• Facts: More Guns, More Mass Shootings
    2014-07-17 21:28:03 UTC

    In the fierce debate that always follows the latest mass shooting, it's an argument you hear frequently from gun rights promoters: If only more people were armed, there would be a better chance of stopping these terrible events. This has plausibility problems—what are the odds that, say, a moviegoer with a pack of Twizzlers in one pock...
  • Languages: Why we must save dying tongues
    2014-06-08 07:55:12 UTC

    <h3>Hundreds of our languages are teetering on the brink of extinction, and as Rachel Nuwer discovers, we may lose more than just words if we allow them to die out.</h3>Tom Belt, a native of Oklahoma, didn’t encounter the English language until he began kindergarten. In his home, conversations took place in Cherokee. Belt grew up ri...
  • Heaven for Adolf Hitler?
    2014-06-04 11:22:25 UTC

    A review of the best commentary on and around the world...<h3>Today's must-read</h3>Hell isn't a permanent punishment, writes the Week's Damon Linker, it's a "state of being". To believe otherwise, he contends, "makes no theological sense": If morality is good, then doing the right thing must be its own reward and doing the wrong th...
  • Profiting from crisis - How corporations and lawyers are scavenging profits from Europe’s crisis countries
    2014-05-23 16:37:38 UTC

    Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) - Since the economic crisis hit Europe, international investors have begun suing EU countries struggling under austerity and recession for a loss of expected profits, using international trade and investment agreements. This is revealed by a new report released today by the Transnational Institute and...
  • Rape victims should not have to suffer in silence
    2014-05-16 20:33:55 UTC

    <h3>Rape victims shouldn't have to suffer in silence and keep their rapists' secrets</h3>Less than a month after students at New York's Columbia University filed a complaint with the federal government alleging the school mishandled sexual assault cases, anonymous anti-rape activists are posting the names of alleged campus rapists on b...
  • # Bring Back Our Girls - Stolen dreams
    2014-05-12 02:26:16 UTC

    "I speak not for myself but for those without voice, those who have fought for their rights, their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, and their right to be educated." — Malala Yousafzai Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai captured our hearts and minds this pas...
  • Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society takes off
    2014-05-09 04:21:52 UTC

    New York book club inspired by 'good books and sunny days and enjoying both as nearly in the altogether as the law allows' Posted by Alison Flood, a writer on guardian.co.uk/books and former news editor of The Bookseller: I am not a member of a book club – perhaps it is rooted in the days of my education, but I just feel that I'd...
  • NATO military response and strong economic sanctions are 'unthinkable' - Director of Carnegie Europe Jan Techaue
    2014-04-26 08:18:26 UTC

    <h3>Russia has been conducting troop exercises on Ukraine's border. But an invasion would not trigger a NATO military response - and probably not even strong economic sanctions, says the director of Carnegie Europe. How would NATO react if Russia invaded Ukraine?</h3>My feeling is that NATO would condemn this very strongly. But if p...
  • Hopes Rise in Transnistria of a Russian Annexation: Soviet Yearnings
    2014-04-24 18:48:35 UTC

    <h3>Transnistria is the only place in Europe that still uses the hammer and sickle on its flag. Now that Russia has annexed Crimea and is eyeing eastern Ukraine, many in the breakaway Moldovan republic hope that they are next on Moscow's agenda.</h3>Now, Ushinin speaks a dozen languages. He wrote his Ph.D. thesis on "Turkish Influences...
  • Ukraine Crisis: NATO should act now, not later
    2014-04-23 09:32:01 UTC

    <h3>NATO is waking up to the single most important lesson of history. Use a little force early to avoid the use of greater force later. Just think if that lesson had been learned before World War II, says Henry R. Nau.</h3>In Ukraine, a little force is being used early - but by only one side. Russia used a little force to occupy Abkhaz...
  • US should pledge 'defense weapons' to Ukraine
    2014-04-21 07:15:14 UTC

    <h3>Ukraine must defend itself against a Russian "invasion," according to US defense and security expert Barry Pavel. He thinks Vice President Joe Biden's visit should deliver "tangible" results.</h3>US Vice President Biden is set to meet this week with members of Ukraine's interim government and citizens. According to the White House,...
  • MH370: May be at staggering depths on the ocean floor
    2014-04-11 06:54:30 UTC

    <h3>How deep is deep? Click on the image above and scroll down.</h3>As the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Continues, the scale of the challenge in locating the plane's black box is immense. Just how hard is it to find a plane at the bottom of the ocean? Imagine standing on a mountain top and trying to spot a suitcase on the...
  • Try thinking of yourself as a pea, instead of a human
    2014-04-10 05:42:06 UTC

    For those concerned about climate change, the ultra-conservative Heartland Institute offers up a calming solution: try thinking of yourself as a pea, instead of a human. Peas in a lab sprouted faster with extreme concentrations of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas mainly responsible for climate change than under normal growing conditi...
  • US plan to destabilize Cuba 'very foolish policy'
    2014-04-07 00:31:11 UTC

    William LeoGrande - The US Agency for International Development (USAID) clandestinely developed ZunZuneo, which was similar to Twitter, in order to incite flash mobs at sensitive political moments in an effort to force democratic change in Havana. At its height, ZunZuneo had 40,000 users in Cuba, who were unaware of the US government's...
  • Nobody seems to know where to look for MH370
    2014-03-31 07:18:47 UTC

    It seems that nobody has an idea of what happened or where to look for the missing MH370. Indeed, there have been more false leads than verifiable facts. More than three weeks after the Boeing 777 disappeared, Australian PM said authorities owed it to the families of the 239 people on board the plane to keep on looking for any sign ...
  • How Vladimir Putin became evil
    2014-03-29 19:59:26 UTC

    <h3>The US and UK condemn him for Crimea but supported him over the war in Chechnya. Why? Because now he refuses to play ball</h3> Once again, it seems that Russia and the United States are finding it difficult to agree on how to deal with their respective ambitions. This clash of interests is highlighted by the Ukrainian crisis. Th...
  • "Back in the USSR: Past Russian Policies Provide Mr. Putin’s Playbook in Ukraine"
    2014-03-23 05:56:00 UTC

    <h3>Author: </h3>Fiona Hill, Former Associate Director, Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project <h3>Belfer Center Programs or Projects: </h3>Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project Since Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and Crimea, much attention has been focused on the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, which provided Ukraine w...
  • Putin's Dream For Russia Is Hitler's Germany, Large and Powerful
    2014-05-24 00:44:17 UTC

    <h3>The current Putin's provocations are just his way to show we are entering in a new Cold War time. Today's Ukraine is yesterday's Czechoslovakia and Vladimir Putin believes he is the unstoppable "Tsar" of Russia.</h3>Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said there was no reason for Russia to invade Ukraine and warned that "we ...
  • Senator John McCain: “We Are All Ukrainians”
    2014-03-01 23:24:37 UTC

    <h3>In an interview with TIME, the Arizona Senator said Obama is “naive” about Putin’s ambitions “to restore the Russian empire”</h3> In response to reports of a Russian takeover in parts of Crimea, Arizona Senator John McCain said, “We are all Ukrainians,” before calling for swift U.S. economic aid to Ukraine, condemnation of Russi...
  • US: Taliban struck shortly after insider attack
    2014-02-15 06:43:41 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says that shortly after two U.S. soldiers were gunned down by two men wearing Afghan army uniforms in eastern Afghanistan, Taliban insurgents attacked the district center where the Americans had been operating. The Pentagon identified the soldiers as 22-year-old Spc. John A. Pelham of Portland, Ore...
  • Analysis: In peace talks, Assad plays for time
    2014-02-11 21:46:26 UTC

    GENEVA (AP) — Even as he fights to hold on to power, Syrian President Bashar Assad has agreed to destroy a significant part of his arsenal and to join negotiations whose stated aim is to remove him from his post. Those seemingly contradictory moves may point to a shrewd strategy: negotiate, play for time and hold the West at bay whi...
  • The Republicans may be groping their way to compromise
    2014-02-07 10:27:15 UTC

    IMMIGRATION BILL - Over the past two decades America’s broken immigration system has confounded one Congress after another, because it never seemed possible to craft a law that satisfied the right balance of interests. But some Republicans changed their minds after the 2012 presidential election, when Mitt Romney took just 27% of the L...
  • Rouhani approves execution of Arab–Iranian poet
    2014-02-04 02:47:40 UTC

    Amir Taheri (London) — Last month, Hassan Rouhani, the new President of Iran, made a whirlwind visit to Ahvaz, capital of the southwestern province of Khuzestan. According to official media, Rouhani spent much of his time there dealing with “a number of sensitive files” left undecided by the outgoing president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. On...
  • Analysis: After bad year, Obama narrows to-do list
    2014-01-28 23:37:26 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Coming off the worst year of his presidency, President Barack Obama is out to convince the American public that he can do better for the country in 2014 — even as his influence wanes with every passing day. The president had a fine line to walk in Tuesday's State of the Union address: projecting the optimism and en...
  • MLK, Spying, and the “Urgency of the Moment”
    2014-01-22 18:18:08 UTC

    Last week, Martin Luther King, Jr. would have celebrated his 85th birthday in an America that, in myriad ways, is a freer, fairer, and more just nation than the one he knew. Today, we pause to remember the man for daring to dream of equality of personhood and opportunity; for having the courage to transform what he called “the jangling...