The spate of reforms implemented in recent months by the government of Burma has raised the prospects of the country returning from pariah status. The changes have been dramatic, and highlight broader concerns about
As a symbol of free expression under threat, Salman Rushdie has become a fetish for liberals, who not only consider it blasphemy to criticize this wealthy and influential author, but also require a ritual condemnation of
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The official end of the Iraq war came quietly at the end of a tumultuous year, and with the now-obligatory shots of the last units to roll across the border into Kuwait, a reversal of how it started in 2003. Only, we didn't
The Obama administration has stated that the US has returned to Asia. An article by Hilary Clinton in the November edition of Foreign Policy magazine made clear Washington’s intentions of focusing on the region.