Opinion

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Lincoln, Obama and the sweep of history

With a stroke of a pen the Union government outlawed the enslavement of 4 million people. The truth was that the war was not going well for the North and they had to pass the Emancipation Proclamation in order to win.

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Senate hearings on Hagel were a disgrace

After the Senate hearingson President Obama's nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense, several important points need to be made.

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Four more years: Central and South Asia

From the ice-bound passes of the Hindu Kush to the blazing heat of the Karakum Desert, Central Asia is a sub-continent steeped in illusion.

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2012 “Are You Serious?” awards

Every year Dispatches From The Edge gives awards to news stories and newsmakers that fall under the category of "Are you serious?"

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Is Syria situation spinning out of control?

The news from Syria is not good.

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Charting a new vision on the anniversary of 9/11

It is appropriate on this 11th anniversary to think hard about the need for a new direction in foreign policy.

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The Mali war - the wages of sin

The reports filtering out of Northern Mali are appalling: beatings and whippings for the slightest violations of Sharia law.

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Wildfires - and Republican climate change cluelessness - continue

As the blazes continue to consume forests and destroy homes, the climate change that spawned them is continuously being denied or ignored by Republicans.

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