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How Not to Help Africans

The French charity group L’Arche de Zoé (Zoë‘s Ark) took 103 Chadian children from their homes with promises of sweets and a trip to the city of Abeche. But the group actually planned to fly the children to France on a 220-seater plane from Abeche airport in Eastern Chad, passing them off as “Sudanese orphans from Darfur” who needed urgent medical care and foster homes. The fiasco sheds new light on the activities of Western “angels of mercy” in Africa.

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America in the Time of Empire

All great empires and nations decay from within. By the time they hobble off the world stage, overrun by the hordes at the gates or vanishing quietly into the pages of history books, what made them successful and powerful no longer has relevance.

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The Not-So-Sick Man of Europe Does Matter

The former weapons inspector and military intelligence officer argues that Turkey, once dismissed as the “sick man of Europe,” will be ignored by the West at its own peril.

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Bush Gives Thanks

The satirist imagines what the president might be thankful for. A compliant Congress, perhaps? A lack of impeachment proceedings? Jena’s book deal?

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The Promised Land

Imagine a place where the leading politician pokes fun at those who “regard all taxes as a pestilence, a plague or a disease.” Imagine the same politician saying: “Not one of us wants to pay more in taxes. But you know what we want even less? What we want even less is to leave our country to our kids in a worsened condition.”

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Land of Broken Dreams

We think of the United States as a land of unlimited possibility, not so much a classless society, but as a place where class is mutable—a place where brains, energy and ambition are what counts, not the circumstances of one’s birth. But three important new studies suggest that Horatio Alger doesn’t live here anymore.

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Was Ross Perot Right?

“Ross Perot was fiercely against NAFTA. Knowing what we know now, was Ross Perot right?” It was a straightforward query about a Clinton administration trade policy that polls show the public now hates, and it was appropriately directed to a candidate who has previously praised NAFTA.

Posted on Nov 22, 2007 READ MORE


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A Thanksgiving Reality Check

Along with family gatherings and counting one’s blessings, Thanksgiving has come to signify a rather rosy view of the unity of American society.  This weekend, however, two largely overlooked news items—one about unexpected financial issues that some wounded American veterans face and another about hunger in New York City—tell a different story.

Posted on Nov 22, 2007 READ MORE


A Holiday for American Immigrants

The turkey may share the table with lasagna or guacamole or Asian-style rice bowls.  Welcome to America, Pilgrim.

Posted on Nov 22, 2007 READ MORE


A Telling Rejection of Rudy

Rarely does the endorsement of a presidential candidate make any national impression, especially when offered by a retired local politician. Former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean may well disprove that maxim, however, not so much because he chose McCain but because he rejected Giuliani.

Posted on Nov 22, 2007 READ MORE


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