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Hamza Kashgari’s persecution—merely for tweeting uncertainty about his religious faith—exposes the cynicism and brutality of the kingdom’s royal-clerical rulers.

The Palestinian leader’s defiance of Washington was applauded in Ramallah. But his diplomatic daring has little chance of success without a unified national strategy that draws energy from the Arab uprisings.

As the Assad regime cracks down on protesters, it is waging a propaganda war on Syrians and stoking fears of a civil war.

Secret US Embassy cables ripple through Haitian politics, imperiling the appointment of a new prime minister.

Family members of Egyptians killed during the revolution are protesting as a crucial trial keeps gettting postponed by a judge with ties to Mubarak.

Police in Haiti

A secret US Embassy cable describes how Haiti's business elite armed and deployed police units in pro-Aristide strongholds like Bel Air and Cite Soleil after the 2004 coup.

Amid economic stagnation, polls show increasing skepticism about the competence of German elites. Can a resurgent Green Party bring political renewal?

Manuel Zelaya

Millions rush to greet the former president, but the deal allowing his return says nothing about accountability for human rights violations that took place during the coup.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

The Syrian president is is facing unprecedented pressure rooted in grievances over government repression, corruption, a weak economy and lack of civil liberties. He cannot hunker down and wait for the storm to pass.

Naoto Kan and the End of 'Japan Inc.'

Criticism of the government’s response to the catastrophe has obscured major political changes.

Blogs

Netanyahu's intransigence wins the day.

April 2, 2014

Not the one you'd think.

March 27, 2014

Unlike, George W. Bush, President Obama has avoided unilateralism and sought to accommodate Russia.

March 24, 2014

The Middle East's strongmen might not dislike Russia's tough new stand.

March 21, 2014

The Russian leader sounds nationalist tones and warns of US support for a “fifth column” inside Russia.

March 19, 2014

The president of a country with no external threats, a history of military repression and an abundance of more pressing problems is rebuilding its once-banished military.

March 11, 2014

The Israel lobby lost big on Iran sanctions in January, and now it faces a huge challenge with the coming Obama-Kerry peace plan.

March 4, 2014

Ukraine isn’t Russia’s, and neither is Crimea. There’s a lot at stake, and the crisis must be resolved through the UN, not by force.

March 2, 2014

Cohen warns the upheaval in Kiev could stoke Putin’s fears that the West is trying to destabilize Russia, and prompt him to crack down on Russian dissenters.

February 25, 2014

The Nation’s Stephen Cohen warns that America’s rush to pick sides in Ukraine will likely lead to a new ‘Cold War divide.’

February 24, 2014