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François Mitterrand badly wanted to leave a mark, an imprint.

"It's not a revolt, Sire, or a revolution; it's the beginning of the end of the reign of big business, of capital, over the minds of the people," a courtier might have told Jacques Chirac if, lik

Haitians call secondhand clothes pèpè, pronounced "peh-peh." In an earlier time these were called Twoomann and Kenedi because it was under those US Presidents

For once the news from France's racist front is optimistic. At least the worst will not happen.

Research support provided by the Investigative Fund of The Nation Institute.

If the nuclear industry gets its way, thousands of tons of deadly radioactive waste will roll onto public roads and rail lines, bound for a geologically unstable storage site in the Nevada des

In the early eighties,

I, Rigoberta Menchú

became an international bestseller.

All during the year 1984, those of us with firsthand experience in Africa knew that drought and famine were cutting across vast swaths of the continent.

"Did you hear? Clinton is beginning to lift the embargo. It's on the news," a fellow traveler to Cuba exclaimed in Havana's José Martí International Airport.

Europe, you are rightly told, is swinging to the left. In thirteen of
the fifteen countries making up the European Union, the Social Democrats
are now in office.

Blogs

Talking is still the way out. But, as Casey Stengel said, can't anyone here play this game?

November 23, 2010

The Obama administration is trying to kill its way to victory in Afghanistan. Not only is that strategy failing, it's making the Taliban stronger and Karzai weaker.

November 22, 2010

A Congressional proposal to establish a Veterans Trust Fund is driving home the message that the war in Afghanistan is not worth the havoc it has wreaked on thousands of troops.

November 22, 2010

Not everyone is taking the general's report at face value.

November 22, 2010

The New York Times is finally calling it torture—when someone else has admitted to it.

November 18, 2010

 In an address marking the start of the Muslim holiday, Aid-al-Adha, the reclusive Taliban leader declares, "The enemy is retreating and facing siege in all parts of the country day in and day out."

November 15, 2010

 Harry Truman: war criminal, or not?

November 15, 2010

Veterans Day reflections on troops in and out of war, Keith Olbermann and journalists' transparency, Alter-reviews and the mail.

November 15, 2010

Another four years of war in Afghanistan is far too long, but at least the administration is talking about an end point.

November 15, 2010

 Remembering the man who set himself on fire in outcry against the killing of civilians in Vietnam.

November 13, 2010