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Charter 77 Declaration

The Charter 77  declaration and petition appeared in western Europe in January 1977; it was a human rights document authored by a group of Czechoslovakians that spawned a movement later known as Charter 77. The document cits Czechoslovakian government's violations of human rights based on the country's Constitution and international treaties to which it had signed. Some founding members of Charter 77 were involved in the transition from Communist to democratic rule in 1989.

Widening Inequality Threatens U.S. Growth and Social Mobility

with Jose Angel Gurria, Mary Ellen Iskenderian
Inequality has been steadily rising in the United States since the 1970s, but the gap between rich and poor increased dramatically following the financial crisis of 2008. Jose Angel Gurria of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development joins Mary Ellen Iskenderian of Women's World Banking to discuss the growing inequality problem and what steps can be taken to promote more inclusive growth going forward.

Is Iraq Headed for Civil War?

by Jane Arraf, Bernard Gwertzman
Many Iraqis fear their country is sliding toward a wider sectarian war, pitting the Shiite majority against Sunni forces led by jihadi fighters, says expert Jane Arraf.
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A New Reality for the European Union

by Katinka Barysch
This essay analyzes recent political and economic trends in Europe, as European Union member states--and Germany in particular--deprioritize the goal of integration.