Monthly Archives: January 2010

R.I.P. Tony Blair

The cameras recorded Tony Blair’s obituary yesterday. Blair didn’t die physically (he looks perfectly healthy), but his reputation took a final, precipitous plunge into nothingness. Ten years ago, Blair was one of the world’s foremost political leaders – a British … Continue reading

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Another bad sign for Democrats: Sarah Palin is popular in liberal San Francisco

In San Francisco, I haven’t seen too many bumper stickers saying “Palin for Prez in 2012,” but if you’re looking for a gauge of America’s current political temperature, look no farther than liberal San Francisco, where Sarah Palin – yes, … Continue reading

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Haiti and history: Caribbean disaster through the eyes of MLK and Frederick Douglass

On the streets of Port au Prince, there was chaos and bloodshed. Screams punctuated the air. In pitched battles between government soldiers and armed Haitians, scores of people were killed. The date: May 28, 1891. Frederick Douglass was then the … Continue reading

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Mark McGwire has his Nixon moment

Let me tell you my Mark McGwire story: It’s April of 1997, and McGwire is playing for the Oakland A’s baseball team. His arms are big. His salary is big. His ego is big. Twice in two days, I visited … Continue reading

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An American in Iran: Photos reveal a country of martyrdom and merriment

The third in a series of ‘round-the-world photo essays (the first two, on Pakistan, are here and here) that will also spotlight Iraq, Syria, North Africa, West Africa, Europe, and other destinations. In the months after 9/11, I interviewed a … Continue reading

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