| Sep 29, 2013
If President Obama ever was a foreign-policy idealist, he's not one now. The address he delivered Tuesday at the United Nations amounted to a realist manifesto for defending U.S. "core interests" — using force, when necessary — without...
| Sep 29, 2013
I had two New Year's resolutions in 2011: to read Leo Tolstoy's “Anna Karenina” and Marcel Proust's “In Search of Lost Time.” “Anna” was completed by Jan. 25 — just when our lives turned into a 24-hour TV marathon...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 8:13 PM
At a moment when the world is transfixed by bloody political dramas unspooling in Egypt and Syria, a book about business start-ups in the Arab world might seem poorly timed.
But many of the same social and technological factors behind the region's...
| Jul 4, 2013
| 10:00 AM
CAIRO -- The passions fueling Egypt's political turbulence arose directly from the "Arab Spring" of 2011, but they have deeper roots in a decades-long struggle over the nation's identity between two authoritarian forces -- Islamists and a secular military...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 11:02 AM
TEHRAN -- Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and at least 10 other religious and political opposition figures were released from prison Wednesday with no explanation for the reprieve offered by the new government of President Hassan Rouhani....
| Sep 18, 2013
| 11:40 AM
The commentariat has been in overdrive lately dissecting President Obama's approach to Syria: It is dizzying, incompetent, deceptive, confused or, as columnist Jonah Goldberg put it Tuesday in The Times, a case of "bait-and-switch."
Goldberg has a...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Sept. 17 marks the two-year anniversary of the Occupy movement, which began with Occupy Wall Street in New York City and gradually expanded throughout the country, and the world, in a series of protests and “occupations” against income...
| Sep 15, 2013
I would have liked to know what the drummer hoped and what she expected. We will never know why she decided to take a drum to the central markets of Paris on Oct. 5, 1789, and why, that day, the tinder was so ready to catch fire from the drumbeat's...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 3:28 PM
Undoubtedly you've heard that American credibility is on the line, thanks to President Barack Obama's vacillation on what to do about Syria.
To bomb or not to bomb, that is always the question.
Obama, indeed, seems to be stricken with indecision....
| Aug 30, 2013
| 1:56 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Edging toward a retaliatory strike, President Barack Obama said Friday he is weighing "limited and narrow" action against Syria as the administration bluntly accused Bashar Assad's government of launching a chemical weapons...
| Aug 25, 2013
Think the United States is fairing badly in the Middle East? Convinced that our policy is chaotic, confused and contradictory, from North Africa to the Persian Gulf?
Think again. It may not be politically correct to admit it, but when it comes to...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 2:30 AM
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We may be in the era of Facebook and fracking. But 2013 is still beginning to look a lot like the cataclysmic century we just left behind.
More people probably died from the wars of the 20th century than from the battles of the...