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Readings of over half a dozen commemorations of Schell and a handful of his works in the days after his death suggest that a firm orientation toward basic moral concerns was one of the gifts he gave to readers caught in a society losing faith in its own decency.A firm orientation toward basic moral concerns was one of the gifts Jonathan Schell gave to readers caught in a society losing faith in its own decency.

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In the midst of an American-led push for nuclear disarmament, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has labeled the United States an "atomic criminal," the U.S. being the only country to have used nuclear weapons in warfare. Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, meanwhile, called for an independent body to oversee nuclear disarmament.

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At last, a believable sighting of that peace president many of us thought we had elected. Give Barack Obama credit, big time, for the startling progress he has made in tempering the threat of nuclear annihilation.

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Sure, some of the show of good will between President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, was glad-handing for the cameras, and that whole missile-shield issue was swept under the rug for the time being, but some actual progress was made during their summit in Moscow on Monday.

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For the first time in a long time, encouraging news is emerging from North Korea. Yet the Bush administration so far has drawn little attention to this happy achievement by its own diplomats.

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