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My True/Slant Blog Posts

From March of 2009 to July of 2010, I wrote more than 100 blog posts for True/, a news venture that featured select journalists, authors and pundits from around the United States. My blog was titled ‘Round the World We … Continue reading

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What just might happen if Obama loses in 2012

Less than four months from now, the mid-term elections will determine if the Democrats lose control of the Senate and their ability to set the national agenda. The November balloting will also lay the foundation for President Obama’s next two … Continue reading

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The Muslim cleric who condemned 9/11: A recollection of Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah

Two months after 9/11, I was in a Beirut hotel when my telephone rang. It was Hezbollah calling. I had given them my room number earlier in the week, and they were finally contacting me, to arrange an interview with … Continue reading

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Sad but true: Americans know little about the war in Afghanistan

June was another brutal month in Afghanistan. More than 100 soldiers lost their lives. Scores of Afghan civilians were killed. A country that has seen war and bloodshed for almost 10 years is still no closer to peace, despite billions … Continue reading

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The house that genocide built: Why Rwanda is still worth worrying about

Somalia. Sudan. Iraq. Afghanistan. Pakistan. Haiti. North Korea. Lebanon. Iran. All these countries top Rwanda in the latest Failed States Index. (In 2009, Rwanda was ranked No. 49.) All these countries have long eclipsed Rwanda for the world’s attention. The … Continue reading

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In Iran and around the world, Neda Agha-Soltan lives on in unforgettable documentary

She apparently kept teddy bears in her bedroom, even at age 27, but as a teenager, Neda Agha-Soltan rebelled against the Iranian government’s strict dress codes, unafraid to tell authority figures, “no.” Neda Agha-Soltan could be paradoxical. Small details about … Continue reading

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How soccer-phobic Americans can learn to love the World Cup

Yesterday’s U.S.-England soccer match-up was just a few minutes old when an American viewer made a grand pronouncement: The tie game was a royal bore. “A waste of 90 minutes,” declared Dennis Cao. “I might as well have not watched … Continue reading

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Despite flotilla deaths, peace in the Holy Land is still in view

They floated along Israel’s coastline, then came ashore – and when members of the PLO’s Fatah faction were through, more than 20 Israelis (including children) had been killed. Days later, Israeli troops entered Lebanon in what the New York Times … Continue reading

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Dennis Hopper’s drug issues are spotlighted high up in his obit. Is that necessary?

What was it like to live in the 1940s and ‘50s? You can get clues by watching TV shows like “Leave It To Beaver,” or you can read old newspapers from the period and see how celebrities were covered in … Continue reading

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