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The sudden and unexpected collapse of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

There is mass hunger and need in Afghanistan, and the UN is under great pressure to get supplies through.

The Bush administration is trying to win hearts and minds—through a carefully stage-managed media campaign.

The United States takes the couch.

The inclusion of women in peace negotiations would go a long way toward addressing their exploitation and abuse in war-torn areas.

Death rates are alarming but lower than claimed. Saddam shares responsibility.

Events in the recent past are receding as the ominous future comes into focus.

Asociación Tepeyac helps undocumented workers affected by the WTC terrorist attacks, and helps families of the missing victims.

Saudi Arabia depends on the United States for defense, which contributes to that country's corruption.

A Pakistani laborer dies in custody of the INS, after the FBI falied to link him anything more sinister than overstaying his visa.

Blogs

Appearing on PBS NewsHour, Stephen Cohen explains President Putin’s motivation for sending Russian troops into Crimea. 

March 3, 2014

RT, of course, is funded by the Russian federal government. 

March 3, 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

Check out what the terrific Amy Davidson has to say on the subject in The New Yorker.

March 1, 2014

Large pro-democracy demonstrations have largely escaped the Western media’s radar.

February 27, 2014

Citing costs, Republicans blocked comprehensive legislation to extend health care and education. 

February 27, 2014

Ukrainians can resolve their problems without generating a US-Russian, Cold War–like crisis.

February 27, 2014

Obama finally started making plans to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan, and members of Congress are speaking up. 

February 26, 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