Peace and Security

Another Day, Another Massacre

Another Day, Another Massacre

Yes, it’s happened again. A man with a legally acquired arsenal walked onto a college campus. Moments later, 10 people were dead, and nearly as many wounded. Sick to your stomach? Of course you are. Surprised? Didn’t think so. Like Aurora, Newtown, and a lengthy list...

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Will the Carnage Ever Cease?

Will the Carnage Ever Cease?

I’ve written at least 75 columns on gun control over the years. It might have been as many as 100. Every time some demented loser would haul a gun — usually some sort of automatic — into a public place and lay waste around him (it’s always a him), I would get on my...

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Pope Francis and the Pain of Prisoners

Pope Francis and the Pain of Prisoners

During his historic U.S. visit, Pope Francis made headlines for speaking truth to power at the United Nations and the Capitol. But the “people’s pope” also addressed the powerless. Everywhere he went, he called on Americans to treat our undocumented immigrants better....

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Mending Our Welcome Mat

Mending Our Welcome Mat

My great grandmother Rose was just 10 when she traveled to the United States with her family. They fled from Poland to England, took a boat to Canada, and crossed the border. The trip was long, but not nearly as treacherous as the journey many refugees are taking...

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A Racist Wake-Up Call

A Racist Wake-Up Call

I worked proudly with Muslim CIA officers in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. I used to think most Americans understood that Muslim Americans are patriots, too. Ahmed Mohamed’s recent ordeal proved how wrong I was. He’s the 14-year-old who was recently interrogated,...

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Who in Their Right Mind?

Who in Their Right Mind?

My immediate reaction to James Holmes’s 2012 shooting rampage at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater was twofold: horror and incomprehension. Who in their right mind could do such a thing? Who in their "right mind," indeed. This summer, a jury found Holmes guilty of...

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