Peace and Security

Some Good News from the Middle East

Some Good News from the Middle East

There's not much good news coming out of the Middle East these days. But one reason to take heart is the progress of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the West. Even as new conflicts sprout up elsewhere, a three-decade standoff between Tehran and Washington could...

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When Your Armed Neighbor Comes Knocking

When Your Armed Neighbor Comes Knocking

A North Carolina grand jury has indicted an atheist with a history of virulently anti-religious statements in the murder of three Muslim American students in Chapel Hill — a young couple and the wife’s sister. The victims’ family and friends say the killings were the...

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Who’s the Boss?

Who’s the Boss?

Here’s a quiz: Your boss gives you a budget. You ignore it and ask for more money than anyone in your position has ever spent. How long would you expect to keep your job? That’s basically the scenario that played out with the Obama administration’s recent budget...

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Torture Doesn’t Save Lives, It Costs Them

Torture Doesn’t Save Lives, It Costs Them

Thanks to the Senate’s report on CIA torture, Americans should now realize that there was nothing “enhanced” about the Bush administration's so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques." These tactics were more than just cruel and degrading — they were also harmful....

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End the Cuban Embargo for Good

End the Cuban Embargo for Good

What did President Barack Obama mean when he declared that Washington will normalize relations with Cuba? Will they become the same as U.S. relations with any other country? Will all Americans be free to travel there? To do business with Cuba? Or will the strict...

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The Spooks Are Haunted

The Spooks Are Haunted

The spooks are spooked. Not by anything that foreign enemies might do to America — but by what our CIA and its political overseers did to America. By "America," I mean the essence of our country: our ideals and the moral values we hold up as a beacon to the world....

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