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  • Iran at Brookings

    Iran Headlines: Gaza, Sanctions Relief, and Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri

    A man attends a rally against Israel's actions in Gaza in Tehran, Iran.

    President Hassan Rouhani calls on Iranians to demonstrate en mass on July 25 in support of the Palestinian people, the lack of action on the part of the P5+1 regarding sanctions relief gets criticized, and Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri opens up in an extensive interview.

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  • Brookings Now

    Brookings Today, 7/22/14

    Brookings Today

    A roundup of some of the content published today by Brookings.  Read More

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  • FixGov

    Netroots 2014: A Conversation with Progressive Leaders

    (L-R) US Democratic presidential candidates Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and former Senator John Edwards (D-NC) pose before the CNN/Congressional Black Caucus Institute Democratic Party presidential debate at the Palace Theatre in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina January 21, 2008.

    Recently, John Hudak attended Netroots Nation, a progressive political action conference. He sat down with the leaders of Democracy for America to discuss plans within the progressive movement for the 2014 and 2016 elections. 

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  • The Avenue

    Developing Infrastructure Job Skills at the Metro Level

    A UPS delivery person offloads packages from a truck in New York's financial district March 5, 2014. United Parcel Service Inc, the world's largest courier company, said it would buy 1,000 propane-fueled delivery trucks and install 50 fueling stations in the United States as it expands its already-large fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles.

    Equipping workers with the skills to match employer requirements has been a key economic priority during the recovery. Too often, job seekers encounter low wages and lack the education or training to fill better-paying positions in manufacturing, science and technology, and a host of other fields. Even as new job openings are on the rise nationally, employers face difficulties hiring fresh talent, workers struggle to take advantage of emerging opportunities, and the economy continues its tepid track.  Read More

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  • PlanetPolicy

    Testimony: U.S. Energy and Climate Security

    The SCF Altai tanker (R) docks near Israel's Ashkelon port as Iraqi Kurdistan looked set to unload in Israel a first cargo of disputed crude oil from its new pipeline and while Iraq's central government threatened legal action against any buyer.

    Recent national security challenges to the United States such as the crisis in Ukraine, instability in Iraq and the issue of Iran's nuclear program possess significant energy and climate security elements. David Goldwyn looks at the intersection between U.S. climate and security goals and how policymakers can work to address current global energy crises through energy diplomacy, promoting technical assistance and supporting exports.
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  • PlanetPolicy

    Climate Change and the Big Four: India, China, the European Union, and the United States

    Labourers try to revive a dried lake at Ibrahimpatnam, India.

    Bill Antholis explains why India, China, the European Union and the United States matter when it comes to climate and energy policy.  Read More

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  • Up Front

    Gaza: No Safe Place for Civilians

    A man holds his head at a United Nations school in Gaza City.

    Tens of thousands of people in Gaza have fled their homes as the Israeli ground offensive continues but Elizabeth Ferris explains why there are fewer and fewer places left for civilians to flee to. 

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  • Iran at Brookings

    Despite Gaza Conflict, Turkey and Israel Would Benefit from Rapprochement

    Supporters of the Saadet Party burn an Israeli flag as they shout anti-Israel slogans during a protest in Istanbul.

    Although the Israeli military is currently conducting its third military operation in Gaza since 2005, Dan Arbell, nonresident senior fellow with the Center for Middle East Policy argues that while Turkish-Israeli rapprochement has been hindered in the short term, current regional developments prove that there are in fact beneficial reasons for America’s closest regional allies to restore ties.

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  • TechTank

    Digitization and Transformative Uses

    Scribe Book Scanner

    The mass digitization by Google of millions of books made available to it by various libraries remains a matter of legal contention. Defining the terms and conditions under which mass digitization can be undertaken is quintessentially a legislative activity. The courts, whose perspective is based on the single set of facts that confront them in a particular case, are not well suited to determining how best to regulate broadly in this difficult and complex area.

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  • TechTank

    Could 3D Printing Save the Postal Service?

    United States Postal Service Letter Carrier Lakesha Dortch-Hardy sorts mail at the Lincoln Park carriers annex in Chicago, November 29, 2012. The USPS, which relies on the sale of stamps and other products rather than taxpayer dollars, has been grappling for years with high costs and tumbling mail volumes as consumers communicate more online.

    New communication technologies have battered the business model of the United States Postal Service (USPS) over the past decade. A new report from the USPS Office of Inspector General analyzes the prospects of a new innovative technology – 3D printing—for the future financial health of the agency.

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