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There are two tests of social change movements: endurance and regeneration. After two decades, Mexico's Zapatista movement can now say it passed both.
Thomas Friedman once said the hidden hand of the market needs the hidden fist of the military. The TPP and the Obama administration's Pacific Pivot pack both.
Pope Francis trending up, nuke-activist priest down.
NAFTA gave multinational corporations the right to sue governments to block regulations they don't like, undermining democracy and local sovereignty.
From nuclear weapons to rising oceans, Israel to Kiribiati.
After a contentious and disputed election, Nepal's centrist parties are struggling to reach an accord with the Maoists who helped bring down the country's monarchy.
“Countdown” by Alan Weisman: required reading for earthlings.
Chuck Hagel's paeans to "political reform" in the Gulf must have sounded strange to political prisoners in repressive Bahrain, where he delivered his remarks.
Before we get cynical about 2014, let's recount the good news from 2013: declining U.S. militarism, a resurgence of diplomacy, and a more forceful global discussion about inequality.
While feigning outrage at worker abuse in Bangladesh, the U.S. government has been quietly supporting the same sweatshop factories used by Wal-Mart and the Gap.