Lévy | November 24, 2012 | World
In the merciless struggle since the fall of the dictator that has pitted the assassins of cities and their supporters, the urbiciders and the local citizens, it is the latter, the civilized citizen city-dwellers, who have marked the decisive point -- and that, also, is irrevocable.
Jeffrey Laurenti

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Ahmadinejad's Last Hurrah

Jeffrey Laurenti | November 24, 2012 | World
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in New York for this fall's session of the United Nations General Assembly--his last hurrah at the world body before his presidency ends next summer. He clearly is not in a mellow mood.
Stanley K. Sheinbaum

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Remembering Arafat

Stanley K. Sheinbaum | November 24, 2012 | Politics
I eventually came to like Yasser Arafat. In all my meetings with him, he never failed to listen, to give his own opinions without being strident or aggressive about them, to be polite, charming, even gracious.
Ruth Starkman

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It's All the Rage: 'The Innocence of Muslims,' Social Media, and Free Speech

Ruth Starkman | November 24, 2012 | World
Indifferently offering equal shares of grotesque bigotry, reasoned debate, enlightened humor and a mind-boggling variety of other responses, social media raise complex questions about freedom of speech in an increasingly global world.
Barbara Becker

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Aung San Suu Kyi's Advice for Parents

Barbara Becker | November 24, 2012 | Parents
"To all the parents in the room -- really, this is important for everyone -- any child who feels they have been truly loved, even by just one person, will develop tremendous confidence."
Yoani Sanchez

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Our Leaders Cannot Govern Us Because They Do Not Know Us

Yoani Sanchez | November 24, 2012 | World
It was a flying sheet of roofing that cut the nose of the Uruguayan president José Mujica. A piece of metal that fell off just as he was helping a neighbor reinforce the roof of his house.
Mark V. Vlasic

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A President's Support of Stolen Asset Recovery and the Fight Against Impunity

Mark V. Vlasic | September 24, 2012 | World
We know that the end of the era of impunity for corrupt leaders may not come today, tomorrow or the next day, but collaborative endeavors reflect the international community's will to curb economic abuse and support critical national-led efforts to promote good governance and fight corruption.
Rachel Havrelock

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The Limits of Forgiveness

Rachel Havrelock | November 24, 2012 | Religion
In the midst of the 10 Days of Awe between the New Year and the Day of Atonement, I take on the practice of surveying my relationships and looking to improve them. But just as I am trying to open my heart, a figure from my college days keeps appearing before me on media outlets.
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

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Prudence and the Unfortunate Mr. Romney

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | November 24, 2012 | Religion
Christians must exercise the most solemn care when voting for president because they are foreseeably electing someone who will kill in their names.
V-Day

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One Billion Rising

V-Day | November 24, 2012 | Impact
1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. This powerful three minute film reminds us how violence against women appears in the every day lives of women worldwide.
Christophe Deloire

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"Traditional Values" Versus Freedom of Information

Christophe Deloire | November 24, 2012 | World
Deploring the "excesses of free speech" may be a wise move tactically but, in the long term, it jeopardizes freedom of information, which is a prerequisite for political, economic and social development.
Tam Hussein

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Innocence of Muslims - A Case For Civil Society

Tam Hussein | November 24, 2012 | Media
Freedom of consciousness is needed before democracy can ever flourish. Some critics believe that Arab media is one of the places where this can occur. Unfortunately, Arab media in its present state cannot be the agora of debate.
Forest Whitaker

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Another Step Towards Global Peace

Forest Whitaker | November 24, 2012 | Impact
Youth have the power to create change. And for real progress to be made, they need to be a part of the solution.
Tom Engelhardt

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Obama Against the World

Tom Engelhardt | November 24, 2012 | World
By now, Obama and his savvy campaign staff should really be home free, having run political circles around their Republican opponent as he was running circles around himself. There's only one problem: the world.
Maria Bello

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Getting Boys on Board

Maria Bello | November 24, 2012 | Impact
Instead of standing up, too many men kick back and take a seat, complacent in their majority at the expense of diversity and inclusion. But it's not just women who'd benefit from a level playing field.
Faisal J. Abbas

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Why We Need 'Hope' in Saudi Arabia

Faisal J. Abbas | November 24, 2012 | World
Celebrating Saudi National Day and contemplating a wiser, more efficient way forward should be two congruent moves, both for the average teenager planning how to spend pocket-money on a micro-level and the corporate official planning the next, big macro decision.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

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A Hitler Wannabe Visits New York

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | November 24, 2012 | New York
Autumn is here and with it the annual trip that makes Mahmoud Ahmadinejad positively giddy. The Iranian president gets to leave the country whose citizens he mowed down in the streets to seize power and travel to New York to show the Jews they have no power.
Menachem Rosensaft

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Wishing God a Good Night

Menachem Rosensaft | November 24, 2012 | Politics
We must never forget that there were Christians in World War II Europe, a small minority to be sure, who risked their lives to save Jews. And today there are Muslims who join forces with Jews and Christians to espouse and promote a spirit of tolerance.
Zaman Stanizai

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Walking in a Muslim's Moccasins: A Different Perspective on the Muslim Protests

Zaman Stanizai | November 23, 2012 | World
With Muslim faith and fancy lands and resources under continuous military and media attack for more than a decade, we should not be surprised at their resentment.