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Israeli tank

Progress can’t be made toward a just settlement between Israel and Palestine until Washington quits arming one side to the teeth. 

Bill de Blasio

The powerful right-wing lobby doesn’t represent most American Jews, and it’s no longer the only game in town.

Flags

The Obama administration's strategic rebalance is really just a retreat. 

Egyptian flag

The country is awash in conformist state worship, fueled by the shrill narrative of a war on terror. 

SIGINT map

One key goal of NSA surveillance of world leaders is not US national security but political blackmail—as it has been since 1898.

US Special forces

The deployment of US Special Operations forces is a growing form of overseas power projection.

John Kerry

The bill now being pushed by the neocons and AIPAC could destroy the most promising developments in a decade.

Relinquishing privacy and transparency has stifled genuine public debate about the goals of our policy and left us both stupid and weak.

Wreckage of a Drone Strike in Yemen

Why are so many of our “surgical” strikes going so terribly wrong?

SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel

Can they survive another grand coalition with Angela Merkel’s CDU—and is it too late to rejuvenate the party that once subordinated capitalism to the public good?

Blogs

And other important observations from a German resident of Kandahar.

May 16, 2011

National Security Adviser Tom Donilon cracks a joke at Obama’s Middle East adviser on the staff of the National Security Council, relatively hawkish, pro-Israel Dennis Ross.

May 13, 2011

Mitchell gives up. Has Obama given up, too?

May 13, 2011

Arab youth activists respond to the death of Osama bin Laden, addressing how he impacted their lives over the years and what sort of questions his death raises for the region.

May 11, 2011

The Palestinian accord is a good thing, and Obama should resist Israel's efforts to scuttle it.

May 9, 2011

Assad's likely to survive the crisis, and the United States should stay out.

May 9, 2011

The first Republican presidential debate featured clear calls from two candidates to respond to the death of Osama bin Laden by exiting Afghanistan.

May 6, 2011

With Osama gone, chairs Congressional Progressive Caucus join chairs emeritus of the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus say bring the troops and the tax dollars home.

May 5, 2011

The former vice president made a mess after 9/11 by aligning the US with Pakistan and betting on a flawed approach to intelligence-gathering. Now he's trying to claim some credit for Osama's capture.

May 4, 2011

The Obama administration suggests bin Laden's death could accelerate peace talks with the Taliban.

May 4, 2011