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Opinion: Group advocates cease-fires in Syria
November 5, 2014
With U.S.-backed “moderate” opposition forces on the run in northern Syria, a mediation group is proposing an alternative strategy for local cease-fires and a gradual de-escalation of violence in a future decentralized nation.
Opinion: Student debt also weighs on parents
November 4, 2014
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been fighting the good fight for student loan debt reform. As she put it recently: “Millions of young people are just stuck. They can’t buy homes, they can’t buy cars … all because they are struggling under the weight of student loan debt.”
Opinion: Election will map U.S. political mind
November 3, 2014
Mix a pitcher of martinis Tuesday evening to fortify yourself against the torrent of election returns painting a pointillist portrait of the nation’s mind. Before you become too mellow to care, consider some indexes of our civic tendencies.
Opinion: New policy player emerging in Iran
November 3, 2014
An intriguing new figure is gaining prominence in the Iranian government just as regional conflicts in Iraq and Syria intensify and nuclear talks with the West move toward a Nov. 24 deadline.
Opinion: News viewers not looking for truth
November 2, 2014
You can’t handle the truth. There is a temptation to take that line from Jack Nicholson — snarled at Tom Cruise in “A Few Good Men” — as the moral of the story, the lesson to be learned from a new study on trustworthiness and the news media.
Opinion: New policy player emerging in Iran
November 1, 2014
An intriguing new figure is gaining prominence in the Iranian government just as regional conflicts in Iraq and Syria intensify and nuclear talks with the West move toward a Nov. 24 deadline.
Opinion: Stage set for Republican victory
October 31, 2014
Is this election really about nothing? Democrats might like to think so, but it’s not. First, like all U.S. elections, it’s about the economy. The effect of the weakest recovery in two generations is reflected in President Obama’s 13-point underwater ratings for his handling of the economy.
Opinion: Majority hard to find in Georgia race
October 30, 2014
McDonough, Ga. — In a sun-dappled square decorated with scores of entrants in the community’s Halloween scarecrow contest, a balky sound system enables, if barely, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate to exhort a few hundred people, mostly supporters, to urge neighbors to vote to reduce Sen. Harry Reid to minority leader. The exhorter is David Perdue, a glutton for punishment who has been campaigning incessantly for 15 months and may be doing so for two more.
Opinion: Memories lost, memories made
October 30, 2014
It was the summer of 1969 the first time I came here, two months shy of my 12th birthday.
Opinion: U.S. seeks to weaken Islamic State
October 29, 2014
A glimpse of the anxiety sweeping the Arab world surfaced last week when an Arab woman complained during a talk in Amman at the Columbia Global Center for the Middle East. She said my speech’s title about the “crisis” in the region wasn’t accurate. The correct word was “disintegration.” The audience cheered loudly.
Opinion: Buenos Aires move may set example
October 28, 2014
This capital is about to take a bold step that might be a good idea for Miami, New York and many other urban centers around the world: It will move its city hall, and its 2,500 employees, to one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.