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Secretary of State John Kerry appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations committee. Read “How the Middle East Peace Process went ‘Poof’” by clicking here
Poor John Kerry. This week he emitted a sound that was more expressive than pages of diplomatic babble.

Secretary of State John Kerry appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations committee. Read “How the Middle East Peace Process went ‘Poof’” by clicking here

Poor John Kerry. This week he emitted a sound that was more expressive than pages of diplomatic babble.


Anti-whaling activists from Sea Shepherd confront a Japanese whaling ship. Photo: Adam Lau. Read “Whaling Contradictions: Japan, Australia and the International Court of Justice” by clicking here
For years Japan has argued cultural relativism and science should exempt it from whaling restrictions. However, with a recent ruling by the International Court of Justice, Japan must temporarily halt its whaling programme in the Antarctic.

Anti-whaling activists from Sea Shepherd confront a Japanese whaling ship. Photo: Adam Lau. Read “Whaling Contradictions: Japan, Australia and the International Court of Justice” by clicking here

For years Japan has argued cultural relativism and science should exempt it from whaling restrictions. However, with a recent ruling by the International Court of Justice, Japan must temporarily halt its whaling programme in the Antarctic.


Afghan women register to vote during a meeting in the Tarnek Wa Jaldek district in Zabul province, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2013. Read “Afghanistan’s Day of Truth” by clicking here
Afghanistan’s historic presidential election ushers in a new era of hope as millions of Afghans turn out to vote including the author’s mother in Herat, in western Afghanistan.

Afghan women register to vote during a meeting in the Tarnek Wa Jaldek district in Zabul province, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2013. Read “Afghanistan’s Day of Truth” by clicking here

Afghanistan’s historic presidential election ushers in a new era of hope as millions of Afghans turn out to vote including the author’s mother in Herat, in western Afghanistan.


A family uprooted by the violence in Central African Republic living out of a plane at the Bangui International Airport. Photo: S. Phelps. Read “An Overlooked Crisis in the Central African Republic” by clicking here
“While the world’s eyes are focusing on events in Ukraine, a small African nation is drawing less attention – despite horrific human rights abuses happening in its territory.”

A family uprooted by the violence in Central African Republic living out of a plane at the Bangui International Airport. Photo: S. Phelps. Read “An Overlooked Crisis in the Central African Republic” by clicking here

While the world’s eyes are focusing on events in Ukraine, a small African nation is drawing less attention – despite horrific human rights abuses happening in its territory.”


Pictured: A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 in Melbourne. Photo: Mehdi Nazarinia. Read “Asia and Airline Security” by clicking here
“Lost in the coverage of #MH370 are basic questions about airport and airline safety that are complicated by the diverse range of countries and capabilities in Asia. Daniel Wagner offers some insights.”

Pictured: A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 in Melbourne. Photo: Mehdi Nazarinia. Read “Asia and Airline Security” by clicking here

Lost in the coverage of #MH370 are basic questions about airport and airline safety that are complicated by the diverse range of countries and capabilities in Asia. Daniel Wagner offers some insights.

Tagged with:  #mh370  #flight mh370

Cyberwar transcends state boundaries. Source: Tech Week Europe. Read “The Wild West of Cyberwarfare” by clicking here

Cyberwar transcends state boundaries. Source: Tech Week Europe. Read “The Wild West of Cyberwarfare” by clicking here

Tagged with:  #cybersecurity  #cyberwar
‘Devil in the Grove’ by Gilbert King. 434 pp. HarperCollins Publishers
Read “A Book for Black History Month: Devil in the Grove” by clicking here

‘Devil in the Grove’ by Gilbert King. 434 pp. HarperCollins Publishers

Read “A Book for Black History Month: Devil in the Grove” by clicking here

Tagged with:  #Devil in the Grove

A scene from ‘White Shadow’
Read “Noaz Deshe on his Film, ‘White Shadow’: A Fight for Survival in East Africa” by clicking here

A scene from ‘White Shadow’

Read “Noaz Deshe on his Film, ‘White Shadow’: A Fight for Survival in East Africa” by clicking here

Tagged with:  #White Shadow  #tanzania  #albino

President Barack Obama delivers remarks presenting the outcome of the Administration’s review of the NSA and U.S. signals intelligence programs. Pete Souza/White House
Read “Taming the NSA: Obama’s Lukewarm Recipe” by clicking here

President Barack Obama delivers remarks presenting the outcome of the Administration’s review of the NSA and U.S. signals intelligence programs. Pete Souza/White House

Read “Taming the NSA: Obama’s Lukewarm Recipe” by clicking here