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Richard Javad Heydarian

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Iran Hits the Sanctions Threshold

Richard Javad Heydarian | December 12, 2012 | World
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's speech could be interpreted as an indirect signal of growing willingness on the part of the Iranian leadership to break the nuclear deadlock.
Soraya Chemaly

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Sex and World Peace: Or, What Little Girls Have to Do With Our Wars

Soraya Chemaly | December 12, 2012 | World
The very best indicator and predictor of a state's peacefulness is not wealth, military expenditures or religion; the best predictor is how well its girls and women are treated.
Adil E. Shamoo

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Romney on the Middle East: Obama, but Worse

Adil E. Shamoo | December 12, 2012 | World
Mitt Romney's foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute, while trotted out as a major rejection of the current administration's approach to the Middle East, mostly just rehashed President Obama's policies, albeit with more hawkish bravado.
Elyssa Pachico

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Colombia's 'Primitive' Paintings Worth a Second Look

Elyssa Pachico | December 12, 2012 | Arts
It's possible that the kind of naif art produced by Jairo will continue to find a home in some of Latin America's most elite museums and galleries. Still, this is anything but high art.
Azeem Ibrahim

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What Does "Moderate" Mean in Malaysia?

Azeem Ibrahim | May 22, 2013 | World
Najib Razak presents himself as a reformer on a mission to modernize Malaysia. But the reality is that Malaysians want more than window dressing as the time gets closer to the next election.
Patricia McGuire

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Savages and Saints

Patricia McGuire | December 12, 2012 | DC
We can stand aghast at the savagery of shooting Malala. Or we can avenge this act in the way that civilized people should --- moving forcefully and urgently to bring the powerful weapon of education to girls.
Matt Zeller

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Vice Presidential Debate Highlights Why Paul Ryan Is Clueless On The Afghan War and Foreign Policy

Matt Zeller | December 12, 2012 | DC
After last night's debate, it's clear that Paul Ryan has a lot to learn when it comes to foreign policy. As an Afghan War Veteran, I can unequivocally say that he hasn't a clue as to what is going on in Afghanistan.
Cari E. Guittard

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America's Effective Engagement Abroad Begins at Home

Cari E. Guittard | December 12, 2012 | World
We can't expect our diplomats, who are at the frontlines of our global engagement efforts, to do all the heavy lifting. We are all responsible for how America engages with the world.
Anna Therese Day

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We the Peoples of the United Nations: Civilian Carnage in Syria Illuminates Need for UN Structural Reform

Anna Therese Day | December 12, 2012 | World
As the spectacle of UN Week commenced against the backdrop of Syrian bloodshed, a discussion of structural UN reform could not be more timely.
Rajan Menon

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Why (and How) Syria's Conflict Could Get Worse

Rajan Menon | December 12, 2012 | World
Syria's continuing carnage and chaos have led to tens of thousands of people (mostly non-combatants) being killed and maimed. With things already so horrific, it's hard to imagine them getting worse. But the regime of Bashar al-Assad is steely cruel.
Rafael Fernández de Castro

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Wikipedia Seeks Historic Truth in Falkland Islands Controversy

Rafael Fernández de Castro | December 12, 2012 | Technology
Wikipedia will not resolve an international dispute. Nevertheless, the site is increasingly becoming a forum that challenges subjective, traditional, and institutionalized information -- in the case of the Falklands Islands, history.
Alexander Ragir

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Cuba Loosens Grip on Economy (VIDEO)

Alexander Ragir | December 12, 2012 | World
The Cuban government is relaxing its grip on the island's socialist economy, allowing the legal creation of private enterprise for the first time since the 1959 revolution. In a bid to kickstart the sluggish economy and create jobs, the move is transforming the nation of 11 million people, as thousands...
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

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Harnessing the Potential of Older People

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | December 12, 2012 | World
In every continent and almost every country, our population is growing older. Yet, there is little sign so far that all the right policies and actions needed have been put in place to create a world in which all generations can flourish.
Sara Khorshid

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On the Savage Ad and Western Values

Sara Khorshid | December 12, 2012 | World
One of the classic questions that I often encounter as a Muslim and Egyptian is whether my religion is "compatible" with democracy and human rights.
Raghida Dergham

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Only Turkey's Intervention Can Cause a Shift in the Syrian Crisis

Raghida Dergham | December 12, 2012 | World
It is not clear whether the signs coming from NATO point to contradiction or cooperation among its member states. The answer about the fate of NATO's role in Syria is primarily held by Turkey, which holds all the trump cards, and in this is second to none, except perhaps Washington.
Mehrunisa Qayyum

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Providing Aid Hurts Recipient Countries' Local Businesses Too

Mehrunisa Qayyum | December 12, 2012 | World
Locals in the aid recipient countries will have the best descriptive term. We should probably ask them before we start patting ourselves on the back on how development aid is an alternative to their lackluster foreign direct investment.
Geoff D. Porter

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Fortress Algeria

Geoff D. Porter | December 12, 2012 | World
To understand why the U.S. sees Algeria as such an attractive solution to North African and Saharan instability, and to understand how many Algerians view their own country, it is useful to sketch a rough portrait.
Andrew Lam

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'Gangnam Style': Crossing Over in the New World

Andrew Lam | December 12, 2012 | Entertainment
If America can make a movie called Kung Fu Panda, and have it become a number one hit in China, then it follows that a Korean artist, too, can rise to the top of the charts in America.
Roy Speckhardt

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Religious Freedom on the Brink

Roy Speckhardt | December 12, 2012 | World
It seems as though many in the world are far more eager to use religion as a tool for consolidating power than are interested in protecting religious freedom and free speech.
Christa Zambardino

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A Little Love Goes a Long Way...

Christa Zambardino | December 12, 2012 | Impact
Although I cannot explain why, I was so moved by this school and these girls -- their personal stories made me cry but their smiles warmed my heart -- I know that I was there for a reason and I was meant to do something with these feelings.
Marianne Schnall

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Exclusive: Interview With Oprah About Her School for Girls

Marianne Schnall | December 12, 2012 | Education
One of the achievements that is clearly closest to Oprah Winfrey's heart is founding the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
Frank Vogl

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The Arab Spring Was Seminal and Will Not Be Replaced by an Arab Winter

Frank Vogl | December 12, 2012 | World
It is too easy to be overly influenced by the brutal daily news stories of radical assaults on freedom in this part of the world, and to form a conviction that the Arab Spring was little more than a sudden and very short-lived breath of fresh air.
Rukhsana Hasib

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Malala's War -- Diary of a Pakistani School Girl

Rukhsana Hasib | December 12, 2012 | World
Let us add our voices to Malala's voice and fight this hypocritical madness. This is a crime against humanity and Muslims must come together from every corner of the world and set the record straight.
Arianna Huffington

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Hearts, Minds and Failures

Arianna Huffington | December 12, 2012 | World
From Afghanistan, Josh Hersh puts the spotlight in Huffington magazine this week on the war efforts we rarely hear about -- the "hearts and minds" development projects. And Bianca Bosker shows that the universe of online dating is expanding, with people meeting and bonding over everything from retweets to witty Chinese restaurant reviews.
Common Ground News Service

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Salafyo Costa, Salafi Group, Works to Counter Intolerance

Common Ground News Service | December 12, 2012 | Religion
While Salafis do share a loose set of socially conservative values, they are not a monolithic group. Today, a group in Egypt known as Salafyo Costa presents a stark counter-narrative to the dominant discourse about Salafis found both in the West and the Muslim world.
Dr Henning Meyer

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The EU Deserved the Nobel Peace Prize, But it Still Has Challenges to Face

Dr Henning Meyer | December 12, 2012 | UK Politics
Today an armed conflict between Germany and France is unthinkable. For this achievement alone the EU deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.
Gates Cambridge Scholars

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Ending Unwanted Pregnancies in Latin America

Gates Cambridge Scholars | December 12, 2012 | UK Universities & Education
Some countries make the procedures available in cases of rape, incest, or health risk, but women will lack access even in these circumstances: in Argentina and Peru, for instance, judges withhold authorisations for legal abortions and doctors refuse to perform the procedures.