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Home Away From Home

Pro-democracy activists from Thailand are banding together in exile rather than submitting to the military junta.


A Peaceful Kurdish Capital Gets a Brutal Wake-Up Call

ERBIL, Iraq — The call came in the middle of an interview. "There's been a bombing," Zhyar, my Kurdish assistant, told me. "Right in the center ...


Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, November 17, 2014

To catch Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Larry Jagan explains why paralysis at the top of Burma's government is ...


The Free Market Did Not Bring Down the Berlin Wall

The United States has misinterpreted the end of Communism for a quarter of a century. It's time to set the record straight.

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Pentagon Request Shows Scant Science Supports White House’s Ebola Assurances

The Defense Department is seeking research that shows federal public-health officials and the broader medical community have a limited understanding of the Ebola virus, despite ...

Best Defense

Do Iraq and Syria no longer exist? (6): They still exist, but they are dying slowly

Laurence Pope, retired American diplomat:  "Both regimes still control their capitals, if not much territory...They are disintegrating, and we have nothing to replace them with, ...

Best Defense

Do Iraq and Syria no longer exist, and if so? (7): They never made sense anyway

Retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni, former commander of U.S. Central Command: "It is all based on Sykes-Picot, so why should it be sacred? It didn't ...

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