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Despite a veneer of red cross assistance and earthquake relief volunteers, it seems that a new cold war is developing in Haiti, this time between the north and south of the western hemisphere.

UN soldiers in Haiti

Despite reports from its own embassy that the post-quake situation in Haiti was “calm,” the United States launched a massive military operation that sparked an international backlash.

Levi Strauss objects to our story on Haiti's minimum wage increase. We stand by our original reporting and set the record straight on what we did and did not say.

Amid economic stagnation, polls show increasing skepticism about the competence of German elites. Can a resurgent Green Party bring political renewal?

The drug war in Mexico has hit affluent, formerly stable cities that were once protected from the violence. The US's role in this? Supplying the weapons and demanding the drugs.

No matter who is declared the winner, the country's March 20 elections represent a defeat for Haitian democracy.

Robert Scheer: No Nukes Is Good Nukes

Sorry, President Obama, but there is a dimension of fear properly associated with the word nuclear that is not matched by any oil spill.

Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant

Even if reactor containment vessels hold, pools of spent fuel rods could combust and release clouds of radioactive cesium into the air—a calamity that could happen at US nuclear plants as well.

Koriyama city, Fukushima prefecture, Japan

The US has twenty-three reactors of the same design as the Fukushima No. 1 reactor that is now in partial meltdown, and our federal regulators are captives of the nuclear industry.

Obama's mixed messages on Egypt show that the administration can't decide whether to advocate for incremental change or to stand behind the protestors.

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She tells CNN that she might favor “no enrichment for Iran” nuclear program.

July 28, 2014

Only Putin knows. But he also knows he doesn’t have to fear a US or NATO military response.

July 25, 2014

The American media and government are up in arms over the downing of MH17, but they don’t take into account the violence that led up to the tragedy, or the power diplomacy could have to end it. 

July 24, 2014

In southeast Ukraine and in Russia, conspiracy theories abound.

July 24, 2014

People associated with groups taking a hard line on Iran sanctions accounted for twenty-two of the thirty-six testimonies solicited by House and Senate committees.

July 24, 2014

Migrant workers subject to the kafala system have little recourse against exploitation and abuse.

July 23, 2014

Billionaires Bernard Marcus, Paul Singer and Sheldon Adelson are making big investments in opposing diplomacy with Iran.

July 18, 2014

It’s pretty obvious that the pro-Russian rebels did it, though it’s not certain yet. Yet Putin refuses to look in the mirror.

July 18, 2014

For too long, Hamas has served as Israel’s useful bogeyman.

July 15, 2014

The Saudis, who back the Sunni side in the region’s Sunni-Shiite proxy war, have no use for ISIS.

July 14, 2014