Martha Hennessy: Of the estimated two million child laborers in Afghanistan, 60,000 work in Kabul, competing for meager wages. They sell bread and shine shoes on the streets to support their families so that they may eat.
Gareth Porter: Secretary of State John Kerry gave further legitimacy to a long-running official scam over the demand for a confession from Iran last week, even as he argued that getting details of Iran’s alleged past work on nuclear weapons wasn’t necessary for a nuclear agreement.
Brent Budowsky: It is not acceptable to fail to provide effective and sufficient ground troops. Nor is it acceptable to be dependent on Iranian-supported Shiite militia that wages sectarian conflict against Sunnis.
Joe Mathews: How the Golden State can strengthen its democratic stride by watching Tunisia take its first step.
Stephen Menendian: The massacre of more than one million Armenians raises serious questions about the ability of the international community to prevent or punish acts of genocide nearly a century later.
Gareth Porter: Iranian research and development on advanced centrifuges research & development (R&D) remains unresolved
Trita Parsi: They have not only been wrong in how to handle the Iranian nuclear program – they have been wrong on almost anything about Iran.
Gareth Porter: The US and its allies have made no effort in hiding their intention to maintain the “sanctions architecture” in place for many years after a nuclear agreement
Tom Hall: In both the U.S. and in Israel, corporatist government policy has decimated the middle class, and created economic divides greater than in any other industrialized nations.
Medea Benjamin: While military contractors made out like bandits, US taxpayers wasted $1.7 trillion dollars on the Iraq war, money that could have funded healthcare and education here at home.
Dick Platkin and Jeff Warner: The waning of U.S. power means that at some point the U.S. government will either be technically unable or politically unwilling to sustain Greater Israel.
Garrett Porter: The real story is how enforcers of Likudist policy on Iran used a young Republican politician to try to provoke a breakdown in nuclear talks.
Peter C. Cavanaugh: Netanyahu’s horribly one-sided retribution against relatively ineffective rocket attacks from Hamas in Gaza last summer earned him dismay and scorn from most of the watching world.