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Simon Watt

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The Panda: Is This Goodbye?

Simon Watt | December 5, 2012 | UK
Giant pandas are charismatic, fascinating creatures. From a biological perspective, I find them so very interesting. I really like them. And yet, I think it may be the time to let them drift off into extinction or, at the very least, reconsider our approach to their conservation. I do not say this lightly.
Peter Henne

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Turkey, Syria and the Geopolitics of Identity

Peter Henne | December 5, 2012 | World
The Syrian shelling of Akcakale -- a Turkish village on the Syrian border -- and Turkey's military response against Syrian targets was shocking. How did the Turkish-Syrian relations go from close-and-getting-closer to on-the-brink-of-war?
Rajan Menon

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Why Iran Won't Cave on Nuclear Enrichment

Rajan Menon | December 5, 2012 | World
The currency crisis has created big problems for ordinary Iranians.The price of any item made with imported materials costs a whole lot more now. That's the economic side of things. But it's the political angle that's getting the most attention in the U.S.
Julie Leininger Pycior

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Catholic Nuns, the Vatican and Straight but Crooked Lines

Julie Leininger Pycior | December 5, 2012 | Religion
At present there is a standoff between the Vatican and the organization that represents 80 percent of American nuns. The hierarchy likely will break the stalemate right after the noisy election season. But what seems like a straight, rigid line looks more convoluted on further examination.
Sonia Zhuravlyova

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Russia's Ban On 'Homosexual Propaganda'

Sonia Zhuravlyova | December 5, 2012 | UK Lifestyle
The fight against homophobia is a global one. Russia, which, twenty years ago took one step forward by decriminalising homosexuality, recently took two leaps back. A law has been passed in eight major cities, including St Petersburg, that bans "public action aimed at propagandising sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism, and transgenderism among minors".
92nd Street Y

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Paul Rieckhoff: We Need More Than Yellow Bumper Stickers

92nd Street Y | December 5, 2012 | World
Founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Paul Rieckhoff, has taken his fight from the battlefields of Iraq to the halls of Congress, advocating for his fellow veterans who are facing a variety of challenges upon their return from war.
Mark Weisbrot

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Washington Doesn't Like Democratic Elections in Venezuela, Because of the Result

Mark Weisbrot | December 5, 2012 | World
The U.S. foreign policy establishment (which includes most of the media) seethes with contempt for Venezuela's democratic process. But Venezuela is part of a "Latin American Spring."
Raghida Dergham

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The Lifeline for Damascus and Tehran Is in Putin's Hands

Raghida Dergham | December 5, 2012 | World
The collapse of the Iranian currency by one-third of its value over a week will leave an impact on Iran's nuclear and strategic ambitions -- especially through the gateway of Syria.
Robert Greenwald

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It's Long Past Time to Admit: The Military Solution in Afghanistan Has Failed

Robert Greenwald | December 5, 2012 | World
Co-authored by John Amick Sunday, October 7, marks the 11th anniversary of the Afghanistan war, now the longest war in U.S. history. This date provides an opportunity to take stock of what a tragic calamity this war is over a decade after its start, and to examine, once again, why military...
V-Day

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Nepal: Rising In The Himalayas

V-Day | December 5, 2012 | World
Nepal is a country in transition. Whether it is the four lane highway that links Tribhuvan International Airport to the capital city of Kathmandu, or the innumerable new concrete constructions that intrude into the jade green rice fields of the country's rural hinterland, there are signs of change everywhere.
Joel Rubin

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Netanyahu Aligns With Obama on Iran

Joel Rubin | December 5, 2012 | World
Now that the speeches are over and the threat of immediate war has receded, the real work of diplomacy must step in to resolve this dispute. It's clear from Netanyahu's speech last week that a diplomatic deal that allows for some type of Iranian nuclear program is in the cards.
Nancy Rubin Stuart

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Columbus Day and the Arab Spring

Nancy Rubin Stuart | December 5, 2012 | World
Five hundred and twenty years ago this weekend, Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic and discovered -- or, more accurately, "rediscovered" -- North America, a feat achieved several centuries earlier by Vikings and prehistorically by Siberian tribes crossing the land bridge to what is now Canada. Many Americans may not...
Chris C. Anderson

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Working In China: Is It Still Worth Moving to the 'Mainland' for a Job?

Chris C. Anderson | December 5, 2012 | Business
In 2006 I sold my car, sold my possessions, quit my job and moved to Shanghai. I was after something I didn't know I would find, and I didn't know exactly what it was I was looking for other than a challenge.
Robert Naiman

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Americans Press U.S. Ambassador for End to Drone Strikes in Pakistan, and the Ambassador Responds

Robert Naiman | December 5, 2012 | World
On Wednesday, as a member of a U.S. peace delegation to Pakistan organized by Code Pink, I delivered a petition from more than 3,000 Americans to Acting U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Hoagland calling for an end to the CIA drone strike policy in Pakistan.
Rep. Mike Honda

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Preventing a China-Japan War Over the Islands: What America Must Do

Rep. Mike Honda | December 5, 2012 | World
Given the level of intensity escalating around the East China Sea island dispute between China and Japan, it is worth the United States getting more involved.