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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.


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. 

Morsi's latest power play has sparked the largest uprisings in Egypt since Mubarak was ousted.


Israel's clumsy attack on a Turkish aid flotilla for Gaza has now backfired completely. Will Obama push Netanyahu harder? They meet July 6.

June 21, 2010

A nun in Phoenix has been ex-communicated after approving a life-saving abortion. What?

May 21, 2010

For all his faults, I was struck by outgoing British Prime Minster Gordon Brown's resignation speech. It wasn't the pomp of the job he loved, he said, it was the chance to make his country a fairer place.

May 13, 2010

The Death of Juan Antonio Samaranch should in no way sugarcoat the destructive role he played in the world of International Sport

April 22, 2010

A week after the contested June 2009 presidential election, the image of blood covering the face of 27-year-old Neda Agha-Soltan dead in a street in Tehran became the symbol of the Iranian people's struggle for freedom. What seemed at first an isolated demonstration against a rigged election, eventually turned into the largest uprising against the Islamic Republic since its inception in 1979.

February 4, 2010

What did Tony Blair know, and when did he know it?

January 29, 2010

If Haitians are ever going to recover from the crisis caused by the massive earthquake that very nearly leveled the capital city of Port-au-Prince, they are going to need nurses.

January 18, 2010

Barack Obama has responded to the devastating earthquake in Haiti with precisely the combination of dignity and determination that Americans--who were so frustrated by the disengagement of former President George Bush after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2006--expected when they elected him.

January 17, 2010

Uganda is a country where homosexuality is already illegal, where violent attacks are common and where rape is used to 'cure' people of their sexual orientation. Now, a shocking new law has been proposed that would make homosexuality punishable by life imprisonment or even death.

January 12, 2010

A candid interview with Ambassador Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping.

December 17, 2009