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Korea’s Next Generation

Korea’s Next Generation

The street protests of the Arab Spring happened largely because of disgruntled youth. The unemployment rate for young people in the Middle East and North Africa verged on the catastrophic in 2012: 42 percent for Tunisia and 38 percent for Egypt. Moreover, the rates...

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A Cemetery of Life Vests But Not Lives

A Cemetery of Life Vests But Not Lives

Unlike islands elsewhere, Lesbos discards thousands of life vests every day. They litter its eastern and northern shores, coloring the beaches or floating aimlessly on the azure waters. For months now, they have been routinely collected by municipal workers and...

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Conn Hallinan’s 2015 “Are You Serious?” Awards

Conn Hallinan’s 2015 “Are You Serious?” Awards

The First Amendment Award to U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter for issuing a new Law Of War manual that defines reporters as “unprivileged belligerents” who will lose their “privileged” status by “the relaying of information” which “could constitute taking a direct...

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German Kettle Calls Greek Pot Black

German Kettle Calls Greek Pot Black

We will leave it to better economic minds than ours to determine the extent to which the Greek government capitulated to the European Union. But, the tremendous strides in humanity that German has taken since World War II aside, let’s take a moment to examine the...

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Greece’s Golden Dawn: Fascists at the Gate

Greece’s Golden Dawn: Fascists at the Gate

This article is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In Focus and TheNation.com.  When some 70 members of the neo-Nazi organization Golden Dawn go on trial sometime this spring, there will be more than street thugs and fascist ideologues in the docket, but a tangled...

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Greece: Echoes of Battles Past

Greece: Echoes of Battles Past

The recent negotiations between Greece and the European Union (EU) bring to mind Themistocles, a man who knew when to retreat and when to fight. The year was 480 BC and Xerxes I—“the king with half the east at heel”—was marching on Greece with a massive army...

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Europe Gets up off the Mat to Battle Austerity

Europe Gets up off the Mat to Battle Austerity

In the aftermath of last month’s Greek election that vaulted the left anti-austerity party Syriza into power, armies of supporters and detractors—from Barcelona to Berlin—are on the move. While Germany’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaueble was making it clear that...

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Four More Years: Europe’s Meltdown

Four More Years: Europe’s Meltdown

Back in the 1960s, the U.S. peace movement came up with a catchy phrase: “What if the schools got all the money they needed and the Navy had to hold a bake sale to buy an aircraft carrier?”  Well, the Italian Navy has a line of clothing, and is taking a cut from a soft drink called “Forza Blu” in order to make up for budget cuts. It plans to market energy snacks and mineral water. Things are a little rocky in Europe these days.

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Blogging the Rio+20 Earth Summit for the Rest of Us: The Eurozone Crisis

Blogging the Rio+20 Earth Summit for the Rest of Us: The Eurozone Crisis

Just enough Greek voters gritted their teeth and switched their votes to give the center-right New Democracy party another shot at government in their June 17 elections. Amid this victory for fear over hope it’s bear in mind the metoric rise of the radical anti-austerity Syriza coalition, which  polled a close second. Syriza’s support rose from 5 percent in 2009 to 27 percent on Sunday, narrowly avoided the fate of presiding over the next phase of the country’s economic collapse.

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