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Hilary Clinton Tells Russia To Move Past Cold War

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KAZAN, Russia (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday challenged Russians to open up their political system and embrace di...

After the Underwear Bomber, Republicans Have Shown Their True Color: Weakness

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Where are the tough-guy Republicans now? When did fear and whining replace the gunslinger persona? The Republican reaction has been to give the terrorists exactly what they want.

CIA Secrets Revealed: Magician taught CIA sleight of hand

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Cold War made for strange partners -- including the CIA and a well-known magician named John Mulholland. In 1953, Mulholland was hired by the C.I....

Cold War's End -- The Wall Comes Down

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The fall of The Wall signified the fall of the Soviet Union, and an end to the Cold War. And while this was of enormous historical import, I fear that future generations won't really pay much attention to it.

365 Days and Still Thanking Jesus

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

In looking at Obama's first year, we must not fall into the typical trap that pits idealism against pragmatism, where the virtuous line up against the effective, and the purists fight the negotiators.

From The Pentagon To Monty Python: The Internet Turns 40

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Chris Weigant

Technology has grown by such leaps and bounds since 1969 that it's hard to conceive how things were before we all had access to computers.

Our Best Way Forward in Afghanistan is Out

Mary Ellen McNish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Ellen McNish

Afghans and Americans deserve is a full, public discussion of the policy choices looming in the next weeks. We must choose to demonstrate a commitment to the rule of law, and not violence.

A State of Perpetual War

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

America is in a state of perpetual war. Before it was the Cold War, and now it is the War on Terror. The boogeyman du jour is Al Qaeda and Islamic terrorism rather than Communism.

Barack Obama's Oslo Speech: A Caption-Summary With Excerpts

David Bromwich | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Bromwich

In explaining his interpretation of a prize for peace, Barack Obama made the broadest defense he has yet offered of American military action throughout the world.

20 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Will Another Superpower Meet Its End in Afghanistan?

Loretta Napoleoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Loretta Napoleoni

Remarkably, Afghanistan seems once again to be shaping our future. It is paradoxical that the graveyard of one superpower should become a battlefield for the other.

Lessons For US Economic Policy From The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

Newsweek | Michael Hirsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The abrupt and miserable end of the socialist experiment--it all happened so fast, with East Germany getting absorbed into West Germany on Oct. 3, 199...

Dick Cheney Keeps the Flame Aloft

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

It might be tempting to dismiss Cheney's remarks -- about Obama allegedly dithering when it comes to Afghanistan -- as so much conservative boilerplate. But that would be a mistake.

Counter-Factual History: McCain Is President and Bono Wins the Nobel Prize

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

"I have to admit that I'm beginning to miss George W. Bush," is the way former Republican Senator "Chuck" Hagel responded when being asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer to assess the foreign policy record of the administration of Republican President John McCain.

Who's the Government? Who's the God?

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Reverend Billy

The secrecy and isolation of the Chinese/Obama meetings says it all. The rest of us are waiting outside with the rising seas and the fires and droughts and freak storms.

The Saudi-Iranian Neo Cold War

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

For more than a week, Saudi Arabia has been carrying out military operations on its remote southern border to punish Houthi rebels from Yemen who crossed over and attacked one of its patrols.

Who Caused the End of the Cold War?

Joseph Nye | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph Nye

The end of the Cold War was a greater historical transformation than 9/11, but controversy persists about its causes.

"Our Weapon Is Fear"

Tom Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Sullivan

Conservatives have resurrected "socialist" to smear anyone to the left of Genghis Khan as anti-American or a heretic.

5 Certifiably Insane Cold War Projects | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

The upcoming movie The Men Who Stare at Goats tells the story of a military operation that attempted to create Jedi warriors who could teleport throug...

A Lesson From History

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

The fact that Eisenhower and Khrushchev could meet and share ideas speaks volumes to the need to reach out to the world community to solve what sometimes seem to be intractable problems.

Exorcising America's Diplomatic Demons

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

What we need is for Obama to pull a Nixon and attempt to cut a deal with Tehran as well as with competing forces in Afghanistan that meets their nationalist aspirations and our security interests.

Remembering 1989, Diversity in Post-Communist Europe

Barry D. Wood | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Barry D. Wood

Today, nearly 20 years after the Berlin Wall came down, freedom and diversity are the realities in post-communist Europe.

US, Cuba Held Unannounced Talks

AP | MATTHEW LEE and PAUL HAVEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NEW YORK — A senior American diplomat has held unannounced, high-level talks in Havana with the Cuban government, three State Department officia...

Dr. Strangelove vs. the President

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

The subject of nukes will be present a lot over the next year. The Strangelove echo chamber is preparing to scare us back to the 1960s.

I'm Scared, Ma

James Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Moore

A new nuclear fear grows in the hubris of our adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan and is compounded even further by some of our allies. Non-proliferation is not sufficient; complete disarmament is required.

Energy, the Next Great Thing

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

For 150 veterans assembled at the White House, the greatest immediate and long term threat to our national security is climate change and energy policy.