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Columns and Articles by Dr. Laina Farhat-Holzman

April 15, 2017

Closing the American Great Divide


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April 08, 2017

World Happiness Report


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March 25, 2017

The Trouble With Today?s "Cassandras."


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March 18, 2017

Sweden Does Have an Immigrant Problem.


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March 11, 2017

The Role of Language in Politics


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March 04, 2017

Two-State Solution Faces Reality


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February 25, 2017

Crisis for the Muslim World


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February 18, 2017

Vetting Immigrants and Refugees


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February 11, 2017

Ideas That Make People Kill.


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February 04, 2017

Islam: One Size Does Not Fit All!


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January 28, 2017

The Arc of History


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January 21, 2017

World Law and Reciprocity


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January 07, 2017

Israel and Its Changing Neighborhood


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December 31, 2016

Who Are Americans? Multiethnic or Multicultural?


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December 24, 2016

Tradition!


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December 17, 2016

Populism?s Unanticipated Consequences: Dictatorship


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December 10, 2016

How Our "Nation of Immigrants" Works.


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December 03, 2016

America?s History of Isolationism or Engagement.


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November 26, 2016

Celebrating Native American Food


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November 19, 2016

Culture Matters Part 2


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November 05, 2016

E Pluribus Unum?


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November 01, 2016

Laina with October Movies


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October 22, 2016

It Can?t Happen Here?


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October 15, 2016

Israel?s Changing Neighborhood


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October 08, 2016

Populism Is No Way to Rule.


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October 01, 2016

Immigrants vs Self-Radicalizing Jihadis


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September 22, 2016

Is There Global Rule of Law?


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September 17, 2016

Why Is Georgetown University Rewriting History?


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September 10, 2016

The Fuss over Headscarves


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August 27, 2016

Libya as an American Foreign Policy Problem


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August 20, 2016

Culture Matters: International (Part 2 of 2)


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August 13, 2016

Culture Matters! Part 1 of 2.


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August 06, 2016

Russia's Long Romance with Lying and Deception


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July 23, 2016

Iraq War Revisited with Critical Thinking


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July 16, 2016

Beliefs that Kill


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July 09, 2016

Profiling the Muslim Community


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June 18, 2016

Religion, Sexuality, and Homosexuality


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June 04, 2016

The Mystery of Defunding Israel


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May 24, 2016

Book Review on Communism's Founding Tyrants


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May 21, 2016

Saudi Arabia: Our Troubled and Troublesome Ally (Part 2 of 2)


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May 14, 2016

Saudi Arabia: Our Troubled and Troublesome Ally (Part 1 of 2)


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May 07, 2016

What Use Are Good Manners?


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April 30, 2016

1400 Years of Inbreeding


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April 23, 2016

Four Middle East Water Systems Shape History


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April 09, 2016

Genocide extends back 7,000 years.


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April 02, 2016

What is a Patriot?


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March 19, 2016

Political Parties Are Not Permanent.


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March 12, 2016

Anger is No Substitute for Thinking.


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March 05, 2016

With Women Like These?..


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February 27, 2016

Was the Past Really Better?


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February 20, 2016

Do You Really Want a Revolution?


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February 13, 2016

How Our Presidents Promote Tolerance


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January 30, 2016

The Long Decline of Christians in the Muslim World.


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January 23, 2016

Europe's Good Intentions Hit the Wall of Reality.


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January 16, 2016

Poll Finds Christian-Muslim Divide on Religious Freedom.


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January 09, 2016

"Round Up the Usual Suspects!"


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January 02, 2016

Darwin Awards for 2015


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December 31, 2015

Laina at the Movies


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December 26, 2015

The History of How Religions Change.


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December 19, 2015

Neither Bigot Not Apologist.


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December 12, 2015

Militant Islam has a Woman Problem.


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December 05, 2015

Are We At War? And With Whom?


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November 28, 2015

Do Refugees Have Responsibilities?


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November 21, 2015

Is the Paris Massacre a Game Changer?


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November 14, 2015

How Can Immigrants Be Absorbed?


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November 07, 2015

Racism, Anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia: a Primer


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October 31, 2015

Say Goodbye to Clock Boy!


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October 24, 2015

Afghan Problems


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October 17, 2015

The Saudis Are Not Alone in Religious Stampedes.


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October 10, 2015

The World Has A Strange Fixation on Sex.


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October 03, 2015

Whose Fault is the Immigrant Crisis?


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September 26, 2015

Whose Fault is the Immigrant Crisis?


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Press Coverage Sometimes Skews Needed Information.


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September 19, 2015

Refugee Hordes Threaten Europe?s Future.


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September 12, 2015

Religious fanaticism still defies the Secular State.


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September 05, 2015

The United States of Europe Is Obviously Premature.


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Tradition!


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August 29, 2015

Are Arabs Losing Interest in the Palestinians?


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August 22, 2015

Tradition!


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August 01, 2015

What if the 30-Year Religious Wars Prediction Is Wrong?


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July 25, 2015

Let's Take a Long View of the Iran Deal.


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July 18, 2015

Putin Has His Own Private Assassins


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July 04, 2015

Human Rights Widen In the West, Vanish Elsewhere.


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June 27, 2015

History Reveals Presidential Close Calls!


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June 20, 2015

Defunding Israel but Blind to Islamophobia Ripoffs?


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June 13, 2015

Asking the Wrong Question Can Lead to War.


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May 09, 2015

Europe?s Newest Invasion needs Tough Love.


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May 02, 2015

The Nation-State Idea is Not Cast in Stone.


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April 25, 2015

When is "Economic Information" Espionage?


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April 18, 2015

"Clash of Traditions" Offer Glimmers of Hope


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April 04, 2015

What's New: Destroying One's Own Religious Treasures


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March 14, 2015

Poor Jihadi John: People Picked on Him!


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March 07, 2015

What to do with Returning Jihadis?


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February 21, 2015

Annual Darwin Awards


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February 10, 2015

Victimization Has Become Chic---Diluting the Message.


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January 17, 2015

Whose Fault Are the French Jihadi Murders?


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January 10, 2015

Terrorists: "Insult us and we kill you."


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It is Not Smart to Take Rule of Law for Granted.


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January 03, 2015

Youth who seek "meaning" find it in bad places.


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December 20, 2014

Belief and Writing: It Must Be True If It Is Written Down.


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December 13, 2014

Europe Rethinks Multiculturalism


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December 06, 2014

Some Thoughts on Ferguson


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Is Iran?s Islamic Revolution Melting?


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November 29, 2014

The Women?s Revolution Threatens The Old Guard


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November 15, 2014

We Must Put the "Crises of the Moment" in Context.


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November 08, 2014

Debates About "Intrinsic Islam"


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October 25, 2014

Does This War Have an End Game?


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October 18, 2014

Who?s Counting?


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October 11, 2014

What Makes a British Muslim An Executioner?


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October 04, 2014

Corruption Has Ancient Roots.


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September 27, 2014

Will Islam Address Its Internal Crisis?


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September 20, 2014

This Is No Longer Your Grandfathers' Army.


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September 13, 2014

Conflicting Views of the President's Foreign Policy


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September 06, 2014

Ebola Is Just The Tip of an Iceberg.


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August 30, 2014

Al Qaeda Spawned A Monster Child, The Islamic Caliphate.


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August 23, 2014

Caliphates and Tooth Fairies Are Cousins.


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August 16, 2014

Proxy Wars Have Unanticipated Consequences


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August 02, 2014

Can Wars Be Proportional?


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July 26, 2014

Prejudice: Is it Culture or Race?


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July 19, 2014

Are ISIS and ISIL Based on Religion or Ideology?


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July 12, 2014

Alliances Have No Longevity in the Middle East.


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July 05, 2014

The Borders in the Middle East are Changing.


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June 28, 2014

Does Iraq Have a Future?


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June 21, 2014

US Foreign Policy: Does History Repeat Itself? (Part 2 of 2)


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June 14, 2014

An Iranian in Exile Takes On a British MP.


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June 07, 2014

US Foreign Policy: What Are Our Goals and Priorities? (Part 1 of 2)


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May 17, 2014

What is Boko Haram and Why Should We Care?


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May 03, 2014

What the Map Can Tell You.


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April 26, 2014

Why Are We the World’s Policemen?


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April 05, 2014

“When They Love Their Children….”


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March 22, 2014

Putin’s Ideological Fantasy of Russian “Spirituality.”


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March 08, 2014

The Russian Bear Still Has Teeth Laina Farhat-Holzman


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March 01, 2014

The Chickens Are Coming Home to Roost in Pakistan.


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February 22, 2014

Let's Give them a Big Hand: Current Darwin Awards


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February 08, 2014

Movies are America’s Soft Power


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February 01, 2014

Al Qaeda In Africa Increases Its Violence


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January 25, 2014

Turkey: How to Lose a Democracy


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December 28, 2013

India and China Are Not in the Same League.


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December 21, 2013

Countries Can Be Judged By Their Internments


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December 14, 2013

Alarms Bells Are Going Off As Al Qaeda Networks Spread.


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December 07, 2013

Can We Legislate Against Sin?


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November 30, 2013

The Politically Correct Only Recognize “Selective Slavery.”


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November 26, 2013

Why Some Women Love Violence.


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November 23, 2013

Iran Has Reasons for a Deal.


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November 02, 2013

The “World Community” Has Double Standards.


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October 26, 2013

We Have Always Had Turncoats.


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October 19, 2013

Insane, or just “Intellectually Challenged?”


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Democracy Has Strings Attached.


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October 05, 2013

Whistle Blowing: One Size Doesn’t Fit All.


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September 28, 2013

The Great Utopias Have a Nightmarish History.


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September 21, 2013

Is the US the World's Policeman?


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September 14, 2013

Moral Foreign Policy May Not Be Prudent Foreign Policy.


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August 31, 2013

Darwin Awards: People Who Should Not Be Part of the Gene Pool


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August 24, 2013

Genetics: Do Persistent Close-Cousin Marriages Have Consequences?


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August 17, 2013

How Do We Know that Domestic Violence is an “Epidemic?”


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August 10, 2013

Europe Has an Ostrich Problem: Denial of Immigrant Violence


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August 06, 2013

The Muslim World Is Facing an Internal Crisis.


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July 30, 2013

Making Excuses for Jihadis.


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July 20, 2013

Egypt’s Problems Go Beyond Morsi.


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July 13, 2013

Iran Had An Earlier Brush With Democracy--- in 1906.


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July 06, 2013

Russia is an Enigma Wrapped in a Mystery


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June 29, 2013

How Do Religions Modernize?


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In Defense of Dead White Men


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June 22, 2013

Are We in an Everlasting War?


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June 15, 2013

The Chechens Are a Model of Dysfunction.


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May 25, 2013

“I'll Eat His Liver---But Not With Chianti.”


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April 20, 2013

Time for the “Democracy Project” to go!


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April 06, 2013

An Important Iranian Visitor is Coming: The Cyrus Cylinder


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March 30, 2013

The Latest Global Population Numbers Produce Surprises.


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March 23, 2013

Both American Political Parties Have Serious Blindspots.


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March 16, 2013

Foreign Policy: When Is Humanitarian Intervention in our Interest?


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February 16, 2013

Here Are the Annual Darwin Awards


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February 09, 2013

We Are Providing the Wrong Cure to Dysfunctional Nations


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February 02, 2013

Algeria’s Bloody Siege Shows Al Qaeda Gone Global


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January 26, 2013

Europe’s Multicultural Model Is Changing.


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January 19, 2013

Sex Crimes Are Part of the War Against Women and Modernity.


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January 12, 2013

The Dilemma of Changing IQ outcomes


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January 05, 2013

The Urban-Rural Conflict is Central to Today's Global Dysfunction.


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December 29, 2012

E Pluribus Unum Is a Rare Commodity Today.


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December 22, 2012

Peace On Earth Is a Real Challenge.


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Peace On Earth Is a Real Challenge.


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December 15, 2012

What Can a Husband Do About a Disobedient Wife?


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December 08, 2012

Should National Defense be "Proportional?"


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November 24, 2012

The Russians Are Looking Like Their Old Selves Again.


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November 17, 2012

Morphing to Murder


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November 10, 2012

The Real Benghazi Problem Is Not Being Addressed.


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November 03, 2012

Why the Taliban Shot a Teenage Girl


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October 27, 2012

The President and Challenger Tangle on Foreign Policy


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October 20, 2012

The Sad Tale of Three Misled Young People Unfolds


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October 06, 2012

The Saudis Have A “Modest Proposal” for Women


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September 29, 2012

Are Israel and the US Really Locking Horns Over Iran?


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September 22, 2012

The Fog of War is Nothing to the Fog of the Muslim World.


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September 15, 2012

When is Cultural Criticism “Racism?”


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August 25, 2012

Who is attacking Science?


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August 18, 2012

Egypt Has Post-Election Blues.


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August 11, 2012

Can There Be A World Without History? Militant Islamists Think So.


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August 04, 2012

Why Do We Give a Pass to Evil?


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July 28, 2012

Religion Has Two Faces: Benevolent and Malevolent.


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July 21, 2012

Facts Have Nothing to Do With Righteous Belief!


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July 14, 2012

How Do We Stop a Genocide?


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July 07, 2012

Does Equality Mean “The Same?”


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June 16, 2012

Can We Rescue Our Democracy?


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June 09, 2012

Now the Pentagon is Being Muzzled for Being “Critical of Islam.”


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June 02, 2012

Sometimes Inaction Against Bad Guys Has Dangerous Consequences.


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May 26, 2012

What Is Making Population Numbers Crash?


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May 19, 2012

Is There a Legal Problem with “Hate Crimes?”


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May 12, 2012

Should the New York Security Police Be Called Off?


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May 05, 2012

The European Uprisings of 1848 Reverberate in Today’s Arab Spring


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April 28, 2012

Fear and Loathing or Analysis and Perspective?


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April 18, 2012

Why Do Shiite and Sunni Muslims Hate Each Other?


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April 14, 2012

What Has Become of Academic Critical Thinking?


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April 07, 2012

The Clash of Civilizations Has New Venues


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March 31, 2012

France Dropped the Ball with their Murderous Jihadi.


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March 29, 2012

There Are No Easy Answers for US Policy in Syria


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March 20, 2012

More Electoral Fraud in Egypt? What a Surprise.


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March 17, 2012

Denial is not a river in Egypt.


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March 07, 2012

The UN Finally Identifies “Harmful Customs.”


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March 03, 2012

Koran Burning Spurs Obnoxious Protests.


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February 21, 2012

How Is Citizenship Determined Around the World?


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February 18, 2012

Time to Revisit the Abused “L” Word, “L” for “Liberal.”


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February 08, 2012

What Is America’s “Worldview?”


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February 04, 2012

Religious Intolerance is the World's Normal. Can it Be Fixed?


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January 26, 2012

Democracy Can Have a Dark Underbelly


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January 21, 2012

Attacking the British Embassy is an Iranian Rite of Passage.


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January 11, 2012

What Happens When People Suddenly Have Choices?


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January 07, 2012

Arab Spring Is a Conflict between Religion and Nationalism.


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December 24, 2011

Immigrants and refugees: Is There Room at the Inn?


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December 17, 2011

US Law is Wrestling with Complexities of Antiterrorism


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December 08, 2011

TV Humor and Soaps Are Potent Tools For Democracy.


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November 26, 2011

Was the Israeli and Hamas Prisoner Exchange a Good Deal?


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November 19, 2011

Do We Have an Epidemic of Sexual Abuse?


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November 12, 2011

Power to the People! Round Up the Usual Suspects!


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November 03, 2011

Global Violence Declines---Except in the Middle East--Part 2.


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October 22, 2011

Is Human Violence Really on the Wane? Part 1 of 2


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October 18, 2011

Community: Is Letting the Penniless Sick Die an Option?


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October 15, 2011

What are the Best and Worst Countries for Women? (Part 2)


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October 08, 2011

How Goes It With Marriage Around the World?(Part 1)


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September 24, 2011

U.N. “Anti-Racism” Conference Attacks “Islamophobia”


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September 17, 2011

How Did the Media Cover 9/11?


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September 10, 2011

Let Us Put the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 In Context.


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August 27, 2011

Does Free Speech Include Hacking and Mayhem?


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August 23, 2011

All the News That’s Fit To Print?


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August 20, 2011

Do We Know What Makes People Evil?


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August 06, 2011

We Need Perspective On Norway’s Terror Attack


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July 30, 2011

Some People Choose Bad Bedfellows for Their Summer Vacation


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July 26, 2011

More Humans Can Read, But What Are They Reading?


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July 16, 2011

Heavy Lies the Saudi Head That Wears the Crown.


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July 07, 2011

How Do We (and Afghanistan) Negotiate with the Taliban?


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July 02, 2011

Some Democracies Are Not Wonderful.


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June 25, 2011

Is Turkey Still A Secular Muslim Model?


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June 18, 2011

For Girls, Idealism Can Be Deadly.


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June 11, 2011

Sometimes Marriage and Childbirth Customs Have Serious Consequences.


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June 04, 2011

There Are Consequences For Lying


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May 28, 2011

Iran, Like Some Here, Also Believes In Apocalyptic Myths.


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May 21, 2011

Europe Has Immigration Problems on Steroids!


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May 14, 2011

After Arab Spring, Then What?


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May 10, 2011

What is the future of religion around the world?


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May 07, 2011

Does the Bin Laden Decapitated Snake Still Have Life?


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April 30, 2011

Beware of Robot Hummingbirds and Other Spying Creatures


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April 23, 2011

American Foreign Policies Cannot Always Be Consistent.


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April 16, 2011

How Do We Deal With “Sticks and Stones?”


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April 08, 2011

In a Democracy, Some Decisions Are Agonizing.


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April 02, 2011

Is Peace Breaking Out in the Middle East?


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March 19, 2011

Why Is There Hysteria Over Radical Islam Hearings?


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March 12, 2011

Tyrants have a long history.


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March 05, 2011

How Goes It With Women Around the World?


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February 24, 2011

Iran Is Closer To Imploding


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February 19, 2011

Why Egypt and Not Iran?


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February 12, 2011

How Goes Democracy Around the World?


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February 05, 2011

Can “Power to the People” Get Egyptians Democracy?


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January 29, 2011

Tunisia Is Not the Model For Other Arab World “Revolutions”


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January 22, 2011

Can National Cultures Really Change?


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January 15, 2011

Why Do We Hate Government?


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January 09, 2011

A Few Surprises Are Happening in Afghanistan!


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January 08, 2011

What Is “American Exceptionalism?”


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December 31, 2010

What Is “American Exceptionalism?”


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December 25, 2010

Being Nice Hasn’t Protected Sweden.


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December 11, 2010

How Fragile is Civilization and How Thoughtless is Anarchy!


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December 10, 2010

What is National Security?


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December 03, 2010

What Can We Do About Fear of Flying?


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November 24, 2010

Time for a National Dialogue on Crime?


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November 19, 2010

Sometimes Important News Hides in the Back Pages.


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November 13, 2010

Let’s Round Up The Usual Suspects


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November 06, 2010

Is the West Really Islamophobic—Or Under Attack?


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October 29, 2010

Some People Have to Lie to Survive.


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October 23, 2010

Why Are We No Longer On The Same Page?


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October 15, 2010

Iran’s Islamic Justice Is a Message to the World


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October 09, 2010

“The Sky Is Falling” Is Alive and Well—Again.


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October 02, 2010

Take Another Look at Tony Blair—Who Maybe Got It Right.


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September 24, 2010

What “World Opinion” Are We Talking About?


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September 20, 2010

Laina At the Movies, September, 2010


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September 18, 2010

Did We Have Guns of August Again?


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September 11, 2010

Sticks and Stones Go Big Time.


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September 10, 2010

A Venetian Tradition Bites the Dust—a Woman Gondolier!


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Is There Any Hope for Afghanistan?


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September 04, 2010

Germany Has Had a Curious Century of Islamic Relations.


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August 27, 2010

Religious Toleration Has Never Been Absolute.


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August 21, 2010

How About a Mosque at Ground Zero?


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August 13, 2010

When is Freedom of Speech Incitement to Kill?


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August 07, 2010

When is IQ a Major Security Issue?


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July 29, 2010

Is Guatemala A Toxic Place for Women?


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July 24, 2010

Why Do Dead Ideas Continue to Haunt Us?


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July 17, 2010

Are We Going to Need More Immigrants?


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July 10, 2010

Does Enlightened Self-Interest Rule the World?


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July 03, 2010

What Are The Good Old Days?


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June 19, 2010

Europe has an Identity Crisis.


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June 12, 2010

Let’s Have Another Look at the “Humanitarian” Flotilla


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June 05, 2010

Some Bedfellows are Incomprehensible


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May 29, 2010

What is a Circassian and Why Should We Care?


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May 22, 2010

Why is Sex Such a Global Problem?


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May 15, 2010

Can We Ever Force Peace on Combatants?


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May 08, 2010

Good Old “May Day” Comes Back From the Dead


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May 01, 2010

Annual Darwin Awards?


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April 20, 2010

What Can These Women Be Thinking?


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April 17, 2010

What Makes President Karzai Tick?


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April 10, 2010

How Was the “Christmas Bomber” Radicalized?


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April 03, 2010

Tea Party Buffs and the Far Left are Buddies.


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March 27, 2010

Was There an Original Human Religion?


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March 20, 2010

Whose Ally is Turkey Today?


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March 13, 2010

Greece is in the Grip of Denial.


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February 27, 2010

Who Is “An Enemy of God?”


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February 20, 2010

Europe is Having an Important Burqa Debate.


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February 13, 2010

Why Do Small Businesses Get So Little Respect?


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February 06, 2010

Does Bad Childrearing Produce Terrorists?


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October 17, 2009

Can Too Much Freedom Destroy Democracy?


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October 05, 2009

Is There Any Hope for Afghanistan?


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July 18, 2009

The Iranian Revolution May Be In Phase Two


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January 10, 2009

Why is War Always “Disproportionate”?


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