Project Sapphire: a model for defense by other means

by Nukes of Hazard Blog: on November 21, 2014

David Hoffman’s chapter on Project Sapphire in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Dead Hand reads like a spy-thriller novel -- complete with a young American diplomat protagonist, angry Russians, a Continue →

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Recognizing our Allies on Capitol Hill

by Council for a Livable World -- The Chain Reaction: on November 21, 2014

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On the evening of November 18th, the arms control community came together to recognize members of Congress who have demonstrated superior support for common sense nuclear weapons policies.

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Gambia: Life Sentence for ‘Aggravated Homosexuality’

by Human Rights Watch on November 21, 2014

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Spoiler Alert: This post reveals key plot points of Interstellar, to the extent the movie can be said to have a plot. Or a point. Also if you are Continue →

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Roberto Veiga González and Lenier González Mederos have created a space where Cuba’s dissidents, dyed-in-the-wool communists, artists, exiles, bloggers and academics can discuss national issues, both in print and at seminars Continue →

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Who’s who, what’s what in Libya

by Demdigest on November 21, 2014

Three and a half years since Libya’s popular uprising devolved into a civil war and culminated in a revolution with the ouster of the late dictator Muammar Qaddafi, Libya’s transition Continue →

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Why Bahrain’s opposition is boycotting poll

by Demdigest on November 21, 2014

Bahrain’s opposition is boycotting upcoming parliamentary elections, reasoning that the state’s power structures, including the parliament and the electoral process, are at the core of the country’s long-running political disputes, Continue →

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Back from the Brink – Voices Against Radicalism

by Demdigest on November 21, 2014

American Islamic Congress (AIC) and the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD) invite you to attend a special film screening of “Back from the Brink,” a feature-length documentary produced by ICRD in Continue →

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On Wednesday afternoon, an offshore oil rig owned by Houston-based Fieldwood Energy experienced an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, killing one contracted worker. The rig Continue →

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Conservative group fumbles disclosure in new tax document

by Michael Beckel on November 21, 2014

The conservative nonprofit American Commitment is amending its 2013 tax return with the Internal Revenue Service after questions this week from the Center for Public Integrity.

The nonprofit — led by Continue →

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On Wednesday, the U.N. Security Council added two new branches of Libyan Islamist extremist group Ansar al-Sharia to its terrorist list after accusations surfaced of its Continue →

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Varieties of Democracy – Graph of the Week!

by Demdigest on November 21, 2014

Varieties of Democracy is launching a new initiative: Graph of the Week! Each week V-Dem will be posting a new and interesting graph to demonstrate the breadth of democracy indicators Continue →

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China: Xinjiang Verdict Upholds Unjust Life Sentence

by Human Rights Watch on November 21, 2014

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With pundits making the Nidaa Tounes leader Beji Caid Essebsi favorite to win Tunisia’s presidential election this weekend, a number of candidates considered backing a consensus candidate to counter him, Continue →

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Press Play

by Damon Mathews on November 21, 2014

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You’ll know from the past eight years that we have been writing you about Iran.  First, we were gravely concerned that Vice President Dick Cheney would sway the Bush administration Continue →
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by Kate Aronoff

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Yesterday, on the 104th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, activists across Mexico called for a general strike — an action that is the culmination of weeks Continue →

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AT&T has agreed to pay nearly $52 million for illegally dumping hazardous electronic waste, in a settlement that represents the first legal action taken in California against Continue →

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Some insiders in Iran say that a nuclear deal is being planned by powerful figures in the leadership as the start of a fundamental shift in Iran’s ideology, aimed not Continue →

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The Factions of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab)

by Aymenn Al-Tamimi on November 21, 2014

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Media attention has somewhat focused away from the city of Kobani as the intense wave of coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) first helped to slow Continue →

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How Maps Help Fight Ebola

by TechChange on November 21, 2014

When considering the best tools and skills to respond to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, earlier this year, Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) sent a dedicated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) officer Continue →

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