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Benghazi Was Not the Beginning of the End


Nobel Peace Prize winner and Chairman of’s Advisory Board José Ramos-Horta puts some perspective on events in the Middle East. I share the civilized world’s revulsion at the destruction being wreaked by anti-US

El Baradei responds to Benghazi killing


Nobel laureate and former Egyptian Presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei called the killing of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi barbaric and unjustified, but said that it highlights the Muslim distrust of the West.

Shirin Ebadi: Iran Barring Women in University Courses


Iran’s decision to forbid women from studying dozens of subjects including nuclear physics and oil engineering threatens to wipe out one of the last vestiges

Ramos-Horta: Advice for Syrian Rebels


Nobel Peace Prize winner and Chairman of’s Advisory Board, President José Ramos-Horta offers his perspective to Syria’s freedom fighters. Just four decades ago, at the height of the Cold War, Timor-Leste (known to many as East Timor) was nearly isolated in its struggle for freedom and democracy, like many...

After Rio +20: Asia Should Lead in Sustainable Development

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We gathered in Rio from 190 countries, to review what we have done since the historic Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 and what our world should look like in the coming decades. There was no cause for celebration and much to regret and fear as we continue to lack...

Kofi Annan: Conditions for peace in Syria

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In an Op Ed on the Washington Post, former Secretary General of the UN Kofi Annan gives us an idea of the size of the obstacles to peace in Syria, and what must be done to realize a peaceful solution.

Jimmy Carter on the US and human rights: A Cruel and Unusual Record


Jimmy Carter takes on President Obama and drones in the New York Times. The United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights. Revelations that top officials are targeting people to be assassinated abroad,