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Blessed with a great subject, afflicted with it too, J.M. Coetzee has remade its meanings in the light of metaphor often no further from us than our own bodies.

The arrest of Augusto Pinochet in England more than a year ago stunned the world and emboldened those seeking to bring dictators and war criminals to justice.

(With apologies, under the table, to Mother Goose)

"The problem with taking a blood sample for your malaria test is that the cockroaches may eat it in the night," announced the nurse. "Ants are an even worse problem.

The law governing the case of Elián González, the 6-year-old Cuban boy found clinging to an inner tube after his mother drowned on the way here from Cuba, could not be more clear.

It seems so familiar to me:
They know one more tank, one more gun'll
Allow best and brightest to see
The light at the end of the tunnel.

In principle, I rather detest articles or items that begin or end with the words, "You heard it here first." Nonetheless, this is what I told the readers of this column on December 28, 1998, in r

Boris Yeltsin's sudden resignation as President on New Year's Eve provoked ritual praise of his legacy by the same editorial voices that have been championing him for nine years as Russia's great

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When is a stooge not a stooge?

December 13, 2010

Republican Congressman says: "We should view the Wikileaks controversy in the larger context of American foreign policy. Rather than worry about the disclosure of embarrassing secrets we should focus on our delusional foreign policy."

December 11, 2010

As war rages on in Afghanistan and Iraq as well, US Special Operations Forces and the CIA are engaged in covert wars waged in near total darkness and largely away from effective Congressional oversight or journalistic scrutiny.

December 9, 2010

No breakthroughs yet, but it's looking like the United States is finally ready to recognize Iran's right to enrich uranium.

December 7, 2010

The former vice presidential nominee may not be able to see Russia from her house. But she sees the WikiLeaks founder as enough of a threat to argue for hunting him down as a terrorist.

December 4, 2010

Alter-reviews and Reed on the Right's contradictory reaction to the WikiLeaks and the GOP's mantra of American exceptionalism.

December 3, 2010

 On MSNBC's Countdown, Greg Mitchell and Chris Hayes ask, has WikiLeaks' Julian Assange really endangered lives?

December 3, 2010