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The Beacon Dims

The United States wants to spread democratic values around the world. It can start by cleaning up its own act at home.

India's Loud, Messy, Not-So-Happy Diwali Celebrations

What prevents Indians from addressing the environmental damages inflicted by Diwali? Is it that the public is simply ignorant about the threats to their own health and safety?


Between the incredible shrinking anti-Islamic State coalition and a childish, churlish war of words against America's steadfast ally, Israel, the boys and girls on Obama's national security staff are certainly doing their best to help...Show More Summary

Al Aqsa and the war against Palestinians

Israel has closed the Al Aqsa mosque. Lesson for us all? Religious rights - however regulated - cannot be sustained without political rights. Arguing for religious rights without pursuing political rights is hypocrisy - on all sides....Show More Summary

Burkina Faso Leader Steps Down, Vote in 90 Days

(OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso) — President Blaise Compaore stepped down Friday after 27 years in power following a wave of protests against his rule. He said elections for a new leader will be held in 90 days. The announcement, read out on state television, was a sharp about-face from Thursday when Compaore vowed to hold power…

Melton Foundation and Global Voices Successfully Complete Second Round of Collaboration

For the second year in a row, Global Voices mentored a team of fellows from the Melton Foundation on blogging, social media research and how to amplify under-represented stories online.

Chinese Combat Drones: Ready to Go Global?

David Schaefer Security, China  "China is forecast to become the global hub of drone production over the next decade, with the Chinese Government as the main buyer." In November of every other year, aviation experts descend on the Chinese city of Zhuhai for a rare look at the future of China's air power. Show More Summary

Iraqi army inches towards Beiji oil refinery

Recent advances north of Baghdad part of offensive to retake country's biggest oil refinery from ISIL fighters.

Deadly car bomb attack at Nigerian bus stop

At least five people killed and 15 wounded outside crowded bus station in northeastern city of Gombe.

In Case You Were Wondering What Folks Who Rate Subprime MBS as AAA Think of the Creditworthiness of the U.S. Government

The Washington Post has the answer. It devotes an article to Moody’s assessment of the financial situation of the U.S. government. Most people probably know of Moody’s as one of the credit rating agencies that were paid tens of millions of dollars to rate mortgage backed securities as investment grade during the housing bubble years. [...]

Burkina Faso president steps down

President Blaise Compaore reportedly resigns and leaves capital Ouagadougou after violent protests against his rule.

Imminent Threat?

In September, the administration said the Khorasan Group was about to attack America. But the terrorist group seems to have fallen off the radar.

Man Arrested Under 1861 Sex Law

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned—especially one in an arranged marriage in which her husband has rejected her. An Indian bride filed charges in Bangalore this month, claiming that not only was her husband cheating on her, but that he violated a colonial-era law that bans "carnal...

Does SJP have the right to free speech?

It is a well-established principle that public universities are bound by the First Amendment. You might not know this from talking to students who are speaking out for Palestinian rights. In the past eight months, Radhika Sainath has given 15 know-your-rights workshops to students from nearly 70 different universities. Show More Summary

UN: More foreign fighters heading to Iraq ,Syria than ever before

The United Nations has warned that foreign jihadists are swarming into the twin conflicts in Iraq and Syria on “an unprecedented scale” and from countries that had not previously contributed combatants to global terrorism. A report by...Show More Summary

ISIS Revenge Killings Reportedly Target Sunni Tribe in Iraq

“We were fighting ISIS with rifles, and it was fighting us with heavy machine guns”

U.S. stock index futures rally after BOJ bolsters stimulus program

U.S. stock index futures rallied on Friday alongside most markets globally after the Bank of Japan significantly ramped up its stimulus program just days after the U.S. Federal Reserve wound down its own package of economic incentives. Show More Summary

#FixEurope Autumn Campus: Nourishing Ideas

Written by Turkish political analyst / blogger, Gürkan Özturan: Activists and young intellectuals from across Europe came from all directions and gathered in the heart of Europe, at a centuries-old castle near Berlin, Schloss Wartin, for the #FixEurope Autumn Campus. European Alternatives, who organized the meeting, set up the agenda to discuss problems that Europe faces [...]

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