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.
One Billion Rising,
Domestic Violence Awareness Month,
Violence Against Women,
War On Women,
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.
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.
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Naif Art Latin America,
Naif Art Exhibitions Latin America,
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.
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.
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.
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Green On Blue,
Green On Blue Attacks,
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Vice President Joe Biden,
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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.
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.
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Un Structural Reforms,
As the spectacle of UN Week commenced against the backdrop of Syrian bloodshed, a discussion of structural UN reform could not be more timely.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Foreign Direct Investment,
Libya Embassy Attack,
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.
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.
Gangnam Style Korea,
Korean Pupular Culture,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UN International Day Of The Girl,
The Diary Of a Pakistani Girl,
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.
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.
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.
Today an armed conflict between Germany and France is unthinkable. For this achievement alone the EU deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.
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.