| Feb 6, 2012
| 4:39 PM
Egypt’s military rulers signaled Monday that presidential elections may be held earlier than planned in what appears to be an effort to stem political turmoil and calm five days of protests that have shaken the nation following a soccer riot last...
| Apr 19, 2010
Hundreds of Sunni men disappeared for months into a secret Baghdad prison under the jurisdiction of Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's military office, where many were routinely tortured until the country's Human Rights Ministry gained access to the facility,...
| Jun 21, 2011
| 8:40 AM
Fox News' Bill O'Reilly last night continued his hip hop-themed debate series -- this time against Lupe Fiasco, the influential Chicago rapper who recently called President Barack Obama the country's "biggest terrorist."
After losing (in my estimation)...
| Jul 17, 2011
How do you deal with a genocidal dictator who says he wants to reform?
For more than a decade, Sudan has been the quintessential pariah state. Its armed forces carried out a campaign of genocide in Darfur, killing more than 300,000; its president, Omar...
| Jun 14, 2011
I'd barely followed "A Gay Girl In Damascus" until last week, when Daily Beast columnist Peter Beinart posted something to Twitter: "This is really important — this woman is a hero," with a link to a story about Amina Abdallah Arraf, a Syrian...
| May 22, 2011
We may be the world's only remaining superpower, but we've been a secondary factor in the wave of change sweeping the Arab world.
Tunisia held its revolution without American help, unless you count Facebook and Twitter. In Egypt, President Obama probably...
| Mar 29, 2011
Feminism as a "movement" in America is largely played out. The work here is mostly done.
At a time when education matters more than ever, more American women attend college than men. More women graduate, with better grades and get more advanced degrees....
| Dec 24, 2011
Connie Rice was 13 and her father was a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base when the family drove from the high desert to church at First AME in L.A. She saw the city's ghastly gray air and said to herself, "Well, I'll never live here." Not only has...
| Nov 13, 2011
The United Nations report on Iran's nuclear program released last week should end the debate, if any debate remained, over whether Iran is moving toward acquiring the ability to build a nuclear weapon. In cautious but convincing detail, the U.N.'s...
| Oct 25, 2011
And so it ends. The United States is leaving Iraq.
I'm solidly in the camp that sees this as a strategic blunder. Iraqi democracy is fragile and Iran's desire to undermine it is strong. Also, announcing our withdrawal is a weird way to respond to a...
| Oct 10, 2011
Who the heck would want to be like Betty or her ad man ex, Don?
That's what I asked myself recently when I passed a Banana Republic window display featuring the retailer's new "Mad Men"-inspired clothing collection.
"Are you a Betty?" read a poster with...