Grassroots Peacebuilding: Palestinian, Israeli Youth Turn To Sports

After months of building ramps and a halfpipe, the skate park finally opened in Gaza in April.

Since the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords, Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations have remained at a standstill. Illegal settlements are popping up throughout the West Bank and the 1.7 million living in Gaza remain under strict military blockade. Peacebuilding and dialogue has necessarily shifted to the grassroots level, where Palestinians and Israelis

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How To Catch A Dictator

Guatemala’s U.S.-backed former ruler Efrain Rios Montt was found guilty of genocide and war crimes against indigenous villagers.

Elena Caba waited more than 30 years for justice after she was raped and left for dead in a river alongside her neighbors during Guatemala’s bloody civil war. She was nine when soldiers stormed her Indigenous Ixil Maya village near Chajul in Guatemala’s western highlands and pulled her and her father out of their home before torching the town to

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Inside The DPRK: How A Caste System Structures Everyday Realities For North Koreans

There is a strange phenomenon that lingers over every North Korean. For the past five decades, an arbitrary determination decides where they will live, what hospitals they will go to if they are sick, if they can go to college, if they can marry and even if they will receive a full serving of food. […]

There is a strange phenomenon that lingers over every North Korean. For the past five decades, an arbitrary determination decides where they will live, what hospitals they will go to if they are sick, if they can go to college, if they can marry and even if they will receive a full serving of food. This de facto caste system has nothing to do with

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Fool Me Twice Shame On Me: Is Latest Syrian Chemical Weapons Claim WMDs Part Deux?

The claims that the Assad government in Syria used chemical weapons has been forwarded very aggressively by Western media outlets.

The claims that the Assad government in Syria used chemical weapons has been forwarded very aggressively by Western media outlets. And as this writer heard declaration after declaration made, without evidence to that effect mind you, it began to take on the eerie feel of the runup to the war in Iraq.   The understandable push for

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Obama, South Korea To Show United Front On North Korea

President Barack Obama and South Korea’s new leader Park Geun-hye hope to present a strong front against North Korea’s nuclear threats during their high-profile meeting Tuesday at the White House. But they also want to leave the door open to talks with Pyongyang. Park has had something of a baptism of fire since she took […]

President Barack Obama and South Korea's new leader Park Geun-hye hope to present a strong front against North Korea's nuclear threats during their high-profile meeting Tuesday at the White House. But they also want to leave the door open to talks with Pyongyang. Park has had something of a baptism of fire since she took office in February, two

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Billions Proposed for New Border Security: Where Would the Money Go?

Federal spending on border security is at an all-time high—and it would get even higher under the Gang of Eight’s new plan. The Senate immigration proposal, released last week, would allocate $4.5 billion in the next five years to tighten control of U.S. borders. The U.S. spent nearly $18 billion dollars on immigration enforcement agencies last fiscal […]

Federal spending on border security is at an all-time high—and it would get even higher under the Gang of Eight’s new plan. The Senate immigration proposal, released last week, would allocate $4.5 billion in the next five years to tighten control of U.S. borders. The U.S. spent nearly $18 billion dollars on immigration enforcement agencies last

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