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Misrepresentations of Trade: The Short Changing of Services

The U.S. trade imbalance and concern over China's currency have been criticized over the past year, but national trade statistics do not take into account America's competitive services sector.
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What are the Worst Colleges in America for Free Speech?

Peter Bonilla discusses the widespread restrictions on free speech in America's colleges, and which ones come out the worst.

In America's Media Market, Searching For Fair and Balance

From CNN to MSNBC, liberals have many places to turn for their news. Conservatives do not. Fox News provides a good counterweight to offset the liberal media bias in America.
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Meeting in the Middle (Part II): Youth Activism and Formal Politics in Egypt

If youth activists are to assume a formative role in Egypt’s new political order, they must build on the conviction they displayed during the revolution and offer a real political platform.
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Israel and Egypt's Precarious Future: A Victory for Iran?

The future of the relationship between Israel and the Arab world is uncertain. A future Egyptian government that debilitates its relationship with Israel will empower Iran.
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20-Somethings: Creating Revolutionary Change

Armed with technology, a college education, and a conviction that we can make a difference, today's 20-somethings are committed to activism and are creating change across the world.
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Why the Protestors Have Stayed Home in Syria

Protests against authoritarian rule are sweeping across the Middle East, but one country has managed to stay out of the fray: Syria. Why hasn't Syria witnessed the same unrest as other countries?
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Why Young Conservatives Are Drawn To Libertarian Politics

Young conservatives came out in droves to this year's CPAC conference in support of classical conservatism and libertarianism, not the brand of politics represented by the neocons and realists.
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Dispatches From Morocco: Protests In the Capital

With Tunisia and Egypt in their minds, an estimated 3,000 - 10,000 Moroccans came out in protest of the government. Contributing Writer Nathan Lean reports from the street of Rabat.
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Byron v. Hutchinson: The Real Charade of Nonparticipation

Young people are impacted so much by politicians' decisions, yet we refuse to make our voices heard by voting. Nonparticipation in elections is a ticket to indifference and irrelevance.
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Hezbollah Democracy: The Ballot and the Bullet

Hezbollah's recent take-down of Saad Hariri's government in Lebanon was not as democratic or peaceful as political commentators have made it out to be.
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Meeting in the Middle: Youth Activism and Formal Politics in Egypt

Using social media and a strong conviction for change, young people led the Egyptian revolution. If the new political order does not accommodate them, they may take to the streets again.
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Middle East Revolts and the World Energy Supply

Tunisia's fall is akin to Bear Sterns and Egypt's to Lehman Brothers. If turmoil continues, will the U.S. bail out Saudi Arabia because it is 'too big to fail' in the global oil market?
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For Egypt, the Hard Part is Just Beginning

Egyptians are discovering that removing Mubarak from power is the easy part; building a stable, pluralistic democracy is the greater challenge.
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Dear Congress: Don't Cut Peace in the New Budget War

The U.S. is trying to draw down in Iraq and Afghanistan, but proposed budget cuts to the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) threaten to derail that mission across the world.
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Roadblocks to Revolution: Why Yemen Might Not be Next to Fall

The resignations of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and Zine Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia have inspired protests in Yemen, but those seeking regime change in Sana'a have a lot to overcome.
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Exclusive Interview with Libyan Refugees (Part II)

In an exclusive interview, Nathan Lean caught up with a Libyan woman who has escaped to Vienna on Friday, who told her story and sketched out a future for Libya if Gadaffi were to be toppled.
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Mark My Words: Undemocratic Remedies in Wisconsin

Democratic Senators' decision to leave Wisconsin in protest over a Republican bill seeking to strip collective bargaining rights from public unions subverts the democratic process.
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Exclusive Interview with Libyan Refugees (Part I)

"He's a murderer. He's a devil. This is a massacre." In an exclusive interview, Contributing Writer Nathan Lean caught up with a Libyan refugee living in Dubai who told her gut-wrenching story.
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How Secure is Secure Communities?

The Secure Communities program is supposed to improve public safety by identifying and removing criminal illegal immigrants, but the program is more dangerous than beneficial.
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Beyond the Death Panel: Getting Serious About End-of-Life Issues

Sensationalist talk of "death panels" has obscured need for a real national conversation on end-of-life care as we seek to create a compassionate and sustainable American health care system
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Replace Will Be Tougher Than Repeal For Health Reform

Pending legislation might repeal the PPACA but public and political distaste for health reform make replacement legislation a non-starter.
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Egypt's Aliyah: Turkey, Israel, and Egyptian Democracy

What will Egyptian democracy look like now that Hosni Mubarak is out of power? Look to Israel, not Turkey, as a model of democracy that Egypt may seek to emulate.
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In Voices of Arab Revolutionaries, A Counter Narrative

In the historic Tunisia and Egypt revolutions, Arab and Muslim societies have found their voices, toppling their regimes and proving the fallacy of the "us" versus "them" narrative.
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Strange Bedfellows: Spain and the Western Sahara

The territorial conflict over Western Sahara is escalating. It's time for Spain to put aside its economic interests and work to resolve the conflict, in the name of peace and human rights.
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For-Profit Colleges Are Not the Only Problem in Higher Education

Focusing squarely on the structural problems of for-profit institutions, however, ignores the prevalence of these problems throughout higher education.
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Palestine Papers and the Sham of the "Peace Process"

The recently-released Palestine Papers reveal that the "Peace Process" has not led to peace. Israel continues its occupation, while the Palestinians continue to suffer.
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Egypt's Civil Society, Long Idle, Finds Its Voice

Egypt's civil society has always struggled to unify against an oppressive regime. A look back at the April 6, 2008 strikes reveals just how far Egyptians have come.
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Egypt: A Complex and Grueling Revolution

Tunisia witnessed a popular uprising that sparked a peaceful movement, but democracy in Egypt will not be so orderly. The imminent revolution will tear the region and reshape U.S. policy.
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Egypt's Civil Society, Long Idle, Finds Its Voice

Egypt's civil society has always struggled to unify against an oppressive regime. A look back at the April 6, 2008 strikes reveals just how far Egyptians have come.
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Hardworking Docs Will Only Get Us Partway to Health Reform

Our health care system will never improve while we continue to eat too much, smoke too much, and fail to exercise enough.
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It's More Than Mubarak: The Legacy of Torture in Egypt

Merely moving from Mubarak to his cronies will not placate Egyptian protesters, who want to see an end to a regime committed to using torture against its own people.
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Byron v. Lalla: Winning the Afghan War, But Losing the Region

Success in Afghanistan, including parallel military, political, and diplomatic solutions, is impossible given Americans' diminshing will for war. The U.S. should bring the war to a close.
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Hedging Our Bets on Egypt

The Obama administration has been reluctant to take a definite stance in favor of, or against, the Mubarak regime. It's time to choose, a decision that will shape U.S. policy for decades.

Al-Jazeera’s Rise in America

Step aside FOX and CNN: With recent events in Egypt, Al Jazeera is finally making in-roads in the American television news market.
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Walk Like a Politician: Obama’s Failed Response To Egypt

The revolution that swept through Egypt was historic. Yet, as the Egyptian people stood up against their regime, did the Obama administration stand on the wrong side of history?
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Why We Should Cut Prison Budgets Now

As California looks to eliminate its budget deficit, it should cut its bloated prison system and recognize that our economy and our democracy would be better off with fewer Americans behind bars.
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In the Debate Over Climate Policy, What About Energy Security?

In the debate over energy policy, reducing carbon emissions and greening the economy often conflicts with energy security. And, the security of our energy supply is a national security issue.
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Could Delta Force Have Saved the U.S. from the War in Afghanistan?

Would we still be fighting in Afghanistan if the Bush administration had allowed Delta Force to capture Bin Laden in Afghanistan after 9/11?
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Slacking or Studying: Do Undergrads Really Learn in College?

Students may do their fair share of sleeping and Facebooking in the first years of college, but they also take classes with expert professors and learn by debating with a diverse group of peers.
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Indigenous Rights, Mines, and Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Panamanian government's plan to sell away rights to $200 billion dollars in gold and copper reserves under an indigenous reservation will destroy local land and jeopardize lives.
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Interview with Author, Jazz Musician, and PolicyMic Writer Nathan Lean

Contributing Writer Nathan Lean talks about his experience growing up in the South as a Middle East scholar, his passion for jazz piano, and his forthcoming book.
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America's Broken Infrastructure, and Obama's Broken Windows

While President Obama is right to point out that America's bridges, roads, and infrastructure are crumbling, his solution - government spending on public works projects - is terribly misguided.
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Turkey and Europe’s Awkward Dance

Europe must decide if whether it will extend EU membership to Turkey.
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Beneath the Surface: What the Palestine Papers Really Reveal

The release of the Palestine Papers reveals that Palestinian leadership is willing to negotiate with Israel, but the Palestinian people are not ready to make necessary concessions for peace.