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The Biggest Overlooked Trends of 2013

What Bill Gates, David Petraeus, Anne-Marie Slaughter and other big thinkers want you to know about the events that quietly changed the world this year.<p>As the year comes to an end, it seems every corner of the Internet has its own list of the Biggest, Most Important Developments of 2013. But many …

Palestinian Peace Team Resigns

Obama Campaign Manager In Talks To Head Hillary Clinton Project

Jim Messina and John Podesta, top former aides to Barack Obama and Bill Clinton respectively, are currently in talks to co-chair a board backing Hillary Clinton — a plan that, should it come to fruition, would be a dramatic early symbol of party unity behind the former secretary of state.<p>Three …

Bill Clinton

Hiding in Plain Sight: In-Depth Photos Track International Weapons Deals

Photographer Mari Bastashevski's latest work, <i>State Business</i>, investigates the mundane business transactions of international arms deals. These …

Hagel: U.S. Should Recognize Limits of Military Force

De­fense Sec­ret­ary Chuck Hagel, in a ma­jor speech out­lining the breadth of post-war glob­al se­cur­ity re­spons­ib­il­it­ies the United States …

The Koch brothers are secretly funding the anti-choice movement’s worst offenders

<b>David Koch (Reuters/Brendan Mcdermid)</b><p>Contrary to what the billionaire brothers may say, their money is fueling the anti-reproductive rights movement<p>Katie McDonough<p>November 5, 2013 6:26pm (UTC)<p>The way the Koch brothers tell it, they are only interested in promoting "free enterprise" and try not to …

The Obama administration may be guilty of war crimes

Is President Obama a suspected war criminal?<p>If you have read the recent reports on drone strikes by Ben Emmerson, UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Christof Heyns, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, …

Dell Officially Goes Private: Inside The Nastiest Tech Buyout Ever

Eight months is a long time to stay mum, especially for a tech industry wunderkind, as Michael Dell was, and one of the world’s richest men, as Michael Dell is, while enduring daily bombs from Carl Icahn about his leadership and ethics. (“All would be swell at Dell if Michael and the board bid …

How to lose friends and influence no one in the Middle East

<b>U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the nation about the situation in Syria, Washington, September 10, 2013. (Evan Vucci/Reuters)</b><p>Obama’s foreign policy in the endlessly volatile region is a disaster<p>Bob Dreyfuss<p>November 5, 2013 7:46pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>Put in …

Kenya's deputy president William Ruto denies murder at ICC

Looking relaxed in the crowded courtroom, Kenya's second most powerful man secured an ignominious place in history on Tuesday as he was accused of orchestrating violence in which women and children were "burned alive, hacked to death or chased from their homes".<p>William Ruto is the first serving …

Ecuador To World: Pay Up To Save The Rainforest. World To Ecuador: Meh.

The government of Ecuador has abandoned a plan that would have kept part of the Amazonian rainforest off limits to oil drilling. The initiative was an unusual one: Ecuador was promising to keep the oil in the ground, but it wanted to be paid for doing so.<p>The oil sits under the Yasuni national park, …