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Alyssa Pinsker

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Being a Broad In Switzerland: Happy Sami Klaus Day!

Alyssa Pinsker | October 3, 2012 | World
Here in Zug, everyone is Christian. Well, they aren't but according to Europeans, especially the British, "Happy Christmas," is the only appropriate greeting in December. When I responded with "Happy Hanukkah," to a very Swiss friend he literally looked befuddled. "What, are you a Jewish? Well same to...
Daniel Burrus

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Asia's Aging Population Is Both Predictable and Unprecedented

Daniel Burrus | December 2, 2012 | World
Everyone, including the United States, can learn from what's taking place in Japan. China's aging population is growing faster than the U.S.'s aging population, and it's going to have global and predictable ramifications.
Clive Stafford Smith

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Bin Laden's Butcher, Baker and Candlestick Maker

Clive Stafford Smith | December 2, 2012 | UK
I have known for years, of course, that eleven of the men I currently represent have long been cleared for release. But the list of detainees cleared in 2009 by the Obama Administration after an "exhaustive" review was "protected" information that I was not permitted to disclose. How was the security of the United States threatened by this information?
Jeffrey Laurenti

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Obama in the U.N. Den

Jeffrey Laurenti | December 2, 2012 | World
Fully 85 percent of Obama's speech was devoted to political crises across the Muslim world, from ambassador Chris Stevens' death to the Arab uprisings to Syria to Israel-Palestine and Iran, with even a passing sentence about Afghanistan.
Bernard-Henri Lévy

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Money, Qatar and the Republic

Bernard-Henri Lévy | December 2, 2012 | World
Would it be impertinent, then, to demand a few political conditions before validating this investment? Not, of course, the miraculous transformation of Qatar into a democracy which, as everyone knows, cannot be built in a day.
Harris Zafar

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Violence Violates Free Speech and Islam

Harris Zafar | December 2, 2012 | Religion
This is a lesson for the whole world, and Muslims must use this guidance to collectively exhibit a mature response to such terrible acts. Let us join hands to uphold the peaceful teachings of Islam and the Quran.
David J. Kramer

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Human Rights Priorities for the Next U.S. President

David J. Kramer | December 2, 2012 | Politics
The United States should review its relations with all authoritarian regimes to give human rights greater attention. While it may cooperate with them on counter-terrorism and other shared interests, it cannot turn a blind eye to the abuses these regimes commit.
Monica Gutierrez

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Spring in the Desert: Crisis in Mali

Monica Gutierrez | October 2, 2012 | World
John Wagner Givens

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Disputed Islands in the Sun

John Wagner Givens | December 2, 2012 | World
A recent cover of the Economist showed a picture of a few small islands and asks "Could China and Japan really go to war over these?" There are many reasons to believe that this conflict will not escalate into a war, or at least, not a wide-ranging one.
Uloop

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Anti-Japanese Protests in China

Uloop | December 2, 2012 | College
Images of riots, looting, burning of Japanese brand cars, and businesses denouncing Japan surged across the Internet this weekend, making the international community gravely aware of the tension between the two Asian nations.
Oluseyi Fayanju

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Green, White, Greener: Nigeria and Its Environment at 52

Oluseyi Fayanju | December 2, 2012 | Green
Despite the setbacks of the past five decades, the future trajectory of conservation, habitat protection, and other aspects of environmental health in Nigeria remains uncharted.
Peter Fragiskatos

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While Violent, Mining Strikes Aren't South Africa's Real Problem

Peter Fragiskatos | December 2, 2012 | Canada
While important, it is likely that the continuing media attention on the mine strikes is a result of the violence involved rather than a genuine interest in the finer points -- including the fact that they are rooted in struggles that extend far beyond the economic realm, pitting the governing African National Congress (ANC) on the side of the status quo and its opponents on the side of radical change.
Amy Wu

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Happy National Day -- Bah Humbug

Amy Wu | December 2, 2012 | World
Hong Kongers need to find a way to make lemonade out of lemons. The first step would be to celebrate National Day and to welcome the visitors coming from the border with open arms.
Chris C. Anderson

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Hong Kong Ferry Accident: The Insanity That Is Hong Kong Marine Traffic

Chris C. Anderson | December 2, 2012 | World
Just how busy does the Port of Hong Kong and Victoria Harbor get? In 2010 I shot a timelapse video from the Hong Kong Ritz Carlton, the highest hotel in the world.
Parvez Ahmed

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Muslims Abroad Should Respect the American Tradition of Free Speech as They Debate Their Own

Parvez Ahmed | December 2, 2012 | World
Muslims should not be so quick to complain when others demonstrate their lack of respect for Islam if they fail to make any real progress towards understanding the societal norms of other nations, in this instance the complexity of free speech rights and traditions in the United States.
Mark Schuller

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Haiti's Second Goudougoudou: The Global Food Crisis

Mark Schuller | December 2, 2012 | World
Drawing parallels between rising food costs and the earthquake in Haiti redefines the word "disaster" specifically reminds us of its human causes -- and it is a clarion call for action, a warning of an impending humanitarian crisis.
Layla Demay

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Vive le Bill (Clinton)

Layla Demay | December 2, 2012 | Comedy
While Bill Clinton was the uncontested winner of the Democratic National Convention and its aftermath, many thought, if only he could be president again. Think no more: Bill Clinton, being the genius that he is, has found the solution.
David Mednicoff

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A Fading Jewish Voice in the Middle Eastern Wilderness

David Mednicoff | December 2, 2012 | World
It troubles me that a fundamental, traditional message of a sacred Jewish holiday seems to fall on deaf ears among Israeli policymakers, so that the country's top politico drew red lines on a global stage, with an underlying threat of military attack.
Salam Al Marayati

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Muslim and Copts Unite Against Hate and Violence

Salam Al Marayati | December 2, 2012 | Religion
We believe in one God and we believe in one human family. Our belief is manifested through our actions. Our good work and good speech are the only legitimate response to hate.
James Dorsey

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Trade Unions Hold Qatar Responsible for Workplace Deaths

James Dorsey | December 2, 2012 | World
International trade unions have charged in a complaint to the International Labor Organization (ILO) that Qatar's refusal to allow migrant workers to freely unionize violates international standards and is responsible for the Gulf state's high rate of workplace deaths.
Cathy Feingold

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Bahrain's Denial of Visas to Rights Activists Underscores Contempt for Human and Worker Rights

Cathy Feingold | December 2, 2012 | World
By launching new initiatives without addressing ongoing human rights violations, the U.S. government is missing an opportunity to use its engagement with Bahrain to support the emergence of a more just and democratic society.
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

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Bursting the Bubble: When 'Half the Sky' Abuses Itself

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | December 2, 2012 | Women
Let's shift the discourse away from 'women vs. women', which sounds like a tawdry Las Vegas boxing match, and move it towards a much deeper conversation about what we need to do to get more women in leadership positions in both the public and private sector and eradicate poverty.
Human Rights Watch

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Ghana: People With Mental Disabilities Face Serious Abuse

Human Rights Watch | December 2, 2012 | World
People with mental disabilities suffer severe abuses in psychiatric institutions and spiritual healing centers in Ghana, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Ghanaian government has done little to combat such abuse or to ensure that these people can live in the community, as is their...
Michael Brenner

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Iraq: The High Price of Amnesia

Michael Brenner | December 2, 2012 | World
Sins of omission can be every bit as serious as sins of commission. The country's failure to have a reckoning with the tragedy of Iraq is the outstanding case in point.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

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Iraq: Ten Years, a Million Lives and Trillions of Dollars Later

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | December 2, 2012 | Politics
The war in Afghanistan continues. New wars have been propagated in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia pursuant to the never-ending "War on Terror." This mindset puts us at the edge of war against Iran.
Wendy Chamberlin

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After Benghazi: Diplomacy With a State; War Within

Wendy Chamberlin | December 2, 2012 | World
Ambassador Chris Stevens's death aroused public debate regarding acceptable safety standards and circumstances for American diplomats and whether we should even be in "those places." The answer from those of us who have served in the Foreign Service: "Yes!" We should be there. We must be there.
Andy Deemer

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Dismember Live Seafood in a Guangzhou Restaurant

Andy Deemer | December 2, 2012 | Food
With a sign promoting the opportunity to dismember live seafood, we couldn't resist stopping in at Guangzhou's Hong Xing Haixian Jiujia.
Raymond J. Learsy

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The Charade of the Iranian Oil Embargo

Raymond J. Learsy | December 2, 2012 | Business
The U.S. should at long last recognize that in being the world's most important consumer of fossil fuels our market is as important to oil producers as they have been in supplying our needs.
Richard Schiffman

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The Islamic Extremist War Against the Sufis

Richard Schiffman | December 2, 2012 | World
Last month the world was shocked to learn that the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans had been killed in an attack on a U.S. Consulate in Libya. Few heard of the other violent events in that country in September, which included the destruction of Sufi shrines in three Libyan cities.
Rio Helmi

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Indonesian Politics: Where's the Party?

Rio Helmi | December 1, 2012 | World
Though many individual Indonesian voters, eager to get the country back on track, may see his decisiveness as their best bet amongst a field of questionable candidates, and are therefore in a forgiving mode, Prabowo needs to remember that he needs the parties to forgive him as well.