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In the medieval city of Gdansk, in a courtroom packed with police, three men stand in the dock.

Friday, February 15. It's getting dark. My wife, Jeanne, and I land at Okiecie, the Warsaw airport. The temperature is 19 degrees below freezing.

Toulouse, known as the cité rose because of the color of its walls, was the palest pink in October as the French Socialists held their congress there, the last before their inevita

All the ingredients are apparently there, but somehow the mayonnaise does not bind.

Although Sartre may be out of fashion, political co-existentialism is the main subject of speculation in Paris.

For the Western press the Chernobyl disaster was splendid copy, both sensational and anti-Soviet.

With Zbigniew Bujak, Bogdan Lis, Adam Michnik and their comrades out of jail, there is reason to rejoice.

It is a pleasure to watch, on both sides of the Atlantic, the professional prophets of "evil empire" now forced to perform their "agonizing reappraisals."

The hour has not yet struck for an offensive by the left in Western Europe.

The battle over French television is now being joined in earnest.

Blogs

Instead of rape, let's just call it, "unilateral, physical intimacy." Instead of torture, let's just call it, "enhanced interrogation techniques," and pretend that it's not morally wrong.

July 2, 2010

More than six months after the implementation of the Obama/McChrystal strategy, and with one year to go before the beginning withdrawal of US forces, it's clear that the strategy in Afghanistan is failing on nearly all fronts.

July 1, 2010

Esther Kaplan, Editor of the Nation Institute's Investigative Fund, argues that investigative journalism has played a vital role in unearthing just how and where the three American hikers were detained by Iran.

June 30, 2010

John Kerry asked the question,  40 years ago, in regard to Vietnam. And, yes, that soldier has been IDed. Who will it be in the current conflict? 

June 30, 2010

A former covert CIA operative turned novelist is fast emerging as one of the most important fiction writers in the military/covert ops/political thriller genre dominated by right-wing authors.

June 29, 2010

Some pointers for the president's meeting with King Abdullah.

June 28, 2010

The CIA says it can't live without Blackwater. The State Department too. Could any of this be related to the big money Blackwater spends on Democratic lobbyists?

June 28, 2010

The arguments against poorly-structured sanctions against Iran were that they would undermine democracy movements, stir anti-U.S. sentiment and do nothing to promote disarmament. Unfortunately, most members of Congress refused to listen. Only 8 wise members voted "no."

June 27, 2010

The private defense operation formerly known as Blackwater—now called Xe—has cleaned up its act about as much as BP has cleaned up the Gulf, says Jeremy Scahill.

June 25, 2010

If July 2011 means anything at all, it means that President Obama has to pursue a political settlement single-mindedly. It won't be pretty, but the end result will be a power-sharing deal in which Pakistan and its Taliban allies play an important role in Kabul and in Afghanistan's Pashtun heartland.

June 25, 2010