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Israel claims that it is merely exercising its right to self-defense and that Gaza is no longer occupied. Here’s what you need to know about these talking points and more.

Shifa Hospital ICU

Two weeks of conflict made crossing borders too difficult to arrange in time. They may have had a chance if they had gotten out.

US Troops in Afghanistan

After 9/11, the US invented a new kind of borderless, pre-emptive warfare, plunging the world into an endless cycle of violence.

Piece of MH17

To understand the present crisis over downed Malaysian flight MH17, we need to look at the roots of the new Cold War.

At age 70, a writer reflects on the so-called ‘American Century’—and the world it wrought.

Nearly ninety people were killed by Israeli forces today, most of them in one of Gaza’s poorest and most crowded neighborhoods.

Over 77 percent of the dead are civilians. Every day brings more stories of incomprehensible anguish and loss.

Malaysia MH17 Ukraine crash

Western sanctions against Russia have done nothing to curb Putin’s support for rebels in eastern Ukraine, and may in fact have turned a regional dispute into an international crisis.

More than 240 Palestinians have been killed in air strikes, nearly 77 percent of them civilians, including almost fifty children.

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Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on The Washington Post's call for war. 

August 28, 2014

Stephen Cohen has the latest analysis of the situation in Ukraine.

August 28, 2014

And the only government official who went to jail for it was the whistleblower who exposed it.

August 12, 2014

Two major anti-Iran groups in DC are more than they appear.

August 11, 2014

The president gets support for humanitarian efforts, but wise voices warn of mission creep.

August 11, 2014

The president continues a two-decade legacy of wrapping the military option in Iraq in humanitarian packaging.

August 8, 2014

Fifty years ago, Senators Wayne Morse and Ernest Gruening cast visionary votes against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and war in Southeast Asia.

August 7, 2014

Lawmakers say the CIA redacted “key facts” from a long-awaited investigation into the agency’s cruel interrogation tactics.

August 6, 2014

The Nation recognized that US isolation would be tested as never before, but didn’t even consider intervention as a possibility.

August 5, 2014