Issues / Labor, Trade, & Finance
There comes a time when even a historian, well versed in patient, hysteria-free observation of historical processes, feels his hair stand on end as he realizes how bad, how really bad, things are getting.
In a reversal of the oppressive Taliban era, educated Afghan women are using the elections to the upcoming Loya Jirga, or grand tribal council, to press for their civil rights.
What it boils down to is that we can no longer place much stock in the high-and-mighty words of the North Korean leader.
Palestine has scarce resources to face the enormous challenges in a struggle that has now continued for over five decades.
The United States has treated the region primarily as a convenient staging base for its Afghan campaign, and all regimes have felt confident enough to use the threat of Islamic fundamentalism and al Qaeda to continue in their old ways.
As small Central Asian countries have struck military alliances with the United States, their leaders have asserted their own power more aggressively.
Divesting in countries that are in blatant violation of international and humanitarian law is not new, but with Israel, it needs to end.
Israelis and Palestinians desperately need the awakening of the international community's public opinion and a reversal in the global attitude.
Unless the U.S. is willing to use its power to strengthen the political and economic processes that will help rebuild and modernize the country, there is the danger that ethnic divisions could again split the country.
Until a strategy is grounded not in the elites but in the ordinary citizens and is based on basic human needs, then any project for renewal is subject to a wide variety of destabilizing forces, not least when elites seek to duck out from the commitments t