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Ben Barber


Obama: Urge Netanyahu to Make Peace

Ben Barber | Posted December 3, 2012

Netanyahu does not deserve or need overt U.S. backing right now. Not until he fulfills the promise of Israel's founder David Ben Gurion and the wishes of a majority of Israelis and gives the West Bank over to Palestinian rule.
Jane Regan


Haiti: Housing Exposition Exposes Waste, Cynicism

Jane Regan | Posted December 3, 2012

The Expo was one of the first reconstruction projects approved by the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission -- the idea was to "expose best practices for housing reconstruction by encouraging innovative ideas."
Haider Khan


Saving the Euro and the EU: Can Europe Do It?

Haider Khan | Posted December 3, 2012

With the continuous outpouring of bleak economic data from the EU, many are expressing deep pessimism bordering on despair about the prospects for the sustainability of the monetary union.
Kathy Bushkin Calvin


Meeting the Challenge to Save the Lives of Women and Children

Kathy Bushkin Calvin | Posted December 3, 2012

If we can land a rover on Mars and map out the genes of the human body, we should also be able to prevent millions of women and children from dying of mostly preventable causes like pregnancy complications, malnutrition, pneumonia, measles, and malaria.
Saad Khan


How the West Is Exploiting the Labor Class

Saad Khan | Posted December 3, 2012

Governmental indifference and corruption is only one enabling factor. It is the grave negligence by the Western media that allows the companies to continue with their exploitative business practices.
Jake Townsend


A Machine for Diplomacy: Diplomatic Architecture in a Polarized World

Jake Townsend | Posted December 3, 2012

The embassy, and its sibling the consulate, is not only meant to function as a practical means to conduct the business of diplomacy; these buildings are representations of the very identity of their nation of origin.
Susan Bernofsky


Michael Henry Heim: PEN Translation Fund Donor's Identity Revealed

Susan Bernofsky | Posted December 3, 2012

"He was enormously embarrassed at the thought of being publicly associated with the donation, and insisted on complete anonymity. Mike had a visceral horror of money, which he associated with excess. He explained that the money was the death benefit that his mother received in 1945."
Tian Huang


Climate Victims Deserve a Hearing, Whether Here or in The Hague

Tian Huang | Posted December 3, 2012

Whether in this or a subsequent U.N. session, a parallel campaign to Kivalina's will be brought to the General Assembly and the question will be raised, will the international community follow the U.S. court's lead by throwing the climate change problem to the dustbin of politics?
Majid Rafizadeh


Four Axes of the East: Iran Looms Large in Russia's and China's Stance on Syria

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted December 3, 2012

It is widely argued that Russian and Chinese economic and strategic interests embedded in the survival of the Assad's regime have outweighed their humanitarian concerns. The factors behind Chinese and Russian adamant support for the Syrian regime, however, go beyond these common perceptions.
Zaman Stanizai


Provocation or Freedom of Expression

Zaman Stanizai | Posted December 3, 2012

Fanaticism should not be defined through cultural stereotypes, but instead through acts and deeds.
Richard Brodsky


The New Nazis of Europe: Coming to America?

Richard Brodsky | Posted December 3, 2012

Golden Dawn has opened an office in Washington, and some of what we've heard from the Baltic states should give the State Department pause. Even the Timothy McVeigh's decision to bomb government buildings still resonates among some extreme right-wing groups.
Austin Dacey


Cognitive Bias and the Blame for Benghazi

Austin Dacey | Posted December 3, 2012

How much blame is deserved by the morally unlucky producers of incendiary material that sparks violence given that the Internet and the rest of the world is littered with loads of comparable material that, as it happens, does not?


Gandhiji: The Father of My Nation

KidSpirit | Posted December 3, 2012

To this man patriotism was religion. This man spoke of love and truth. He is the father of my country. His name is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the man who surpassed Superman in his bravery and determination.
David L. Phillips


Looking for Friends in the Middle East: Try the Kurds

David L. Phillips | Posted December 3, 2012

Regardless of the outcome to Syria's civil war, the United States will have no friends in Syria except the Kurds. U.S.-Kurdish rapprochement would serve as a counter-weight to political demagogy and Islamist extremism.
Ruzan Sarwar


The Inhumanity of Fundamentalism

Ruzan Sarwar | Posted December 3, 2012

In the latest bout of senseless attacks and violence stemming from posts on social media outlets, a number of Buddhist monks and the monasteries in which they live were targeted by Muslim fundamentalists in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.
Barry Lando


Benghazi-Tehran -- Warnings Unheeded

Barry Lando | Posted December 3, 2012

A U.S. administration is accused of not increasing security at a sensitive diplomatic outpost in the Middle East, despite warnings from its own intelligence agencies. The results are catastrophic. We're talking not just about Libya today -- but Iran 30 years ago.
Michael Nevradakis


A Conversation with Agni Vlavianos-Arvanitis of the Biopolitics International Organization

Michael Nevradakis | Posted December 3, 2012

Some of the world's foremost thinkers are often those who remain outside the limelight. One such thinker is Professor Agni Vlavianos-Arvanitis, the president and founder of the Biopolitics International Organization, based in Athens.
Otaviano Canuto


Fiscal Policy for Shared Prosperity

Otaviano Canuto | Posted December 3, 2012

The global economic crisis has given back to fiscal policy its high profile as an instrument of macroeconomic stabilization. A revived interest in the potential of fiscal policy to boost shared prosperity has followed. Instead of denying it, we should work on those conditions necessary for it to succeed.
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh


Defeating Aggression: Countdown to 2017

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh | Posted December 3, 2012

Centuries of warfare drenched in blood and a common yearning for a more civilized world where would-be aggressors are checked by the rule of law must compel us to act, responsibly and swiftly. Time is of the essence and the time to act is now.
Michael Marx


Big Oil Pleads Immunity From Prosecution for Human Rights Crimes

Michael Marx | Posted December 3, 2012

Only two years after the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, Shell is asking the same judges to accept that corporations are immune from prosecution for human rights violations because they are not people under the law.
Nikolas Kozloff


Venezuela: Bolivarian Revolution on the Line in Crucial Election

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted December 3, 2012

My guess is that Hugo Chávez will ultimately prevail in his nation's presidential election, but it's still anyone's guess as to what might happen. If the race is close, Venezuela could descend into political destabilization or even chaos, which is surely a worrying prospect.
Evelyn Leopold


Tanzania Aims to Save Women in Childbirth but Talks Little of Contraception and Safe Abortion

Evelyn Leopold | Posted December 3, 2012

The good news is that Tanzania has launched an innovative program to prevent mothers from dying in child birth. The bad news is that 23 women still die every day from birth-related complications.
Lisa Belkin


Olivia Wilde Dances To 'Vagina Song' With Kenyan Women (VIDEO)

Lisa Belkin | Posted December 3, 2012

"Most of these women have been circumcised, have been raped, been beaten, have been abused. They have not been raised to embrace their sexuality and their feminine power, so the fact that they can gather and celebrate that is amazing."
Stefanie Ostfeld


Dictators' Riches Are Stolen at Home, But Banked in the West

Stefanie Ostfeld | Posted December 3, 2012

Congress and the president should act now to stop corrupt dictators and other criminals from using the privilege of limited liability to hide their identities and launder dirty money in the U.S. financial system.
Helena Williams


New Book Details Sri Lanka's 'Habit of Denial'

Helena Williams | Posted December 3, 2012

It saw one of the bloodiest conflicts of this century, and yet many still only see it as a tropical paradise. While the south boasted palm-fringed beaches - a picture-perfect destination for cocktail-sipping tourists - northern Sri Lanka was a hell on earth for the Tamil minority as government troops clashed with Tiger insurgents.