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A terrible beauty: Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising

It is a hundred years since some 750 men and women threw up barricades and seized strong points in downtown Dublin, to be joined by maybe a thousand more.

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Hilarity and tragedy: The Jewish holiday of Purim 5776/2016

Purim festivities emphasize the historic struggle of a people for survival and pride, and this takeaway from the holiday can't be forgotten.

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Iranian regime keeps progressive women off the ballot

Smoke and mirrors regarding elections must not be allowed to divert activists from the reality of life in the Islamic Republic.

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Spain’s election stalemate continues; social democrats refuse compromise

The effort by Pedro Sánchez to form a government brings to mind the story of the hunter who goes into the forest with one bullet in his rifle.

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New trade agreements: Potential for great harm or transnational unity

On February 4, the United States and 11 other countries in the "Pacific Rim" signed the controversial Transpacific Partnership.

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Haiti: President Martelly steps down, interim government formed

Finally responding to angry protests, Haitian President Michel Martelly, the son of a Shell Oil executive, stepped down on Sunday. 

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Left government possible in Spain, but social democrats divided

After weeks of political wrangling saw no party win a majority, an arrangement to install a social democratic-led government now appears possible.

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Marking 30 years of economic reform, Vietnam moves ahead

Three decades have passed since Vietnam first embarked on the process of economic opening and reform known as Doi Moi, or "Renovation." 

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Iran elections: The illusion of democracy

Iran's return to the international fold has been negotiated over a long period; it marks a change in relations with the U.S. and the EU.

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Explosions in Venezuelan capital, ultra-left blamed as tensions rise

Four small explosive devices were detonated, three at a shopping mall and another near the Venezuelan National Assembly building.

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