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The Beginning of the End: Case Could Halt Lethal Injections in US

The Beginning of the End: Case Could Halt Lethal Injections in US

April 29, 2015, 05:31 PM

Following a string of horrific botched executions, the US Supreme Court is considering a case that could lead to a ban on lethal injections.áThe alternatives are so cruel that they might bring the country closer to abolishing capital punishment. By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]


Take Two: A New Hillary for a Fresh White House Bid

Take Two: A New Hillary for a Fresh White House Bid

April 23, 2015, 06:35 PM

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The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State

The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State

April 18, 2015, 01:17 PM

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TheáAmerican Nightmare: Debbie Milke Recounts Life on Death Row

TheáAmerican Nightmare: Debbie Milke Recounts Life on Death Row

April 16, 2015, 06:08 PM

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Interview with Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Abadi: 'The Liberation of Tikrit Is Very Encouraging'

Interview with Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Abadi: 'The Liberation of Tikrit Is Very Encouraging'

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The Persian Paradox: Iran IsáMuch More Modern Than You Think

The Persian Paradox: Iran IsáMuch More Modern Than You Think

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Proxy War in Yemen: Saudi Arabia and Iran Vie for Regional Supremacy

Proxy War in Yemen: Saudi Arabia and Iran Vie for Regional Supremacy

April 03, 2015, 06:28 PM

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Tashkent's Shakespearean Drama: Scandal Shakes Uzbekistan's Ruling Family

Tashkent's Shakespearean Drama: Scandal Shakes Uzbekistan's Ruling Family

April 03, 2015, 11:30 AM

Germany's closest ally in Central Asia is a brutal dictator. Islam Karimov hasáruledáUzbekistan with an iron fistáfor a quarter-century. Now, Shakespearean plotting within his own family is raising questions about who will succeed the 77-year-old leader. By Erich Follath in Tashkent, Uzbekistan more... Comment ]

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Geopolitical Tremors: America, Nuclear Talks and the New Middle East

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Opinion: A Bad Deal with Iran Is Better than None

Opinion: A Bad Deal with Iran Is Better than None

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Fortress of Nationalism: Russia Is Losing Its Political Morals

Fortress of Nationalism: Russia Is Losing Its Political Morals

March 31, 2015, 10:10 AM

The murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov reveals that Russia has become morally unhinged. The country is transforming into a nationalist fortress and the powers that be are happy to ignore the potentially dangerous implications. An Essay by Christian Neef more... Comment ]