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The new US envoy to the United Nations, Richard Holbrooke, has personal experience of how frustrating it can be to negotiate, even when speaking in the name of that mega-cliché, "the world

Israeli schoolchildren returned to their desks this year to find a new history curriculum.

In assuming his position at the United Nations, ambassador Richard Holbrooke brings his personal access to power, a sharp intelligence and a capacity, unusual in government, to translate ideas in

In the summer of 1941, Adolf Hitler's apparently invincible Wehrmacht was grinding hundreds of miles into the Soviet Union, spreading mayhem all the way.

Americans aren't much for history these days. History is for Europeans--for Germans, with their thickets of theory, and the French, who are forever going on about their revolution.

Listen to a debate among drug policy advocates and you're likely to hear impassioned claims about the brilliant success (or dismal failure) of more "liberal" approaches in certain European countr

President Boris Yeltsin's firing of his fifth Prime Minister in seventeen months and Russia's renewed war in the Caucasus are stark signs of his regime's instability, desperation and "agony," the

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On September 28, 1973, seventeen days after the bloody coup that brought Gen.

"Austria had many geniuses, and that was probably its undoing."
    --Robert Musil

Blogs

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