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Miss Universe pageants are becoming political events

Pageants, despite the contestants’ rhetoric about world peace, are actually fraught with international conflict – as the latest Miss Universe controversy shows. Being a political scientist and a former international beauty queen, I know that in pageantry, as in politics, nothing is what it seems. Beneath the layers of deftly applied make-up and spray tan, […]

A President Against Himself

On the international front, President Barack Obama seems to pride himself on being a man of peace, not war. In his latest State of the Union speech, he proudly announced that the U.S. had ended its combat mission in Afghanistan. Before...Show More Summary

Miss Israel-Miss Lebanon Selfie Sparks Bizarre Political Controversy

The Miss Universe pageant is supposed to be a display of international harmony and global unity at which representatives from all corners of the world gather together in the name of peace. Unfortunately, the other 364 says of the year...Show More Summary

How Much Did The Interview Really Cost Sony?

It started in late November 2014, when a group calling themselves Guardians of Peace informed Sony Pictures Entertainment by way of a menacing red skeleton graphic that the company’s internal information had been compromised. In theShow More Summary

Another Prominent “Ex-Gay” Activist Comes Out As Gay (With Bisexual Tendencies)

2 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Queerty

Former “ex-gay” activist and executive VP of the defunct Exodus International Randy Thomas has come out of the closet… Again. In a blog post titled “A Peaceful Disclosure – I Am Gay,” Thomas writes: I have read many stories of people who have “come out again” or accepted they are gay after some time in the […]

Eric Fingerhut, head of Hillel, says JVP is ‘frustrating’ and that Open Hillel movement has no legs

On January 8, Eric Fingerhut, the head of Hillel International, spoke to an audience of over 100 people at Temple Sinai in Roslyn, Long Island. He packed a lot into his speaking engagement. Fingerhut said that Jewish Voice for PeaceShow More Summary

Review: Trade can bring war

Intimate commercial relations do not bring international peace, as James Macdonald demonstrates in his discussion of WW1. Striving for autarky is worse. “When Globalization Fails” argues that a trusted global hegemon reduces conflicts. America’s relative decline looks ominous.

Palestine's Accession to the International Criminal Court Places Everyone before a Test

The State of Palestine's strategy of joining the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a qualitatively new approach to the bilateral negotiations with Israel and the US brokerage of the "peace process." This strategy does not undermine...Show More Summary

China Emerges as Facilitator for Afghan Peace

China makes it clear whenever it can that it's policy is not to get involved in the internal affairs of other countries. It appears to be making an exception with it's war-torn neighbor to the west.

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May Stuart Scott rest in peace. International Politics Overall - The Arab League will meet at the request of the recognized government in Libya to discuss problems in the country - Iraq asked Australia to increase military aid because of the challenge of fighting the Islamic State - Intelligence officials in Australia still say ISIS is “resilient” despite Western-led [...]

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Today’s song seems fitting for an epigraph on a piece about communication.  Also New Wave is awesome. May Mario Cuomo rest in peace. International Politics Overall - The U.S. announced sanctions against North Korea. For what you may ask? For its alleged involvement in hacking Sony. Middle East - At least 170 men were taken from villages in [...]

Obama gives democracy the shaft

Thomas Carothers of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace writes: “U.S. assistance to advance democracy worldwide is in decline. Such spending has shrunk by 28?percent during Barack Obama’s presidency and is now less than $2?billion per year. Show More Summary

Some Current Events in Egypt

The New York Times recently carried an interesting report stating that well-known American scholar Michele Dunne of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace was recently denied entry into Egypt. Ms. Dunne had travelled to Cairo...Show More Summary

Some Current Events in Egypt

The New York Times recently carried an interesting report stating that well-known American scholar Michele Dunne of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace was recently denied entry into Egypt. Ms. Dunne had travelled to Cairo...Show More Summary

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May Joe Cocker rest in peace. International Politics Overall - A German writer said the Islamic State is underestimated by the West and the group aims to take over Europe Middle East - Ali Abunimah: “Guardian reports ‘acid attack’ on Israelis that never happened” Asia and Oceania - Gallup: Fifty-four percent of Pakistani say the government is doing enough to [...]

Australia on the UN Security Council: An end-of-term review

At the end of the year, Australia will complete its fifth term as an elected member of the UN Security Council, the world's premier international peace and security body. It has been a difficult 24 months. The Council's focus has been erratic, and its permanent membership increasingly divided. Show More Summary

Watch Freaks and Geeks, an Awesome Show From a More Peaceful Time

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Remember Freaks and Geeks, the short-lived teen comedy produced by Judd Apatow before you knew who Judd Apatow was? The show starred Seth Rogen and James Franco some 15 years before the pair would help spark the international cyber-clusterfuck we know as the Sony Hacks. Forget about the hackers and just watch the show. Read more...

Activating the Power of Ideas

Stephen Del Rosso,Program Director, International Peace & Security This article is excerpted from The Carnegie Reporter Five bold initiatives bridge the gap between the academic and policy worlds From North Korea to South Sudan to East Ukraine, countless complex problems are cropping up all around the world today. Show More Summary

Building International Support for the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology

I recently traveled to Southeast Asia to highlight U.S. support for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) peaceful uses of nuclear technology projects, and to encourage IAEA Member States in the region to also support such proje...

Palestinians Set Deadline for Israeli Occupation

The resolution also welcomes the idea of holding an international conference to launch negotiations on reaching a peace agreement

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