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World news and analysis from The Nation

  • March 30, 2000

    Pakistan on the Brink

    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.

    Tariq Ali

  • March 30, 2000

    Who Is Putin?

    Russia's third presidential election, on March 26, should have been historic--the first democratic transfer of Kremlin power via the ballot box.

    Katrina vanden Heuvel

  • March 30, 2000

    Kosovo on Hold

    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.

    Christopher Hitchens

  • March 22, 2000

    Kosovo Revisited

    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.

    Richard Falk

  • March 9, 2000

    All the President’s Mien

    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

    Abraham Brumberg


  • February 23, 2000

    Lennon’s MI5-FBI Files

    The headline in the Sunday Times of London was spectacular: Lennon Funded Terrorists and Trotskyists. It was also erroneous.

    Jon Wiener

  • February 16, 2000

    Salvation in South Africa

    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.

    Joseph McElroy

  • February 3, 2000

    The Pinochet Principle

    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.

    Roane Carey

  • January 27, 2000

    Old King Kohl, or A Very Fine Fiddle Had He

    (With apologies, under the table, to Mother Goose)

    Calvin Trillin

  • January 27, 2000

    Letter From Zambia

    "The problem with taking a blood sample for your malaria test is that the cockroaches may eat it in the night," announced the nurse. "Ants are an even worse problem.

    Mark Lynas