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Russian human rights activist Gregory Shvedov examines how Vladimir Putin's tactics toward Chechnya align with George W. Bush's "global war on terror."

The World Social Forum in Caracas provided living proof of
alternative political and social visions, but raised new questions
about government co-optation.

The inauguration of Evo Morales as Bolivia's first indigenous
president opens a new era for Bolivia and a turning point for
political, diplomactic and trade issues in the Americas.

Will Palestinians be compelled to live by Ariel Sharon's repressive vision or will they compel Israel to accept genuine self-determination for the
Palestinian people?

Suddenly, the Sharon era is over. And Sharon's centrist Kadima Party may emerge as the dominant force after the March 28 elections.

Ethnic cleansing, chemical weapons, self-appointed executioners: Sound
familiar? The US occupation in Iraq has created conditions just as
bad--if not worse--than Saddam Hussein's ruthless regime. And the
increasingly isolated George W. Bush insists on staying the course.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Argentine soccer hero Diego
Maradona led thousands in a massive rebuke of George W. Bush, his trade
policies and his neoconservative agenda at the Summit of the Americas in
Mar del Plata Argentina. Despite some sporadic violence, the protest
focused on developing indigenous alternatives to US-led trade
initiatives policies.

Luis Inacio Lula da Silva came into power in 2002 on a wave of populist
support for an era of socialist politics and participatory democracy.
But da Silva has offered the people of Brazil a corrupt leadership
instead.

Saddam Hussein went to trial on Wednesday declaring he was still the president of Iraq. A series of odes a decade ago to Hussein's dictatorial days show the tyrant was always out of touch with reality.

As political parties in Germany dance toward a coalition
following the stalemated elections, the country is in for a turbulent
month--and new elections are a serious option.

Blogs

Hint: it’s not to pressure the US into striking a better deal with Iran.

March 3, 2015

This is the most dangerous geopolitical situation since the Cuban missile crisis. 

February 19, 2015

The Nation’s Stephen Cohen tells John Batchelor that the fragile deal may be the last exit on the road to war with Russia.

February 18, 2015

Stephen Cohen talks to John Batchelor about the dangers of sending lethal aid to Ukraine.

February 12, 2015

The Syriza coalition is not just pushing for a better deal—it is saying no to a self-destructive game.

February 12, 2015

Don’t fall for Bibi’s bid to repackage himself as a kindly mensch.

February 6, 2015

The apparent murder of an Argentine prosecutor raises more questions than it answers.

February 3, 2015

Europe remains politically and economically divided.

January 28, 2015

The new Saudi king faces a legacy of unrelieved authoritarianism, corruption, and regional, class and sectarian discontents, the result of the tepid and incomplete reforms of his predecessor, the late King Abdullah. Only democratic and human rights reforms can hope to assure the kingdom's future.

January 27, 2015

Five years after the devastating earthquake, has Haiti fallen into de facto dictatorship?

January 22, 2015