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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

A liberal Ohio senator uses an unfortunate baseball analogy.

October 18, 2010

When officials refuse to act, whistleblowers need "a safety valve."

October 17, 2010

Only two years left before Palestinians may give up on the idea. What's left? A single, binational state.

October 15, 2010

With Bob Gates on the way out, and a new national security adviser who's a war skeptic, Obama has shifted gears on negotiating with the Taliban.

October 14, 2010

The Log Cabin Republicans triumph in a lawsuit that could end DADT—unless the Obama administration appeals the ruling.

October 13, 2010

Syria, Turkey in critical behind-the-scenes role.

October 12, 2010

Democrats and Republicans are trying to outdo each other by blaming China for America's decline.

October 11, 2010

War seems simply to be the way it is.  We have always been at war in Afghanistan. We will always be at war in Afghanistan. Or maybe Pakistan. Or both.

October 7, 2010

"Why fight a war that even the general in charge says can't be won?"

October 7, 2010