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This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.

  • Empowering Jihad: The Deadly Myth of a 'Root Cause'

    by Phyllis Chesler

    Blaming Islamist horrors on poverty only obscures the true problem: Jihadists are driven by an ideology — one that yearns to "restore" a mythical caliphate, one governed by the most austere version of Sharia law.

  • Putin’s war of words, decoded

    by Elizabeth Wood

    The current Russian mythologizing of World War II contains a number of outright falsifications and dangerous tendencies.

  • Roundup Top 10!

    This week's broad sampling of opinion pieces found on the Internet, as selected by the editors of HNN.

  • The Warmongering Record of Hillary Clinton

    by Gary Leupp

    Clinton’s record of her tenure in the State Department is entitled Hard Choices, but it has never been hard for Hillary to choose brute force in the service of U.S. imperialism and its controlling 1%.

  • Haunted by Vietnam

    by Staughton Lynd

    How the Vietnam War Shattered the American Identity

  • Syria's Civil War Could Stabilize Its Region

    by Daniel Pipes

    Amid tragedy and horror, as populations adapt to the brutal imperatives of modern nationalism, all four countries are becoming a bit more stable.

  • Can teaching patriotism protect France?

    by Robert Zaretsky

    After the Charlie Hebdo massacre, a country recommits to promoting national values in schools—a tradition that has flagged in the United States

  • Fidel Castro and Apartheid

    by Matt Peppe

    Cuba’s intervention in Angola managed to change the course of that country and reverberate throughout Africa.

  • The Hero Europe Needed

    by Michael Ignatieff

    A quarter century after the Velvet Revolution, Václav Havel's legacy is in disarray. His life illuminates a dissident generation's dreams and the revenge that history has taken on them.

  • One Standard, Not Two, for Christianity and Islam

    by Jeffrey Herf

    The President spoke the truth recently when he said “terrible deeds” have been committed in the name of Christianity. We should be equally frank in saying that terrible deeds are now being committed in the name of Islam.

  • The Real American Exceptionalism

    by Alfred W. McCoy

    From Torture to Drone Assassination, How Washington Gave Itself a Global Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card

  • What Ike Can Teach Obama

    by Scott McConnell

    In the 1956 Suez Crisis, Eisenhower recognized that America's interests did not lie with blind and unconditional support of an ally.

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