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Brazilian Colonel Found Dead A Month After Confessing to Torture

Paulo Malhães, a 76 year-old retired officer, was killed at his home in April. In March, he admitted torturing and murdering people during the country’s dark dictatorship period.

America’s Lazy Asian Allies? Not Down Under

Henry Lawton Security, Australia It’s been a great few weeks for foreign policy wonks watching Washington. President Obama’s Asian tour was complemented by a fascinating PBS Frontline documentary examining the role of the National Security...Show More Summary

Israeli government tries to undo image of Pope at the wall

"I explained to the Pope" that the wall between Israel and Bethlehem prevented more victims of terror, Netanyahu says, in countering the powerful image of the Pope praying at the oppressive structure. Netanyahu also summoned the Pope to a memorial to terror victims

Dance to Pharrell in Iran, Get Arrested

John Allen Gay Society, music, Iran A music video lands a group of Iranian youths in hot water. A few weeks ago, a music video of a group of Iranian youths dancing to the hit Pharrell Williams song "Happy" was the talk of the Persian social media sphere. Show More Summary

VIRAL VIDEO: ‘But We're Speaking Japanese’

A video skit of a Japanese waitress serving a group of foreign-looking customers who speak Japanese has gone viral. The clip has evoked empathy among many Japanese-speaking expats who occasionally experience how local Japanese communicate with foreigners based not on the language they are speaking but on how they look. Watch...

Pope Makes Surprise Stop to Pray At Bethlehem Separation Wall

The unscripted move cheers Palestinians already encouraged by pontiff's support of State of Palestine, before moving on to Israel for a day

Yemen Is Happy Too!

The cover video of Pharrell William's viral song Happy was generated with a Yemeni twist, showing the creativity and talent of Young Yemenis as well as their sense of humor.

Russia's Hashtag Activism in Ukraine

Russian activists are capitalizing on #BringBackOurGirls by framing in analogous terms Ukraine's capture of two Russian journalists, hoping for a similar groundswell of awareness and public outrage.

On Sunday We Go to Vote. And You?

Because this time it's different. Because the crisis showed us that a problem in Greece can shake a whole continent. Because the Italian spread has been felt in Berlin and Paris. Because -- whether we like it or not -- Italy alone is...Show More Summary

Belgium's general election: Will we see another 541 days without a government?

This Sunday, on the same day as the European Parliament elections, Belgium will hold a general election, electing both new federal and regional assemblies to govern 11 million people. The key question is how strong the Flemish nationalist N-VA, which is already the biggest political party, will perform this time around. Show More Summary

Israel tries to blame killings on Palestinians as int’l outrage builds

Israeli authorities are putting forward the claim that Palestinians fired the shots that killed two youths last week in the occupied territories, in a throwback to the Mohammed al-Dura spin strategy in the killing of a boy in Gaza in 2000.

Russian Special Forces Blogger Throws in the Towel

The anonymous LiveJournal blog hardingush, run by a member of Russia's Ministry of the Interior special forces operating in Ingushetia, is now closed.

America’s Lazy Asian Allies? Not Down Under

Henry Lawton It’s been a great few weeks for foreign policy wonks watching Washington. President Obama’s Asian tour was complemented by a fascinating PBS Frontline documentary examining the role of the National Security Agency (NSA)Show More Summary

Iran Releases Some of the People Arrested for Dancing to Pharrell’s ‘Happy’

President Rouhani tweeted that "#happiness is our people's right," but the debacle highlights internal disagreements within the Islamic Republic on social behavior. Some of the people detained for the YouTube video remain behind bar...

‘NYT’ coverage runs fair story on horrendous killings

Jodi Rudoren of the New York Times wrote a fair story on the video evidence suggesting that two young Palestinians were gunned down simply for being at a protest in the West Bank last Thursday. But why suggest the video is questionable? And why downplay B'Tselem's investigation in favor of the Israeli army?

Standing Up, One Year Later: President Obama's Broken Foreign Policy Promises

A year ago, on May 23, 2013, I was in the audience at the National Defense University when President Barack Obama gave his major foreign policy address. Having worked for years trying to close the Guantanamo prison and stop US droneShow More Summary

Starship Troopers vs. Pork-Eating Crusaders: How military and civilian cultures prevent strategic corporals

By Jim Gourley Best Defense chief cultural correspondent It's not often you see the ACLU stand up for someone's right to express themselves in a politically incorrect and insensitive way, but that's exactly what they did in September...Show More Summary

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