May

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New book about Alger Hiss revives Cold War mythology

As Rep. Allen West proved with his channeling of the late Sen. Joe McCarthy recently, the Red Scare echoes endure within American culture.

The ruling class "nullification" attack on democracy

In 30 years demographers forecast that the population of the U.S. will no longer be majority white.

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Death of Maurice Sendak brings out a flood of commentary

As soon as the news of Maurice Sendak's death was announced, social media was flooded with comments from generations of readers, parents, and librarians.

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“Arab Spring, Libyan Winter” has timely lessons for NATO summit

A timely new book, "Arab Spring, Libyan WInter," provides a short, information-rich guide to what the NATO controversy is all about.

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"Avengers" assembles best elements of its genre

Avengers took the humor-tinged mech-action of Iron Man, the Shakespearean epicness of Thor, and threw in a little political correctness for good measure. This is how you do a superhero film.

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Difficult days ahead for Afghanistan and U.S.

Without a new strategy - not the slow downsizing of the Afghanistan war over the next decade - there will indeed be difficult days ahead.

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It’s thumbs down on “austerity” in Europe

The European solution of austerity has been totally discredited not just on that continent but by workers and their allies around the world.

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Summer films: The good, the bad, the wild cards

This summer will offer the usual assortment of comic book blockbusters, sci-fi, obscene comedies, reboots, remakes, sequels, and prequels.

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Chris Hedges strays from the facts

At first glance it has a radical ring to it, but on closer inspection it omits some salient facts and thus leads to an erroneous conclusion.

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Latin America delivers a swift kick

On one level, April's hemispheric summit meeting was an old fashioned butt kicking for Washington's policies in the region.

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