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A new book on Cuba overstates the achievements of the Communist regime’s anemic reform process and downgrades the legitimacy and courage of the island’s dissidents, past and present, says Enrique Continue →

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Elected leaders across the hemisphere gathered to condemn and possibly sanction a neighboring president who closed down independent media and harassed political opponents, notes Christopher Sabatini, an adjunct professor at Continue →

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  Islamic State militants will “stop at nothing” to strengthen their presence in Libya and the urgency of a request by the country for international help to tackle the extremists Continue →

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Opinion analysis:  Court adopts broad standards for adjudicating what constitutes a tax discrimination under the 4-R Act

Neither side came away with a clear victory in the Court’s decision in Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation, Inc., as the Court remanded the case to the Eleventh Continue →

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Crimea’s residents have suffered increasingly grave, civic, political, and human rights violations since Russia “forcefully and illegally annexed” the Ukrainian peninsula in March 2014, according to a new report released today by Continue →

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Court to release same-day audio for same-sex marriage cases

The audio recording of the Supreme Court’s April 28 hearing on the same-sex marriage cases will be released soon after that hearing is completed, the Court announced on Thursday.  Both Continue →

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Chile must reform political party financing laws

by Alberto Precht on March 5, 2015

Chile must reform political party financing laws The timing couldn’t be better. The Chilean Congress is debating much-needed changes to the laws governing party political finances just as charges were formally made against two high-profile businesspeople for Continue →
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April arguments:  Same-sex marriage cases set for April 28

The Supreme Court on Thursday released the calendar of oral arguments for the final sitting of the Term, beginning April 20, and listing the four cases on same-sex marriage for Continue →

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Petitions to watch | Conference of March 6

by Maureen Johnston on March 5, 2015

Petitions to watch | Conference of March 6

At its Conference on March 6, 2015, the Court will consider petitions seeking review of issues such as a foreign official’s common-law immunity for acts performed on behalf of a Continue →

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Arab Spring protest in Paris, 2011. (Photo: Gwenael Piaser / Flickr)

Arab Spring protest in Paris, 2011. (Photo: Gwenael Piaser / Flickr)

Cross-posted from View from the Left Bank.

Boulder Colorado

Gotta love it and I do — although it’s kind of an Continue →

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The U.S. drone war across much of the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa is in crisis and not because civilians are dying or the target list for that Continue →

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Democracy Now! 2015-03-05 Thursday

by Democracy Now! on March 5, 2015

Democracy Now! Thursday, March 5, 2015
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Democrats are rattled by the deepening furor around Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account while she served as secretary of State.They worry that the flap is just the Continue →
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Prospective Republican presidential hopefuls are going to great lengths to recast their immigration pasts.Many, like Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, are fully repenting on their past Continue →
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NFL lawyers tackling political concerns

by Carrie Levine on March 5, 2015

Last September, when Cynthia Hogan began quarterbacking the National Football League’s Washington, D.C., office, the league was suffering through a spate of disastrous headlines — the Ray Rice domestic violence Continue →

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GOP lets corporate lobbyists take over Congress

by Jim Hightower on March 5, 2015

Being a congress critter is not as cushy a job as many assume. After all, they have to write legislation, organize hearings, write speeches, round-up Continue →

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Woman Daydreaming

“The more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them.” ~Unknown

I got on that twelve-hour flight thinking I was ready. Yet during the travel from my Continue →

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Happy Man with Arms Raised

“Don’t miss all the beautiful colors of the rainbow looking for that pot of gold.” ~Unknown

It’s frustrating, isn’t it?

Stumbling through life without a clear sense of direction. Wondering day after Continue →

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that the Tibetans are fortunate that the best interpretation of the Buddhist tradition based on the Nalanda masters is available only in the Tibetan Continue →
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The US “regime change” plan for Syria has produced nothing but al-Qaeda and ISIS domination. This week yet another of the main US-backed “moderate” rebel groups has disbanded, handing their Continue →

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‘Weaponized’ diplomacy in Ukraine?

by Demdigest on March 4, 2015

“[T]he ideas that now largely animate civil-society enthusiasts today owe a direct debt to Bolshevik practice” is the rather bizarre claim made in The National Interest by James Carden, who Continue →

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