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Looking ahead to 2013

The new year is not beginning well and challenges -- including food security, economies and political upheaval -- face the Earth.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Going over the decency cliff

The United States is staring over a "decency cliff" and U.S. leaders need to act to make sure we don;t go over.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator
Pyongyang's 'Never-ending story'

Pyongyang's 'Never-ending story'

The story is the same in North Korea, which seems more intent on nuclear weapons programs and honoring its leaders than feeding its people, the author says.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

Tunisia's path ahead

Two years after the revolutions, Arab Spring nations continue to face turbulent transitions as they try to forge ahead through new challenges and old legacies.
OUSSAMA ROMDHANI, UPI Outside View Commentator
Fiscal cliff equals crash landing for many of us

Fiscal cliff equals crash landing for many of us

The Black Women's Roundtable wants automatic spending and tax changes averted as soon as possible. They would be too punishing for families already living at the edge of survival.
By Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich

The Foggy Bottom puzzle

The author says a Foreign Policy issue that looked at the Iranian nuclear controversy wasn't hard enough on Tehran and its plans.
PAULO CASACA, UPI Outside View Commentator

Slower growth, stubborn unemployment in 2013

Slower growth, stubborn unemployment in 2013
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator
The 'fiscal cliff' doesn't justify raising energy taxes

The 'fiscal cliff' doesn't justify raising energy taxes

The United States is facing a "fiscal cliff" but that doesn't mean tax increases have to be part of any solution, the author argues.
PETE SEPP, UPI Outside View Commentator
Was Nancy Lanza a monster, or just the mother of one?

Was Nancy Lanza a monster, or just the mother of one?

As investigations continue into the Sandy Hook massacre, Michele Weldon can't stop thinking about the killer's mother, Nancy Lanza, and if she should be blamed too.
By Michele Weldon

Commentary: Geopolitical malignancy

Since World War II, the Middle East in particular and the Arab world in general is a kaleidoscope of wars, revolutions, coups, counter-coups and assassinations.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Three ticking time bombs at the Pentagon

To most observers, the most dangerous of ticking time bombs at the Pentagon is budgetary but there are three less visible and perhaps more dangerous issues.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator
MomsRising leads push for gun-stopping action

MomsRising leads push for gun-stopping action

MomsRising began pressing for gun-control regulations the day of the Newtown, Conn., massacre. Mayors and a U.S. senator with an "A" rating from the NRA are also leading the effort.
By Hajer Naili
Obama snatches 'Psy' op defeat from the jaws of Specop victory

Obama snatches 'Psy' op defeat from the jaws of Specop victory

For those who have served in uniform, there is a feeling of family. There is a bond among all who serve and reaching especially to those who are lost.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator
Two years later, Arab women weigh risks

Two years later, Arab women weigh risks

Two years after the start of the Arab Spring, Hajer Naili interviews three post-revolutionary women about the increasingly radical Islamist forces that are smothering their hopes. "I don't even know what their aims are," says one woman.
By Hajer Naili

A mega trade pact?

The European Union and the United States have revived the venerable scheme of a free trade pact between the two giants of the global economy.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Egypt's constitution vote rings Sharia alarm bells

Egypt's constitution vote rings Sharia alarm bells

After three weeks of sometimes violent revolt against Morsi's pro-Islamist power grab, Egypt is slated to hold a vote this weekend on a controversial draft constitution. For women concerned about divorce rights and FGM, the spotlight falls on the loosely worded Article 10.
By Jessica Gray

Solving the nation’s budget woes

Even if U.S. President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, manage to avert the "fiscal cliff," Washington's budget woes won't be solved.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator
Alice in Wonderland -- or is it Washington?

Alice in Wonderland -- or is it Washington?

To address the fiscal cliff, politicians involved must admit to the seriousness f the problem and step out of politics.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator
Female workers fight against the statistics

Female workers fight against the statistics

If you're working at Burger King, 22, and have three children, you don't make enough. You're part of a low-wage work force that is predominantly female and--as of a few months ago--starting to protest.
By Maggie Freleng
Has Morsi 'climbed the roof'?

Has Morsi 'climbed the roof'?

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's recent attempt as a power grab could signal the end to the recent attempt at democracy in Egypt.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

From Kyoto to Doha

It will take something close to a miracle to stop average temperatures rising more than 2 degrees and sea level rise down to 3 feet because of climate change.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Campaign finance is a women's democracy issue

Which corporations are financing whose campaigns? What are their political surrogates saying about Planned Parenthood and rape? Should we boycott? After 2012 these are big civil rights questions for women to consider.
By Leo Hindery Jr.

U.S. unemployment rate falls: more adults discouraged, quit looking

The U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November, up a bit from 138,000 in October. The unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, largely because 542,000 additional adults chose not to look for work.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator
Commentary: Apartheid opprobrium

Commentary: Apartheid opprobrium

For Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu apartheid, or institutionalized segregation of Palestinians, is less threatening than full-fledged Palestinian independence.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
Israeli-Palestinian conflict shuns female brokers

Israeli-Palestinian conflict shuns female brokers

A U.N. resolution passed over 10 years ago requires women's involvement in conflict resolutions. But that has little bearing on the Israel-Palestine conflict, where women are far from the power roles on either side.
By Leigh Cuen
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