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Samurai sword

Three decades after World War II, a veteran returns to Japan on a quest of kindness.

Cuban and American flags

Irrational US policy is keeping hundreds of thousands of Cubans from spending the holidays with their families.

1:12 Initiative

An initiative to do just that failed at the ballot box, but gave us all some welcome inspiration.

The Grey Lady’s recent editorial on Ukraine and Vladimir Putin was one-dimensional and ideological.

Kremlevskaya Naberezhnaya street and Moscow skyline.

Questions from Novaya Gazeta on the Soviet Union, segregation and Russia today.

Prison

In the wake of 9/11, prosecutors have embraced “special administrative measures” to keep terrorism suspects guilty until proven otherwise.

(Reuters/Denis Sinyakov)

Hamid Karzai is right: it compromises Afghan sovereignty and ensures ten more years of US occupation.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Why it’s hard to make sense of US foreign policy.

Blogs

Sort of like what President Bush and Condi Rice did in January 2009.

July 10, 2014

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

July 8, 2014

Tragedies compound, as Israel bombs Gaza again.

July 7, 2014

Adding yet more warfare to the current crisis will perpetuate exactly what the imperial powers set out to do: tear an entire region of the world asunder.

July 7, 2014

Now that Obama has given up trying to appease the GOP, why he is considering weakening a law intended to protect immigrant children from trafficking and violence?

July 4, 2014

Democrats and Republicans warn of the perils of imagining there is a military "fix."

July 3, 2014

Already working alongside Iran in Iraq, the US ought to end its support for Syria’s rebels, freeing Syria’s forces against ISIS.

July 3, 2014

With secular autocrats and rigid Islamists equally discredited in the Arab world, the space is wide open for progressive democrats to save the Arab Spring.

July 2, 2014

Being a woman in Iraq was difficult before the ISIS offensive. The current wave of militarization is making life even worse.

July 2, 2014

Protect the embassy, advise Iraqi troops, protect Baghdad airport. And then?

July 2, 2014