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A Year After US Troops Withdraw from Iraq, Fog of War Thickens

Dec 11, 2012

Robert McNamara, former Secretary of Defense under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lydon B. Johnson and chief architect of the Vietnam War, once likened his wartime experience to being in a kind of fog. "What the fog of war means,"...

From Arab Spring to Autumn Rage: The Dark Power of Social Media

Sep 14, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO--In 2010 Time Magazine’s prestigious Person of the Year title went to two individuals. While its readers picked Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, Time’s editors picked Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. “Facebook is now the third largest country on...

Why Canonize Sally Ride as a Gay Hero?

Jul 27, 2012

Space, it turns out, is not the final frontier.In death Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly into space, came out twice -- as a person who had been fighting pancreatic cancer and someone who had been in a...

Conservative Politics Will Again Trump Law in Supreme Court’s Health Care Ruling

Jun 24, 2012

 President Obama and top Democrats have repeatedly exuded cautious confidence that the Supreme Court will uphold part or most of the Affordable Care Act. But underneath their strained optimism, the Obama administration almost certainly knows that politics not law will...

Obama’s America: More Warren Buffett’s Secretary, Than Warren Buffett

Jan 26, 2012

“America is back,” President Barack Obama said in his 2012 State of the Union address. That sounds muscular, very Schwarzenegger-sque. But America’s new avatar is a little different from old Uncle Sam.In 2009 in his first State of the Union,...

Pakistan Has Always Been a Negative Identity: Aatish Taseer

Jan 11, 2012

 The place is full of gangs, kidnappings, parricides, rapes, murders, you name it. So when someone says Islamic revolution, it brings to mind something terribly organised. But nothing as organised as that can come out of this chaos. Islam hides...

Forgetting the Iraq War

Dec 22, 2011

American wars used to end decisively. When Americans came back from defeating the Germans after World War II, there were ticker-tape parades. When the last U.S. helicopter lifted off from Saigon, Vietnam on April 30, 1975, the image seared deep...

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