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  • Best of times or worst of times?

    Best of times or worst of times?

    Let us put this peril in perspective.

  • GOP platform: War without end

    GOP platform: War without end

    If the sadists of ISIS are seeking — with their mass executions, child rapes, immolations, and beheadings of Christians — to stampede us into a new war in the Middle East, they are succeeding.

  • Hanging Rudy out to dry

    Hanging Rudy out to dry

    My advice: Deplore the treaty; do not attack the president.

  • Will the GOP capitulate again?

    Will the GOP capitulate again?

    Instead of wringing our hands over income inequality and wage stagnation, why don’t we turn these trade deficits into trade surpluses?

  • Putin Paranoia

    Putin Paranoia

    Hopefully, the shaky truce between Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko, brokered in Minsk by Angela Merkel, will hold.

  • The ultimate enemy of ISIS

    The ultimate enemy of ISIS

    The president’s request for the authorization to use military force against the Islamic State has landed in a Congress as divided as the country.

  • Rev. Wright's star pupil

    Rev. Wright’s star pupil

    The president decided his recital of crimes committed in the name of Islam would be unbalanced, if he did not backhand those smug Christians sitting right in front of him.

  • Whose job is it to kill ISIS?

    Whose job is it to kill ISIS?

    Why is defeating 30,000 ISIS jihadists our job, and not theirs?

  • U.S.-Russia clash in Ukraine?

    U.S.-Russia clash in Ukraine?

    Do not challenge Moscow in its Central and Eastern Europe sphere of influence.

  • Derail fast track!

    Derail fast track!

    Watching the GOP’s reversion to form calls to mind the term the neocons gave the French for refusing to join Bush II’s big march to Baghdad: “cheese-eating surrender monkeys.”

  • The Persians are coming!

    The Persians are coming!

    “The Iranians are on the march,” warned John McCain Sunday.

  • Against terrorism -- but for what?

    Against terrorism — but for what?

    Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that France “is at war with terrorism, jihadism and radical Islamism.” This tells us what France is fighting against.

  • Selma, 50 Years On

    Selma, 50 Years On

    On Martin Luther King Day, 2015, how stand race relations in America?

  • To die for Charlie Hebdo?

    To die for Charlie Hebdo?

    “I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it.”

  • A triumph of terrorism

    A triumph of terrorism

    Western media are declaring the million-man march in Paris, where world leaders paraded down Boulevard Voltaire in solidarity with France, a victory over terrorism.

  • The paralysis of Europe

    The paralysis of Europe

    In Central and Eastern Europe, the autocratic nationalism of Vladimir Putin is being cheered by many of emerging parties.

  • A party at war with itself

    A party at war with itself

    For the third time, the cops of the NYPD have turned their backs on the mayor of New York.

  • Is war in the cards for 2015?

    Is war in the cards for 2015?

    Either Obama and Putin enter negotiations over Ukraine or the war in Ukraine, with 4,700 dead since April, gets bigger and wider.

  • Hollywood plays with fire

    Hollywood plays with fire

    Words matter. And if a picture is worth a thousand words, how much greater impact can a motion picture have? We are finding out.

  • What the War on Cops has wrought

    What the War on Cops has wrought

    Are cops committing those homicides, shootings, violent crimes, robberies and burglaries? Or does that crime come out of the poor neighborhoods the cops are trying to protect?