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Pakistan today is a complete mess, a sad example of what can happen when a once-favored "frontline state" is reduced to the status of a cold war orphan.

Russia's third presidential election, on March 26, should have been historic--the first democratic transfer of Kremlin power via the ballot box.

Clouds of blackbirds still do go wheeling and shrieking above Kosovo Polje, the bleak and windy site of the great Turkish victory over Serbia (and Albania) in 1389.

During my recent visit to Kosovo two strong impressions emerged. The first is that the curse of Serbian oppression has been definitively lifted from the majority-Albanian population.

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

The headline in the Sunday Times of London was spectacular: Lennon Funded Terrorists and Trotskyists. It was also erroneous.

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.

The arrest of Augusto Pinochet in England more than a year ago stunned the world and emboldened those seeking to bring dictators and war criminals to justice.

(With apologies, under the table, to Mother Goose)

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"The overarching consideration should be the freedom to publish in a democratic society—including the freedom to publish material that a particular government would prefer be kept secret," declares a letter organized by the media watchdog group FAIR.

December 14, 2010

While too many leading American journalists and most politicians cower, Michael Moore steps up to say: "WikiLeaks, God bless them, will save lives as a result of their actions. And any of you who join me in supporting them are committing a true act of patriotism. Period."

December 14, 2010

More straws in the wind on a possible deal with Iran.

December 13, 2010

When is a stooge not a stooge?

December 13, 2010

Republican Congressman says: "We should view the Wikileaks controversy in the larger context of American foreign policy. Rather than worry about the disclosure of embarrassing secrets we should focus on our delusional foreign policy."

December 11, 2010

As war rages on in Afghanistan and Iraq as well, US Special Operations Forces and the CIA are engaged in covert wars waged in near total darkness and largely away from effective Congressional oversight or journalistic scrutiny.

December 9, 2010

No breakthroughs yet, but it's looking like the United States is finally ready to recognize Iran's right to enrich uranium.

December 7, 2010