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    Hillary Clinton: ‘Failure’ to Help Syrian Rebels Led to the Rise of ISIS
    Aug10

    Hillary Clinton: ‘Failure’ to Help Syrian Rebels Led to the Rise of ISIS

    President Obama has long-ridiculed the idea that the U.S., early in the Syrian civil war, could have shaped the forces fighting the Assad regime, thereby stopping al Qaeda-inspired groups—like the one rampaging across Syria and Iraq today—from seizing control of the rebellion. In an interview in February, the President told me that...

    The War Photo No One Would Publish
    Aug08

    The War Photo No One Would Publish

    The Iraqi soldier died attempting to pull himself up over the dashboard of his truck. The flames engulfed his vehicle and incinerated his body, turning him to dusty ash and blackened bone. In a photograph taken soon afterward, the soldier’s hand reaches out of the shattered windshield, which frames his face and chest. The colors and...

    Straight Shooters: Meet the Gay Gun-Rights Activists
    Aug06

    Straight Shooters: Meet the Gay Gun-Rights Activists

    Four years ago, Chris Cheng—a Chinese-Japanese-Cuban-American Google employee—started watching Top Shot, a History Channel reality show where contestants shoot their way through a series of complex competitions. Cheng, who as a kid had sometimes gone shooting with his Navy veteran father, started getting into the show. One day, while...

    Photographs as Weapons of War in the Middle East
    Aug02

    Photographs as Weapons of War in the Middle East

    In 2003, my Atlantic colleague James Fallows performed a huge public service. He painstakingly reviewed the evidence and concluded that perhaps the single most iconic anti-Israel image did not in fact document an Israeli action at all. Muhamed al-Dura was, we were told, the name of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy shot dead by Israeli soldiers, as...

    Is Putin Looking for a Way Out of Ukraine?
    Aug01

    Is Putin Looking for a Way Out of Ukraine?

    Sometimes it’s a good idea to pay attention to what Andrei Kolesnikov writes. The Kommersant columnist is one of the Kremlin’s anointed court scribes and is often described as President Vladimir Putin’s favorite journalist. Ben Judah, author of Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell Out Of Love With Vladimir Putin, recently wrote that...

    Are the New Sanctions on Russia Really Working?
    Jul30

    Are the New Sanctions on Russia Really Working?

    The EU and the U.S. announced new sanctions against Russia this week, with Europe banning a laundry list of activities and exports—no more pulsed electron accelerators or live Marburg viruses allowed—that the U.S. matched by expanding its sanctions across several sectors of industry. Short of Russian President Vladimir Putin halting...

    The Right-Wing Delusion That Obama Is an Israel-Hating Dove
    Jul30

    The Right-Wing Delusion That Obama Is an Israel-Hating Dove

    Among some right-leaning hawks, there is a persistent delusion that President Obama is a non-interventionist dove who rejects American exceptionalism and hegemony, all the while harboring a unique, possibly anti-Semitic distaste for Israel. The populist manifestation of this delusion has asked us to believe that Obama “pals around with...

    Yes, It Could Happen Again
    Jul29

    Yes, It Could Happen Again

    Pessimism is a useful prism through which to view the affairs of states. Their ambition to gain, retain, and project power is never sated. Optimism, toward which Americans are generally inclined, leads to rash predictions of history’s ending in global consensus and the banishment of war. Such rosy views accompanied the end of the Cold War....

    Syria’s War Poets
    Jul29

    Syria’s War Poets

    GAZIANTEP, Turkey—Visiting Czechoslovakia in the 1970s, the American novelist Philip Roth reflected on what distinguished him from his peers behind the Iron Curtain: “It occurred to me that I work in a society where as a writer everything goes and nothing matters, while for the Czech writers I met in Prague, nothing goes and...

    Sarah Palin’s Low-Budget TV Channel Is Pricier Than Netflix
    Jul28

    Sarah Palin’s Low-Budget TV Channel Is Pricier Than Netflix

    Sarah Palin is returning to her roots in low-budget television–but this time, she’s on the web, the focus is American politics, and she owns the network. The Sarah Palin Channel launched Sunday, asking prospective viewers for 9.95 per month–96 cents more than Netflix–or 99.95 a year. (No word on whether subscribers get...

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