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.
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?
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.
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.
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".
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.
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."
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.
Afghanistan Insider Attacks,
Dead In Afghanistan,
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.