Dem base: What about us?

by Amie Parnes on October 31, 2014

As if Democrats don’t face enough hurdles this midterm year, they’re also staring down a party base asking President Obama: “What have you done for me lately?”In fact, virtually every traditional pillar of Democratic support, from Latinos and...

Poland: Land of Junk Contracts

by John Feffer on October 31, 2014

Trade unionist Slawomir Rakowiecki says “Poland is an indisputable leader of the so-called junk contracts.” (Photo: John Feffer)

Trade unionist Slawomir Rakowiecki says “Poland is an indisputable leader of the so-called junk contracts.” (Photo: John Feffer)

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The Poles call them umowa śmieciowa or “junk contracts.” If you’re young and lucky enough to have a job in Poland these days, it’s likely to be short-term and come Continue →


‘Banking Caucus’ member aims for Senate

by Alison Fitzgerald on October 31, 2014

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito wants West Virginians to know she’s a defender of community banks. From her seat on the House Financial Services Committee, Capito argues, she has protected small local financial institutions from the overreach of aggressive regulators.

Among her biggest supporters, however, are the biggest banks in the Continue →


The real Halloween scaries of 2014

by Jim Hightower on October 31, 2014

If you want a real Halloween fright, don’t look for it among the trick-or-treaters coming to your door – just check out the Republican spooks tying to peddle panic in this political year.

Early in the summer, their big scary was Continue →


3 Tips to Embrace Imperfections and Bounce Back from Mistakes

by Jennifer Twardowski on October 30, 2014

Happy Woman

“There is a kind of beauty in imperfection.” ~Conrad Hall

Back when I was a teenager, I was kind of a perfectionist. Or, well, I wasn’t really a perfectionist—I was actually a “fake” perfectionist.

Allow me to explain: I put on the perfectionist persona. I acted and behaved in a certain way so that everyone (including Continue →

Zen Man

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but thought about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking.” ~Eckhart Tolle

For thirteen years I’ve lived a high-risk lifestyle that focuses very much on the here and now, because I’m an entrepreneur, and that means making lots of fast Continue →


Anne Farrell

In 2002, the World Health Organization publish the « World report on violence and health ». This report on violence and health was the first comprehensive review of the problem of violence on a global scale. The report estimated that in the 20th century 191 million people lost their lives directly Continue →


Researcher (Turkey Based) – Feinstein International Center

by Kinan Al Shaghouri on October 30, 2014


Next Tuesday’s elections: Trick or Treat?

by paulkawikamartin on October 30, 2014

Dear Voter, A few days after All Hallows’ Evening, the midterm elections will occur. Tuesday, November 4th. Your actions can make the results less scary.  Please take two actions now: Vote! Contribute to Peace Candidates!  Even if you are not registered to vote, a number of states allow you to Continue →


by crp_comm on October 30, 2014


Yes, more and more money is pouring into the 2014 midterm elections. And yes, secretive organizations are flooding the airwaves with depressingly misleading advertisements.

That’s exactly why it’s more important than ever to remember that, while money can influence elections, ultimately it’s voters who decide who to send to Congress.

So, get Continue →


Mexico betrayed

by Diego Zavala on October 30, 2014


Printouts of missing College students, missing in Iguala. (Reuters)

It has been a month since the disappearance of 43 ‘normalistas’, students that train to become teachers from Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teacher Training College  in the town of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero state, some 300km south of Mexico City.

It happened in Continue →

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Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) and Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) who co-chair the Congressional Tunisian Caucus (CTC) “commended the Tunisian people on their highly successful legislative elections,” stating they were “certain that these historic elections will help to lay the foundation for a democratic and prosperous Continue →


Introducing our New Associate Director of Development

by Nukes of Hazard Blog: on October 30, 2014

Introducing Stephanie Somerman, our newest addition to the Center staff who joins the team as the new Associate Director of Development. Meet Stephanie:

While working for two years on the Pentagon Budget Campaign, a project of the Center/Council, and closely with Angela on the Campaign’s steering committee, I am eager Continue →

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 Photo Credit: Mehdi Sayyari

Iranian authorities detained at least five journalists this week who covered the events surrounding more than half a dozen acid attacks on women earlier this month. The journalists were affiliated with the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA). Although four of the journalists were released shortly after their Continue →

Argument preview:  Racial gerrymandering, partisan politics, and the future of the Voting Rights Act

The Supreme Court has long ignored Justice Felix Frankfurter’s warning to stay out of the political thicket. It regularly hears challenges to redistricting cases (not to mention lots of other types of election cases), raising issues from the one-person, one-vote rule to vote dilution under the Voting Rights Act, to Continue →


In a letter released today, nine leading human rights groups urged President Obama to take up the Chinese government’s crackdown on civil society as an obstacle to bilateral relations on his upcoming visit to China. Obama will meet with President Xi Jinping in Beijing on November 12, 2014. The letter Continue →


Cold War and Cold Shoulder for Russia?

by Demdigest on October 30, 2014

The Ukraine crisis has shattered key Western assumptions about Russia, and many analysts and policymakers have fallen back on the belief that Russian President Vladimir Putin must be acting irrationally, says a prominent analyst. But it is Western assumptions that need to be questioned. In particular, what has made Russia so keen to undermine the current international order, Continue →


Clinton makes economic case for women

by Amie Parnes on October 30, 2014

In what often sounded like a presidential stump speech, Hillary Clinton pitched advancing women's rights as a means of boosting economic growth during an address Thursday at Georgetown University in Washington.The former secretary of State, who...

Breaking North Korea’s Information Blockade

by Demdigest on October 30, 2014

  Forty days. That’s the timespan between September 3 and October 14 that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un vanished from public sight. This incident exemplified the murkiness that surrounds information in North Korea, according to Christopher Walsh, the Program Coordinator for Human Freedom at the George W. Bush Institute, and Victor Cha, Continue →


In GOP, 'everybody wants Rand'

by Alexander Bolton on October 30, 2014

brightcove.createExperiences(); LIVONIA, Mich. — Sen. Rand Paul has been the biggest draw for Republicans in the midterm election campaign, proving beyond a doubt that he’s a...