Ed Hancox

Not far from where I grew up there's a tiny park, at its centerpiece is a misshapen lump of corroding metal.  For years I could never decide whether the lump was a modern art installation or just a large piece of refuse that the town simply refused to collect.  Years later I learned that it in fact was a piece of the USS Maine, a United States battleship which blew up in the harbor of Havana, Cuba in 1896.  The destruction of a US Navy warship in a foreign port was as shocking to the citizens of end-of-the-century America as the terrorist attacks of 9/11 would be just over one hund

Corrie Hulse

As the story of the attacks in Norway unfolded last week, an incredible fiction emerged describing what sort of person could be responsible for such violence. The immediate assumption by many in the West was a link to al-Qaida, and belief that these could only be the actions of an Islamic terrorist. This, of course, turned out to be patently false.

Corinne Goldenberg

Adam Curtis produced The Power of Nightmares (2004), a three part BBC series, right smack in the middle of George W. Bush’s “war on terror.” I recently re-discovered the documentary series, and have been wondering whether its message is still relevant, or whether the neoconservative agenda will gently fade into the memory of the turn of the millennium.

Corrie Hulse

When the news broke on Sunday about the death of Osama bin Laden (after pulling myself out of the black hole that is Twitter in the midst of major world news), I knew it had to be the topic of my blog this week. This event was more than historical, and there was so much to be said. Yet, as morning came, and the videos continued to roll on the television of the Team America-esque partying going on across the country, I wanted to run as far away from this topic as possible.

Ed Hancox

Soon after President Barack Obama announced the death of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden late Sunday night, a crowd began to gather outside of the White House. At first it was small group of a few dozen people, perhaps the amount you would expect on the streets of Washington DC at midnight on a Sunday. But soon their numbers swelled into the thousands, united in a joyous celebration that the symbol of evil that had haunted the American psyche for a decade was no more.

Michael J. Jordan

I woke up yesterday to the news that Osama Bin Laden had finally been tracked and assassinated. My initial reaction: “Wow.

Ed Hancox

If you need proof of how truly confusing the situation is in Libya, look no further than last Saturday's coverage of the conflict on CNN where one of their reporters, Reza Sayah presented the story of a Benghazi man identified as Al Mehdi Zeu who died fighting against the troops of Moammar Gadhafi.

World Policy Journal

by Frank Spring. Originally published by our partner site, World Policy Blog.

Ed Hancox

There was an announcement quietly made in mid-December that could finally be the game-changer needed to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan.  The announcement wasn't made by Barack Obama or General David Petraeus and didn't involve sending more troops into the battlefield; rather it was made by a bank and involved a pipeline.

Anam Khan

In September, northwest Pakistan was devastated by heavy floods. Millions of people fled submerged villages in desperation. Militants based in the region were quick to respond with food, medical aid, and shelter. The overshadowing of the government's own response efforts to the disaster has serious implications, says Anam Khan.