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Iran Road

Road to Damascus Runs Through Tehran

July 17, 2014

Iran, a state that is known to support terrorists and insurgent groups, has its tentacles in several states throughout the Middle East. Trying to pry one loose will leave the others tightening their unwelcome grip.

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Facebook's Experiment: Trivial Pursuit

July 08, 2014

The recent hullabaloo about the "experiment" Facebook conducted for one week, in which it scrambled the newsfeed of some of its customers to see if the differences would make them happier, says much more about us than about Facebook. It shows that we would much rather deal with a new scandal, however trivial, rather than face deep, long standing flaws of our whole social system.

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The Cantonization of Iraq

July 03, 2014

The public debate about the future of Iraq has locked on two options -- partition along confessional-ethnic lines or a unity government. Both proposals have problems. Iraq would be better served, and those who cajole it would be wise to promote, strong autonomy for the country's 19 provinces.

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Repeated Assaults--And No Remedies

June 19, 2014

A recent front page New York Times report reveals that individuals caught by authorities and detained as illegal immigrants are being paid $1 a day or less to work at the detention centers they are kept in while their cases are awaiting resolution. There are an estimated 135,000 people who are held in detention centers, many of which are operated by profit making corporations.

Chuck Hagel

China and the U.S.: Whose Strategic Mistake?

June 06, 2014

Maj. Gen. Zhu Chenghu, a professor at China’s National Defense University, said recently that “the Americans are making very, very important strategic mistakes right now” in their approach to China. His comments followed a strong statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, who stated that “China has undertaken destabilizing, unilateral actions asserting its claims in the South China Sea.”

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Time to Wean Europe From American Welfare

June 05, 2014

The recent crisis in Ukraine reveals that Europe, again, is content to spend little on defense, can do little to defend itself, and disregards security when making economic deals in general and in matters concerning energy in particular. Now that the US has become involved in Ukraine, it cannot but continue to take the lead in seeking to prevent Putin from extending his empire-building moves. 

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The Census Bureau's Racial Straitjacket

June 02, 2014

Earlier this month at a meeting of the Population Association of America, researchers presented preliminary findings that more than two million Hispanics changed their racial classification to "white" in the 2010 census from "some other race" in 2000. Overall, according to official data, 53% of Hispanics classified themselves as white in 2010.

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Gary Becker

Gary Becker--A Giant

May 12, 2014

Gary Becker, who just passed away, is correctly gaining much attention. The 1992 Nobel Laureate and University of Chicago professor was one of the most influential economists of the age. 

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Strategic Reassurance: An Important Agenda

May 11, 2014

There is an obvious and a far from obvious reason the approach to the U.S. and China relationship, spelled out in a new book by James Steinberg and Michael O’Hanlon.

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Israel and Palestine: There's Still Room at the Inn

April 09, 2014

Simon Schama’s new TV series and book The Story of the Jews is particularly timely, although he’s covering well-ploughed ground.

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Near East and Far East: Not So Distant

March 03, 2014

The U.S. should not treat its Asia commitments as distinct from its role in the Middle East. Whatever happens in the Near East next will have significant consequences in the Far East. There are two realms but only one US. Its weakness—and challenged credibility—in one theater is likely to have significant repercussions in the other.

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Japan Should Follow – Germany

February 06, 2014

As a Jew who escaped Nazi Germany as a child in 1935, I have a lifelong interest in the ways nations deal with their pasts. I am closely following developments in Japan, in particular the moves to revise Japanese textbooks, the implications of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, and,steps to turn Japan’s military from a strictly defensive one into one with “normal” capabilities.

Alan Rusbridger

Who Will Guard The Guardian?

February 03, 2014

Alan Rusbridger employs three arguments to justify his publication of leaked documents whose release has caused major damage to the national security of the U.S., the U.K., and their allies, according to their governments.

Joe and Jill Biden

Maligning Biden

January 22, 2014

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates — who presided over the failed war in Afghanistan and the failing intervention in Iraq — claims that Vice President Biden was “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

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Breaking Through the Impasse on the Jordan Valley

January 20, 2014

Recent news reports indicate that a major stumbling block in the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is the insistence by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government on maintaining a military force on the border between the future Palestinian state and Jordan, along the Jordan Valley.