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Deeper in the Afghan Quagmire

jalaluddin-haqqaniSecretary of State Hillary Clinton has designated the Haqqani network a terrorist organization. What is the Haqqani network?

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Blowback

christopher-stevensI am as upset and angry as anyone when I heard about the attacking of the United States Consulate in Libya. I also mourn the deaths of the Americans who worked there. The Ambassador seemed like a man who genuinely cared about the area and knew the people there and Americans and Libyans should mourn his loss.

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How did obscure hate film spur global wrath?

Iraqi supporters of Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr burn Israeli and US flags in the Iraqi city of Kut [AFP]How did an obscure film titled either "Innocence of Muslims" or "The Real Life of Muhammed" lead to the emotional and violent ramifications playing out now in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and other places in the Muslim world?

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The Pope and the Palestinians

PopeThe only time this observer recalls Yassir Arafat ever becoming frustrated with the late American journalist Janet Stevens, whom he cherished as a daughter, was during a visit in August of 1982 when the PLO leader, mentioned in conversation, as he often did to others, that Jesus Christ was a Palestinian. Arafat, a devout Muslim, was proud of that fact.

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Pussy Riot - Secret History

Pussy RiotUniversally admired, Pussy Riot (or PR for short) have been promoted as superstars. But what are they? A rock or punk group they are not.  A British journalist marvelled: they produce no music, no song, no painting, nada, rien, nothing. How can they be described as “artists”?

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