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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 murder of students in Guerrero is raising questions once again about the complicity of law enforcement and public officials in Mexico's drug wars.

October 24, 2014

Congress may lean hawkish but progressive groups in the beltway are throwing their weight behind the White House’s efforts to reach a diplomatic agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.

October 24, 2014

The genesis for the data-driven society of today can be traced to socialist Chile in the 1970s.  

October 23, 2014

The country's late dictator leaves behind a 1-million-strong diaspora unlikely to ever return home.

October 23, 2014

A forerunner of The Guardian’s current series, “King or Queen for a Day.”

October 21, 2014

The US tried to block Venezuela from the United Nations Security Council, and failed. 

October 20, 2014

Fox needs Shep’s anti-Fox narrative now more than ever.

October 16, 2014

The only thing Poroshenko has going for him is that Putin wants him to stay in power.

October 16, 2014

The US has a sorry track record of actively working to dilute the effectiveness of Cuba’s overseas medical assistance.

October 15, 2014

He has the authority to provoke a profound national debate about the nature of US militarism.

October 14, 2014