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The British Pathé archive gives us an opportunity to resist historical forgetting and know a modernizing Iraq that was prouder and more self-determined than the hothouse of anxiety and ruin that latter-20th century U.S. aggression made it today.

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A specter is haunting the affluent societies of the West. Across the rich countries, and across the political spectrum, there is an unstated but palpable longing for a return to the 1950s.

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American fanatics tend to self-destruct Today's right-wing nihilists, led by Elizabeth Cheney, William Kristol and Glenn Beck, are crossing that threshold of decency Today's right-wing nihilists are crossing that threshold of decency.

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