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Iraqi Women’s Rights Under Threat

Iraqi Women’s Rights Under Threat

(By Erin Evers) Few disagree that the Iraqi government’s increasingly Shia character has alienated its Sunni population—but what has mounting sectarian division meant for the rights of women and girls? Last October,…
Turkey:  Is Twitter Mightier than Prime Minister Erdogan?

Turkey: Is Twitter Mightier than Prime Minister Erdogan?

(By Erdağ Göknar via IslamiCommentary) Erdağ Göknar Claiming that Twitter has not responded to Turkish court requests to suspend specific accounts, the Turkish communications ministry blocked Twitter last Friday. Ruling Prime Minister…
Saudi Arabia Again Fails Human Rights 101 (UNHRC)

Saudi Arabia Again Fails Human Rights 101 (UNHRC)

The [United Nations'] Human Rights Council’s review of Saudi Arabia comes at a time of serious concern about the rights situation in the country. Authorities have intensified efforts to repress and silence…
Big Oil and Gas Wants your Drinking Water, Too:  UN

Big Oil and Gas Wants your Drinking Water, Too: UN

(By Jacob Chamberlain) An unrelenting increase in energy production, including unconventional methods such as tar sands extraction and fracking, will severely damage the world's already dwindling water supply, the UN warned on…
5 Signs Solar Power is Taking over the World

5 Signs Solar Power is Taking over the World

(By Juan Cole) Burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas and oil) is putting 32 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide annually into the atmosphere. Since CO2 is a greenhouse gas that traps…
Climate Change and the Rise of Genghis Khan

Climate Change and the Rise of Genghis Khan

Mild weather may have propelled rise of Genghis Khan (via AFP) A pleasantly warm and wet spell in central Mongolia eight centuries ago may have propelled the rise of Genghis Khan, according…
Mapping Palestine in the Struggle for Palestine

Mapping Palestine in the Struggle for Palestine

(By Andrew Beale) Map of Palestine from late 19th century. (Flickr/T.H. McAllister) Lior Amihai didn’t grow up knowing the location of the internationally recognized border between his native Israel and the West…
Has the US lost Iraq to Iran over Arms Deal?

Has the US lost Iraq to Iran over Arms Deal?

(By Mustafa Sadoun in Baghdad) Documents indicating that Iraq was going to buy almost US$200 million worth of armaments from neighbouring Iran have had foreign policy analysts fizzing. Is it a reward…
Crimean Tatars fear Russian Rule

Crimean Tatars fear Russian Rule

Crimean Tatars fear a future under Russia (via GlobalPost) BAKHCHYSARAI, Ukraine — Crimean Tatars know a few things about oppression. In the past two or so centuries, this tight-knit Muslim group has…
A Russo-Iranian Bloc against the United States?

A Russo-Iranian Bloc against the United States?

(By Juan Cole) Russian President Vladimir Putin called his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Thursday, according to PressTV. The Russian press added that "A Kremlin statement said Putin had underlined to Rouhani…
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Israel West Bank Squatter population grows over 4%

Israel West Bank settler population grows over 4% (via AFP) Israel's settler population in the occupied West Bank increased by 4.2 percent in 2013, interior ministry figures show, as US-backed peace talks…
The New Cold War and the Middle East

The New Cold War and the Middle East

(By Victor Argo) Cold War times are back in Europe. Russian troops are standing in Crimea. The peninsula in southern Ukraine is known for its sparkling wine and the conference of Yalta…
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Solar Power In Movies (In honor of the Oscars)

Solar Power In Movies (via Clean Technica) Originally published on Mosaic. By John Steller. From sci-fi to drama and adventure, movies capture our attention and spur imagination like no other medium. In…