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Can Afghanistan’s Vibrant Democratic Press Survive?

Can Afghanistan’s Vibrant Democratic Press Survive?

(By Olof Blomqvist) The presidential election has shown Afghanistan’s increasingly mature media scene at its best – hopefully not for the last time. Afghanistan’s vibrant and diverse media scene is often held…

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Government = Protection Racket for the 1 Percent

The evidence of income inequality just keeps mounting. According to “Working for the Few,” a recent briefing paper from Oxfam, “In the US, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom…

Top 5 Reasons Solar Energy will Save the World

Top 5 Reasons Solar Energy will Save the World

(By Juan Cole) 1. The research and development monies now going into solar energy are great enough to fuel innovation and bring down prices rapidly. First Solar expects solar generation manufacturing costs…

How Torture became Normalized in America

How Torture became Normalized in America

(By Rebecca Gordon) The US military involvement in Iraq has more or less ended, and the war in Afghanistan is limping to a conclusion. Yet leaks of Senate torture reports about actions…

Obama and David Brooks’s Manhood Problem

Obama and David Brooks’s Manhood Problem

(By Juan Cole) David Brooks attacked President Obama on Sunday, saying: “Basically since Yalta we’ve had an assumption that borders are basically going to be borders, and once that comes into question,…

Saudi Arabia arrests Thinker for Encouraging Dissent!

Saudi Arabia arrests Thinker for Encouraging Dissent!

(By Human Rights Watch) Saudi authorities have repeatedly harassed Abu al-Khair for his human rights work, and now they’ve suddenly jailed him without letting him notify his family. The authorities should free…

Pherell’s “Happy” – Gaza Style

Pharrell’s “Happy” – Gaza Style

All we in the West ever hear about Gaza concerns the Hamas Party-Militia or the conflict between its Palestinians and the Israeli army. Some Gaza youth did a cover of Pharrell Williams’s…

The Fall of the New Year Throne 13:1

The Fall of the New Year Throne 13:1

(By Juan Cole) The Fall of the New Year Throne (To read this serialized sword and sorcery novel as it has unfolded before this installment, click here) Chapter Thirteen 1. Another idea…

Release the Entire Torture Report!

Release the Entire Torture Report!

(By Scott Corey) There are two powerful reasons why the government should release both the summary and the full Senate Intelligence reports on CIA torture during the Global War on Terror. One…

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9 Maps that Show How The GOP is Destroying Southern States

Whenever we need a perfect example of Americans who have no clue what is in their best interest, we need only look to the south. Yes, there are some great people there–and no, not everyone is ignorant. However, red state voters regularly eschew logic…

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NYPD closes Unit that Spied on Muslims

The New York Police Department has ended its “secret” spying on Muslims. The decision by the nation’s largest police force to shutter the surveillance program represents the first sign that William J. Bratton, the department’s new commissioner…

The Fall of the New Year Throne 12:4

The Fall of the New Year Throne 12:4

(By Juan Cole) The Fall of the New Year Throne (To read this serialized sword and sorcery novel as it has unfolded before this installment, click here) Chapter Twelve 4. Spityura was…

The Fall of the New Year Throne 12:3

The Fall of the New Year Throne 12:3

(By Juan Cole) The Fall of the New Year Throne (To read this serialized sword and sorcery novel as it has unfolded before this installment, click here) Chapter Twelve 3 Kaveh’s head…

The Fall of the New Year Throne 12:2

The Fall of the New Year Throne 12:2

(By Juan Cole) The Fall of the New Year Throne (To read this serialized sword and sorcery novel as it has unfolded before this installment, click here) Chapter Twelve 2. Roxanna, the…

Post-Revolution Yemen between Dialogue and Violence

Post-Revolution Yemen between Dialogue and Violence

(by Tobias Thiel) A Map of Yemen’s Six Federal Regions, copyright: Yemen Times After ten months of deliberations, Yemen’s 565-member National Dialogue Conference (NDC) closed its doors on January 25, 2014. The…

The Fall of the New Year Throne 12:1

The Fall of the New Year Throne 12:1

(By Juan Cole) The Fall of the New Year Throne (To read this serialized sword and sorcery novel as it has unfolded before this installment, click here) Chapter Twelve 1. Asharidu straightened…

US: Stop Blocking Palestinian Rights! (HRW)

US: Stop Blocking Palestinian Rights! (HRW)

(By Human Rights Watch) (Jerusalem) – The US government should support rather than oppose Palestinian actions to join international treaties that promote respect for human rights. On April 1, 2014, the Palestinian leader,…

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Can We Safeguard Our Democracy After Supreme Court Decision?

The Supreme Court’s evisceration of our campaign finance rules is a powerful argument for the cleansing properties of sunlight. We should respond to McCutcheon by pushing for the full and timely disclosure of every penny donated to advance a political…

The Fall of the New Year Throne 11:5

The Fall of the New Year Throne 11:5

(By Juan Cole) The Fall of the New Year Throne (To read this serialized sword and sorcery novel as it has unfolded before this installment, click here) Chapter Eleven 5. Dioke should…