With the exception of Tunisia, not a single Arab state was able to maintain the pro-democracy momentum born during the Arab Spring. The reason: they lack a strong national identity, argues Mustapha Tlili, a research scholar at New York University, and the founder and director of the N.Y.U. Center for Continue →

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Measuring Up: How To Assess The Upcoming U.N. Climate Summit

by Ari Phillips on September 16, 2014

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The September 23 U.N. climate summit in New York City is not an official U.N. negotiating session but in many ways it is more than that. While the official United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meetings have the potential to usher in Continue →

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This picture from Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 shows the aftermath of what was at the time the  strongest earthquake to strike Colorado in more than 40 years. In research published Tuesday, USGS scientists cite

This picture from Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 shows the aftermath of what was at the time the strongest earthquake to strike Colorado in more than 40 years. In research published Tuesday, USGS scientists cite “clear evidence that the earthquake sequence was induced by fluid injection.”

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Poetry & Freedom

by Sumeet Grover on September 16, 2014

Poetry is one of the most liberating art forms because it is expressed directly in the language we speak. It breaks the norms of the day and defeats the voices of self-doubt breeding in our psyche, it forms with a rush of words and then through ink, finds itself scribbled Continue →

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Two paddle boarders cool off in the water during the ongoing Southern California heat wave, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Huntington Beach, Calif. Southern California is roasting in triple-digit temperatures and forecasters say the heat wave will continue at least another day.

Amelia Rosch is an intern at ThinkProgress.

Two paddle boarders cool off in the water during the ongoing Southern California heat wave, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Huntington Beach, Calif. Southern California is roasting in triple-digit temperatures and forecasters say the heat wave will continue at least another Continue →

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Today is a national call in day to question the U.S. government’s ISIS strategy organized by two dozen groups including MoveOn, Veterans for Peace and Friends Committee on National Legislation (which provided the toll free number).  With Members of Congress participating in Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) hearings Continue →
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he would welcome members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood into the country after Qatar, under pressure from other GCC countries, asked the exiled officials to find refuge elsewhere. Erdogan declared that Muslim Brotherhood leaders could be granted entry to Turkey as long as Continue →

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YanukovychLeaks awarded European media prize

by Demdigest on September 16, 2014

YanukovychLeaks has been honored at the annual meeting of the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project reports. The members of YanukovychLeaks received a special prize at the international conference, which gathers 100 leading European media figures at Sanssouci Park in Potsdam, Germany, in recognition of the Continue →

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Democracy the ultimate solution to China’s problems

by Demdigest on September 16, 2014

Democracy is the ultimate solution to many of Beijing’s problems, argues Zheng Wang, the Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Seton Hall University a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The recent trouble in Hong Kong regarding the election of Hong Kong’s chief executive Continue →

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Washington policymakers can be forgiven for focusing on the low-hanging fruit when it comes to corporate tax reform. When Congress hasn’t managed any kind of major reform since 1986, we should probably be happy with any tax reform progress, no matter how small.

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Saudis a liability in fighting ISIS ideology

by Demdigest on September 16, 2014

An official State Department photo of the September 11 meeting in Jeddah between Secretary of State John Kerry and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, posted on Flickr, could be a metaphor for the current state of U.S.-Saudi relations, says Simon Henderson, the director of the Gulf and Energy Policy Program Continue →

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Could the Loch Ness Monster Lose Its Bang?

by Nukes of Hazard Blog: on September 16, 2014

Scotland is best known for scotch, golf, and the Loch Ness Monster; but a new phrase should come to mind as of late: nuclear weapons. Scotland will hold a historic referendum this Thursday to vote on independence. If Scotland’s largest political party, the Scottish National Party (SNP), gets its way, Continue →

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