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Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk in Kiev on April 3, 2014. Yatseniuk has repeatedly said that "painful" economic measures demanded by the IMF in exchange for billions in loans are necessary for Ukraine. (Credit: Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko) Views
IMF's Insistence on Economic Austerity Could Derail Ukraine's Chance of Survival
On May 25, the "Chocolate King" handily won the Ukrainian presidential elections in the first round. Billionaire Petro O. Poroshenko is so named because he made his fortune in the confectionary business. The defeated runner-up, former prime minister Yulia V. Tymoshenko is sometimes referred to as "...
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This TTIP trade deal is primarily about imposing a set of regulations on both continents, some of which may be improvements, but many of which will be designed to serve the business interests who are in on the negotiations. Views
Why Is It So Acceptable to Lie to Promote Trade Deals?
It's not polite to use the "L" word here in Washington, but it's hard not to be more than a bit disgusted with the frequency with which trade pacts are sold as great engines of job creation and economic growth, when they clearly are not. The latest offender in this area is Bruce Ackerman, a Yale...
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Last Saturday (May 24th) marked the third anniversary of the murder of husband and wife activists Ze Claudio Ribeiro da Silva and Maria do Espirito Santo. Views
Illegal Wood and Murdered Activists in the Amazon
Although a properly managed and inclusive process of timber extraction could be beneficial to both local communities, extractors, and consumers, the global demand for Amazonian wood has produced a culture of lawlessness, impunity, and dysfunction among the timber industry in Brazil. Indigenous and...
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Small Farmers’ Loss of Land Increases World Hunger
The world is increasingly hungry because small farmers are losing access to farmland. Small farmers produce most of the world’s food but are now squeezed onto less than 25 percent of the world’s farmland, a new report reveals. Corporate and commercial farms, big biofuel operations and land...
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Crashing Down To Earth: On 21st Century Copyright Extremism
In 2013, Canadian astronaut and all around cool dude Commander Chris Hadfield sang, recorded, and filmed a cover of David Bowie’s stargazing classic “Space Oddity.” The music video was a fitting tribute to the Bowie hit and Hadfield’s time aboard the International Space Station. On the anniversary...
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Unnecessary and Disproportionate: How the NSA Violates International Human Rights Standards
Even before Ed Snowden leaked his first document, human rights lawyers and activists were concerned about law enforcement and intelligence agencies spying on the digital world. One of the tools developed to tackle those concerns was the development of the International Principles on the Application...
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Then-Egyptian Minister of Defense General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi walks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting in Cairo, Egypt on November 3, 2013. (Photo: U.S. Department of State) Views
From Elections to Mass Movements: How Wealthy Elites Are Hijacking Democracy All Over the World
Mass street protests are usually seen as a hallmark of democratic aspirations. And elections are meant to be a culmination of such aspirations, affording people the opportunity to choose their own leaders and system of government. But in country after country these days, the hallmarks of democracy...
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Khalifa Haftar has become a figurehead for opposition to the Libyan government. (Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Views
Haftar Leads a Coup? A General’s Odd War in Libya
On 16 May, Libya’s rogue general Khalifa Haftar staged several bloody attacks against other Libyan militias in the name of eradicating terrorism by leading a paramilitary force evasively named the Libyan National Army. His well-equipped brigades were rapidly joined by officers from national army...
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The Left's European Conundrum
With last week’s elections, commentators are heralding the “end of Europe,” but the evidence tells a different story.
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Boko Haram a Blessing for Imperialism in Africa: US Training Death Squads
Militarily, Africa is fast becoming an American continent. Barack Obama, who has been president for all but the first year of AFRICOM’s existence, has succeeded in integrating U.S. fighting units, bases, training regimens, equipment and financing into the military structures of all but a handful of...
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