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On a steep hillside up the street from an auto repair shop, a group of McDaniel College students are piecing together long-forgotten lives. The students pull back brambles, trim branches and press flour into tombstones carved a century or more ago....
The State Department revealed this month that the United States has detained more than 200 children at its military prison in Afghanistan. I represent one of them, a boy who left his parents' home in Karachi, Pakistan in July 2008, when he was 14, on a...
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will end the long-standing prohibition on women serving in direct combat, Pentagon officials said Wednesday, opening hundreds of thousands of military jobs previously closed to female service members. Panetta and Gen....
With Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his top advisers visiting Washington this week, huge questions about the future of the NATO mission there consume Afghan and American minds. How fast can we draw down our current total of 68,000 U.S. troops (and...
Tags: John Allen, Afghanistan, Elections, Barack Obama, NATO
In a recent commentary on reducing gun violence, former Baltimore City Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III demonstrated a need to "go back to school" concerning the Second Amendment ("What must be done," Dec. 26). Mr. Bealefeld's education...
The Historical Society of Carroll County will mark its annual celebration of the founding of Carroll County Saturday, Jan. 19, with a presentation on the letters and documents which shed additional light on the divided loyalties of the Shriver family...
Thousands of military jobs have opened up to women in recent years, but not those in the front-line combat units. That may soon change, however, as a result of a lawsuit brought late last year by four women veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars,...
Tags: Afghanistan, Armed Forces, Iraq, Minority Groups, The Pentagon
The Baltimore SunI received a note a couple of days ago from a gentleman concerned about the placement of commas in the various drafts of the Second Amendment. And today, at The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin writes that "the text of the amendment is divided into two...
As a woman in the Army, Staff Sgt. Jennifer Hunt is barred from serving in the infantry. But that didn't stop commanders in Afghanistan from tapping her when they needed a female soldier to accompany men on their door-kicking missions. Hunt's job on...
Comedian Chris Rock has observed that Martin Luther King stood for nonviolence, but now "Martin Luther King" is a street — and if you're on Martin Luther King Boulevard anywhere in America, violence is taking place. I believe that Baltimore's...
Absent from the discussion about whether former Senator Chuck Hagel would make a good secretary of defense is any focus on lessons learned from personal factors like combat in war, as well as loyalty to the president. As I was grousing about this, my...
Czechoslovakia had its share of heroes during the 40-plus years the Eastern European nation endured Soviet domination — most notably the reformers crushed during the infamous Prague Spring of 1968 and the protesters whose nonviolent Velvet...
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