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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
In the spring of 1948, Arthur Vandenberg was a powerful Republican senator from Michigan with ambitions of unseating a vulnerable Democratic president, Harry Truman, in November of that year.
Vandenberg had considerable influence as head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a moment when the U.S. was reordering a ...
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Since first becoming prime minister in 1996, Benjamin Netanyahu has hammered away at Iran's nuclear program, calling it the greatest threat to Israel. Yet Tuesday's speech to Congress, like many before it, sharply criticized the international response to Iran while offering relatively little as an alternative.
As a ...
Monday, February 02, 2015
A new pan-Arab television channel, Al-Arab, began broadcasting Sunday afternoon from the Gulf nation of Bahrain. By dawn Monday, it was off the air.
"Broadcast stopped for technical and administrative reasons. We will be back soon, inshallah [God willing]," the news channel wrote Monday on its Twitter feed.
Al-Arab's apparent ...
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Even in the best of times, it's hard to tell if anyone is in control of Yemen.
It's a particularly pressing question Tuesday amid reports that Shiite Houthi rebels have seized the presidential palace in the poor, unstable nation at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Some government ...
Monday, January 12, 2015
Plenty of world leaders have condemned the deadly attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and a fair number took part in a rally held Sunday in Paris.
But as is always the case, it's much easier to condemn actions abroad than critically examine one's record at home.
Thursday, January 08, 2015
When Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a 1989 fatwa calling for the killing of British writer Salman Rushdie, many in the West could scarcely believe a literary novel would prompt an international death threat.
We've come a long way since then.
Radical Islamists now issue threats against ...
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
When a 2011 firebombing destroyed the office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, editor Stephane Charbonnier said the publication would not shy away from taking jabs at radical Islam.
"If we can poke fun at everything in France, if we can talk about anything in France apart from Islam ...
Monday, January 05, 2015
The flood of Syrian refugees has been straining Lebanon for several years, and the Lebanese have now responded by imposing visa restrictions on Syria for the first time ever.
Residents from the neighboring Arab states have traditionally been able to travel back and forth easily despite relations that have often ...
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Wars raged in the Middle East and beyond. Economic woes stretched across continents. Crashing oil prices boosted some countries and slammed others. World leaders had a lot on their plate this past year. They were responsible for some of their trouble, and some of it just happened to them.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Just months after he seized power in Cuba, Fidel Castro visited Washington in April 1959. He placed a wreath at the base of both the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials and was photographed looking up in seeming admiration of both U.S. presidents.
For U.S.-Cuba relations, it was all downhill ...
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
With his coalition government splintering, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sacked two senior Cabinet ministers, said Parliament should be dissolved and called for early elections.
The Israeli media reported that new elections could be held as early as March.
Netanyahu has been prime minister for the past five years ...
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
On Sunday, five St. Louis Rams players jogged onto the field with their arms raised by their heads, a stream of fog behind them: hands up, don't shoot.
The players — Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Jared Cook, Chris Givens and Stedman Bailey — were invoking the gesture that's been widely ...
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The Islamic State isn't the first Middle East extremist group to make a gruesome spectacle of kidnapping and killing Westerners. The first wave came in the 1980s, when Hezbollah in Lebanon seized dozens of Westerners amid an anarchic civil war.
But that spree was largely confined to Lebanon and wound ...
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
With oil around $85 a barrel and tumbling to its lowest levels in several years, here's the upside: Gasoline prices are down, the U.S. is feeling less dependent on foreign crude, and serious economic pressure is growing on oil producers such as Iran and Russia.
Here's the downside: The low ...
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Six more clandestine graves have been found in Mexico near the town where 43 students allegedly were abducted by local police working for a drug gang. Relatives and supporters of the students have vowed to hold a week of protests to pressure authorities into finding the disappeared.
According to the ...
Thursday, October 09, 2014
The U.S. has been bombing the Islamic State for two months now, and several developments stand out: The extremists are still on the offensive, the U.S. is struggling to find partners on the ground, and for the first time in a quarter-century, a major U.S. military intervention lacks a formal ...
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
President Obama says the goal is to roundly defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria because the threat is too serious to ignore. But he'd prefer you not call it a war.
In a letter to Congress on Tuesday, the president said, "I have ordered implementation of a new ...