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In the new film version of The Quiet American, a photographer
races into a plaza in downtown Saigon, rather puzzling jaded British
reporter Thomas Fowler (Michael Caine).

Headlines tell us that United Nations arms inspectors have failed to find a "smoking gun" in their ongoing, unimpeded search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Axis of Incoherence

The burgeoning Far East crisis has exposed the bankruptcy of US Korea
policy.

During the 2000 campaign, candidate George W. Bush proclaimed that
America must be "humble in how we treat nations that are figuring out
how to chart their own course." But that was then.

It's time to come up with a new notion of civil rights and peaceful
negotiation.

US policies are fanning anti-Americanism in both the South and the
North.

Korea has the bomb, but not to worry.
It's not a crisis. No, we needn't hurry
To get inspections back. Why try to spot
The weapons they already say they've got?

Darn, but those weapons of mass destruction keep turning up in the wrong places.

They say history repeats itself. But usually not quite so quickly.

As the general strike against President Hugo Chávez entered its
third week in early December, a major TV channel broadcast statements by
baseball hero Andres Galarraga and other celebrit

Blogs

That paranoid claim, trumpeted by Netanyahu and many Arab leaders, ignores the grassroots nature of regional movements.

March 30, 2015

An American journalist uncovers some ugly truths about the “forgotten war.”

March 30, 2015

The monarchy's motivations are not primarily sectarian.

March 27, 2015

To kill somebody for a cause you don’t believe in is potentially worse than being killed yourself, because those scars last forever.

March 26, 2015

Stephen Cohen talks with Jon Batchelor about how history informs the Ukranian crisis today.

March 25, 2015

The party is deeply rooted in the political culture of Greece.

March 25, 2015

Dozens of poor El Salvadorans were killed during the bishop’s funeral thirty five years ago.

March 25, 2015

Our own progress against racism in the United States remains too recent, too fragile and too incomplete to go on abetting apartheid in Israel.

March 20, 2015

After waiting years for a decision on their visa applications with no explanation for the delay, nine Iraqis are suing the US government they once worked for.

March 20, 2015

House GOP lauds Netanyahu’s win as "hard-fought and well-earned."

March 20, 2015