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Entries by Alan Elsner from 01/2012

Richard Seaver: My Brush With a Literary Legend

| Posted 01.11.2012 | Books

What would you say if you had met a person of genuine historical significance -- one who might with some justice be called a "great man," -- and were completely oblivious to the experience?

On Iran, U.S. Needs More Clarity

| Posted 01.19.2012 | World

The ongoing campaign of sabotage and targeted killing is clearly having a powerful psychological effect and has slowed the Iranian program. But the question remains whether these tactics, even in combination with the tough sanctions scheduled to take effect in coming weeks, can actually stop it.

The Arab Spring a Year Later -- a Democratic Scorecard

| Posted 01.20.2012 | World

Democracy is much more than just holding free and fair elections. It has to be underpinned by a civil society governed by the rule of law and supported by a politically neutral civil justice system free of corruption.