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It's the Biggest Scandal Since...

Tom Alderman | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Tom Alderman

... fill in the blanks: Teapot Dome, Watergate, Iran Contra, Lewinsky... Benghazi? You may have noticed that every time one erupts, it's compared in heinousness to the last really big one.

General Rios Montt of Guatemala: 'A Bum Rap?'

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 07.11.2013 | World
Joseph A. Palermo

Now that a Guatemalan court has convicted General Erfrain Rios Montt of "genocide" maybe we can better come to terms with the history of the early 1980s when the Reagan Administration was determined to vanquish communism in Central America.

President Hugo Chavez and America's "Backyard"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.06.2013 | World
Joseph A. Palermo

Hugo Chavez defied this history of power relations in the hemisphere. And for that defiance elite voices will vilify him, but a far larger number of people will see him as a hero.