Politics

Iran is on the rise in 2014, but dangers abound

What a difference a year can make in the Middle East. Just 12 months ago, Iran was facing some daunting prospects: Painful western economic and financial sanctions, the potential downfall of its key Arab Syrian ally, and a resurgence in…

There is no “middle” in the Middle East today

we-magazine: The conflict between Sunnis and Shiites seems to deepen in Lebanon. Who is fueling this divide and why? Narwani: I am wary anytime I hear about Sunni-Shia conflicts in the Mideast. While there are historic tensions between these two groups,…

Open letter to Mayor Bill De Blasio

By Arturo Ignacio Sanchez Charles Dickens’ opens the Tale of Two Cities with the memorial phrase: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….” This paradoxical catch phrase fits contemporary New York like the proverbial glove.…

History shows way out of Thai conflict

Deposed former prime minister police lieutenant colonel Thaksin Shinawatra brought something new to Thailand. It is what is preventing a peaceful settlement of the conflict now raging in Bangkok’s streets, and it is not his political opening to the rural…

Haifa International Conference on a WMD Free Zone in the Middle East

“The time is right for a democratic consideration of the threats and the alternatives” said former Knesset Speaker Avraham (Avrum) Burg, at an International Conference in Haifa for a Middle East Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction. On Friday, December…

Aam Aadmi Party as harbinger of significant change in Indian society

EVOLUTIONARY CHANGE VS. REVOLUTIONARY TRANSFORMATION By Pritam K. Rohila, Evolution is a slow and gradual process by which organizations as well as organisms adapt to external changes or internal pressure. It may be imperceptible in the short-term and its glacial…

Hasina and Zia Should Step Down – Radical Changes Needed for Bangladesh

Bangladesh is in turmoil. 2013 saw protests and violence, making it one of the bloodiest years since its independence. With the highly criticized elections, arrests of political opposition members and even more casualties, 2014 has not gotten off to a…

Sweden’s Prostitution Solution: Why Hasn’t Anyone Tried This Before?

By the Women’s Justice Centre In a centuries deep sea of clichés despairing that ‘prostitution will always be with us’, one country’s success stands out as a solitary beacon lighting the way. In just five years Sweden has dramatically reduced…

Bangladesh: communal politics and minority persecution

Again, Bangladesh’s Hindu community is under extreme attack. Following the recent general election, hundreds of Hindus including women and children in Jessore, Gaibandha, Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Rangpur, Bogra, Lalmonirhat, Rajshahi, and Chittagong district had to flee their homes. To save their…

Europe’s leaders visit Athens to celebrate their failure

By Apostolis Fotiadis for IPS ATHENS, Jan 8 2014 (IPS) – The start of Greece’s six-month presidency of the EU was marked by a ceremony Wednesday in the Greek capital attended by the EU commissioners. But protests were banned and there was no…

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