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Jul 13, 2014

Squeezing the friendly fire out of ol' King Coal

by John Kemp

There is no way to meet growing global demand for electricity that does not rely on large amounts of coal-fired power generation for the foreseeable future. The challenge is to burn coal more cleanly, producing more electricity with fewer emissions of CO2 and other ...

Jul 11, 2014

Cost of 'making' democracy

by William Pfaff

For most of the American electorate, the U.S. perseveres as the messenger of democracy to a world that usually hasn't earned it and probably doesn't deserve it. But consider what this proud effort in the Mideast, Afghanistan, Ukraine and elsewhere has done to ...

Jul 8, 2014

Whitewashing the Iraq war

by Ramzy Baroud

As Iraq stands on the verge of a complete breakdown into sectarian states, a former leading Iraq war advocate is popping up in the U.S. media, and he's in no mood to accept any responsibility for the protracted tragedy.

Jul 8, 2014

Shevardnadze's lessons for the West

by Leonid Bershidsky

Eduard Shevardnadze, the former Soviet foreign minister and Georgian president who died Monday at 86, was not an effective leader, but if Western leaders had paid closer attention to what he said when he was alive, they would have been better prepared for today's ...