Visiting Muammar Gaddafi's Libya was always like dropping into "Abdul in Wonderland." My first visit to Gaddafi was in October 1986, just a few months after US warplanes had bombed Tripoli.
Protesters built a stage in the middle of the roundabout. Tents soon followed. By nightfall, thousands were chanting "we will not leave before he leaves." He is Bahrain's Prime Minister.
The price of toppling Gadhafi will be steep. But Libyans will topple him and in doing so they will bring down with him the castles of fear our dictators thought they had fortified.
Under Gadhafi, Libya is a nation without a future. And you can be sure he will fight to the last bullet. This is not someone inclined to flee the bunker.
If there is one lesson we can learn from Tunisia and Egypt, it is that no one can tell what will happen tomorrow. Everything depends on the reactions of the people and the regime on the streets.
Since the Tunisian and Egyptian democracy uprisings, there's little doubt that Middle Eastern leaders have been scrambling. From Damascus to Tripoli, ...
Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt... Libya? Could it be? But why not? Why should Gaddafi be immune to the righteous Arab lust for freedom? He is after all one of the longest-serving, most brutal dictators in the world.
With so much happening legislatively this week and the holidays and all, even startling new Senate reports were somewhat overlooked. This one deserve...
Like FOIA, the ability of WikiLeaks to act as a watchdog over government will depend largely on whether an engaged public succeeds in protecting it from retaliatory actions by embarrassed governments.
Rather than being engaged in a divisive cultural war in the hopes of turning back time, Young Christians are engaged in pressing social concerns that benefit the common good -- not just the Christian good.
American tourists were a rare beast today, perhaps having taken to heart the advice of the US State Department to keep a low profile and avoid crowds during Ahmadinejad's visit.
There are probably a great many atheists and agnostics in Congress, and most of those keep their religious opinions secret; polls routinely show that atheists are mistrusted more than any other group.
Looking at the story behind Megrahi's release, it's clear that the challenges we face are much more complicated than our political leaders realize or are willing to acknowledge.
If John Adler is a man of his people, it's a different people from the rest of us. Adler is one of 47 Democrats who presented House Speaker Pelosi with a letter threatening to keep tax cuts for the richest 2% of Americans.
Obama may be a functional Christian, but as a man born into and raised by a family of non-religious rationalists with a healthy skepticism about religious faith, he is unlikely to govern as one.
Our founding fathers anticipated this conundrum and laid out clear markers that we should use to guide our views.