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Between 1945 and 1947 the United States underwent perhaps the most breathtaking ideological transformation in its history.

Quick, name a recent Nobel Peace Prize laureate accused of colluding in a program of mass murder. No, not Henry Kissinger--that's old news.

The Russian contingent that declared its sovereignty over Pristina's airport is a stark sign of how deeply the Kosovo war has eroded the already deteriorating US-Russian relationship.

In the week preceding the European parliamentary elections, Tony Blair
and Gerhard Schröder produced a joint declaration, called "Europe,
the third way, die neue Mitte" (the new mid

I am an artless serf of Cupid. So are you and your mama--but not Vikram Seth.

Could settlement and peace both come before
Young Bush finds a position on the war?

The Kosovo settlement negotiated by the G-8 countries is cause for relief but not celebration.

This spring, two important chapters in the surprising story of Israeli gay and lesbian politics concluded.

Only the most dedicated spinmaster at the White House would have the audacity to claim victory as the outcome of the NATO war, especially at this stage.


What's worse: backstabbing a president or bombing lots of civilians?

June 23, 2010

More than six months after the implementation of McChrystal's strategy, it's clear that the policies Obama endorsed in Afghanistan are failing on all fronts.

June 23, 2010

A six-month congressional investigation has confirmed that US taxpayer funds are ending up in Afghan warlords' hands.  Aram Roston, author of the Nation story that sparked the investigation, talks about the findings.

June 23, 2010

Now that McChrystal has fragged himself, President Obama has a chance to get Afghanistan policy right. In 2009, after two reviews, he blew it—twice. Will he squander the opportunity again?

June 23, 2010

It looks like Secretary of Defense Gates is trying to save McChrystal's skin. Here's hoping that Obama isn't listening.

June 22, 2010

The insurbordinate general commanding the war in Afghanistan goes off the reservation—way, way off the reservation—in an interview with Rolling Stone.

June 22, 2010

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

Indictments, investigations and scandals have not stopped the State Department from giving Blackwater another $120 million contract for "diplomatic security" in Afghanistan.

June 19, 2010

Now we know that President Obama secured a pledge from the generals that they would either turn over the war to the Afghans by 2011 or get out. Will Congress hold the president to that deadline?

June 17, 2010

David Cameron apologized for the killings of "Bloody Sunday" after 38 years. How long will it take for an apology for other state killings? 

June 16, 2010