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Police in Haiti

A secret US Embassy cable describes how Haiti's business elite armed and deployed police units in pro-Aristide strongholds like Bel Air and Cite Soleil after the 2004 coup.

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

Manuel Zelaya

Millions rush to greet the former president, but the deal allowing his return says nothing about accountability for human rights violations that took place during the coup.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

The Syrian president is is facing unprecedented pressure rooted in grievances over government repression, corruption, a weak economy and lack of civil liberties. He cannot hunker down and wait for the storm to pass.

Naoto Kan and the End of 'Japan Inc.'

Criticism of the government’s response to the catastrophe has obscured major political changes.

Nichi Vendola

Can an openly left-wing, openly gay politician from the South revive an Italy in deep malaise?

Mubarak’s intimidation tactics and determination to hang on to power only invigorated the protesters—leading to his resignation today.

After a good start, the Obama administration’s response to the democratic revolution in Egypt has begun to exude the odor of betrayal.

If the world has a heart, it beats now for Egypt.

Blogs

Over the next few weeks, President Obama will meet the leaders of Israel, Jordan and nearly all of the Persian Gulf Arab states.

February 13, 2014

The Israel lobby, defeated on Iran, is in a weakened state when it comes to what it really cares about: Israel itself.

February 3, 2014

Stephen Cohen appears on the John Batchelor Show and KPFA 94.1’s Letters and Politics to discuss the escalating violence in Kiev. 

January 23, 2014

It’s ugly, but the United States ought to stay out of it.

December 19, 2013

How do the two trailblazers compare?

December 11, 2013

Few people know that Mandela was a global leader on reproductive freedom.

December 9, 2013

He defended collective bargaining, championed international solidarity and proudly carried a UAW card.

December 6, 2013

The classic 1970s song that brought attention to South African apartheid.

December 6, 2013

Few, if any, of the towering figures of the twentieth century inspired as many people, or as many songs, as Nelson Mandela.

December 5, 2013

New sanctions could ruin the prospects for a long-term accord, giving ammunition to hardliners in Iran while causing the existing sanctions regime to collapse. 

November 26, 2013