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A new biography explores the remarkable life and lasting legacy of the early UN secretary-general.

Ray Kelly

Obama sounds the notes of racial justice at key moments, while asserting unprecedented power to implement policies that are destructive, discriminatory—and embodied by the NYPD commissioner.

Egypt's coup

The popular revolt against the incompetent Morsi government was inspiring—but the coup that followed sets a dangerous precedent.

Egyptian military

Egypt cannot have a future as a viable, pluralistic democracy without the Muslim Brotherhood’s participation.

Kerry and Netanyahu

Washington’s assurances that it will defend Israel no matter what it does, however objectionable, kill any hope of a two-state solution to the conflict.

Nelson Mandela

Although most black South Africans revere Mandela and his party for defeating apartheid, many are realizing that fighting inequality and achieving full citizenship will mean taking on the ANC.

Supporters of Hassan Rouhani

In a clear challenge to hardliners, President-elect Hassan Rouhani vowed, ‘I have come to destroy extremism.’

Nelson Mandela

South Africans of all races have reason to celebrate the life of the country’s first post-apartheid president.

Fifty years ago, Kennedy made a historic speech that brought America and the Soviet Union back from the brink.

The historic genocide trial of Efraín Ríos Montt was a huge step. But his conviction has been overturned—and many others have blood on their hands, including current president Otto Pérez Molina.

Blogs

The new Saudi king faces a legacy of unrelieved authoritarianism, corruption, and regional, class and sectarian discontents, the result of the tepid and incomplete reforms of his predecessor, the late King Abdullah. Only democratic and human rights reforms can hope to assure the kingdom's future.

January 27, 2015

Five years after the devastating earthquake, has Haiti fallen into de facto dictatorship?

January 22, 2015

Stephen Cohen on continued conflict in Ukraine. 

January 22, 2015

The Nation's Stephen Cohen tells John Batchelor why the latest violence in Ukraine reminds him of the early eighties.

January 15, 2015

Katrina vanden Heuvel visits The Ed Show to discuss cybersecurity following the attacks in Paris. 

January 13, 2015

Now that President Obama has broken the taboo on recognizing Cuba, he should send a US ambassador to Palestine as a prerequisite for a comprehensive peace treaty.

December 23, 2014

Stephen Cohen reflects on Putin’s “State of Russia” address.

December 11, 2014

Graduating from protesters to politicians, Chile’s student leaders achieved the legislative wins that have eluded their Occupy counterparts.

December 10, 2014

The people who deny that we’re in a new Cold War are the people who got us into it in the first place.

December 5, 2014

The only way to claim Ukraine “united” is to have given up on a full quarter of the country.

December 4, 2014