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Clouds of blackbirds still do go wheeling and shrieking above Kosovo Polje, the bleak and windy site of the great Turkish victory over Serbia (and Albania) in 1389.

During my recent visit to Kosovo two strong impressions emerged. The first is that the curse of Serbian oppression has been definitively lifted from the majority-Albanian population.

Leon Aron, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, has over the past few years become known as an authority on Boris Yeltsin, a man he patently likes and has vigorously defended

Blessed with a great subject, afflicted with it too, J.M. Coetzee has remade its meanings in the light of metaphor often no further from us than our own bodies.

(With apologies, under the table, to Mother Goose)

"The problem with taking a blood sample for your malaria test is that the cockroaches may eat it in the night," announced the nurse. "Ants are an even worse problem.

The law governing the case of Elián González, the 6-year-old Cuban boy found clinging to an inner tube after his mother drowned on the way here from Cuba, could not be more clear.

It seems so familiar to me:
They know one more tank, one more gun'll
Allow best and brightest to see
The light at the end of the tunnel.

In principle, I rather detest articles or items that begin or end with the words, "You heard it here first." Nonetheless, this is what I told the readers of this column on December 28, 1998, in r

Boris Yeltsin's sudden resignation as President on New Year's Eve provoked ritual praise of his legacy by the same editorial voices that have been championing him for nine years as Russia's great

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The fatal fire at a Philippines shoe factory exposes the ills of global free trade.

May 26, 2015

The refugees are fleeing abduction, torture, and assault—that’s why they’ll continue trying to reach Europe any way they can. 

May 20, 2015

Stateless refugees from Burma are risking death, rape, and drowning by the thousands on a perilous escape to Malaysia.

May 15, 2015

Apart from widespread fear of Iran, this year’s Al Jazeera Forum in Doha was mostly a display of the Arab world’s many deep fissures.

May 12, 2015

The veteran investigative journalist debunked the official version of the bin Laden killing—now there's a rush to smear him.

May 12, 2015

Last night the British Labour Party’s moment of triumph turned into a car crash—and the recriminations have already begun.

May 8, 2015

Long before the quake, Nepal suffered the rupturing shocks of global capitalism.

May 8, 2015

Forty years later, we still haven’t confronted the true lesson of Vietnam.

May 5, 2015

The French satirical publication takes aim at fundamentalism—in all its forms.

April 30, 2015

Stephen Cohen talks to John Batchelor about what will happen if Minsk II fails.

April 16, 2015