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Margaret Thatcher's smiling villainy sparked a generation of dissent—and neoliberal policies that live on today.

Margaret Thatcher

In every way, her agenda opposed the interests of ordinary working people. How did she get so many of them to vote against their own economic interests again and again?

Soldiers in North Korea

Pyongyang's bellicose posturing conforms to an old pattern, but the dangers may be greater now because tensions are rising throughout the region.

A postcard featuring Pope Francis

There is nothing in Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio’s record to suggest that he will reform the Catholic Church. 

A supporter holds a poster of Hugo Chávez

In fourteen years, Chávez radically transformed Venezuela’s economy and society—and the majority of country loved him for it.

Hugo Chavez sign

Yes, the Venezuelan president could be a strongman. But he leaves behind what might be called the most democratic country in the Western Hemisphere.

Vladimir Putin

The president should stem growing tensions with Russia to earn its cooperation in combating terrorism and nuclear proliferation.

Clashes across the country have put the legitimacy of the Morsi government in question.

Netanyahu

It is long past time to reject expansionism, intolerance and structural inequality and define what democratic Israeli patriotism really stands for.

Soldier in Israel

At long last, this may be the year Washington puts the brakes on Israeli settlement expansion into Palestinian lands. 

Blogs

Mikhail Gorbachev's 80th birthday is an opportunity to reconsider a complicated legacy of reform.

March 1, 2011

I don’t know about you, but I’m having a hard time keeping track of who is responsible for the Arab uprisings.

February 25, 2011

"The power of tweeting Kuwaitis should not be undestimated.'

February 21, 2011

Decades of anti-US feelings, along with growing Islamism, will drastically change the region's tenor.

February 21, 2011

Hundreds are dead as rebels seize several Libyan cities and besiege capital.

February 21, 2011

It was the strength of the Egyptian people who brought down Mubarak and Obama made it clear that it was Egypt, not the US, which would decide Egypt's future. 

February 14, 2011

The Saudis are nervous. And they should be. They're a wealthy gated community next to a teeming slum. And the slum dwellers are angry.

February 13, 2011

Let's keep Washington Bullets in mind thinking about Egypt.

February 12, 2011

Like Google Executive and activist Wael Ghonim said, if you want to liberate a sociey, just give them the Internet. The Internet helps you fight the media war.

February 11, 2011

The Egypt pro-democracy movement has much more in common with the grassroots, bottom-up Obama campaign than the Bush admininistration's barrel of a gun “freedom agenda.”

February 11, 2011