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Leon Aron, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, has over the past few years become known as an authority on Boris Yeltsin, a man he patently likes and has vigorously defended

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.

(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

The spectacle of human beings acting out mindless violence through pack behavior instills more terror in the heart than perhaps any other event in the natural world.

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Five years after the devastating earthquake, has Haiti fallen into de facto dictatorship?

January 22, 2015

Finally, after thirty-five years, the Guatemalan military is being held responsible for murdering forty Mayan peasants.

January 21, 2015

As the unity government wrangles over management of the devastated Gaza Strip, government workers are striking for their overdue wages.

January 20, 2015

The week when everyone forgot the definition of irony.

January 20, 2015

Five years after its earthquake, and more than ten years after its coup, the UN needs to be out and Haiti needs to be free.

January 15, 2015

Katrina vanden Heuvel visits The Ed Show to discuss cybersecurity following the attacks in Paris. 

January 13, 2015

What is it about horrific events that brings out horrific media coverage?

January 13, 2015

What would it look like if liberals like Packer cared about the disappearance of forty-three students in Ayotzinapa the way they cared about the Charlie Hebdo massacre?

January 11, 2015

Not even the conservative media could connect the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris to #BlackLivesMatter protests in New York City… could they?

January 7, 2015

In his appearance on The John Batchelor Show, Stephen Cohen exposes an “astonishing piece of media malpractice” by The New York Times.

January 7, 2015