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Already the World Asks Obama: Where's the Beef?

(3) Comments | Posted November 5, 2008 | 2:39 PM

They were dancing in the streets from Paris to Nairobi in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday. From Kabul an e-mail arrived with its own hope for a brighter future. Even from Sweden, a message that "it's Obama-mad here although expressed in that subdued Scandinavian way."

But as quickly as the...

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America Elects 'A Rock Star'

(3) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 10:59 PM

I spent hours on Tuesday afternoon with the folks from Radio France, taking calls on the air from listeners across that nation, and spent an hour this evening with some Belgian legislators. The all but unanimous conclusion (even of the people of these two nations who so often holder each...

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The Metropolitan Opera in the Service of Putin?

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2008 | 4:56 PM

Throughout the Nazi era in Germany, while Hitler and his minions were in the process of enslaving much of Europe, Wilhelm Furtwaengler served as chief conductor of the renowned Berlin Philharmonic, bringing his baton and his fabulous ensemble into the service of the propaganda machine of the Third Reich.

Now,...

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The Dalai Lama vs. Palestine?

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2008 | 2:01 PM

SOUTHAMPTON, NY-For many American Jews there is the apparent moral conundrum -- how do you support Tibet (the Dalai Lama) over China without supporting Palestine over Israel? Simple. In this equation, Israel is the underdog -- at least when it comes up against the combined might of the Arab world...

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The UN Befouls Lac Leman

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2008 | 4:13 PM

GENEVA--Here on the glistening shores of Lac Léman, large chunks of what should be the best of the United Nations are quietly being taken hostage. Perhaps it's the DNA of failure that's embedded in the walls of the old Palais des Nations where the League of Nations once met, without...

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Swiss Bear Arms...At a Medieval Wedding

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2008 | 8:20 PM

FRIBOURG, SWITZERLAND --This weekend, Cyrill and Maureen got married. It was a three-day affair, with medieval theme, each of the more than 400 guests wearing medieval garb, eating and drinking and carousing much as Swiss knights and their ladies (with a few monks and William Tells thrown in) might have...

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Iraq According To Its Sheikhs

(28) Comments | Posted June 24, 2008 | 2:33 PM

I'd like to tell you about a meeting that took place at World Policy Institute last week, sponsored by our new World Policy Blog, and that sheds some amazing (and frightening!) light on our involvement in Iraq and indeed on the entire spectrum of our understanding of just how...

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How Pakistan's Potentates Possess Us

(14) Comments | Posted November 6, 2007 | 8:55 AM

Each time it just seems to get worse.

Perpetual cycles of democracy followed by military rule have marked much of the period since the end of the Raj, the departure of British military and political forces from the sub-Continent, and the creation of Pakistan in 1947.

With each repetition of...

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Knuckleheads In Kurdistan

(50) Comments | Posted October 28, 2007 | 11:25 PM

For the moment, Congress seems to have escaped making its most colossal foreign policy boner since the Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles, keeping the United States out of the League of Nations back in1919. It "postponed" consideration of a measure condemning Turkey for the genocide of its Armenians 90...

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