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Understanding North Koreanew

For years, the activists at the Korea Policy Institute have been trying to influence US policy toward North Korea. Finally, Washington may be listening.
East Bay Express  |  Kathleen Wentz  |  11-04-2009  |  International

How Canada Got Caught in an Afghan Election That Doesn't Add Upnew

The news on the Afghan election, backed so earnestly by Canada and its $35 million contribution, has gone from terrible to tragic.
NOW Magazine  |  Paul Weinberg  |  10-16-2009  |  International

Cuba's Black Market Moves Online with Revolico.comnew

On an island where selling almost anything on the street, over the airwaves, or in the newspaper is forbidden by the socialist constitution, Revolico offers tens of thousands of items. Legions of Habaneros shop on the site every day, making it the most obvious crack yet in the foundation of Fidel Castro's Cuba.
Miami New Times  |  Tim Elfrink and Vanessa Grisalez  |  10-05-2009  |  International

Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan's Impotent Dictator

How many Americans will continue to see Hamid Karzai as viable -- and be willing to continue to pay the price of propping him up?
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  09-14-2009  |  War

Students Seeking a Deeper College Experience Bring Medicine to Hondurasnew

Connor Botkin decided that he wanted more out of college than the superficial experience that many people have. He wanted to have a well-balanced life. He wanted to open his eyes to the rest of the world. He wanted to participate in a humanitarian mission trip to another country.
Boulder Weekly  |  Dana Logan  |  08-24-2009  |  Education

Fajardo's Fight: Taking on Big Oil in Ecuadornew

Pablo Fajardo is the David in a David and Goliath-esque case pitting Ecuadorian Indians and mestizos against major American oil companies.
Eugene Weekly  |  Natalie Miller and Camilla Mortensen  |  08-13-2009  |  Environment

A Darker Look at Che's Revolutionnew

There's little question that, as former top CIA analyst Brian Latell puts it, Gustavo Villoldo played a "very critical role in the capture of Che Guevara." But while some exiles consider Gustavo a hero, Che fans and scholars such as UCLA's Peter McLaren call him a "narrow-minded ideologue who set out to avenge his father and took his anger out on a great man."
Miami New Times  |  Tim Elfrink  |  08-10-2009  |  International

Peace, What is it Good For? Coming to Terms With War in the Obama Eranew

"Peace" does not automatically exist when war stops. Peace is not just an absence of war. At least, this is not how those who work for peace in the world feel about it.
New Haven Advocate  |  Alan Bisbort  |  07-07-2009  |  War

Black-Market Cigarettes: Miami's New Vicenew

A gray-haired 57-year-old Florida man named Roman Vidal smuggled millions of cigarettes from Miami to Dublin criminals who funded a terrorist group, investigators say. The charges are just the latest link between black-market U.S. smokes and violent terrorist groups around the world.
Miami New Times  |  Tim Elfrink  |  07-06-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Is Twitter Driving the Ongoing Political Crisis in Iran?new

If the question seems premature, that's because it is: we still don't know how the unrest that followed Iran's contested June 12 presidential election is going to end. But it's already being debated.
Boston Phoenix  |  Adam Reilly  |  06-24-2009  |  Media

Facebook Revolution: Iran's Opposition Internetnew

During mass demonstrations in Tehran last week, the Western press couldn't stop writing about how protesters were using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to organize demonstrations, spread news and share videos of street battles. In this case, the hype was true.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  06-24-2009  |  International

Canada Ratifies Peru Free Trade Agreement, Stays Silent on Amazon Massacrenew

Unlike the Canada-Colombia free-trade deal, the Canada-Peru agreement almost slipped under the radar. But then the bloodshed in the Peruvian Amazon earlier this month put Canada's push for free trade with Peru under the microscope.
The Georgia Straight  |  Dawn Paley  |  06-22-2009  |  Business & Labor

The Supreme Court Will Decide Whether to Reconsider the Conviction of the Cuban Fivenew

Miami is on trial this month. The U.S. Supreme Court will decide June 15 whether we are scum-sucking Cuba haters.
Miami New Times  |  Chuck Strouse  |  06-08-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Raleigh's Cuban Community: Their Views on Obama's New Diplomacynew

Local exiles reacts as President Barack Obama rolls back some of George W. Bush's most ineffective stances toward Cuba, primarily related to the migration of Cubans.
INDY Week  |  Matt Saldana  |  06-04-2009  |  Immigration

Why We Fight: To Defend Rapists

The next time you watch a flag-draped coffin return from Afghanistan, remember why that young man died: to defend Afghan rapists.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  05-04-2009  |  The War on Women

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