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China’s Ambassador to Burma Meets Aung San Suu Kyi

A Chinese official has held a rare meeting with Burmese opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.  Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin says Aung San Suu Kyi has asked several times to meet with Chinese officials. Liu says the Chinese ambassador met her in response to her request, and listened to her […]

This is not about Mumia Abu-Jamal but the death penalty | Teresa Wiltz

It doesn’t matter to me whether Mumia Abu-Jamal is innocent or guilty – though there are those for whom it matters quite a bit, not the least of whom is the widow of the police officer Abu-Jamal was convicted of killing in 1981. And there are those who fought long and hard – celebrities, college […]

Dual Tree Lighting Illuminates Annual Holiday Debate

It’s the Christmas holiday season in the United States, and with it comes an annual argument: Should local, state and federal governments put up Christmas trees, or even call attention to Christmas, in a country that has no official religion? It’s one of the most recognizable symbols of the season. But in the northeastern state […]

Kate Bolick: why marriage is a declining option for women

In 2001, when I was 28, I broke up with my boyfriend. Allan and I had been together for three years, and there was no good reason to end things. He was (and remains) an exceptional person, intelligent, good-looking, loyal, kind. My friends, many of whom were married or in marriage-track relationships, were bewildered. I […]

Kennedy death reporter dies at 85

26 November 2011 Last updated at 01:26 GMT Tom Wicker was born in a small town in North Carolina and became a legend of US journalism A New York Times journalist who witnessed and chronicled the death of US President John F Kennedy has died of a heart attack at the age of 85. Tom […]

Here’s the risk: Occupy ends up doing the bidding of the global elite | Patrick Henningsen

A 21st-century grassroots movement faces many pitfalls. This was as true back in 1968 as it is today. It could be infiltrated by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, or co-opted by a major party. As the state continues to creep further into our lives, activists can expect that it will use all its resources – […]

We need Occupy to help deliver equality | Kate Pickett

When Richard Wilkinson and I sat down towards the end of 2007 to start writing The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone, which was published in March 2009, we had a clear objective. After years of research, and having published a large number of papers in academic journals, we were frustrated that what […]

Womens’ Rights Unclear in Post-Gadhafi Libya

As Libya heads toward elections, there are Western concerns its new government could move towards conservative Islam and limit the rights of women. On Libya’s Liberation Day, transitional leader Mustafa Abdul Jibril said in the new Libya he wants men to be allowed to marry up to four wives, without getting permission from their existing […]

Tunisia Testing Newfound Freedom of Expression

Tunisia’s revolution has exploded longstanding curbs to free expression.  Media, civil society groups and political parties are flowering. Journalist and blogger Haythem el Mekki, 29, earns a living poking fun at politicians for Tunisia’s popular Radio Mosaique. It is the kind of free-wheeling satire that did not exist here a year ago. During the marathon […]

Zurana Horton was a hero – she just didn’t look like one | Teresa Wiltz

At first blush, it’s the kind of story made for the insta-news cycle of 21st-century media: a mother picking up her kid up from school in Brooklyn spots a rooftop sniper, throws herself into the line of fire to protect a group of schoolkids and, while saving them, is shot and killed herself. Most likely, […]