Peace and Security

Bombs Won’t Cut It

Bombs Won’t Cut It

When Paris suffered attacks that killed 17 last January — at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket — it responded with great class. Parisians filled the streets, locked arm-in-arm in solidarity against terrorism. Leaders from throughout Europe...

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The Prison-Industrial Complex Takes Another Hit

The Prison-Industrial Complex Takes Another Hit

"Too many people are behind bars that don't belong there," declared a group demanding that America do away with its throw-'em-all-in-jail mass imprisonment policies. For nearly 50 years, politicians and prosecutors have pushed a no-mercy, "tough on crime" mantra....

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Paying for Patriotism

Paying for Patriotism

I go to a lot of Major League Baseball games. I really love the sport. Yet if you’ve been to a baseball game in the last decade, you’ve probably noticed some changes. National Guard members now perform flag ceremonies between innings. Military recruits are enlisted...

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Sandra Bullock’s New Film Gets History Oh So Wrong

Sandra Bullock’s New Film Gets History Oh So Wrong

Sandra Bullock's latest film flopped. And it deserved to — but not only because of its inability to entertain. A comic political drama based on a documentary of the same name, Our Brand Is Crisis is a fictionalized retelling of how U.S. political consultants got an...

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The CIA Is an Ethics-Free Zone

The CIA Is an Ethics-Free Zone

I joined the CIA in January 1990. The CIA was vastly different back then from the agency that emerged in the days after the 9/11 attacks. And it was a far cry from the flawed and confused organization it is today. One reason for those flaws — and for the convulsions...

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How Rabid Extremists Exiled a 14-Year-Old

How Rabid Extremists Exiled a 14-Year-Old

Our country's pack of foam-at-the-mouth, mad-dog, right-wing extremists just scored another win. For weeks, a crazed pack of these howlers had stalked, snarled, and snapped at a 14-year-old boy from Texas. Why was he under such a furious assault? Because his name is...

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Hillary Clinton Hasn’t Learned a Thing from Iraq

Hillary Clinton Hasn’t Learned a Thing from Iraq

As the first Democratic presidential debate drew to a close, moderator Anderson Cooper posed a question to Hillary Clinton: How might her presidency differ from Barack Obama's? Clinton smiled. “Well, I think it's pretty obvious,” she replied to rapturous applause....

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