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If the Republicans Win Big on Tuesday, So Will the CIA

The intel community has spent years being bashed by Senate Democrats. Things will be very different if Richard Burr is in charge.

A Quick Whirl Around The Fracking World: 30 Oct 2014

A Quick Whirl Around The Fracking World: US.  Fracking has resulted in the “highest level in at least three decades” of US crude oil production, with  379.7 million barrels of oil now stored.  An industry spokesperson, however, said, while they’re “still optimistic about shale growth”,  2014 is likely to be a peak year. US.  Scientists [...]

Is Gen. John Allen in Over His Head?

President Obama’s point man in the fight against the Islamic State faces a ruthless foe. But his detractors at home -- even in the Pentagon -- may be his biggest enemy.

Anti-Censorship Play Receives Surprise Approval From Lebanon's Censors

Locked in a two-year battle with Lebanon’s General Security bureau, playwright Lucien Bourjeily never imagined his verbatim “docuplay” about the censorship process would make it past the censors.

Sen. Ted Cruz: Obama’s Unprecedented Attack on Israel

Voters should challenge the administration's views on Election Day

A Pipeline to Somewhere

With the Keystone pipeline still in limbo, TransCanada gets the ball rolling on Plan B -- shipping tar-sands oil to Canada's eastern coast.

Libyan rebel free to sue UK over 'torture'

Court rules Abdel Hakim Belhaj can sue British government over claims he was illegally sent back to Libya and tortured.

Progress in Haiti: A period of rebuilding, training and transition

Flying at 39,000 feet on my return home from Haiti, I finally had a few moments to think about what I saw and heard over the past few days in the country. Certainly I was struck by what has changed on the surface in the three years since...Show More Summary

Saudis tell Hezbollah: Parties that supports terrorism are well known

Saudi Arabia responded indirectly to Hezbollah chief’s remarks on Thursday by stressing that it was the first country to fight against terrorism. The kingdom was “among the first states that fought terrorism and suffered its attacks,” Saudi National Guard Minister Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah said. Show More Summary

The Sub-Text of "Klinghoffer"

"The Death of Klinghoffer" juxtaposes, in a brilliantly executed opera, one of the most horrible Palestinian terrorist acts of the 20th Century with the narrative of Palestinian suffering and deaths under the nearly fifty-year-old Israeli occupation. Show More Summary

Unrest Shakes Burkina Faso

Tens of thousands of demonstrators called for President Blaise Compaore to step aside Thursday after protesters ransacked the parliament and state television.

Tim Cook Coming Out Has Turned China Into a Nation of 5th-Graders

Despite the Apple CEO's good intentions, Chinese netizens can't seem to stop mocking iPhones for being gay.

Burkina Faso President Declares State of Emergency

It was not immediately clear where President Blaise Compaore was following the announcement

2014 Doing Business in Algeria Conference Concludes in Washington

Co-written by Andy Mullins, Visiting Scholar, Center for Transatlantic Relations SAIS For the first time ever, Algeria presented its business and investment opportunities to the business community in the United States with two roadshow conferences held in Chicago and Washington D.C. Show More Summary

Let's Fight Fear

If you are not feeling well, the logical thing would be to call the doctor. However, as strange as it may sound, when people are fearful of a scary diagnosis, they may simply avoid making that call. At a personal level, fear can drive an otherwise sensible person to make irrational decisions. Show More Summary

In Southern Malawi, Reaping the Benefits of Investing in Adolescent Girls

Cross-posted from UNFPA. "I started having an affair with a grown man when I turned 11. I was in the final year of my primary education," recalls Mercy Jackson, a girl from the Chikhwawa District in southern Malawi. Mercy's parents are farmers who struggle to make ends meet. Show More Summary

The Chance for a Multi-Ethnic Bosnia

In mid-October, Bosnia and Herzegovina held national elections. The scant coverage in Western media tended to highlight the fact that "nationalists" had captured the Bosniak (Muslim), Serb, and Croat seats in the ceremonial tripartite presidency. Show More Summary

Now Is a Time for Action, Not Celebration

Women activists from across the world are gathering in New York City this week to mark the anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325. This agreement is one of the cornerstones of the international women's rights movement and was rightly described as a landmark when it was passed. Show More Summary

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