May 31, 2009 Two decades ago, Xiao Bin, a 42-year-old factory worker, claimed he saw tanks crush student demonstrators in Tiananmen Square. After he spoke to American journalists, he was sent to labor camp — and his story became a well-known cautionary tale.
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May 30, 2009 Weeks after the release of journalist Roxana Saberi from a prison in Tehran, two other American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, are being held in North Korea — and reportedly will be standing trial Thursday.
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May 30, 2009 This week, the U.S. and much of the international community condemned the continued saber-rattling by North Korea, and President Obama nominated the first Hispanic woman for the U.S. Supreme Court.
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May 30, 2009 Even if the world is able to convince, beg or coerce North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons, the great weapon of mass destruction is the cruelty Kim Jong Il wages against his own people.
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May 29, 2009 Many liberals who take it on faith that Cheney represents all that is evil, cruel, and unhip about the Republican party, not to mention carbon-based life forms, are loath to give him even an ounce of credit for his success.
May 29, 2009 Consumer activist Ralph Nader charged that former Democratic National Committee chair Terry McAuliffe attempted to bribe a political foe in order to influence an election result. Remarkably, McAuliffe, now a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor of Virginia, is not denying it.
May 29, 2009 A new Supreme Court Justice could change the way the United States interacts with other countries.
May 29, 2009 Jonathan Cohn continues his examination of U.S. health care by comparing America to Canada and France.
May 28, 2009 It is well known that Sonia Sotomayor is Puerto Rican and that she grew up in a Bronx housing project. But much has been lost in translation. Weekend Edition's Tony Marcano had a very similar upbringing — in fact, he grew up down the block from the Sotomayor family. He has a few misconceptions he'd like to clear up.
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May 28, 2009 A recent poll revealed that a quarter of Israel's population quite understandably might emigrate if Iran gets the bomb. And it seems likely that within a decade or two, a nuclear Iran could so demoralize the Israelis by such psychological intimidation that it could unravel Israel demographically without dropping a bomb.
May 28, 2009 The comb-over isn't just a makeshift solution for balding heads — now it's a makeshift solution for TV networks. Commentator Andrew Wallenstein says NBC's "new" nightly lineup is really just a trick middle-aged men have been using for years: stretching existing resources to cover the empty spots.
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May 28, 2009 The war being waged against the West also is a war against modernity. For nearly a thousand years, Islam reigned supreme in much of the world. But with the coming of the modern era, Christendom outpaced the Muslim world by almost every measure. Islamists believe the destruction of modernity is necessary if Islam is to regain the power to which it is entitled.
May 28, 2009 All sorts of startling conclusions are being drawn about the failure of California's ballot funding initiatives last week. Newt Gingrich hailed it as another Boston Tea Party, and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman insisted that it condemns California, one of the world's largest economies, to banana republic status. But if it was such a big deal, how come the voter turnout was so low?
May 28, 2009 Gay marriage opponents have made that formulation their mantra. It's a really strange way for them to summarize their argument, because it's not an argument at all. If we're debating health care, one side will have a line about big government, and the other will have a line about the uninsured or spiraling costs. The anti-gay-marriage soundbite, by contrast, makes no attempt at persuasion.
May 28, 2009 The office of Uri Lubrani, who was de facto Israeli ambassador to Iran in the 1970s and famously predicted the fall of the shah, is being shut down. While this may seem a minor bureaucratic matter, it also speaks to the demise of an idea that gained currency in some Washington circles just a few years ago and then faded: that the United States might support a plan of regime change in Iran.
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