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Seymore Hersh has had a string of scoops since September 11, laying bare the covert community's skulduggery. Now, though, it seems he's toeing the government's line in regard to Iran.

It's proven useful of late in Afghanistan, but Annan shouldn't expect miracles.

Unless the number of arms is reduced dramatically, peace is unlikely to hold.

Gorbachev represented a unique change in Soviet statesmanship; two books examine him and the end of the Cold War.

President Bush meets with Russian leader Putin, al the while ICBMs target Russia.

Past Nobel Prize winners congratulate the UN and Kofi Annan.

Recently deported, Ghasson Dahduli is now missing in Jordanian custody, and his family worries about what he's being subjected to.

Disdained by the majority culture, Muslims turn for self-respect to absolutism.

Israel responds to a suicide bombing with untrammeled military repression—which action is terrorism (if not both)?

Blogs

The president’s address indicates clearly that the Obama administration has yet come to grips with the fact that the US no longer plays the central role in the Middle East.

May 19, 2011

Why is Blackwater founder Erik Prince building a mercenary army for the United Arab Emirates? The contracted guns will be much less involved in maintaining the peace than they will in suppressing any dissent within the country. 

May 18, 2011

Obama's Middle East policy has fallen apart. It's not too late to save it.

May 18, 2011

Blackwater's Erik Prince is building an army of mercenaries for the United Arab Emirates. One that includes no Muslims. What is going on here?

May 17, 2011

Underway for months, the talks are aimed at starting what will be a long process toward a political settlement of the war.

May 17, 2011

Blackwater's infamous founder is building a mercenary army in the United Arab Emirates.

May 16, 2011

And other important observations from a German resident of Kandahar.

May 16, 2011

National Security Adviser Tom Donilon cracks a joke at Obama’s Middle East adviser on the staff of the National Security Council, relatively hawkish, pro-Israel Dennis Ross.

May 13, 2011

Mitchell gives up. Has Obama given up, too?

May 13, 2011

In this "Soundoff" segment on MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry says the Republicans may want to cozy up to Obama to regain some of their lost popularity.

May 12, 2011