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President Barack Obama at UN

Eight exceptional(ly dumb) American achievements of the twenty-first century.

Free Syrian Army soldiers

Before there was a civil war and before Syria became the world’s chessboard, there was a peaceful uprising for freedom and dignity.

Refugee voucher program

The views of refugees in Jordan are shaped by their individual experiences of war and their collective expatriation from home. 

Zaatari refugee camp

For Syrian refugees in Jordan’s Zaatari camp, arguments about international law ring hollow.

Obama briefs congressional delegation on Syria

Why saying no to Syria matters (and it's not about Syria).

President Barack Obama

Kerry's rhetorical point may give Obama an option besides ill-advised airstrikes. 

Shelling in Syria

There are both practical and humanitarian reasons to oppose US airstrikes in response to the horrific chemical weapons attack.

Albert Camus photographed by Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris, circa 1945

Algerian Chronicles shows that Camus still has something to say to us—not about terrorism but economic justice.

Blogs

Tea Party favorite auditions for vice president. Unconvincingly.

April 26, 2012

Just in time for Passover, a difficult but necessary intergenerational conversation about Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories.

April 6, 2012

Eric on his return to Yale. Reed reviews Rachel Maddow's new book, Drift.

April 5, 2012

Republicans want to portray President Obama as an insincere typical politician. 

April 3, 2012

If the anti-Israel boycott's losing vote at the Park Slope Food Coop really was a victory for BDS, that's a bad thing. 

March 31, 2012

Beinart's The Crisis of Zionism tells a series of important truths about Israel, the occupation and the American Jewish establishment. 

March 30, 2012

Jeff Sachs, who promises he’d lead the World Bank to a new era, proposes more of the same—plus population control. That’s taking us to a new era of Malthus.

March 16, 2012

New polling shows steep declines in American support for the war and President Obama's handling of the situation. 

March 12, 2012

Eric Alterman talks the blues and Cold War literature and Reed Richardson assesses our politics through Bruce Springsteen.

March 8, 2012

The Emergency Committee for Israel is accusing President Obama and liberal think tanks of opposing Israel’s interests, but they don’t have the evidence to back it up. 

March 4, 2012