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Remembering Reagan

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

23 years after leaving office, almost seven years after his death and 100 years after his birth, Reagan is a legitimate icon. While the elements of his legacy can, and must, be challenged, it remains true that in death, Reagan remains largely Teflon.

Ronald Reagan and the "Islamic Bomb"

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

On the centennial of President Reagan's birth, he deserved to be remembered warmly for all his positive personal qualities. But, it is dangerous to our country's future if, in deifying the man, we bow at the altar of his policies and follow his example.

Shadow Elite: The Egypt Crackdown -- Shades of Poland Under Martial Law

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Janine R. Wedel

The scenes yesterday and the conjecture on just what the Egyptian government was engineering sent me back to the anti-regime actions I witnessed firsthand decades ago as a young anthropologist studying in Poland under martial law.

What Is a Democracy?

Van Gosse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Van Gosse

Our democratic system is still hobbled by the deliberately unrepresentative structures bequeathed to us by federalism. So if you care about democracy, we have our work cut out for us.

Democracy's Drawback

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

America is a strong supporter of democracy worldwide. Except, of course, when we aren't. That piece of doublethink is the heart of the conundrum in which we now find ourselves in Egypt.

Can't Forget About the Present as We Look to Future

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

The president sought to galvanize the nation around a single vision by using a metaphor from a time when the United States was losing the race to space. But is this really America's "Sputnik moment"?

SOTU and Sputnik: Economic Nationalism, Political Paralysis, and the Decline of the American Empire

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

I haven't yet commented on Tuesday night's State of the Union address, nor on the Republican response, but, then, what more is there to say? TNR's Jo...

Capital's War Against WikiLeaks

Mark Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Levine

When your Swiss banker throws you overboard, you know you've made some very powerful enemies. Long famed for hiding money for everyone from Nazis and...

Fifty Years Ago...

Jim Lichtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Lichtman

Kennedy's words may be fifty years old, but they remain just as urgent to all of us today as they were then.

Changing Our Dysfunctional Relationship With China

Scott Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Scott Paul

With Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit, it is a good time to reflect on how the dysfunctional U.S.-China relationship has developed, and to consider why it may be time for a trial separation.

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.

China-U.S. Relations 'Critical' Before Chinese Leader's D.C. Visit

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

With the international media abuzz with rumors just days before Chinese President Hu Jintao touches down in Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Cli...

The Youngest Nations In The World: South Sudan Could Join Today

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

With a vote for secession all but certain in the upcoming referendum, South Sudan finds itself the subject of international interest and speculation a...

WATCH: Yahoo's 'Who Knew?' Explores The Unseen World Beneath The Streets From Paris To Berlin

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Earlier this week we posted about the amazing documentary Undercity, which explores the typically unseen architecture of NYC's transit system. Now, Ya...

Notorious Spy Cases Around The World (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

From new reports of a detained American found with "technology" hidden in her teeth in Iran to the ongoing fervor over deported Russian "bombshell" An...

Vivaldi Needs to Add Some Seasons

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Weller

Global warming doesn't mean that everyday will be warmer. Actually, what is going on right now, with no doubt, is climate change. That's when the snow, rain etc don't come at the times that world economies have designed to accommodate.

Israel Needs to Adjust to a Post-American Age

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

America's unipolar moment is coming to an end and rising global powers are creating the conditions for the evolution of multipolarism. But delusional Israeli leaders still think that the U.S. remains the paramount global power.

NORAD Readies to Track Santa

Dorian de Wind | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dorian de Wind

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa's flight.

Fresh Security Consensus Trounces Cold War Politics in New START Victory

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

The New START treaty has obvious benefits for national security. But the overwhelming vote in favor of the treaty (71-26) has much broader significance. And the still sizable vote against it, a troubling dark side.

The Challenge of China

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patrick Takahashi

While there are those who believe that China will rule the world, including a few close friends of mine, the odds, I think, are greater that in time a number of hurdles will prove to be insurmountable.

WikiLeaks Exposes Pakistan's Rhetoric

Aparna Pande | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aparna Pande

WikiLeaks has stirred a tempest in Pakistan. But the real question is why Pakistani leaders need to be so obsequious in private when their anti-American rhetoric is so bombastic in public.

Time for Nuclear Savings Bonds?

Robert Alvarez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Alvarez

Wonder why America can't seem to keep up with nations like Germany and China on advanced energy policy? Perhaps it's because the Energy Department spends ten times more on nuclear weapons than energy conservation.

Cuba Needs Friends This Holiday Season

Matt Brady | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matt Brady

Today's Cuba lacks long-standing allies that can help it develop in the post-Fidel era. The release of American political prisoners such as Alan Gross could lead to increased dialogue and trade with potential friends.

Nobel Peace Prize Controversies, Past And Present

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

With jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo and his family barred from accepting his Nobel Peace Prize at the Dec. 10 ceremony in Oslo, the Nobel Prize c...

Sham on You, Ben Barber

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Brown

Ben Barber's recent Salon article, "WikiLeaks and the sham of 'public diplomacy': Our diplomats spout jingoistic nonsense about American supremacy -- instead of engaging with the rest of the world," shows his heart in the right place but his history way off in left field.