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An #IranDeal Tied to Humanitarian Measures

On this international day of friendship, I am prompted to think of the #IranDeal that is so fresh on the minds of many in the work of international friend making. This is no pact between friends, but it does present an opportunity for some straight talk between frenemies. Show More Summary

As China Awakens, America -- And Pakistan -- Should Take Note

BEIJING -- "When China wakes, she will shake the world." Napoleon's famous comment on China has had China-watchers scratching their heads for two centuries as to what exactly he meant. Was it a warning to Europe of a potential threat...Show More Summary

No Warlords Need Apply: A Call for Credible Peacemaking in Afghanistan

This blog was co-authored by Buddy Bell. A second round of peace talks between Afghan government officials and Taliban representatives, expected to begin before the end of July, 2015, suggests that some parties to the fighting want to declare a cease-fire. Show More Summary

The Dangers of Political Moralizing

Now that Greece has passed a series of reform measures demanded by its creditors, formal negotiations over the terms of it third bailout are beginning. The success of those negotiations is likely to depend on whether both sides can avoid the moralizing that characterized the bargaining process through the spring and early summer. Show More Summary

Turkey's Dark Future

Storm clouds are gathering. Turkey has a dark future. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan bears responsibility. His policies have made Turkey less secure, stable, and solvent. Erdogan is digging a hole for Turkey. Instead of getting out of the ditch, he keeps digging, casting aspersions and blaming others for Turkey's problems. Show More Summary

In Cairo, Kerry Should Reinforce Obama's Remarks in Kenya

President Obama hit many right notes during his trip to Kenya last week -- he spoke about the need for civil society inclusion in countering terrorism, about the United States's own mistakes in not treating people equally under the law,...Show More Summary

Erdogan Is Pursuing Turkish Self-Interests, Under the Guise of Fighting ISIS

Last month, only after losing his party's parliamentary majority, President Erdogan realized that there are dangerous terrorists in neighboring Syria who are a threat to Turkey's security. Ironically, these are the same terrorists that Ankara has been arming, assisting their infiltration into Syria, and having them treated in Turkish hospitals. Show More Summary

Sudan and the Obama Administration Department of Justice: Moral Myopia on a Grand Scale

The Obama administration Department of Justice (DOJ) continues in its refusal to answer critical questions about the $9 billion settlement with French banking giant BNP Paribas (BNP) reached in June of last year. Specifically, DOJ refuses...Show More Summary

Why The Internet Hate For Walter Palmer Matters

You may think you are having a bad day, but I assure you Walter Palmer, DDS, wild animal murderer, is having a worse one. Everyone has probably heard of Walter Palmer by now. He is a dentist from Minnesota who paid $50,000 to hire a guided hunt in Zimbabwe that resulted in the killing of a beautiful 13-year-old lion named Cecil. Show More Summary

Which Dictatorship Will Host the 2022 Winter Olympics?

On Friday, the members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will vote to decide which city will host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Originally, there were three finalists, but in October, the favorite, Oslo, withdrew. With the withdrawal of Oslo, the Olympic Movement has found itself in a crisis. Show More Summary

8 Things to Know About Amnesty's Draft Proposal on Sex Work

Confused about the Amnesty International draft proposal? Here are some of the major points, broken down. 1. The proposal does not support forced and underage involvement in the sex trade. Amnesty supports criminal laws against trafficking, coercing individuals into the sex trade, and soliciting sex from minors. Show More Summary

Wars of Attrition

The circumstances we have experienced in these past several years in Greece are not unprecedented. We can find such situations in many other countries as well. As examples I could quickly mention the former socialist countries, Europe's periphery countries, and countries in Latin America and Northeast Asia. Show More Summary

LGBT Suicide: A Risk Reduction Strategy

I was highly honored to have the opportunity to participate in the Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Conference last week in Kansas City. There were many intimate discussions about what can be done to lessen the likelihood that people will choose to attempt to bring an end to their own lives. Show More Summary

4 Reasons Independence Is the Right Path for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is in a state of emergency. Its public debt, which Governor Garcia Padilla recently declared unpayable, is $73 billion and counting. Unemployment is hovering at a dismal 14 percent and 46 percent of the island's inhabitants are living below the poverty line, a rate higher than that of any state on the mainland. Show More Summary

Transparency Advocate: Mauritania's Fishing Sector Still Opaque

Ba Aliou Coulibaly is the national coordinator for the pro-transparency group Publish What You Pay (PWYP) in Mauritania, a largely desert country in north-western Africa that is rich in iron, copper, gold, gas and oil - and home to one of the richest fishing grounds in the world. Show More Summary

Diary of an Ex-Bourgeois

  Firstly, I should say I've never been the reactionary type. I've always been fully aware of the situation in Brazil, the damage caused by the military dictatorship, and how "coronelismo" (a form of machine politics) and its history of exploitation continue to influence the country to this day. Show More Summary

Chamber of Commerce Threatens Health of Americans

An opinion piece published on July 30 by Al Jazeera exposes the work of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the tobacco industry in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement negotiations. The Chamber's primary goal? To...Show More Summary

Greece's Trump Card - NATO ?

Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting The headlines on the talks between Brussels and Athens on the 86 billion euro bailout of Greece seem to indicate nothing but problems. It appears that even before talks can begin, Greece is being asked to enact further laws. Show More Summary

Why Erdo?an Is Fighting Two Wars -- Against ISIS and the PKK

ISTANBUL -- On July 20, Turkey suffered one of the most bloody terror attacks in its history. Left-wing youngsters who had gathered to take humanitarian aid to the embattled Kurdish town of Kobani were suddenly blown to pieces. Thirty-two of them died; dozens were wounded. Show More Summary

How Khamenei and Obama Must Woo the Opposition to the Nuclear Agreement

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei supported President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to negotiate a comprehensive nuclear agreement with P5+1 -- the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany. Show More Summary

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