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Egypt's coup

The popular revolt against the incompetent Morsi government was inspiring—but the coup that followed sets a dangerous precedent.

Egyptian military

Egypt cannot have a future as a viable, pluralistic democracy without the Muslim Brotherhood’s participation.

Kerry and Netanyahu

Washington’s assurances that it will defend Israel no matter what it does, however objectionable, kill any hope of a two-state solution to the conflict.

Nelson Mandela

Although most black South Africans revere Mandela and his party for defeating apartheid, many are realizing that fighting inequality and achieving full citizenship will mean taking on the ANC.

Supporters of Hassan Rouhani

In a clear challenge to hardliners, President-elect Hassan Rouhani vowed, ‘I have come to destroy extremism.’

Nelson Mandela

South Africans of all races have reason to celebrate the life of the country’s first post-apartheid president.

Fifty years ago, Kennedy made a historic speech that brought America and the Soviet Union back from the brink.

The historic genocide trial of Efraín Ríos Montt was a huge step. But his conviction has been overturned—and many others have blood on their hands, including current president Otto Pérez Molina.

Jon Cruddas

Jon Cruddas, who’s now leading a comprehensive policy review, says he wants to renew the party’s roots in English radicalism.

Nicolas Maduro

Despite a surprising showing by opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, Chavismo lives on. But can Nicolás Maduro hold it together?

Blogs

What does the Chen Guangcheng story say about the United States?

May 7, 2012

Almost all the candidates in the Greek election—on the same day as the French—see support for austerity as political suicide.

May 4, 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

Have US counterterrorism operations in Yemen actually strengthened the threats they were designed to eliminate?

February 16, 2012

Hopefully, talks in Saudi Arabia and Qatar will converge, soon.

January 31, 2012

In the new bio-pic, Margaret Thatcher's iron isn’t just rusty, it’s melted down into something soft and personal. The Iron Lady gives us Thatcher, the ABBA Version. It’s the last thing we need. 

January 4, 2012

On Afghanistan withdrawal, Congress may be catching up with the American people—though not fast enough.

December 5, 2011

Twenty years after the end of the Soviet Union, reflections on glasnost's fate.

November 14, 2011

Why does the mainstream media assume that a Putin presidency would have a detrimental effect on both the Russian people and American diplomacy?

October 18, 2011

When it comes to a financial transactions tax, European conservatives and American nurses are way ahead of President Obama.

October 5, 2011