February 5, 2016

A Bangladeshi social activist pays his  last respects to slain US blogger of Bangladeshi origin and founder of the Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog site, Avijit Roy in Dhaka on March 6, 2015 after he was hacked to death by unidentified assailants in the Bangladeshi capital on February 26.  An FBI team has arrived in Dhaka to help investigate the American-Bangladeshi writers gruesome killing.  AFP PHOTO / Munir uz ZAMAN        (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

To Counter IS in Bangladesh, Look To The Bloggers

If the international community is concerned about the spread of IS in Bangladesh, it should pressure the government to provide a secure space for free media.

The mother of two men, one of them, as she claims, was killed and the other one is missing, holds a picture of her lost son as she cries during a rally of mothers of the protesters in front of a policemen line facing anti-government opposition activists in the center of Kiev on January 31, 2014. Ukraine's military on Friday called on President Viktor Yanukovych to take "urgent steps" to ease turmoil in the country, weighing in for the first time on the ex-Soviet nation's worst crisis since independence. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Friday signed a law offering an amnesty to jailed opposition activists and repealed controversial laws cracking down on protests, his office said. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY        (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

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PORTSMOUTH, NH - FEBRUARY 04:  Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Great Bay Community College on February 4, 2016 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. New Hampshire's primary is next Tuesday, February 9, 2016.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Even the Former Governor of New Hampshire Has No Idea Who Will Win Its Primary

John Sununu says if Trump or Cruz top the ticket, the Republicans will lose the Senate.

Former French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira speaks to the media in New York on January 29, 2016. 
Taubira quit in protest over the government's efforts to strip convicted French-born terrorists of their citizenship if they have a second nationality. Taubira, popular among the ruling Socialists of President Francois Hollande but a target of criticism from right-wing politicians, tweeted: "Sometimes to resist means staying, sometimes resisting means leaving." / AFP / Jewel Samad        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

I Resign, Therefore I Am

Justice Minister Christiane Taubira didn’t just quit -- she tweeted goodbye, published a 94-page philosophical pamphlet, and dropped the mic on France’s rightward lurch.

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill holds the Holly Light during an Orthodox Easter service in Moscow, early on April 20, 2014.  AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER NEMENOV        (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The Pontiff and the Patriarch

Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill are set to bridge a 1,000-year gulf.

Pakistani Foreign Secretary, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry (R) listens during the second round of four-way peace talks at the Presidential palace in Kabul on January 18, 2016. A second round of four-country talks aimed at reviving peace negotiations with the Taliban began in Kabul on January 18, even as the insurgents wage an unprecedented winter campaign of violence across Afghanistan. Delegates from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States convened in the Afghan capital for a one-day meeting seeking a negotiated end to the bloody 14-year insurgency. AFP PHOTO / SHAH Marai / AFP / SHAH MARAI        (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)

Straight Talk on Afghan Peace Talks

Expectations for the Afghan peace process should be measured. With the Taliban’s increasing leverage in negotiations and refusal to join in the talks, lasting peace remains elusive.

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Venezuela Is About to Go Bust

When the country defaults, a lot of people are going to lose a lot of money. And they deserve to.

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The Obscure U.N. Body Behind the Ridiculous Claim Assange Is Arbitrarily Detained

The decision by the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has come under harsh criticism.

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Bollywood Star: Airlines That Don’t Let Me Perform Are Preventing Happiness

Five flight attendants were suspended after letting a Bollywood star perform over the in-flight speaker system.

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Obama’s Disastrous Betrayal of the Syrian Rebels

How the White House is handing victory to Bashar al-Assad, Russia, and Iran.

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That Little Problem With the Lord

People are claiming that Muslims, Christians, and Jews might have something in common. God forbid!

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Serial Recap, Episode 6: Bergdahl Reaches His Breaking Point

Bowe Bergdahl thought the Army was failing him and other soldiers, but one incident pushed him over the edge

TO GO WITH AFP STORY OF CYRIL JULIEN 
A partial view of the Kalantari port in city of Chabahar on May 12, 2015. Chabahar, located on the coast of Sistan-Baluchistan (south-east), is open to the Oman Sea and the Indian Ocean. It is Iran's gateway to Pakistan and Afghanistan in the east, the Central Asian countries to the north, and Turkey and the Gulf countries in the west. AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE        (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

Chabahar Port: A Win for South Asia

The Chabahar port agreement is set to be finalized in the upcoming trilateral meeting in Delhi. With all players slated to benefit, Chabahar looks like a win-win for all parties.

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The Antonescu Paradox

Hitler’s Romanian ally led an utterly barbaric regime — that while often protecting Jews inside Romania’s borders, murdered them indiscriminately just outside those borders.

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New Zealand Official Feels Privileged to Have Had Dildo Thrown at His Face

A New Zealand minister had a dildo thrown at his face. Good thing he thought it was funny.

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Remembering War (X): While nearly half of the brigade was dying…

What is the difference between remembering war and writing histories about it?

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The Hillary e-mails vs. Best Defense

So it turns out that Sidney Blumenthal wrote the following to Secretary of State Clinton about an item in this blog.

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