Stephen Kinzer

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Saturday, August 06, 2016
Don't Blame the Masses
Whether or not the world is in an unusually bad state these days, it certainly seems so. Even Americans, famous for our lack of interest in world affairs, now closely follow news from far away. Much of it is frightening. Terror attacks are claiming innocent lives around the world. Syria is being...
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Friday, July 08, 2016
Time to Talk in Syria
As the horrific carnage in Syria continues, a depressingly familiar chorus is rising from Washington. The new consensus is the same as it was in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan: Bombing isn’t working, so let’s bomb more. A familiar coalition — generals, defense contractors, and politicians, along...
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Saturday, June 25, 2016
Brexit—A Stern Rebuke to Arrogant Elites
Astonishment, jubilation, and awe seized the hearts of European leaders after they took decisive steps toward uniting their continent in December 1991. By agreeing to accelerate Europe’s progress toward “ever closer union,” they produced far more than simply another treaty. The accord they signed...
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Sunday, June 12, 2016
Don’t Mythologize Ali’s Rage
Reaction to the death of Muhammad Ali this weekend was reverential, and why not? As obituaries explained at great length, Ali was more than just a great boxer. He was a “civil rights activist,” a “champion of free speech,” a “humanitarian,” a “tireless human rights ambassador and philanthropist”...
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Monday, February 22, 2016
The Media are Misleading the Public on Syria
Coverage of the Syrian war will be remembered as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the American press. Reporting about carnage in the ancient city of Aleppo is the latest reason why. For three years, violent militants have run Aleppo. Their rule began with a wave of repression...
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Blame the West’s Interventions for Today's Terrorism
Outside powers have been crashing into the Middle East for more than a century. At first we presumed that people there would not mind, or even that they would welcome us. Ultimately we realized that our interventions were provoking hatred and violent turmoil. We took refuge in another comforting...
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Sunday, February 01, 2015
Reject the Surveillance State
Terrorists are likely to strike again in the United States. Innocent people will be maimed and killed. Afterward there may be another attack, and another one after that. The shooters or bombers will run the gamut, from disoriented misfits to coldly efficient fanatics. All would join the toast that...
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Samantha Power testifies at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) Views
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Are Human Rights Activists Today's Warmongers?
Almost everyone likes the idea of human rights. The phrase itself is freighted with goodness. Supporting human rights is like supporting world peace. The modern human rights movement began as a band of outsiders, fighting governments on behalf of the faceless and voiceless. President Jimmy Carter...
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Are Hillary Clinton's Presidential Ambitions Clouding Her Morals?
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Technicians of the International Atomic Energy Agency inspect a uranium conversion plant in Iran. (Photo: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA) Views
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Invading Iraq Was Dumb Enough. Now Congress Wants to Derail the Iran Deal
The diplomatic bargain struck by the United States and Iran this week is the Obama administration's greatest diplomatic triumph. Efforts by the US Congress to derail it would, if successful, constitute a self-inflicted strategic wound even more myopic than its vote to endorse the 2003 invasion of...
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