Tolerance is the province of people, people you cannot stand

By: Wednesday April 16, 2014 1:30 am

No matter the nationality, there is seemingly nothing too petty and dickish for the far right.

What a Functional Health Care System Looks Like

By: Friday February 14, 2014 8:40 am

Anya Schiffrin has a fantastic article giving a great first hand account of how a functioning health care system works. She describes how her father got cancer treatment in France.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Stephen M. Saideman, NATO in Afghanistan: Fighting Together, Fighting Alone

By: Sunday February 9, 2014 1:59 pm

Working together can be rough. Imagine every team project that you’ve ever taken part in, especially those that cut across normal workflows. The complexities of keeping your own boss informed of what’s going on, interacting with the rest of your team and making sure they’re pulling their weight, and insuring that your own personal goals are met in completing the project, all of it. Now multiply those issues by roughly a thousand, and include the fact that the decisions made are literally matters of life and death. If you can manage that, you begin to see the challenges that Stephen Saideman lays out in NATO in Afghanistan: Fighting Together, Fighting Alone.

Sex Workers in France Resist Attacks on Their Liberty

By: Saturday December 14, 2013 3:59 pm

These days, French political culture appears to be retreating from its stereotypical liberalism on one of its best-known “vice” industries: the sex trade. Controversial new legislation in the country would criminalize paid sex—and sex workers see the proposed law as an assault on their dignity and safety.

The legislation—which just passed a vote in the Assemblée Nationale and is slated for a Senate vote soon—does not explicitly outlaw the act of selling sex, but it penalizes its purchase:

Racism Is Not Over, Bob Dylan Getting Sued

By: Monday December 2, 2013 6:30 pm

We don’t trust each other to the point where it’s reflected in our rhetoric and by what dominates our attention. Controversy sells! How often do good things get covered? To what scale? We’re inundated with the sideshow in a circus with no main act.

What do we actually stand for?

Short-Term Iran Nuclear Deal Struck

By: Monday November 25, 2013 6:45 am

After decades of hostility the governments of the United States and Iran were able to reach a short term deal on increased monitoring of Iran’s nuclear development in exchange for the United States and its partners relaxing some economic sanctions. The deal between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the so called P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and C

MENA Mashup: AIPAC, The Grey Lady, Iran, and the P5+1

By: Sunday November 17, 2013 12:00 pm

Meanwhile, there’s a Battle Royal happening in the Halls of Congress and DC.

Iran And UN Strike Deal For Increased Monitoring Of Nuclear Sites

By: Tuesday November 12, 2013 6:40 am

Yesterday the Iranian government and the UN based IAEA reached an agreement to increase monitoring of Iran’s nuclear sites. The deal comes amidst talks between Iran, the United States and other nations concerning a possible agreement that would help rollback sanctions placed on the country for allegedly pursuing nuclear weapons.

Conflicting Reports On Who Knew About NSA Spying Program

By: Tuesday October 29, 2013 11:00 am

How can President Obama give all these public assurances about what the NSA is and is not doing if he is “out of loop”?

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