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Still Kicking at 88

Trish Vradenburg | Posted 05.18.2014 | Fifty
Trish Vradenburg

If Alzheimer's were cured, people would simply age, rather than disappear into the unforgiving vortex of the disease.

My Strategic Impatience

John Feffer | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

A major flaw in the approach the United States has taken toward North Korea is the "all-or-nothing" attitude. Either North Korea agrees at the beginning that it will give up its entire nuclear program or all bets are off.

Can Kerry's Israeli-Palestinian Peace Efforts Succeed?

Alan Elsner | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Alan Elsner

Neither wants to be blamed for letting the talks fail. As a result, they may find themselves being pushed further down the track of negotiations. It's a high-stakes game and so far it's been an impressive performance. The remainder of 2014 will show if it is ultimately successful.

'Troublemaker' Hersh Should Be Welcomed Back

Robert Miraldi | Posted 03.02.2014 | Media
Robert Miraldi

It may be a New Year, but it is the same old Sy Hersh, arguably America's best investigative reporter, who is still sticking his thumb in the eye of power at the age of 76 and exposing what he sees as the abuse of power.

Tom Pickering Interviews Henry Kissinger on America's Rebalancing Towards the Asia-Pacific

Ali Wyne | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Ali Wyne

Last Wednesday, the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C. hosted the Sisco Memorial Forum, established in honor of the late diplomat Joseph Sisco....

Iran Will Become a Nuclear Power, Unless...

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

If the Obama administration feels that there is even a faint chance to reach a lasting agreement with Iran, President Obama can improve the odds by insisting on a few conditions and satisfy itself and its allies that it has done all it could to prevent the military option.

Two Principles to Guide American Foreign Policy

Ali Wyne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ali Wyne

Voltaire's 1764 book Dictionnaire Philosophique quotes an Italian proverb, "Le meglio è l'inimico del bene," which translates to "The best is the enemy of the good." Two variants of this maxim can contribute to the conduct of American foreign policy.

JFK's Last 100 Days

Tom Alderman | Posted 11.06.2013 | Books
Tom Alderman

Whichever assassination theory you subscribe to, Thurston Clarke's JFK's Last Hundred Days will fill you with a tantalizing sense of what might have been -- had November 22 not happened.

America's Evolving Middle East Policy

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

Make no mistake about it, our allies are fearful because they are wondering, in light of America's twists and turns and indecisiveness, whether they can count on the historic protection which has been inherent in the relationship with the U.S.

How to Waste 40 Years

Carl Pope | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

Why not stop exporting jobs and dollars to import oil which we then waste? Why not use our dollars to build our own economy instead of Russia's?

Sex, Lust, Romance and Foreign Policy

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

The impact of romance on international affairs could never have been more evident than during the Congress of Vienna in 1814/15, an episode still hailed as one of the most important diplomatic events in modern history.

21 Political Figures You Thought Were Dead -- But Aren't

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

Some of these political figures have served their countries longer than you’ve been alive. Some are nearly 100 years old. Some have even been pronou...

Here Comes the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, Dragging a Broken Moral Compass

Norman Solomon | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The announcement of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, set for October 11, is sure to make big news. The prize remains the most prestigious in the world. But the award has fallen into an evasive pattern, ignoring the USA's continuous "war on terror" and even giving it tacit support.

Iran: When a U.S. President Tried to Muzzle 60 Minutes

Barry Lando | Posted 11.26.2013 | World
Barry Lando

More than 30 years ago, during the hostage crisis, another American president, Jimmy Carter attempted to block a 60 Minutes broadcast that also suggested the U.S. owed Iran something of an apology.

Christina Wilkie

Kerry To Meet With Henry Kissinger As Russia/Syria Deal Looms | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry will spend much of Wednesday meeting with senior members of the U.S. foreign policy establishment, as he a...

Orson Welles' Timeless Take on American Politics

Dan Siegel | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Dan Siegel

Orson Welles' observations on American and world politics, even 30 years later, are relevant for our times.

Has Syria's Famous Brocade Survived?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.09.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

It dawned on me that period piece attire worn in popular Arabic TV serials resembles the elaborate and beautiful brocade designs I used to see in the ...

A Moral Compass for the Ages

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

Thirty-four years before Henry Kissinger told the President that the emigration of Jews from a country where they were subjected to persecution "is not an objective of American foreign policy," a U.S. government official conveyed the same sentiments to a young London stockbroker who was busy saving the lives of Jewish children.

What Can We Learn From Powerful Political Men Behaving Badly?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
BJ Gallagher

What are we to make of these powerful men behaving badly? Are there lessons we can learn from them? I would suggest the answer is "yes."

The War Over the Peace Prize

Adam Dubowsky | Posted 09.17.2013 | Comedy
Adam Dubowsky

Why is it everyone always has something to say about the Nobel Peace Prize winner? It's because unlike science, "peace" is something we Americans can understand. Assuming we're talking about a piece of a Twinkie or something.

Nobel Peace Prize Winners Mythical Discussion

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

The following discussion NEVER happened: Henry: "First thing I thought when I got the call... was it had to be a practical joke. I figured Tricky Di...

Henry Kissinger: 'There Will Be A Bloodbath' If Sectarian Groups Rule Syria

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 06.28.2013 | World

At a recent event in New York City, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger spoke candidly about the civil war in Syria, which a human rights group ...

The World's Powerful People Just Met in Secret -- And We Have No Clue What They Discussed

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.18.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

Founded more than half a century ago, the Bilderberg Group haunts the minds of conspiracy theorists but is almost nonexistent in the consciousness of the average person.

Drop That Name!

Steven Clifford | Posted 08.17.2013 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

When I lived in New York name-dropping was a competitive game akin to chess. I learned to avoid obvious name-dropping as this is easily frustrated by the "who he?" counter gambit.

Nixon's Defeat, Snatched From the Jaws of Victory

Conrad Black | Posted 08.11.2013 | Books
Conrad Black

2013-06-06-Conradbookcover.jpgRichard Nixon had averted the disaster that loomed in 1968, and withdrew from Vietnam with honor. Tragically and unimaginably, Watergate replaced Vietnam as the national crisis, and snatched defeat back, after Nixon had come close to retrieving victory. Not even Greek dramatists, tragic or comic, had imagined this plot.