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Torture and the Arc of History

"Military necessity does not admit of cruelty..." -- Abraham Lincoln General Order 100, Article 16 April 24, 1863 As usual, Lincoln captures the heart of the matter in a few words. In the midst of the gravest threat to our national existence...Show More Summary

Obama Administration Brings Global LGBTI Community Together to Advance Human Rights and Development

Last month, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development, where I work, co-hosted the third annual Conference to Advance the Human Rights of and Promote Inclusive Development for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Persons. Show More Summary

Benazir Bhutto -- The Muslim Leader Who Saw Jihadis Coming

Two years after being elected, the world's first female Muslim prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, received intelligence that a man called Osama bin Laden had given orders to kill her. The year was 1990. Al-Qaeda had not yet officially been...Show More Summary

Public Health Lessons from Ebola in 2014

Public health has seldom had a spotlight year like 2014. Indications that the Ebola outbreak is stabilizing in Guinea and Liberia are an encouraging sign that even in the poorest parts of the world, public health science can rescue nations. Show More Summary

Islam, Religious Dogmatism and Terrorism

Recent terror attacks in Pakistan, Nigeria, and elsewhere have renewed discussion of whether it's appropriate to use terms such as "Islamist" or "Islamic terrorist" to describe the perpetrators of such attacks. Some say that these terms...Show More Summary

Campfires of Hope

Hope is not a feeling. It is a decision -- a choice you make based on what we call faith or moral conscience, whatever most deeply motivates you. I have said that for many years, but this Advent and Christmas season tests my words -- even in my own heart. This is not a time that many of us are feeling a great deal of hope. Show More Summary

Ho, Ho, Ho, Who Delivers Those Holiday Gifts?

Co-authored with Zahra Sohail Khan During the holiday season many Americans take the time to thank those who provide key services in our daily lives. We leave a card and a tip for our mail carrier, the doorman, and even get up early to express our gratitude to those who take away the trash. Show More Summary

On Cuba, Obama Goes Long and Castro Holds On

It's hard to overstate the sense of relief and joy that was felt in both Washington and Havana as Presidents Barack Obama and Raúl Castro simultaneously announced a breakthrough in their two countries' long-running hostilities. There was, of course, much anger and hand-wringing as well and a host of questions about what happens next. Show More Summary

From the Cities a Progressive Movement Will Rise

Progressives have been getting their asses kicked by conservatives, and it's not pretty. The next few election cycles are going to matter a great deal, and if we don't pull ourselves together we are only going to face more losses atShow More Summary

Why Thanking God is Hurtful

We Americans have much to be grateful for: a stable country, a democratic political process, a proud history of scientific progress, and a tradition of standing up for those who need defending, even if we are occasionally slow to rise...Show More Summary

The Next Phase of the Koch Brothers' War on Unions

Christmas came early for the less than a quarter of 1 percent of Americans who donate to political campaigns or committees. In a rare display of inter-party harmony, Republicans and Democrats agreed to a provision, slipped into the Senate's...Show More Summary

Is 53 Yrs Long Enough To Conclude Our Cuba Policy Has Failed?

Is 53 Years Long Enough To Conclude That Our Cuba Policy Has Failed? By Patrick Leahy On December 17th, President Obama and President Raul Castro made history. After 53 years of animosity rooted in the Cold War, they finally put ourShow More Summary

ISIS Versus The Belly Dancer Show

Every morning before I get out of bed to get my morning coffee and start my day, I grab my phone to check the news and see what has happened worldwide while I was asleep. As an Egyptian-American, I consider myself very lucky. My social media news feed is both informative and entertaining. Show More Summary

Bernie Goetz "The Subway Gunman" 30 Years Later

Thirty years ago today the inviolate right to self-defense and the battle over firearm civil liberties were joined in one of the unlikeliest of battle zones -- New York City. Riding a southbound express train in lower Manhattan, a slight...Show More Summary

How CIA Torture Didn't Prevent an Attack on Heathrow

Nine years ago today CIA Director Porter Goss wrote to senior U.S. intelligence officers assuring them that the agency's torture interrogations "produced intelligence that allowed the U.S... to disrupt attacks such as 911-style attacks planned for... Show More Summary

Put Patients Over Profits: An Open Letter to the Council on Foreign Relations

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) recently released their first report on a health issue, highlighting the devastation caused by the world's leading killers: non-communicable diseases (NCDs). These include cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease. NCDs profoundly affect our lives in countries like the United States. Show More Summary

The Doctors Shortage, a Crisis Within a Crisis

Talk to almost anyone in the medical profession and you'll hear the same concern: the current doctors shortage -- a subject in the news a lot these days -- is a crisis that's only going to get worse. At the moment, the United StatesShow More Summary

CNBC's Jim Cramer: Make Money, Don't Moralize

'Tis the season, like almost every season, for financial growth and profits that trump moral merit. But can there be peace on earth without financial justice, truth and goodwill toward all who live responsibly? On December 18th, 2014,...Show More Summary

It's Time for the US to Reconsider its Relationship With Egypt

In light of the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East with no end on sight, what is one to make out of the contradictory relationship between the United States and Egypt. Of interest, is the latest decision by the Egyptian government to deny entry to a former U.S. Show More Summary

Mr. Jim Morrison. The Social And Political Visionary

How much do we know today about the life of Jim Morrison, one of the global music industry's most iconic artists who died forty-three years ago? Morrison was, and is, for most rock music fans one of the biggest sex symbols of his time. Show More Summary

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