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Afghanistan: The Soviet Experience (New York Review)

The New York Review of Books | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Amy Hertz, The Huffington Post: With the surge in Afghanistan expected to begin this week, we thought it was time to take a look at the long view of A...

Gorbachev's Sermon on the Mount

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Scheer

When Gorbachev came to power he, like Obama, inherited a war that was not in the interest of his nation. If the response of a Soviet dictator was to end it, might we not be justified in doing the same?

Mikhail Gorbachev Supports US Withdrawal From Afghanistan (Video)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Mikhail Gorbachev supports a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. The former president of the Soviet Union spoke to CNN's John King Sunday on State Of ...

Women at Work: Insights From Women on the Front Lines of Polish Design

Chauncey Zalkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Chauncey Zalkin

Design is about people -- the handiwork of the creator, human ingenuity, and the social ramifications of design in use.

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.

John Reid: The enduring implications of the fall of the Berlin Wall

The Independent | Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The fall of the Berlin Wall, on November 9, 1989, was one of history's truly epochal moments. During what became a revolutionary wave sweeping ac...

Obama's Nobel Lecture: Speaking Truth From Power?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Obama's Nobel lecture might have showed us that the US has reached a turning point: either the national security monster we've created is going to eat us alive by bankrupting the country or we're going to have to shift course.

The Soviet Occupation of Afghanistan Through CIA Eyes: Lessons for the United States Today

Bennett Ramberg, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bennett Ramberg, Ph.D.

History suggests that when internal political dysfunction overwhelms external attempts at stabilization, getting out sooner rather than later is in the best interest of an occupying power.

Even the Taliban Supports Local Radio

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

Today, most of the world lives in information poverty. But with the rapid rise of cell phone technology and information equity, the world will transform.

When Will the U.S. and Russia Stop Acting Like It's Still the Cold War?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Unless nuclear states can shed the Cold War mentality once and for all, it's hard to be optimistic about the long-terms prospects for disarmament.

Stalin Libel Suit: Josef Stalin's Grandson Loses Case Against Newspaper

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOSCOW (AP)- A Russian court ruled against Josef Stalin's grandson Tuesday in a libel suit over a newspaper article that said the Soviet dictator sent...

Firework blaze in Russia nightclub kills at least 109

The Independent | Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A blaze sparked by onstage fireworks tore through a nightclub ceiling covered in decorative twigs and plastic sheeting early Saturday, k...

What Are We Fighting For In Afghanistan?

Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould

For 60 years the United States played both Pakistan and Afghanistan against each other in a Manichean, dualist game of superpower politics with little regard for the consequences.

An Open Letter to President Obama About Afghanistan From William R. Polk

The Nation | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

I was an early supporter of yours. So I hope you will accept the following analysis and proposals as being from a friend as well as a person with cons...

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.

Obama in the Thicket of "Afghaniranistan"

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

Obama is in a multi-faceted complex of geopolitical crises. He is actively using military force in two of the countries, and has threatened, at the least, tough sanctions in the third.

World Peace through a Borderless World

Room Eight | Room Eight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

By Michael Boyajian  There is a violent religious struggle now going on in the Muslim world as mainstream Islam and the West faces Islamic extrem...

Sam Tanenhaus, The Death of Conservatism (Review)

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joseph A. Palermo

Although a masterful writer, Tanenhaus gives his readers disembodied voices plucked from historical context, where the nexus of thought and action, theory and praxis, is either broken or simply ignored.

Mich. man denies WWII crimes in deportation case

AP | ED WHITE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

DETROIT — An 88-year-old retired auto engineer told a judge Tuesday that he never shot Jews while serving in a Nazi-controlled police force during World War II, during an initial hearing over whether the government can deport him.

Speaking through his lawyer, John Kalymon, of suburban Detroit, denied the U.S. Justice Department's assertion that he claimed to have fired his gun at least eight times and killed a Jew in August 1942, when Jews were being rounded up and removed from what is now Lviv, Ukraine.

Judge Elizabeth Hacker told the Justice Department to file a brief detailing its case by early 2010. Xenos would have until Feb. 26 to respond to the brief. A trial date has not been set.

Kalymon was stripped of his U.S. citizenship in 2007, and the government is seeking to deport him. It hasn't been determined where he would go.

"My heart is pounding a little bit harder. I'm too old and sick," Kalymon told The Associated Press after the brief hearing.

Afghanistan: The American Experience (New York Review)

The New York Review of Books | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Amy Hertz, Huffington Post: Two major powers have struggled for control of Afghanistan over the last few decades, The Soviet Union and the US. Facing ...

Today in History

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Today is Thursday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2009. There are 98 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 24, 1969, the trial of the "Chicago Eight" (later seven) began. (Five of the defendants were later convicted of crossing state lines to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic national convention, but the convictions were ultimately overturned.)

On this date:

In 1789, Congress passed a Judiciary Act which provided for an attorney general and a Supreme Court.

Fidel Castro Suggested Nuclear Strike On U.S.: Documents | WILLIAM J. BROAD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In the early 1980s, according to newly released documents, Fidel Castro was suggesting a Soviet nuclear strike against the United States, until Moscow...

This Film is an Idiot's Version of Naomi Klein's Masterpiece

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine is one of the most important political books of the past decade. But Michael Winterbottom's "adaptation" for film is garbled and mumbled to the point of meaninglessness.

I Agree With George Will

John Burton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Burton

California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton announces his organization's desire for a speedy American withdrawal from Afghanistan.

34 Years

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Since I left home in Cuba, I have learned to value autonomy, to distrust the subsidies and all these "gifts" that they constantly throw in the faces of citizens.