Europe’s new energy security strategy to diversify gas imports away from Russia via Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Algeria misses two fundamental points, notes Luca Bergamaschi, a researcher with E3G — Third Continue →

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Ever since Sudanese telecom tycoon Mo Ibrahim founded his Prize for Achievement in African leadership, only three former presidents have merited the award: Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique in 2007, Festus Continue →

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Tunisia is entering a crucial second phase of its democratic transition, but the social drivers of the 2010–2011 revolution have not been addressed and the international community must keep its focus Continue →

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By James M. Dorsey

One thing the biographies of Jihadi John, the Islamic State’s executioner of foreign hostages, and several of his European associates have in common is their passion for Continue →

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After the nation’s top Internet regulator moved to allow two cities to offer broadband service to their residents, don’t expect a lot of other cities to follow. Expect lawsuits.

The Federal Continue →

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Opinion analysis:  Bargaining in the shadow of equitable apportionment

Two sharply differing views on the Court’s role in handling disputes over interstate waters emerged last week. Justice Elena Kagan’s approach endorsed the power of Court-appointed special masters to fashion Continue →

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Afghanistan: Abusive Strongmen Escape Justice

by Human Rights Watch on March 3, 2015

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Diplomats invoke the STFU rule to BiBI

by sarahbenton on March 3, 2015

Two very interesting articles from Foreign Policy

Netanyahu eyeing up former ambassador Michael Oren. Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images.

Bibipalooza Is a Dangerous Distraction

Why Obama needs to refocus the discussion Continue →

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Dear Colleagues One of the main goals of this site is to help practitioners, students and scholars network, connect and share best resources. As I am often working Continue →

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Dr. Helen Caldicott remains a leading light in the disarmament movement. (Photo: Paul Rifkin / Flickr Commons)

Dr. Helen Caldicott remains a leading light in the disarmament movement. (Photo: Paul Rifkin / Flickr Commons)

Apologies for a lapse in posting. I spent the weekend at a symposium Continue →

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Tomgram: Subhankar Banerjee, Arctic Nightmares

by Subhankar Banerjee on March 3, 2015

Here’s a Jeopardy!-style question for you: “Eight different species of whales can be seen in these two American seas.” Unless you’re an Iñupiaq, a marine biologist, Continue →

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Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), left, and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) are sponsoring bills to revamp how the Environmental Protection Agency is allowed to use science to craft regulations.

Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), left, and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) are sponsoring bills to revamp how the Environmental Protection Agency is allowed to use science to craft regulations.

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Democracy Now! 2015-03-03 Tuesday

by Democracy Now! on March 3, 2015

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Armenia: Back to Square One with Turkey

by Armen Karapetyan on March 3, 2015

In the end. painstaking efforts to rebuild the troubled relationship were blocked by massive unresolved differences.

Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan’s decision to drop plans to ratify a 2009 agreement with Turkey Continue →

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by Melissa Fleming

I vividly recall my conversations with refugees when the Syria conflict was just one year old. There were still fewer than a million people who had fled for Continue →

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5 Beliefs About Happiness That Make Us Unhappy

by Peter Banerjea on March 2, 2015

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“There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them.” Continue →

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9 Mostly Free Ways to Spark Creativity and Fun

by Deborah Shouse on March 2, 2015

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“People want to be creatively satisfied, and having fun is such an important part of that.” ~John Lasseter

I stopped having fun when my mother was diagnosed with dementia.

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China has heightened security measures and intensified control in Tibetans regions of Golok County and Rebkong County, two counties where self immolation protests have taken place in the past, ahead Continue →
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Independent redistricting commission in jeopardy?  Today’s oral argument in Plain English

Fifteen years ago, in the hope of eliminating or at least reducing partisan battles over redistricting, Arizona voters amended the state’s constitution to hand the power to draw boundaries for Continue →

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New Animation for Peace: Pass It On

by TechChange on March 2, 2015

What are tangible ways to promote peace in local communities? How can peacebuilding practices effectively spread beyond borders? What are the best ways to encourage tolerance and responsible citizenship to Continue →

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Speaker Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu without consulting President Obama. (BostonPeter7 via Flickr)

Speaker Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu without consulting President Obama. (BostonPeter7 via Flickr)

Close to three dozen Democrats will boycott Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a Continue →

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