March 2013

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After Mandela

There will never be another Nelson Mandela, but maybe that’s just what South Africa needs to save itself from ruin.

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Loss Leader

The Army needs to admit it has a problem -- or things will only get worse.

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Can Francis Bring the Church Back From the Dead?

The pope's foot baths were not just a masterstroke of public relations -- they were the opening salvo of a serious campaign to revive the Catholic Church.

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Slow Apology

Why did it take so long for Israel to say sorry for the flotilla raid?

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March Madness

The top sports cinderella stories vs. the best from world history.

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The African Century

The unlucky continent finally seems to be on a real path to growth, but is democracy essential to sustain Africa’s rise?

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Losing the Senate

Carl Levin's retirement is the latest blow to a smart foreign policy.

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Fringe Following

What does Big Data tell us about white supremacists?

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Metro Diplomacy

The State Department is engaging the world’s growing cities like never before. A top U.S. diplomat explains why.

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Rubles in the Sun

Is Vladimir Putin the big winner of the Cypriot banking crisis?

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Let Them Go

Why John Brennan should give a passport and $10K to every Gitmo prisoner.

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China’s Glass Ceiling

Sure, the Middle Kingdom is becoming a superpower, but it's always going to be No. 2.

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Beyond Business: Rethinking Microfinance

Banking can do more good for the poor than only helping entrepreneurs.

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Army Strong

Actually, Lt. Gen. Barno, the best and the brightest are staying in uniform.

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Who’s the Most Powerful Woman in the World?

Hint: It's not Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg. She lives in Berlin and is key to solving the euro crisis.

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Welcome to Cocainebougou

Amid the drug palaces of northern Mali, it's easy to see why this war will be hard to win.

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Walking the Talk

How Pope Francis can really help the poor -- and why he'll help the Catholic Church, too, in the process.

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‘Face’ and Something ‘Delicious’

What Mao and Stalin’s first awkward meeting tells us about Xi Jinping’s confident trip to see Vladimir Putin.

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Wait, Did the System Just Work?

Congress performs oversight on drones -- and gets results.

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The Arab League Actually Does Something

Once a laughingstock, the Arab world’s political body is closing ranks against Bashar al-Assad.

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Can the Marines Survive?

If America's amphibious force doesn't adapt, it'll be dead in the water.

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One of These BRICS Is Not Like the Other

South Africa is a mess. So why does it get to sit at the BRICS big boy table?

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Gay in the USSR

The forgotten history of gay cruising in Moscow.  

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The Final Frontier

For savvy investors looking to diversify their portfolios, there’s only one place left to go: sub-Saharan Africa.

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China’s Michelle Obama

Peng Liyuan is the first prominent Chinese first lady in decades. But does she matter?

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Springtime for Salafists

Rampaging Islamist vigilantes are cracking down on free expression -- and ruining Tunisia's Arab Spring.

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Been There, Done That

Let's hold the applause. Obama's trip to Israel was nothing new.

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Use an Axe, Not a Scalpel

There's no such thing as a surgical strike on a terrorist network.

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Think Again: North Korea

North Korea is a lot more dangerous than you think, but that doesn't mean that Kim Jong Un is insane.

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Saving Hugo Chávez

The United States never tried to kill the late Venezuelan leader. In fact, we may have even saved his life.

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The Appeal of the Courts

Actually, we've already figured out how to win the legal war on terrorism.

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The Euro Is Killing Europe

From Cyprus to Portugal, the common currency has been a disaster.

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Beggaring Thy Neighbors

Poorer countries no longer have rich ones to blame for inequalities in trade. Now they're the ones pulling the strings.

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The Disease Next Door

How the world’s nastiest and least-known outbreaks are afflicting some of the world’s wealthiest countries.

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The Wheeler-Dealer

Boris Berezovsky and Russia’s roaring 1990s.

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Demonstration Effect

Obama shows Netanyahu and Abbas -- and their people -- how it's done.

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Cowboys vs. Kippot

The awesome sci-fi novel about U.S. relations with Israel -- in an alternate acid-trip universe.

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The Dead Man’s Trial

The posthumous trial of an anti-corruption crusader.

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The Jihadist from Phoenix

Eric Harroun claims to have joined up with an al Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria’s brutal civil war. We tracked him down, but getting the truth was more difficult.

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Rabid Response

Is the Pentagon crazy enough to bring nukes to a cyberfight?

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Error Report

Is there a government conspiracy to save the F-35?

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How to Pick a Secular Pope

Could the U.N. benefit from a little white smoke?

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The Long Shadow

Venezuela’s upcoming election features a young challenger against Hugo Chávez’s appointed successor -- who’s doing everything in his power to make the race about his dead boss.

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How the Catholic Church Lost Argentina

Was it the dirty war, the social conservatism, or both?

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Can Yemen Talk Its Way to Peace?

As the country's National Dialogue kicks off this week, hope is in short supply.

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