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March 3, 2011

Why Can't College Grads Find Jobs in Spain?

In Spain, unemployment is so bad that young people are rewriting their resumes to make themselves look less smart, hoping employers will hire less educated people for lower salaries.
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March 22, 2011

Africa's Oil, China's Investment

As China's economy grows and it become more heavily reliant upon oil, expect to see more of a Chinese investment presence in Africa.
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March 24, 2011

International Task Force on Afghanistan Calls for Opening Talks on a Regional Peace Settlement

Consensus is building in Washington that there's no military solution to the war in Afghanistan. A new report by The Century Foundation urges all parties to engage in a negotiated solution.
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March 24, 2011

The French Connection: Why the U.S. is Involved in Libya

Through the UN Security Council, European nations dependent on Libyan oil were cleverly able to push a reluctant Obama administration into leading the war effort in Libya.
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March 31, 2011

The Common Good for Wisconsin? Rights for Their Public Sector Workers

Contributing Writer Sam Hamilton provides coverage of a recent luncheon debate sponsored by the Common Good in New York City on the Wisconsin protests, public sector unions, and state pensions.
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March 26, 2011

In Gov. Daniels, the GOP Finds its Anti-Obama

If Republicans are to win the presidency in 2012, they should choose a candidate who stands in stark contrast to President Obama; Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels may be their match.
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March 27, 2011

Jews, Cry Freedom!

Now is the time for the Jewish community to unite, stand behind the Arab Spring, and call for freedom, in the name of peace, politics, morality, and strategic interests.
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March 28, 2011

Can Recalling the Triangle Fire Re-Ignite the Labor Movement?

The Triangle Fire anniversary reminds us how important the labor movement is in United States history, and how we should fight to protect it from current political attacks.
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March 28, 2011

American Apparel and the Politics of Consent

American Apparel's Dov Charney is accused of sexual harassment, and the media has largely taken his side, failing to highlight the unequal power relationships at the heart of gender opposition.
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March 24, 2011

Does the United Nations Refugee Definition Protect All Refugees?

Is the 1951 definition of "refugee" penned by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees still relevant today?
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March 23, 2011

Is Segregation Education's Biggest Problem?

Over a half-century after Brown v. Board, segregation still exists in America's schools. To reduce the achievement gap, more research is needed on integration as a model.
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March 23, 2011

Cashing on Coalitions: India PM Singh's Latest Challenge

The release of a damaging Wikileaks report and the Japanese earthquake have forced India’s PM Manmohan Singh to revisit the nuclear agreement signed between the U.S. and India in 2008.
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March 23, 2011

Mark My Words: On America's Campuses, Skeletons in the Closet

Despite universities' attempts to keep it a secret, suicide is the third leading cause of death among college students, a startling statistic which should be made more public.
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March 23, 2011

Will the Catastrophe in Japan Create Economic Growth?

Those who argue that the earthquake and tsunami in Japan will create long-term economic growth ignore the unseen costs that must be taken into account.
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March 21, 2011

Examining the Potential GOP Candidates: Mitt Romney

Although Mitt Romney is a successful businessman and fundraiser, his stance on health care is so similar to President Obama that it's unlikely he'll be the 2012 GOP nominee.
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March 21, 2011

The Political Plot Against Planned Parenthood

House Republicans' plans to cut Planned Parenthood's federal funding would be disastrous for low-income women with few other medical resources.
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March 20, 2011

Decoding Egypt's Constitutional Referendum

Egyptians went to the polls in March for a controversial vote on, among other complex issues, a timetable for the country's democratic transition.
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March 20, 2011

Afghanistan: Ripe for Negotiation or Past Expiration?

As the war in Afghanistan continues to drag on, a political solution rather than a military answer appears to be an ever-increasing likelihood. But, will negotiating with the Taliban work?
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March 28, 2011

Game of Deception: The Murky Relationship Between the U.S. and Pakistan

The release of the CIA's Raymond Davis from prison may be a sigh of relief to the U.S., but is also a reminder of the deteriorating U.S-Pakistani relationship that's steeped in deception.
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March 28, 2011

Why Schumer's Gun Control Bill is an Assault on Liberty

Senator Schumer's gun control legislation is an affront to the basic principles of our justice system and threatens to restrict the freedom of responsible citizens to defend themselves.
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March 28, 2011

Examining the Potential GOP Candidates: Sarah Palin

Former Governor Sarah Palin will have to overcome the perception that she is lacking on policy issues if she wants to be the GOP nominee in 2012; however, never count her out.
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March 31, 2011

Mark My Words: The Myth of Presidential War Powers

President Obama’s action in Libya is merely the latest exercise of presidential war powers that were invented in the 1930s and enshrined in the 1970s.
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March 31, 2011

Why America Should Engage Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Now

The U.S. should embrace Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the country's long-standing opposition movement that rejects extremism and plays a key part in its political, social, and cultural fabric.
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March 30, 2011

Orr v. Lean: Gun Control Must Balance Against Legal Rights

Senator Chuck Schumer's gun control legislation throws due process out the window by prohibiting innocent people falsely arrested for a crime to own a gun for five years.
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March 30, 2011

The Precarious Legal Situation of Embryonic Stem Cell Research Funding

District Court Judge Royce Lamberth's decision to halt NIH funding for stem cell research has negatively impacted scientists across the board and halted scientific research and discovery.
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March 29, 2011

In Libya, 'History Doesn't Repeat - it Rhymes'

Absent from the debate on U.S. intervention in Libya is the all-important question of why America is there in the first place?
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March 29, 2011

India’s Rise to Superpowerdom: Still a Dream

Although India's consistent economic growth puts it on the path to superpower status, challenges remain, including the country's inequitable and broken education system.
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March 29, 2011

Wikileaks: A Neutral Watchdog or a Partisan Chaos Maker?

Wikileaks has sent shockwaves in the diplomatic community, but with increased transparency comes many potential risks, including the chance that governments will increasingly employ espionage.
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March 29, 2011

Lean vs. Orr: Schumer's Gun Control Bill Is Right on Target

Sen. Chuck Schumer's (D - NY) legislation to restrict who can legally purchase guns is exactly the kind of reform needed to help ensure firearms are kept away from drug users and criminals.
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March 29, 2011

Why We Should Care About Petroleum Prices and the Federal Reserve

With turmoil in the Middle East and the price of oil on the rise, what are the factors responsible for pushing up oil and gasoline prices?
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March 29, 2011

Health Reform Passed Because Lawmakers Trust Young Entrepreneurs

The health care status quo will soon change for the better because the health reform bill empowers entrepreneurs interested in changing the health care system.
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March 28, 2011

Changing Health Care Payment Systems to Mitigate Unnecessary Care

America's health care system perpetuates a culture that ignores long-term quality and cost reduction. Novel approaches must be developed that reward providers for higher quality, not just volume.
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March 28, 2011

How the War in Iraq May Have Inadvertently Kindled Shi'a Protests in Bahrain

America's War in Iraq has inadvertently ushered in the rise of the Shi'a in the country and bolstered the influence of Iran in the region. The balance of power fight is playing out in Bahrain.
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March 28, 2011

Will the Bus Bombing in Jerusalem Lead to Further Escalation in Israel-Palestine?

Last week's bus bombing in Jerusalem and Israeli air strikes in Gaza threaten to derail Fatah and Hamas' reconciliation efforts and undermine efforts for peace.
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March 28, 2011

Live From Egypt: Why Revolution is Never Easy

Compared to Libya, Egypt's revolution was nonviolent and smooth. But, hurdles remain in the transition to democracy in post-Mubarak Egypt.
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March 28, 2011

Protests Reach Jordan: Calls for Reform, Not Revolution

Protests in the Middle East have spread to the Western-friendly nation of Jordan, but not everyone in the country or the region supports calls for King Abdullah's ouster in the name of democracy.
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March 28, 2011

Egypt's Other Demonstrations: What is the UN Refugee Agency Doing?

While protests in Tahrir Square have dominated the headlines, demonstrations by refugees and asylum seekers outside the UNHCR office in Cairo have grown in number and been marked by violence.
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March 20, 2011

Anti-Discrimination Laws Are Not The Answer to School Bullying

New legislation protecting LGBT students from bullying in federally-funded public schools is a positive step, but all students face institutionalized bullying that also must be addressed.
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March 18, 2011

The Dangers of Intelligence

For every American child to have the chance to succeed, a serious institutional overhaul is in order. Specialization in schools will only reinforce the inequities and widen the achievement gap.
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March 8, 2011

What Mideast Autocrats and Midwest Governors Have in Common

News for the past month has been focused on uprisings in the Arab world and protests in the Midwest. Perhaps the two are not entirely separate stories.
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March 8, 2011

Congress: Cut the FCC, Not PBS and NPR

Rather than cutting funding government spending on NPR and the PBS, Congress would do better to get the government out of the radio business altogether by eliminating the FCC.
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March 7, 2011

House Republican Freshmen Reject Protectionism

The concern during the 2010 election that a large, more-conservative Republican freshman class in the House of Representatives would embrace protectionism appears to be unfounded.
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March 7, 2011

In America's Hospitals, Reforming Responsibility and Medical Education

The health care reform bill takes steps to curb insurer abuses and encourage Americans to take greater responsibility for their health care; but, problems remain with individual doctors.
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March 6, 2011

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's Brash Humility

Chris Christie has emerged as a conservative darling and many are pushing him to run for president in 2012. His continued, humble insistence that he is unprepared for the job is refreshing.
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March 5, 2011

At J Street, the Values Are Clear, but the Voices are Many

The major takeaway from the second annual J Street national conference? The American Jewish community is divided on the issue of Israel, and the organization is struggling to find its voice.
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March 5, 2011

Can the Peace Corps Help America Spend Less and Send Less?

Building up the Peace Corps would help the U.S. to spend less on defense and save American lives by preventing future conflict.
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March 5, 2011

UPDATE: Exclusive Interview with Libyan Refugees

Contributing Writer Nathan Lean speaks with a Libyan refugee who tells a the horrific story of what has happened to her family in Libya and pleads for international military intervention.
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March 3, 2011

Global Trade and Rebirth in American Manufacturing

Free trade is not the reason America has lost manufacturing jobs. Increasing manufacturing output will require exporting more products to consumers abroad.
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March 3, 2011

Time to Figure Out the Endgame in Afghanistan

The Obama administration must bring U.S. troops home from Afghanistan at all costs and end the war by 2014, even if that means sitting down and negotiating with the Taliban in earnest.
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March 3, 2011

Make the Budget Process Fair: NPR and the Wisconsin Protests

Austerity is not fun and it’s never easy. Proposed cuts to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Wisconsin unions are merely Republican attempts to silence Democrats.
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March 3, 2011

Mark My Words: Defending the Indefensible

In the much-debated case of Snyder v. Phelps, the Supreme Court's decision to protest Phelps' free speech to protest may not be easy to digest, but is the right decision under the law.
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March 2, 2011

Live Blog: Middle East Coverage from JStreet's National Conference

As JStreet, a "pro-Israel, pro-peace movement," holds its second national conference, Mark Donig provides minute-by-minute updates of National Security Mideast specialist Dennis Ross's plenary.
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March 2, 2011

The Middle East's Education Problem

Increasing access to education and providing free university schooling in the Middle East is leading to inflated expectations and unmet promises in the job market.
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March 2, 2011

Exclusive Interview With Libyan Refugees (Part III)

In his third exclusive interview, Contributing Writer Nathan Lean caught up with a Libyan man who escaped to London, told his story, and sketched out a future for violence-stricken Libya.
March 2, 2011

Why Cutting Public Broadcasting is About More Than Sesame Street

Republicans' proposal to cut money for public broadcasting in the latest budget may have the unintended consequence of making NPR's viewers more liberal as they turn to further left alternatives.
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March 8, 2011

TFA's Wendy Kopp: Is This Our "Chance to Make History" in Education Reform?

The movement to close the achievement gap in public education has not gained steam as a result of public ignorance. How can we create the impetus for change across the country?
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March 9, 2011

"As the Sun Shines for Everyone, Freedom is a Right for Everyone"

Oh, the irony. Libya's Gaddafi has been awarding a human rights prize to peace activists for over 20 years. Among the recipients? Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega, and Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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March 9, 2011

Environmental Action is Only a Light Switch Away

Why is it that young 20-somethings care about big environmental problems like global warming and genetically modified foods, but cannot be bothered to turn off lights when we leave a room?
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March 18, 2011

Women and the New, Free Egypt

There is a real danger that women will get left behind in Egypt's post-Mubarak transition. For a real democracy to take hold, it is imperative that women’s rights not be neglected.
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March 17, 2011

Mark My Words: Republican Rhetoric is Racing to the Bottom

Many of today's Republican leaders seem dead set on dumbing down the political discourse and making ignorant statements for political gain.
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March 16, 2011

Specializing Schools Are More Harm Than Good

Specializing schools will create more problems in education and fail to close the achievement gap.
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March 16, 2011

Yemen Proves Tough Test for New Middle East Strategy

In Yemen, publicly backing calls for dialogue with autocrats claiming to support reform will put the Obama administration in a tight spot as Saleh demonstrates willingness to use deadly violence.
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March 16, 2011

In Israel-Palestine, A Tragic Murder That Demands More Than Words

The Palestinian Authority has not fully condemned the murder of 5 Israelis in Itamar. If they are to be a credible peace partner, the PA cannot directly or indirectly promote violence.
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March 15, 2011

Win for Westboro Baptist Church Is a Win for College Students

The Supreme Court's recent ruling in favor of the radical Westboro Baptist Church will ultimately benefit the free speech rights of college students.
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March 15, 2011

Interview With Law Student and Contributing Writer Mark Kogan

We ask law student and Contributing Writer Mark Kogan about his constitutional philosophy, his feelings about the Tea Party, and his decision to go straight to law school after college.
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March 14, 2011

Filibuster Flaws: Twisting the Rubik's Cube

The filibuster is often criticized for being anti-majoritarian. Jordan Wolf explores the possibility that it could also prevent optimal future decision-making.
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March 13, 2011

How Much is Democracy Worth? $3.54 and Rising

Although the price of gas may be rising as a result of unrest in the Middle East, the U.S. should stand behind protestors across the region in the name of democracy.
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March 12, 2011

Obama: Take Action Before the Rebels Lose Momentum in Libya

With its military might, the Libyan government seems to be recapturing momentum and defeating rebels. The Obama administration should act fast, before possibilities for change are dashed out.
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March 12, 2011

Egyptian National Identity and Prospects for Democracy

Because of its distinct national identity and shared history drawing from Pharaonic times, Egypt is better-positioned to become a democracy than its Arab neighbors.
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March 10, 2011

Eco-Farming's Promise for Poverty Alleviation

If organic agriculture is going to feed the world, the West must invest in on-the-ground research programs to identify and develop best practices in each and every developing country.
March 10, 2011

Mark My Words: The Real Threat to American Values

Outside of an Islamic Circle of North America fundraiser in California for hunger and homelessness, anti-Muslim protesters used bigoted language similar to America's anti-Japanese rhetoric.
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March 10, 2011

How Can the Jasmine Revolution Deliver a Palestinian State?

With change sweeping across the Arab world, is the time ripe for a peace agreement in Israel-Palestine? Not if an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank will allow Iran to grow more powerful.
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March 10, 2011

Was the March Jobs Report a Superstar?

The March Jobs Report was not a positive indicator of economic growth, underscoring just how disastrous the federal government's response to the Great Recession has been.
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March 9, 2011

What Now for Human Rights in Egypt?

Now that Mubarak is out of power, the question is whether the military will uphold and defend human rights, or if it will continue to cover up human rights violations committed by those in power.
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March 2, 2011

In Europe, Another Government Swings Right

Once known for pioneering socialism and state-sponsored solutions for decades, European countries are now adopting conservative approaches to governance that include strict austerity measures.