Israel/Palestine

Then came the attack of September 11th. Like the starting gun of a race that no one knew he was to run, this explosion set the pack of nations off in a single direction -- toward the trenches...

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Democracy Now! 2014-07-22 Tuesday

by Amy Goodman on July 22, 2014

Democracy Now! 2014-07-22 TuesdayHeadlines for July 22, 2014"A Place of Indescribable Loss": As Ceasefire Talks Begin, Israel Bombs Hospital, Mosques and HomesWhat Does Hamas Really Want? Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy on Ending the Crippling Blockade of GazaHow the West Chose War in Continue →
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Corruption and Insecurity: A Big Emerging Agenda

by Alex DeWaal on July 22, 2014

corruption map

The Carnegie Working Group on Corruption and Security last month published a paper, Corruption: The Unrecognized Threat to International Security.

It’s an important paper: it points to the striking fact that corruption is closely associated with state fragility, and that militant insurgencies are closely associated with opposition to kleptocratic regimes.

It’s also Continue →

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Damage to Gaza from Operation Cast Lead in 2009. (Photo: Zoriah / Flickr)

Damage to Gaza from Operation Cast Lead in 2009. (Photo: Zoriah / Flickr)

Cross-posted from Antiwar.com.

Terrorism is defined by Merriam Webster’s dictionary as: “the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal.” One could say Hamas fits this definition Continue →

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Caregiver

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals.” ~Pema Chodron

After college, I was hustling hard to get a work visa so that I could stay in the US.

But then my mom got caught up in a political scandal, and without much reflection Continue →

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How to Rise Above Difficult Circumstances and Be Happy

by Harriet Cabelly on July 21, 2014

Rise Up

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” ~Viktor Frankl

I first got wind of this transformative concept when I was a teenager reading Man’s Search For Meaning.

It has played Continue →

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Democracy Now! 2014-07-21 Monday

by Amy Goodman on July 21, 2014

Democracy Now! 2014-07-21 MondayHeadlines for July 21, 2014Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Israel's Gaza Massacres: F-16 Kills 24 Relatives After 72 Die in ShejaiyaBreaking: In Latest Attack on Gaza Medical Site, IDF Shells al-Aqsa Hospital; 5 Dead, Dozens HurtPalestinian Human Rights Lawyer Raji Continue →
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Democracy Now! 2014-07-21 Monday

by Amy Goodman on July 21, 2014

Democracy Now! 2014-07-21 MondayHeadlines for July 21, 2014Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Israel's Gaza Massacres: F-16 Kills 24 Relatives After 72 Die in ShejaiyaBreaking: In Latest Attack on Gaza Medical Site, IDF Shells al-Aqsa Hospital; 5 Dead, Dozens HurtPalestinian Human Rights Lawyer Raji Continue →
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Scotland Deserves to Be Independent

by Sufyan bin Uzayr on July 21, 2014

David Cameron greets the Scottish military. What will the foreign policy of a free Scotland look like? (Photo: Crown Copyright / Flickr)

David Cameron greets the Scottish military. What will the foreign policy of a free Scotland look like? (Photo: Crown Copyright / Flickr)

Scotland is barely a few months away from the all-important date of September 18, when its citizens will vote to decide the future of their country. The stakes Continue →

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Feeling Lost

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~George Bernard Shaw

I wanted a guarantee.

I wanted to know for sure that if I tried to do something, I would like it; if I devoted my limited time to it, I’d end up somewhere good.

I had no idea what I wanted Continue →

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How Taking a Step Backward Can Be the Way Forward

by Louise Watson on July 20, 2014

Moving Forward

“Your dream doesn’t have an expiration date. Take a deep breath and try again.” ~KT Witten

As I said goodbye on my last day of work, I couldn’t help feeling smug. When my colleagues turned up for work on Monday morning, I’d be at home, free to do whatever I wanted Continue →

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Seventy-three years ago, on February 17, 1941, as a second devastating global war approached, Henry Luce, the publisher of Time and Life magazines, called on his countrymen to “create the first great American Century”...

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