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Actor-director Sean Penn debunks the many myths surrounding Cuba's Raúl Castro and Venezuela's Hugo Chávez.

Conversations with Raul Castro about Obama, Guantánamo and the Pentagon; and with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez on human rights in his country and the next US administration.

The retired Cuban dictator has played a vital role in every U.S. presidential election for the last fifty years.

Is Venezuela's president undoing his country's experiment in democracy?

He caused the Cuban people much suffering, but the giant to the north bears even greater responsibility for the island's plight.

Most authoritarians leave office in a coup or a coffin. Fidel Castro is leaving on his own terms.

In the shock, power grabs and crackdowns that followed Benazir Bhutto's assassination, it's easy to forget that the greatest casualty in Pakistan is the rule of law.

For all her pro-American rhetoric, many in Benazir Bhutto's party held America responsible for the "judicial murder" of her father. Will Bhutto's assassination have a like impact?

The killing of Benazir Bhutto echoes Pakistan's troubled history, portends more violence and flags a proud country's collapse into chaos. It also signals the manifest bankruptcy of the Bush Administration's anti-terrorism.

From the archive: A book by a former ICTY official offers a vivid insider's account of realpolitik at the Milosevic trial.

Blogs

“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

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

July 30, 2014

Only Putin knows. But he also knows he doesn’t have to fear a US or NATO military response.

July 25, 2014

In Russia and in the US, the media play the blame game. 

July 22, 2014

Humpty Dumpty hasn’t been put back together yet, thirteen years after the US invasion.

July 8, 2014

How to really speak truth to neocon blather.

June 30, 2014

Whatever Russia may have wanted to accomplish in Ukraine since last November, it has accomplished the opposite.

June 26, 2014

Leaders in Western Europe clearly want the problem to go away, but the United States is pressing Europe to step up military spending.

June 6, 2014

But it’s looking like the president’s Europe trip is all about NATO and “reassuring” America’s allies, who aren’t threatened.

June 2, 2014