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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.

  • Obama and the Beginning of the End of the Cuban Embargo

    by Amy Goodman

    The failed United States policy against Cuba, which has for more than half a century stifled relations between these neighboring countries and inflicted generations of harm upon the Cuban people, may finally be collapsing.

  • Roundup Top 10!

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

  • Putin and the Art of Political Fantasy

    by Walter Laqueur

    For some considerable time the element of fantasy in Russian political discourse has been strong (and growing stronger), not only at the popular level but in official statements.

  • The Christmas Truce: A Sentimental Dream

    by Peter Hart

    From the perspective of the freezing-cold trenches the idea of the season of peace and goodwill seemed surrealistic. Yet parcels and Christmas gifts began to arrive in the trenches and there was a strange atmosphere in the air.

  • How did American higher education evolve?

    by Scott Jaschik

    An interview with Roger L. Geiger, author of The History of American Higher Education: Learning and Culture From the Founding to World War II (Princeton University Press).

  • The Rocky Road to Tara

    by Chris Nashawaty

    It took three years, cost a princely sum and threatened to go off the rails more times than David O. Selznick cared to count. But against all odds, Gone With The Wind stayed the course–and turned out to be an epic for the ages.

  • An Arab Prince Denounces Islamism

    by Daniel Pipes

    The crown prince of Bahrain (an island kingdom in the Persian Gulf and home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet), candidly analyzed the Islamist enemy and suggested important ways to fight it.

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