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Latinas will soon lead the conversation about US abortion rights
Commentary: Conventional wisdom says Latinas, many of whom are Catholic, might agree with Republicans on abortion. But recent polling shows that isn't the case.
Where human rights are scarce, 'digital rights' discourse must take a back seat
Commentary: Internet users aren't happy about US surveillance, but in regions like the Middle East and North Africa, the bigger question is: If I speak out, will I be punished for it?
Reflections in a college reunion book evoke a sense of national mediocrity
Commentary: Old graduates wonder how to make the US truly exceptional again.
New treaty on mercury protection should win approval of all governments
Commentary: Mercury poisoning is affecting lives of children working in gold mining.
Hindus, Bangladesh’s hidden victims, need government protection
Commentary: Bangladesh's Hindu minority has become a hostage to political battles between parties seeking power.
West stands by as Ukraine loses fight for democracy
Commentary: My grandfather instilled in me a love for Ukraine, and a hope that it would one day squash totalitarian rule. Today, as it loses its fight for democracy, my American daughters wonder why the world isn't listening.
Freedom and liberty: ideas Democrats should fight for in the coming elections
Commentary: The role of government in our lives goes back to the intent of the Founding Fathers.
In Pakistan, Musharraf's treason trial is about revenge, not justice
Commentary: An independent commission is needed to address politically motivated crimes.
The Geneva II talks over Syria's civil war might be a waste of time
Commentary: After eight days of negotiations, the Assad regime and the Syrian National Coalition remain at odds over every single issue.
Nuclear deal with Iran is key to improving Syria peace negotiations
Commentary: A two-state solution has waited half a century; it can wait another year. John Kerry needs to focus on resolving Iran now, where the expiration date is real.
Doctors treating injured demonstrators in Turkey are being arrested as criminals
Commentary: The clash between Hippocratic oath and the desire of a government to silence protestors.
Glitzy tourism campaigns gloss over Asia's glaring inequalities
Commentary: Marketing campaigns draw tourists in to "Amazing Thailand," but how "amazing" can Thailand really be for those who live on two dollars per day?
China's growing influence in Sudan and Afghanistan reflects preference for trade over aid
Commentary: A different approach from the US, whose diplomatic success and commercial interests are limited.
Publishing data on new disease strains draws concern of intelligence analysts
Commentary: Decisions on transparency must balance need to know with potential terrorist threats.
South Sudan’s future: a land of cash, oil and blood?
Commentary: Chaos reigns as the president and vice president lead rival factions.
An open letter to Maine’s Senator Susan Collins, on her support of new Iran sanctions
Commentary: If sanctions bill becomes law, the only option left is war.
A left-wing candidate looks popular as Costa Ricans go to voting booths
Commentary: The reform platform of the Frente Amplio party is compared to that of former Venezuelan President Chavez, when he came to power.
Argentina’s focus on the Falklands comes at the expense of addressing more pressing problems
Commentary: President Kirchner is unable to improve the country’s economy, now on the brink of collapse.
National Socialist Underground trial evokes harsh memories of Germany’s brutal Nazi era
Commentary: Existence of right-wing terrorist group is cause for national soul searching and reflection.
Emerging Players: Private sector partnerships on open internet
Commentary: Through empowering their private sectors to go global, both the established and emerging powers of the world can benefit.
Cautious optimism for proposed new Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
Commentary: Potential opposition could come from Republicans in Congress and conservative think tanks.
China's high test scores obscure discriminatory education system
Commentary: Standardized test scores in Shanghai show basic literacy is rising across China, but the country's education system is still deeply unequal and failing students with disabilities.
Interview: A 'Chinese dream,' from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (AUDIO)
Commentary: A talk with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder about the 'Chinese dream.'
The threat of terrorism at the Winter Olympics has its own symbolic effect
Commentary: Heightened Russian security will make terrorist attacks unlikely, but just the threat will be enough to drive news coverage, determine policies and distort the events.
Statue of Hungarian war leader forces Jews to live in the dark shadow of history
New US ambassador faces complex challenges in dealing with autocratic regime.
Why real life beats the online world
Commentary: Living in International House, a global community of scholars and students, provides something the digital world can't: a sometimes messy but meaningful social life.
As democratic freedoms decline globally, the US must do more
Commentary: Report finds US leadership in advancing freedom is not an easy sell at home or a simple undertaking abroad, but necessary nonetheless, as global freedom declines.
Once the land of immigrant hopes, America now just a 'dream breaker'
Commentary: Every 90 seconds a Latino turns 18 in the US. We need more of these young people engaging in democracy.
Obama’s low poll numbers prompt GOP to continue assaults on Obamacare
Commentary: The strategy reflects the party’s poverty of ideas and lack of desire to solve problems.
2014 will be yet another hard year for US efforts to solve issues in Middle East
Commentary: If Congress doesn’t add sanctions, a deal with Iran could alter power balance in region.
Texas must respect US and international law by staying execution of Edgar Tamayo
Commentary: His case could have repercussions for relations between the US and Mexico.