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Why We Need Persistent Questioning About Civilian Deaths By Drones

Priya Satia | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Priya Satia

Before Nepal and Baltimore seized headlines, news that a CIA drone strike mistakenly killed an innocent American hostage in January momentarily energized our meager debate on drones. It is time for us, as Americans, to exercise our responsibility as citizens and take control of the debate.

How It Was To Be: FDR and the UN's San Francisco Founding Conference, 70 Years On

William Bradley | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

As the dignitaries and delegates from 50 nations made their way the evening of April 25th, 1945 into the San Francisco Opera House for the opening of the founding conference of the United Nations, they encountered a stage redolent of an Enlightenment aesthetic. It contained four golden pillars.

Franklin Roosevelt 70 Years On: America Never Really Recovered From FDR's Passing

William Bradley | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Hillary Clinton, who will perhaps coincidentally announce her presidential candidacy on this 70th anniversary of FDR's death, can only hope to match even part of her fellow New Yorker's vast accomplishments.

Pax Americana at Presidents' Day: How Go Our Wars? (And How Many Are There, Anyway?)

William Bradley | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Even before American hegemony emerged after World War II, birthday boy George Washington's Farewell Address admonition to avoid "permanent alliances" and focus on neutrality had long since been ignored. Now we have a worldwide web of alliances, mostly of our own instigation, and involvement in a whole host of wars.

Fame: Spotlight on Super Woman Clare Boothe Luce

Jim Luce | Posted 03.07.2015 | Books
Jim Luce

Although I attended her funeral at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, I never knew Clare Boothe Luce in life. Through Sylvia Jukes Morris' twin works, Rage For Fame and the most recent Price of Fame, I feel I have come to know Clare in all her complexity far more intimately.

New Year Reflections on the US Global Role and Its Limits

David Coates | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics
David Coates

What is it about our contemporary political role that makes so much of what we attempt to do abroad ultimately self-defeating?

Truly a Lady

Paula Gordon | Posted 02.02.2015 | Media
Paula Gordon

Meeting P.D. James made me rethink my aversion to titles I associate with monarchy. She was an authentic lady long before she was a Lady. She earned that title, of course, which made the honorific sweeter.

George Washington -- Fighting for Slavery

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
Michael Rosenblum

Bury The Chains is the story of the fight to end slavery in the British Empire at the end of the 18th Century.

Obama's Irrelevant Air Strikes

William Bradley | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

After months of temporizing analysis, President Barack Obama re-engaged militarily in the fading colonial construct known as "Iraq." That he has done so in limited fashion is to be commended, though the air strikes he has ordered so far are mere pinpricks.

ISIS: The Spoils of the 'Great Loot' in the Middle East

Conn Hallinan | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Conn Hallinan

As Iraq tumbles into a yet another civil war, it is important to remember how all this came about, and why adding yet more warfare to the current crisis will perpetuate exactly what the "Great Loot" set out to do: tear an entire region of the world asunder.

Glasgow: From Pubs to Parks In Scotland's 'Second City'

Peter Mandel | Posted 07.21.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Glasgow has been busy brushing the soot off its sandstone and washing behind its no-longer-industrial ears. What has emerged after decades of careful restoration is a Victorian city where you can breathe the beautiful air.

Gerry Adams

Paula Gordon | Posted 07.06.2014 | Media
Paula Gordon

I have no special knowledge of the Troubles. But I am personally acquainted with Mr. Adams. I found him to be a man of peace, not of violence, when we welcomed him to our program in 2004.

Transhumanists and Libertarians Have Much in Common

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.05.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Libertarianism and transhumanism have too many deep philosophical principles in common to not grow and evolve together. The all-important role of personal freedom makes the two ideologies a natural fit for one another.

Cameron: UK Not Returning Priceless Crown Jewel To India

Reuters | Posted 04.22.2013 | World

AMRITSAR, India, Feb 21 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron says a giant diamond his country forced India to hand over in the colonial ...

Fear, Security, Escape, and the Pursuit of Empire

Khalid Hanifi | Posted 04.22.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Khalid Hanifi

When Adam Smith wrote "the prosperity, ...the splendour, and ... the duration of the empire," in 1754 (the source of my song title, "The Splendor of E...

Globaloney, 19th Century Edition

Ian Fletcher | Posted 02.10.2013 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Everyone knows we live in a brave new world of globalization. And like a lot of things that everyone knows, it isn't so. Not only was the globalization of the late 19th century, just as profound as today, it generated a similar class of professional sophists to justify it all.

Bond at 50: Skyfall's Notable Premiere Harkens Back to Bond's Late Imperial Beginnings

William Bradley | Posted 12.24.2012 | Entertainment
William Bradley

The Bond film franchise returns to celebrate its 50th anniversary with Skyfall. Daniel Craig is the best actor to play Bond. He is highly credible in the action sequences, while bringing depth, darkness, decency and a dry humor to the role.

Bond at 50: Dr. No Is a Time Capsule From the Early Mad Men Era

William Bradley | Posted 12.04.2012 | Entertainment
William Bradley

While there have been some real clunkers among the Bond films, especially during the the charming but not all that nice version played by Roger Moore, the series has endured through generations of fans, with its 24th film coming up.

Ottoman-America

Michael Vlahos | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Michael Vlahos

We were an outsider civilization that was going to calm and shape the Arab Middle East. Today our enterprise is in ruin. The Ottoman metaphor is relevant because we tried, however unconsciously, to be like them.

The Road to War in Asia

Eric Margolis | Posted 01.22.2012 | World
Eric Margolis

Clever diplomacy, not more Marines, is the answer. The over-extended American Raj has got to face strategic reality or it risks going the way of the Soviet Empire.

Droning on in Afghanistan

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 10.17.2011 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

Today the drone increasingly projects American power and justice in distant lands. Shoot down an American helicopter and you'll soon find a drone buzzing in to settle scores.

H.G. Wells and Defending the "Restoration Doctrine"

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 10.01.2011 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

Michael Singh's parochial critique in Foreign Policy Magazine entitled "'Restoration' is Not an Option: Why America Can't Afford to Lead From Behind",...

Who Will Drag Us Into the 21st Century?

Harlan Green | Posted 09.24.2011 | Business
Harlan Green

It is a struggle between those who have already entered the 21st century and those who are holding back because they are fearful of its faster pace, or have a great nostalgia for a much simpler, older America.

ReThink Review: The First Grader -- Reading, Writing and Rebellion

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.13.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The First Grader tells the true story of Kimani Maruge, an 84-year-old veteran of Kenya's Mau Mau Uprising who earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest primary school student.

Gandhi's Dharma And The West

Rajiv Malhotra | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
Rajiv Malhotra

Mahatma Gandhi articulated his sva-dharma ("my dharma") using a few key Sanskrit words that do not have an exact English equivalent. One of these is satya, his practice of truth.