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China did not participate in the Iraq war, but is still reaping the benefits of its prize—oil. 

Afghan patrol

From North Africa to the Middle East to China’s Central Asian border, how many years will it be?

Halliburton protest

America's foreign bases are more staggering than ever—and, with your tax dollars, an empire of private contractors is holding them down.

Syrian soldier

“Humanitarian” intervention would only deepen the humanitarian disaster.

In his film, Dirty Wars, Jeremy Scahill unveils America's extrajudicial, covert, transcontinental battlefield. 

Ahmed Rashid, Pakistan on the Brink,  civil wars, Asif Ali Zardari

Ahmed Rashid’s gloomy, essential account of the divisive US-Pakistan alliance.

Still from 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist'

Mira Nair's latest film includes a character who's a journalist and CIA agent. Is this responsible filmmaking?

Afghanistan

America’s covert warfare—a bizarre form of unconscious wish fulfillment—warrants Scahill’s unembedded, dogged, independent reporting.

East Jerusalem

Decades of Jewish settlement and Arab dispossession have radically changed the demographic makeup of this Palestinian capital.

Graffiti in Asunción (Natalia Viana)

President Fernando Lugo's ouster was called a coup in South America. But the US didn't blink.

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Both thrive on the breakdown of the existing social order.

August 28, 2014

“We are in the classic fog of war,” says Stephen Cohen.

August 27, 2014

When Chancellor Merkel meets with President Petro Poroshenko, she’s going to want something in return

August 21, 2014

Undocumented immigrants and their advocates are concerned that the president’s orders will be far more limited than the hype suggests—and they’re trying to raise the bar for what aggressive action really means.

August 21, 2014

Child migrants and their families are the ones being affected by the shifts in policy, and ultimately, any decision made impacts their future first and foremost.

August 18, 2014

The president continues a two-decade legacy of wrapping the military option in Iraq in humanitarian packaging.

August 8, 2014

Debates about Israel’s war in Gaza tend to follow a predictable pattern.

August 5, 2014

The New Cold War has arrived, and the Washington hawks are unprepared. 

July 30, 2014

Passionate American opposition to Israeli policy has rarely been more important.

July 29, 2014

She tells CNN that she might favor “no enrichment for Iran” nuclear program.

July 28, 2014