| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
PARIS -- The unclarified mystery about the struggle in Syria is what it is all about. Did it begin in repercussion to the Arab uprisings elsewhere? Or is there a sinister external explanation?
Who began it? The story commonly offered is that children...
| Mar 4, 2011
| 5:34 PM
Seated in his South Glendale apartment with his wife and three children, two of whom are identical-twin daughters, Caesar Ahmed says he has resigned himself to a new life in the U.S., far from the strife spreading in his native Iraq and other Middle...
| Mar 17, 2011
| 8:27 AM
With 80's remakes The A-Team and The Karate Kid being rolled out into theaters this week, it makes me get a bit nostalgic and imagine I am a teenager again, hanging out at Skate Estate, wearing my Whitesnake t-shirt, and getting rejected by teenage...
| Mar 27, 2011
| 6:19 PM
Barack Obama entered the White House as a reluctant warrior, a dovish Democrat who espoused his principles at a 2002 antiwar rally: "What I am opposed to is
a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.
A war based not on reason, but on passion."...
| Apr 25, 2011
| 10:32 AM
How are Americans to reconcile the Barack Obama who says Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi must go with the one who drags his heels on providing the military means to achieve his departure?
The president's schizophrenia on the Libya crisis has been...
| Nov 10, 2010
The first great American autobiographies both appeared in the 19th century, were born of conflict and written by public men — "The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass" and "The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant."
Since then, what we might...
| May 5, 2011
| 2:11 PM
Only in America would a president respond to the public celebrating over the killing of Osama bin Laden with the sports cliche he used: "We don't need to spike the football."
But millions of Americans who have their eyes glued on gridirons across the...
| Jun 5, 2011
Lawrence S. Eagleburger, the wisecracking, chain-smoking diplomat who charmed both Republicans and Democrats, handled tense assignments during the first Persian Gulf War and rose up the ranks to become secretary of State toward the end of President George...
| Jun 9, 2011
| 8:45 AM
First I saw the headline detailing a strike on a military base ("5 U.S. soldiers killed in strike on Baghdad base," June 7) and then on the following page a warning that a decade-long conflict may needed to be extended ("Gates: Afghan job not done"). What...
| Aug 9, 2012
| 2:48 PM
Is it that daunting to be a woman?
As a man, maybe I can't fully grasp the tangled emotions of guilt, courage, exhilaration, cynicism and terror of the nine women of "9 Parts of Desire." But the actresses depicting women who have all been affected by...
| Jan 16, 2011
Late for Tea at the Deer Palace
The Lost Dreams of My Iraqi Family
Harper: 414 pp., $27.99
Tamara Chalabi is the daughter of the controversial Iraqi politician and opposition leader, Ahmad Chalabi, one of the leaders of the Iraqi...