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A Tale of Two Books: Henry Kissinger's On China & Robert Bickers' Scramble for China

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 08.07.2011 | Books
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Both are by authors who assume that to make sense of today's China, we need to understand the clashes between China and the West of what in the PRC is called China's "century of humiliation," lasting from the 1840s through the 1940s.

New Documentary On The Genius And Insanity Of Bobby Fischer

Dan Lybarger | Posted 08.05.2011 | Arts
Dan Lybarger

By the time he died in 2008, Bobby Fischer had proven that chess was more than a simple board game. His takedown of world champion Boris Spassky from ...

Your Summer Reading List | Posted 07.23.2011 | Books

What novels and biographies are coming? What's quirky? What should the kids be reading? Let our special reading guide of new and forthcoming titles he...

Bill Clinton Says He Followed Helmut Kohl's Lead

Steve Kettmann | Posted 07.17.2011 | World
Steve Kettmann

I was on hand Monday night in Berlin with Angela Merkel and a tent full of luminaries to hear Bill Clinton give former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl the night of his life.

Afghanistan War: What Richard Holbrooke Really Thought

Steve Clemons | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

The trends in America's engagement in Afghanistan bothered Richard Holbrooke greatly, and it's important for the Obama administration to take serious account of Holbrooke's concerns as the next steps on Afghanistan are weighed.

Post-Bin Laden, It's Time to End the Threat of Nuclear Terrorism for Good

Robert Creamer | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The use of nuclear weapons in any part of the world would affect every living creature. Their use is simply unthinkable. Yet the United States and Russia maintain thousands on hair trigger alert. And terrorists actively seek their use.

Obama's Not Returning His Peace Prize

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

The Libyan assault as well as continued American presence in Iraq and Afghanistan have many people saying that either the Nobel Peace Prize committee should demand the prize be returned or that Obama should volunteer to hand it back.

Saif Gaddafi, Tony Blair And The Dangerous Allure of Charm

Christina Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christina Patterson

Saif Gaddafi is a charming man. That, at least, is what people who've met him say. The people who've met him are people like Peter Mandelson, Nat Roth...

Raymond Davis -- Deport the Killer

Shahid Mahmood | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shahid Mahmood

Policies of appeasement allow military contractors a free license to patrol and kill in Pakistan -- in the case of Raymond Davis, the ability to fire on his assailants 10 times.

The Politics of Altruism

Dovid Efune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dovid Efune

As widespread unrest throughout the Muslim world continues, A Case for Democracy by former Soviet dissident and Israeli politician Natan Sharansky is ...

Kissinger of Egypt? Give Us a Break

Barry Lando | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Barry Lando

Always comforting to have Henry Kissinger around to advise the current U.S. administration what to do. His latest advice to Obama? Slow down, take things easier, don't rush Egypt's sensitive leaders.

"Flame Off!": Hosni Mubarak and the Human Torch

Robert Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Robert Brenner

Cairo. Midnight. The Presidential Palace. Good evening, Mr. President. Who are you? How did you get in here? And why are you on fire? The name's Jo...

Think Again: Chutzpah on the Right

Eric Alterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Alterman

One reason that conservatives are divided -- to put it generously -- about democracy in the Arab world is that for many of them their primary concern is not democracy or even the Arab world, but Israel.

Hu Jintao Comes to Town

Kathy Kemper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathy Kemper

Some American observers are billing Hu Jintao's visit to Washington as the most important state visit in three decades. His trip comes at a time when there is a widespread belief -- in both Washington and Beijing -- that the US is in decline.

Drag Him Off the Stage

Bill Zimmerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Zimmerman

As Jews and patriotic Americans, we've had enough of Henry Kissinger. American public officials should no longer recognize, let alone honor, him.

Kissinger Controversy Recalls Provocative Art Piece

Menachem Wecker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Menachem Wecker

A recent op-ed on Kissinger and his response have generated a good deal of media buzz but the discussions have been largely political and have ignored an interesting art angle to the story.

Henry Kissinger: Moral Midget Destined for Obscurity

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

At key points in his ego-driven career, Henry Kissinger was confronted with a choice between power and moral principle. He chose power, and became a moral dwarf.

Our Long National Fascination With Henry Kissinger Is Over

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

Sheer intellect, without more, is not enough for statesmanship. Perhaps our fascination with a man whose moral compass turns out to have been non-existent has finally come to an end.

Richard Holbrooke: A Self-Described "Idealistic Realist, or Realistic Idealist"

Andrew Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Rosen

Historically, lead diplomats have adhered to one school of thought -- I wanted to understand why Richard Holbrooke was different.

Richard Nixon, Liu Xiaobo, Julian Assange and Us

Rory O'Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rory O'Connor

What do Richard Nixon, Liu Xiaobo and Julian Assange have in common? As lawyers for WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Assange began preparing for a possible...

On Nixon's Allegation That the Jews Have No Pride

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

On a fresh crop of newly released Nixon tapes, the president, who disliked Jews but helped rescue Israel during the Yom Kippur War, says of his senior Jewish advisers that they, like "most Jewish people, are insecure."

Kyl Stops START -- A Rhyming Rant

Jim Parry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Parry

You know Senator Kyl -- he is out to kill START 'Cause the GOP thinks it would be really smart For Obama to lose once again. No success for the Pres! ...

Time for Obama to Throw a Hard Left

Jim Neal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Neal

On Saturday, the president answered a question regarding Republican intransigence on ratification of the START Treaty by rambling on and never delivering a punch. "God," I thought, "is he really going to continue down this path?"

Hillary Clinton is Poised to Strike in 2012. Will She?

Alex Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alex Moore

In 1980, Ted Kennedy shocked voters by launching an insurgent campaign against his party's unpopular president, Jimmy Carter. Would Hillary Clinton dare? And more importantly, would you vote for her?


Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Vazquez

by Michael Vazquez Two weeks after the close of the New York Film Festival, herewith, my first posting, by way of random notes on thirty-nine films: ...