New Iran Group

From Politico’s Ben Smith: New Iran group to press White House on democracy With democratic revolutions shaking the Middle East, a Democratic think tank, the Progressive Policy Institute, and the pro-democracy group Freedom House are launching a new task force… Continue Reading  

Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, Intolerance “R” Us

America’s Growing Intolerance How “Enemy Creep” Is Guantanamo-izing America By Karen J. Greenberg Reprinted with permission of Just in case you thought that “political correctness” had been thoroughly discredited in the culture wars of the 1990s, it’s back —… Continue Reading  

Libya, Iraq, and Humanitarianism

Glenn Greenwald has a typically thorough and well-argued piece attacking the claim that opposing intervention in Libya means that one is indifferent to the suffering of Libyans. Greenwald is, I think, certainly correct on this point; there are enough compelling… Continue Reading  

Tomgram: Rebecca Solnit, Hope and Turmoil in 2011

The Butterfly and the Boiling Point Charting the Wild Winds of Change in 2011 By Rebecca Solnit Reprinted with permission of Revolution is as unpredictable as an earthquake and as beautiful as spring. Its coming is always a surprise,… Continue Reading  

A Revealing Correction

Josh Rogin’s account of the White House debate leading up to the decision to use force in Libya contains the following rather delicious correction: UPDATE: A previous version of this story stated that Vice President Joseph Biden pushed for the… Continue Reading