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How Not to Fight a Fanatic

How Not to Fight a Fanatic

The United States needs to take a wider view of whom it works with in its war against religious extremists.

With the End to a 50-Year-Old War at Stake, Colombia Must Strike a Balance with Rebel Fighters

With the End to a 50-Year-Old War at Stake, Colombia Must Strike a Balance with Rebel Fighters

If Colombia doesn’t cut a deal with rebel fighters, talks to end its 50-year-old war will almost surely fall apart. But if the deal is too sweet, it might derail the peace process.

How Not to Save Ukraine

How Not to Save Ukraine

Why arming Kiev is a really, really bad idea.

The Cable

The Islamic World Versus the Islamic State

The new U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights has been calling for an intellectual war against the Islamic State. After the group's latest gruesome execution, it looks like he's finally going to get it.

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It's Time for Peacetech to Become an Industry

“I’m terrible at making money,” says Dlshad Othman. The 28-year old Syrian American is the creator of a system that, from June to November 2013, ...

Argument

Is Ebola the New Powder Keg?

In the war on Ebola, the tide may finally be turning. Its incidence continues to fall, Mali is officially Ebola free, and schools in Guinea ...

Argument

Staving Off Nigeria’s Next Train Wreck

Nigeria is scheduled to hold elections in February 2015. They should be postponed. The country is heading into these elections with insufficient preparation, extreme tensions, ...

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Can Argentina Find Justice Without Alberto Nisman?

On Jan. 14, Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman filed a legal complaint formally accusing President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman of ...

Global Reaction To The Terrorist Attack On French Newspaper Charlie Hebdo
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Je Suis Charlie (Until Je Get Scared)

The New York Times tweeted today that the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, which found itself the victim of a gruesome massacre, “long tested the ...

Report

Defunding Palestine

Israel used to love American aid money for the Palestinian Authority. But now that Palestine is joining the ICC, all bets are off.

Global Reaction To The Terrorist Attack On French Newspaper Charlie Hebdo
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The Front Line Within

The Interview was not a very good movie. Charlie Hebdo published satire that strained the bounds of good taste. Journalists who ventured into war-torn Syria ...

Guantanamo Military Prison Stays Open As Future Status Remains Uncertain
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Doctors Without Scruples

Why did the medical professionals of the CIA torture program betray their oath to heal, and concoct a brutal, methodical project to break men’s bodies and spirits?

Report

Meet Turkey's "Deep Throat"

This Mysterious Twitter User Predicts Turkish Government Crackdowns

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Can Nigeria's government use vigilantes to its advantage battling Boko Haram?

This past May, the Nigerian city of Jos, which lies along the country's "middle belt," where the majority-Muslim north meets the largely Christian south, was ...

Argument

A Good ‘Freeze’ in Aleppo Is Not Enough

As the Obama administration searches for a Syria policy, some officials have become intrigued by an old idea that the United Nations now hopes could ...

Dispatch

The Murder of Innocents

KABUL — Dr. Hannelie Groenewald was supposed to see patients on Sunday, Nov. 30, but at the last minute her medical clinic asked her to work ...

Report

Pentagon in Denial About Civilian Casualties of U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria

U.S. and allied forces may have killed dozens of civilians in airstrikes while bombing the Islamic State. But the defense department refuses to take responsibility.

Tea Leaf Nation

Taiwan’s Political Déjà Vu

By early December, local election results in Taiwan had mostly been decided. The opposition party and its allies had won 16 of the 23 counties ...

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Saudi Arabia Has a Shiite Problem

The first thing I noticed when I visited al-Awamiya, a Shiite town in oil-rich eastern Saudi Arabia, was its utter isolation and stark poverty. Ringed ...

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Teenage Wasteland

In early 2010, I visited the Swat Valley in Pakistan's mountainous north, shortly after the Pakistani army retook control of the district from Taliban fighters. ...

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The Myth of the Indispensable Nation

In 1996, political journalist Sidney Blumenthal and foreign policy historian James Chace struggled to come up with a memorable phrase to describe America's post-Cold War ...

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Law and Disorder in Mexico

Mexico's attorney general, Jesús Murillo Karam, says his office has finally solved the crime that has riveted his country for more than a month: the ...

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Suing Companies for Atrocities Has Never Been Harder. Thanks, Supreme Court!

If you're a U.S. corporate CEO fearful that your company's actions abroad -- say, setting up a mine and killing some villagers in the process ...

Dispatch

The Firestarter of Berlin

BERLIN — On an unseasonably warm day in early October, off a busy artery that cuts through the heart of Berlin's Wedding neighborhood, the voice ...

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Why America Is to Blame for Mexico’s Carnage and Corruption

Mexican protesters are not burning American flags, but they may be soon if the United States doesn't change its approach to its southern neighbor. Whether ...

The Cable

See No Evil, Speak No Evil: U.N. Covers Up Sudan’s Bad Behavior in Darfur

Late last month, a senior U.N. investigator scolded officials with the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur, UNAMID, for repeatedly withholding evidence of alleged ...

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Ebola Was Here

MONROVIA, Liberia — Promised by U.S. President Barack Obama in early September, the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU), built by the United States Army 101st Airborne ...

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Pen-Palling With the Ayatollah

If wearing a tan suit at a press conference is enough to bring on a deluge of criticism, President Barack Obama probably shouldn't be surprised ...

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The Free Market Did Not Bring Down the Berlin Wall

On Nov. 9, 1989, Gunter Schabowski, an East German regime spokesperson, fumbled through a press conference and changed history. Although Schabowski was a member of ...

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