Syrian boys in the rebel-held town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus, January 2017

How Assad is Winning

In Damascus people call it the “million-dollar checkpoint,” although it is not one but two face-to-face roadblocks, barely a rifle shot apart. On a suburban road between government and opposition zones of control in Damascus, President Bashar al-Assad’s soldiers and…

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Solitude and good service

It started, like most habits, in childhood, when I’d take the bus to the beach at Santa Monica in winter. Winter was the best of all seasons. No one was there, not even the lifeguards. The Muscle Beach weightlifters had…

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Policemen with truncheons in Ferguson, Missouri, bash African American protestors. A Predator drone bombs a Muslim wedding party in Afghanistan. Israeli soldiers raid a village in the occupied West Bank. Links among such apparently unrelated events are not obvious, but…

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Disunified Front

The chaotic, underfunded battle against the Islamic State For two months in the summer of 1962, Dana Adams Schmidt, a correspondent for the New York Times, vanished into the wilds of Iraqi Kurdistan. He called the book he eventually produced…

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Opinion: Donald Trump!

Donald J. Trump Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Gage Skidmore / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) Relax, America. Donald Trump is not an alien from outer space. He is one of us. American tradition has a place for him just…

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