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China, the Nobel Prize and the Road to Freedom

Dan Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dan Siegel

Americans and the global community must keep its pressure weighing on Chinese officials to free Liu Xiaobo.

Getting the Vietnam Analogy Right in Afghanistan

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leon T. Hadar

The ghosts of the Vietnam War seem to be hanging around the White House Situation Room as President Obama and his national security aides debate a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan.

Astoria Characters: The Grandson of Mom-and-Pops

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Gary got his counter spot at Bartunek Hardware from his father, Edward, who was born the same year as the store and who waited on customers until earlier this year when he died at age 84.

Radomir Luza Dead: Author And Professor Wrote About WWII Horrors

Philadelphia Daily News | John F. Morrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

From bitter years of fighting the Germans, hiding underground and seeing comrades hunted and killed by the Gestapo, including his own father, then bat...

When The Berlin Wall Fell: Commentary

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

I first saw the Berlin Wall in 1971. It was then about 10 years old and was the ugliest human structure I'd ever seen: gray, brutal, pitiless, unyield...

Lessons from the Velvet Revolution

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stephen Zunes

These movements were largely led by democratic socialists who mobilized workers, church people, intellectuals, and others to face down the tanks with their bare hands.

Memo to Americans Spying for Another Country or Considering It

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Keith Thomson

A recent Defense Department report cites cases of 173 Americans arrested between 1947 and 2007 for passing state secrets to al-Qaeda, China, Egypt, Cuba, Poland, Germany, Russia, North Korea, France, among others.

Eleven Other Countries with Big Auto Industry Problems

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Here's some of what's happening, mostly with GM, in Europe and Asia, two markets outside the U.S. hit hardest by the slowing automobile business.

Rumors Of The Next Cold War

Judah Freed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Judah Freed

No matter how subtly the conquest happens, Russian control of Georgia would amount to an historic shift in the balance of power -- especially as long as the world economy is fueled by oil.

Obama Still Does Not Know His Place

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

What angers John McCain and bemuses many traditional observers is how unflappable Barack Obama remains in public, no matter how condescending the attacks.

Friday Talking Points [40] -- Obama Shines, McCain Whines

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Be careful what you wish for, John. That seems to be the message of the week for Senator John McCain. He took some campaign consultant's idea a few w...