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Time for the West to Cease Intervention

We have today entered a new political—or politico-religious—period in which the Muslim peoples of the Middle East are seizing control of their own fortunes.

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Bellicose Obama

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The Act of Killing

Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary about Indonesia’s 1965-66 bloodbath is a brilliant exploration of the twisted psychology of that nation’s mass murderers and their ongoing glorification.

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Hacking of U.S. Exposes China’s Plan to Manufacture Drones

Hackers in Shanghai spent the last two years pursuing plans for the technology behind the United States’ most advanced military drones, targeting at least 20 foreign defense contractors in all.

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Americans Say No to Another Middle East War

The likelihood of peace in Syria remains distant, as the civil war there rages on. But the grim prospect of a U.S. strike has been forestalled, if only temporarily, preventing a catastrophic deepening of the crisis there.

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Putin Peace

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People Are Dying in Iraq by the Hundreds

Multiple attacks in Iraq on Tuesday claimed dozens of lives as that country’s internal conflict heats up. The U.N. says 1,861 people were killed by violence in July and August.

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U.S. Must Accept Russian-Delivered Syria

The Washington debates about the Syrian chemical weapons, and whether there is an Obama “Plan B” by which the United States may yet bomb Syria, seem deaf to what really happened last week.

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Navy Yard Shooting: This Time It Hits Home

Washington was under siege on Monday, with SWAT teams racing through the streets and military helicopters circling overhead. Not immediately threatened, however, was the complacency that allows our elected officials to argue endlessly about the threats we face rather than work together to lessen them.

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World View of Obama and Putin

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Peace Dove

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Federal War Budget

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Political Balance

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Miley and Putin

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Moral High Ground

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Flower Power

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Attack Dog

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GOP Syria Criticism

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Syria Diplomacy

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Red Line for Obama

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Obama’s Nuanced Path

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Five Ways a Wider Syrian War Could Go Nuclear

In the wake of an apparent break in the march to a wider war, the reality of a nuclear dimension in Syria remains largely unspoken.

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Confusion

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Obama War

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Putin and Obama’s Cold War

U.S.-Russian relations are worse than they have been in decades, a situation not helped by the openly hostile rhetoric of the two countries’ presidents.

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Kerry, Kissinger and the Other Sept. 11

As President Barack Obama’s attack on Syria appears to have been delayed for the moment, it is remarkable that Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting, on Sept. 11, with one of his predecessors, Henry Kissinger, reportedly to discuss strategy on forthcoming negotiations on Syria with Russian officials.

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While Russia Offers Peace, U.S. Grasps at Credibility

President Obama’s speech on Syria on Tuesday evening was a curious affair, a call to go to war that ended by saying: yes, but not now.

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Chemical Weapons

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Fatigued

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Obama Postpones Congressional Vote on Syria Strike (Video)

Tuesday night, perhaps after realizing he had neither the support of politicians nor that of the American people, President Barack Obama put a hold on Congress’ decision on military intervention in Syria.

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Syria Support

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Red Line

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Putin Saves the Day

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Constituents

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World’s Policeman

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AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama Remembers He’s Not George W. Bush

It may come to naught—calls for peace so rarely still the drums of war—but there was a moment Monday when the odds for sanity seemed to finally stand a chance of prevailing.

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Waiting for the Green Light

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G-20 Summit

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Don’t Bomb Syria

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From the Rubble of the Syrian Civil War, Visceral Poetry Arises

Turning away from the religious metaphors of the past, Syria’s new verse relies on realistic, raw descriptions inspired by war and expresses the hope for a united country to be formed. But the outspoken nature of this emerging literary tradition comes at a price.

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The Dog of War

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Grayson On Syria

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What Are We Doing in Syria?

Military historian Andrew Bacevich tells “Moyers & Company” guest host Phil Donahue, “The issue really is not Syria.”

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Meet the Press

Case Against Assad Based on ‘Common Sense,’ Not ‘Irrefutable’ Evidence

The White House is certain of Bashar Assad’s culpability, despite a lack of proof.

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Syria Concerns

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Syrian Jaws

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Reality of War

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Peace

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The Artist

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Military Stimulus

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