Peace and Security

An Opportunity to Work with Iran

An Opportunity to Work with Iran

This August, Hassan Rouhani will take office as Iran's next president, and the world will have a new face to confront on the issue of Iran's nuclear program. Rouhani, a moderate cleric, won a landslide victory in Iran's June presidential elections. He'll replace the...

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Just Follow the Oil

Just Follow the Oil

Like the United States and most other world powers, Iran foolishly wants to be in the nuclear power business. Atoms offer energy diversity and national prestige, plus a lot of bucks for somebody. There are plenty of environmental and safety reasons to oppose the...

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Black Man 101

Black Man 101

Are you familiar with "Black Man 101"? Black men never get to graduate from this constantly changing and mandatory course in survival and behavior modification. With the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer, the Black Man 101 curriculum has been revised again. The...

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Rays of Hope in Egypt

Rays of Hope in Egypt

Three days before the coup that removed Mohamed Morsi from the presidency, I marched with tens of thousands of Egyptians to the presidential palace. A sea of protesters had filled Cairo's streets, waving flags and chanting for the downfall of the regime. As we passed...

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There Ought to Be a Better Law

There Ought to Be a Better Law

I wasn't too surprised when do-it-yourself vigilante George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin. The trial took place in Florida, after all. You have to be pretty stupid or reckless or both to be found guilty of murder in Florida. If you want to...

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Obama Sharpens His Nuclear Posture

Obama Sharpens His Nuclear Posture

Soon after President Barack Obama began his first term, he called for a world free of nuclear weapons. His address, which quickly became known as Obama's Prague Speech, helped him win the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Then, he dropped the ball. The Pentagon finally followed...

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Smaller Arsenals Beat Bigger Ones

Smaller Arsenals Beat Bigger Ones

After years of leaving his nuclear weapons policy on the back burner, President Barack Obama called last month for major reductions in U.S. and Russian strategic stockpiles. Obama made these remarks outside Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, nine days and 50 years after...

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Syrian Dead End

Syrian Dead End

We're at it again. After months of commendable restraint, President Barack Obama has decided to send weapons to the besieged Syrian rebels. This is either a bid to overthrow a friend of Iran or a ploy to capture Syria's oil. Or both. Sound familiar? It should. Back in...

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