Stephen Kinzer

Stephen Kinzer

Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning author and foreign correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents. His articles and books have led the Washington Post to place him “among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling.” He was Latin America correspondent for The Boston Globe, and then spent more than 20 years working for the New York Times, with extended postings in Nicaragua, Germany, and Turkey. He is a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. His most recent book is The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War.

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"Obama, in what he called a '51-49' decision, ultimately sided with the bombers," writes Kinzer. (Photo: WhiteHouse.gov) Views
Thursday, September 03, 2020
Obama’s ‘Biggest Mistake’ Is Still Wreaking Havoc
Last month in Mali, an African nation twice the size of Texas, military rebels overthrew the government. It was the kind of event that Americans barely notice: another coup in another distant country where people can’t find ways to live together. The truth is more damning. This coup was not the...
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To many around the world, we appear dangerously disoriented, eager to spend mind-boggling amounts of money to fight distant and half-imagined military threat, but not so interested in saving lives here and now.  (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Monday, April 20, 2020
Our Response to the Coronavirus Demonstrates How Far America Has Careened Off Track
Testing large numbers of Americans for a raging virus is “ never going to happen ,” President Trump recently asserted. The amount of money and focused energy that such a project would require is evidently beyond the capacity of the United States. Yet around the same time Trump dismissed the idea of...
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By dismantling accords that limit nuclear weapons, we bring the explosion steadily closer. Views
Saturday, March 09, 2019
We’re Edging Closer to Nuclear War
Last month two nuclear-armed countries, India and Pakistan, came to the brink of war. Their border skirmish was a scary message from the future. If controls on nuclear weapons continue to weaken, more countries will probably develop those weapons. Each time one does, its rivals are likely to do the...
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford pose for a photo with their new baby girl Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford on June 24, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 09, 2018
Make America More Like New Zealand, Costa Rica and Ethiopia
FOR DECADES, AMERICANS have accepted rule by a mendacious and meretricious elite. Today we have reason to believe that our situation is worse than ever. Our president is a hate-mongering bully who promotes foreign wars, the destruction of our natural environment, the further enrichment of the rich...
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Puerto Rico Views
Saturday, May 12, 2018
The Deal That Puerto Rico Didn't Ask for and Didn't Want
Painful truths sometimes become so obvious that they must be faced. Let’s finally be honest. Even though I forced you to marry me, I never loved you — not even on our wedding day. I didn’t know a thing about you, so how could I? You always seemed strange, with your own language and habits. Over the...
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A Syrian girl Views
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Hoisting the False Flag
Brave Guatemalan air force pilots rebelled against a leftist regime in 1954 and used their planes to bomb the regime’s bases. Army commanders also rebelled; Guatemalans could hear them directing troop movements over the radio. Finally these patriots won their revolution. The United States trumpeted...
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"Better to keep these countries in misery and conflict, some reason, than to allow them to thrive while they defy the United States." (Photo: Thaer Mohammed/AFP/Getty) Views
Friday, April 13, 2018
The US Doesn’t Even Care About Syria — But We Keep the War Going
During seven devastating years, war in Syria has killed at least 150,000 people, turned more than ten million into refugees, and reduced once-thriving towns and cities to rubble. Finally it is winding down. Syria now has a chance to begin rebuilding. The country can be reunited, its economy can...
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Thursday, March 15, 2018
Trump Is Gutting the National Endowment for Democracy, and That’s a Good Thing
Thank you, President Trump! Finally you have made a foreign policy recommendation that is logical, overdue, and in the long-term interest of the United States. Congress will probably reject it, but you deserve credit for making the effort. Trump’s budget for the coming fiscal year proposes to gut...
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Coalition Dropping US-Made Cluster Bombs on Yemen Views
Sunday, October 29, 2017
How to End the Endless War
WARS THAT the United States is waging around the world undermine our security by turning entire populations against us and diverting our attention and resources away from urgent needs at home. No, the opposite is true: the United States faces serious threats, and can only protect itself by...
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Sunday, September 17, 2017
America’s Slow-Motion Military Coup
In a democracy, no one should be comforted to hear that generals have imposed discipline on an elected head of state. That was never supposed to happen in the United States. Now it has. Among the most enduring political images of the 20th century was the military junta. It was a group of grim-faced...
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