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Diego Maradona is a soccer god. Here's why he’d be a terrible FIFA president
Argentina's soccer legend is as famous for scoring goals as he is for violent outbursts, drugs and financial troubles.
Lady Gaga is making Azerbaijan’s human rights abusers look good — and that’s bad
Commentary: The celebrity not only needs to apologize but also to donate her large fee for performing at the European Games to the families of political prisoners.
On eve of Obama’s visit, Kenya cracks down on peaceful dissent
Commentary: Government officials continue to attack human rights organizations.
Why the United States needs Azerbaijan as the hub of the new Silk Road
Commentary: The country remains strategically important because it sits as a gateway between the East and the West.
In the fight against IS, the US has forgotten key lessons from World War II
Commentary: Just as George Marshall had the Europeans create their own path to stability, an effective alternative to ISIS must come from a coordinated effort among Muslims.
New leadership is sorely needed to make progress for the Palestinians
Commentary: The old playbook of violence by Hamas and delays by Fatah has failed to serve their cause.
How the power balance in the Middle East will shift as Iran is freed of sanctions
Commentary: Money is why Republicans in Congress are tied to Netanyahu’s stance against nuclear deal with Iran.
For some Muslim youth, Islamic State's allure is a meaningful alternative to Western values
Commentary: Convincing young Muslims that liberalism offers a life beyond materialism is key to struggle with Islamic State.
As the Middle East’s newest democracy, Tunisia can take economic lessons from Turkey
Commentary: After the Arab Spring, Tunisia has moved swiftly toward democracy, but its economic growth lags.
A rare and surprising moment of legal accountability in Chad serves notice across Africa
Commentary: Convictions for torture and murder are seen as ‘remarkable victory’ for victims in an unstable country.
A nuclear deal won’t change Iran overnight, but it is better than the alternative
Commentary: It would bring some stability to the world’s most unstable, volatile region.
Equality for Afghan women remains a critical goal for President Ghani
Commentary: Rula Ghani, his wife, is an important partner in fulfilling his promise of leadership for women.
Integrity of the 2015 Nigerian elections is paramount to the future of Africa
There is hope the Abuja Accord will keep the peace even if the vote tally is close.
Putting US boots on the ground to fight the Islamic State would be a major error
Commentary: Pragmatic restraint in support of regional troops offers flexibility and limits casualties.
20 years on, South Africa’s remarkable constitution remains unfulfilled
Commentary: Realizing Mandela’s vision of a democratic future is a collective global responsibility.
Uniting Christian and Muslim women in Nigeria is imperative to build a bridge toward peace
Commentary: Building alliances across religious differences means forgiving and loving an enemy.
Seven women peacemakers who should be on your radar
Meet seven women in a long, untelevised fight where the warriors are unsung and the sidelines are really the field.
A simple and low-cost annual test can lead to an HIV-free world
Commentary: 19 million people in Africa and the United States don’t know they are HIV-infected and eligible for treatment.
Nemtsov murder evokes memories of unsolved killings of those who dared to speak out
Commentary: Vladimir Putin’s vows to bring assassins to justice are seen as a series of ‘false promises.’
Sanctions relief is the critical prize for Iran in a nuclear agreement with the West
Commentary: A stable, thriving Iran would be an asset to the US in the highly volatile Middle East.
Political deadlock, violence put Bangladesh on the brink of civil war
Commentary: The personal hostility of opposition leaders Zia and Hasina are pushing people and national interest aside.
In Afghanistan, the news media is under attack from the government and the Taliban
Commentary: Routine harassment and intimidation muzzle reporters’ efforts to expose corruption.
Postponing Nigeria's elections may help the cause of democracy
Commentary: The election commission was not prepared to hold the vote let alone contain the threat from Boko Haram.
In Debaltseve, a Ukrainian town under heavy fire, life is miserable
Commentary: While others flee, only the oldest and poorest remain in desperate conditions.
20 years after agreeing to end laws that codify sex-based discrimination, many countries are still dragging their feet
Commentary: A new global initiative is building momentum in support of greater equality for women and girls.
US reconstruction aid for Afghanistan is focused on weapons; much is siphoned off by corruption
Commentary: There are billions unaccounted for.
Tennis pro Heather Watson’s candor invites a welcome conversation about menstruation
Commentary: A breakthrough moment for sport and a signal for openness in the developing world?
Migrant workers in Israel denied fair wages and benefits required by law
Complaints of harsh working and living conditions ignored by Israeli government.
Unsafe abortions kill 47,000 worldwide as US politics interfere with lifesaving efforts
Commentary: US aid rules carry restrictions on discussion of abortion among women in developing world.
Despite binding UN resolution, diplomatic obstacles remain in fight against terrorism
State sponsors of terrorism exploit weaknesses in the resolve to combat terrorists.
Chile-Argentina cooperation is key to scaling up conservation in Patagonia
Commentary: Karukinka Reserve is model for regional vision of protecting this rugged, remote region.