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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

The eulogies for Margaret Thatcher are piling up. Here's a different take—from a review of The Iron Lady.

April 8, 2013

But Obama should just keep talking—until he has a chance to make a deal with a new president not named Ahmadinejad.

April 5, 2013

And there's progress in US-Russia nuclear talks.

March 24, 2013

The White House’s placating of Netanyahu won't make talks with Iran any easier.

March 19, 2013

The United States won’t invade Iran anytime soon—just look at what North Korea has gotten away with.

March 12, 2013

A man who did a lot of good for a lot of people.

March 6, 2013

By softening its rhetoric, the Western side has encouraged the Iranians to come to terms.

February 27, 2013

As Iran readies for presidential elections and US defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel hardens his line on the country, no agreement is forthcoming on where to meet for nuclear program negotiations—but the two countries should decide already.

January 28, 2013

Go out of your way to watch this new documentary.

January 26, 2013

The latest political row over the Magnitsky Act merely continues America's failure to engage with Russia under Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and now Barack Obama.

January 7, 2013