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An alliance between Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates is desirable but unlikely
Commentary: Abdullah and Ghani are able candidates but seem determined to go their own ways.
US and Russia can talk now that Ukraine has president Putin accepts
Commentary: Quiet diplomacy should aim to bring Russia back into the European orbit.
US minorities on pace to be majority in months, not decades
Commentary: The demographic transformation of the USA is one of the greatest untold stories of our time, and that's thanks in part to widespread underreporting in our mainstream media.
Events of China's Tiananmen Square protests must still be pieced together, 25 years later
Commentary: China's textbooks and great firewall of censorship make it nearly impossible to learn why students dissented 25 years ago today. But the government must know the truth cannot be erased.
Harry Potter’s chocolate frogs are tainted by child labor practices in cocoa fields
Commentary: Warner Bros. ignores protocol designed to end slavery in Ivory Coast cocoa bean production.
Saudi Arabia is cracking down on atheism to suppress dissent
Commentary: Law seeks to rein in terrorists as well as send a message to the country’s few atheists.
In a new Gilded Age, support for under educated, under employed and poor must be strengthened
Commentary: Inequality will continue in US without major reforms in federal tax code.
Turkey’s economic growth would not be possible without poor working conditions
Commentary: Prime ministers describes deaths in Soma mine disaster as ‘part of profession’s fate.’
Nationalists of the world are together at last, if only to dig united Europe’s grave
Commentary: The rise of anti-European Europe will be tested in the coming Euro-elections.
What happens after the Mideast peace deadline passes with no framework?
Commentary: Among many difficult options, the least satisfactory would be to keep talking.
America's economy: Where a young person's zip code too often decides the future
Commentary: When the American Dream is at risk for our young people, we will all suffer.
Peace talks collapse reveals Kerry as naïve and failing to do his homework
Commentary: Israeli and Palestinian moves at end of talks make future negotiations unlikely.
How the UN can help in South Sudan
Commentary: Protection of civilians must become the primary objective.
India needs zero discrimination in schools to lift up marginalized children
Commentary: Teacher training and tough discipline can help overcome bias against poor pupils.
The FCC, net neutrality and the stirring of a hornet's nest
Commentary: Net Neutrality has finally become a kitchen-table issue and now everyone who cares about keeping the Internet free from discrimination has an opportunity to tell the Federal Communications Commission what they think.
Despite becoming a stable democracy, Somaliland’s sovereignty is unrecognized
Commentary: On its Independence Day, it still searches for the real independence it says it has earned.
US pivot to Asia would be strengthened by greater investment in Africa
Commentary: China’s growing economic power has a solid foothold in African countries.
Ukraine: Distortion vs. reality
Will the Kyiv ‘fascists’ talk to the ‘terrorists’ from the east?
Ritual animal slaughter becoming a more contested issue in Europe
Commentary: Ancient tradition of ritual slaughtering is increasingly a target for legislative action.
Funding cuts, lack of opportunity leave US without expertise on international hot spots
Commentary: State Department was caught flat-footed by Putin because it lacked a deep bench of Russian experts.
Celebrating Mandela's legacy on 20th anniversary of South Africa's fight to end apartheid
Commentary: South Africa’s transcendent mission to address the abuses of apartheid began 20 years ago this week.
Four decades later, War Crimes Tribunal seeks justice for Bangladesh genocide
Commentary: The world should decide on which side of history they would rather stand — with a people and their quest for justice or with those who would, with impunity, escape the consequences of the crimes that they perpetrated.
International Nurses Day: A time to call for medical neutrality
Commentary: It's time that the world’s health organizations and governments adopt and implement protections for all medics — demanding medical neutrality bylaws and amendments to the Geneva Convention of 1948.
This is not the Nigeria I know
Commentary: On this Mother's Day, my mind remains on the 276 girls who were ferociously kidnapped from their boarding school in Nigeria.
Obama must be pro-active on Syrian civil war before it merges with Iraq’s Sunni-Shia violence
Commentary: Working with Putin is a key to solving Syria and slowing radicalization of Mid East.
The Spanish government must let Catalans vote
Commentary: The Spanish government should see the Catalan government's referendum proposal as part of a methodical, transparent and democratic roadmap for effective political conflict resolution.
Despite Asian pivot, the US eventually must share Pacific power with China
Commentary: Obama’s setbacks on Far Eastern trip foreshadow changes in the region that will diminish US role.
In westernmost Russia, a tactical nuclear base emerges as a threat to NATO countries
Commentary: Placement of the Iskander missile at Kalingrad may send message to the West about Russia’s expansionist plans.
Journalist's death in Myanmar unites Western democracies pushing for growth of local free press
Commentary: The death of Rangoon journalist Win Tin highlights a worrisome trend: few of Myanmar's local journalists are covering conflicts.
US foreign policy mistakes helped shape the crisis in Ukraine
Commentary: Putin wants influence in eastern Ukraine but does not want to own it.
Why Afghan media spun election day
There was actually more violence this time, but you didn't hear it from the press. Journalists are now admitting to a blackout.