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Challenging the Surveillance Society

The United States has been the focus of concerns about government surveillance, particularly in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations about the activities of the National Security Agency (NSA). But that surveillance has not just been of American citizens. Show More Summary

A 39 Hour Train Ride Through China

Looking across this sea of anxious faces, it's easy to forget this is a holiday. Knotted brows frame weary eyes in a crowd as deep as a football field, all of them waiting to catch a train out of Beijing. The mass exodus from China's cities is the roaring crescendo leading up to Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival as it's known in the country. Show More Summary

Grim, Declining Nizhny Novgorod Also Part of Nemtsov's Legacy

In the aftermath of Boris Nemtsov's shocking assassination, his friends in Russia and abroad are remembering him primarily for his role as a liberal opposition leader in the Putin era and for his short-lived tenure as first deputy prime...Show More Summary

U.S.-China Trade Rivalry in Asia Is Overhyped

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the backbone of U.S. President Barack Obama's Asia policy, is down to its final haggling. U.S. negotiators hope they could close out the TPP deal by the summer, despite opposition mounting from both sides of the nation's partisan aisle. Show More Summary

How Are Oil Prices Affecting Nigerian Real Estate?

Changes in oil prices and the devaluation of the Naira have had a significant impact on the Nigerian economy. With a 70 percent dependency on crude oil for external revenue, the drop in world oil prices is now affecting the Nigerian business space. Show More Summary

Taking the High Road on Iran

In his March 3 speech before the joint session of Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reproached President Barack Obama's diplomatic approach to Iran in what seemed to be a symbol of his determination to undermine any future agreement. Show More Summary

Shouting Melt? (DD versus Bibi Part 4)

DD, the imaginary Israeli Defense Dove, surprised me with an analogy when she got back in touch. "I know you come out of the American left. Remember those interminable arguments in the Old Left about whether or not there are preconditions for an egalitarian society ("socialism")? Jargon often obscured clear thinking. Show More Summary

Bibi's Talk: The 51st State Is Heard From

Using a little imagination, one can picture Netanyahu yesterday at the podium of the U.S. Congress as another of the lawmakers of the Republic expounding on the burning issues of the day -- in this case the Iranian nuclear program. On...Show More Summary

The Day After Netanyahu's Speech

With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress in the rearview mirror, the obsessive focus on the process, tactics and politics surrounding that decision should abate. Attention must now turn to the substance ofShow More Summary

A Mexican Mural 'Manifesto,' Blackened Flags And Censorship

Striking and massive murals by international street artists have been populating the walls of Mexico City for the last five years thanks to the emergence of a global Street Art scene, a rise in mural festivals, and the country's tradition of institutional support for murals that further a socio-political mission. Show More Summary

Israel and Palestine: The Civil War Solution (DD versus Bibi Part 3)

"I am all for a renewal of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations," said DD, the imaginary Israeli Defense Dove, when she contacted me again. "There is a big 'but,' she added: "diplomatic progress is never a matter of a simplistic imposition of pre-established principles. Show More Summary

An Interrogation of Our Own Motives: The Terror of Torture

Two years into his thirty-month sentence, former CIA agent John Kiriakou was released from prison on Feb. 3, 2015 and remains under house arrest. Kiriakou was the first CIA official to be punished in relation to the Bush administration...Show More Summary

Vietnam, Revisited

In 1972, I was US Advisor to the City of Hué, South Vietnam. Some evenings, especially if the day had been difficult and dangerous, I would drive a few miles outside the city to an ancient pagoda called Linh Mu. There I would sit atShow More Summary

How Long Can the Truth Be Banned or Imprisoned in Turkey?

One of the most recent victims of freedom of speech in Turkey is Merve Büyüksaraç, former Miss Turkey, who faces up to two years in prison for an Instagram post that prosecutors claim "insulted" President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an. Charges...Show More Summary

The Speech: Preaching to the Converts

It was a vintage Netanyahu speech. The role of history was downgraded, the role of facts was elevated. Not a fiery oratory, a logical, well-crafted edifice of data and arguments, but on balance no smoking gun, at most a flashing light. Show More Summary

Americans Can Go to Cuba -- Just Don't Lay on the Beach!

On a recent CODEPINK trip to Cuba with a 150-person delegation, we found the island crawling with Americans taking advantage of the relaxation of U.S. travel restrictions and the historic thawing of U.S.-Cuban relations. Conan O'Brien was taping his comedy show at a Cuban cigar factory. Show More Summary

The Great Mujica: Portrait of a Person

The Uruguayan president that stepped down on Sunday could sound strident and empathetic at the same time, appear both hopeful and defeated, uttering one sentence, and offer a strange confluence of political beliefs while addressing a single issue. Show More Summary

Placelessness: The Underlying Cause of Central American Youth Migration

Much has been written during the past year regarding the "phenomenon" of Central American youth migrating to the United States. Various essays, analysis, and opinion articles stem from all sides of the political spectrum, but tend to agree on some vague, overarching causes of this migration. Show More Summary

Israel Needs a Change: DD Versus Bibi, Part 2

"What are you thinking these days?," I asked DD, the imaginary Israeli Defense Dove, when I reached her in her office. I could tell that she was edgy. "I read your Huffpost piece yesterday," she commented, "and I agree in large part....Show More Summary

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