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Opinion

Monday, May 4, 2015

Editorial: Japan’s History

Monday, May 4, 2015

Seven decades after the end of World War II, the U.S. and Japan have agreed to significantly expand military cooperation. It shows, as President Barack …

Column: ‘Wolf Hall’ Stretches Truth, Marvelously

Monday, May 4, 2015

Washington Wolf Hall, the Man Booker Prize-winning historical novel about the court of Henry VIII — and most dramatically, the conflict between Thomas Cromwell and …

Forum, April 29: A Lesson From Gallipoli; Encourage Corporate Change; New Uses for Shop-Vacs

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Lesson From Gallipoli To the Editor: The AP article on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli invasion by Australia and New Zealand during World War I (“Thousands Honor Soldiers on 100th Year of Gallipoli Battle,” April 26, 2015) offers a chance to deepen our remembrances, and even …

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Editorial: The Drones of War

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

President Obama’s extraordinary revelation last week that two hostages — an American and an Italian — had been accidentally killed in January during a counterterrorism operation in Pakistan has focused renewed attention on the shadow war being conducted …

Column: The Center (and Left and Right) Will Not Hold

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Washington The world’s democracies, perhaps especially our own, face a peculiar set of contradictions that are undermining faith in public endeavor and unraveling old loyalties. There is a decline of trust in traditional political parties but also a rise in partisanship. A broad desire for governments to reduce …

Column: Choose a Woman for U.N. Secretary-General

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Over the next year, the United Nations will make a critical choice. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s term ends Dec. 31, 2016, and a new leader will replace him. In the past, the election of a successor has taken place in the fall of a secretary-general’s final year in office, …

Column: Campaign Spending Is a Scandal Waiting to Happen

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The role of money and politics in the 2016 presidential election is a conundrum. Humongous sums will be spent; the effect on the outcome could be minimal, but in time the flood of cash may produce Watergate-level money scandals. Spending by candidates, parties and outside groups and individuals …

Monday, April 27, 2015

Editorial: Hello, Pluto

Monday, April 27, 2015

People of Earth: Only rarely do you get the chance to explore a new world, so buckle up because the moment is approaching at a speed of 30,000 mph. That’s how fast NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is hurtling toward its destination of tiny, distant Pluto. Just 60 million …

Column: Trade, Yes, but Help American Workers

Monday, April 27, 2015

Washington No, President Obama, Elizabeth Warren isn’t wrong. Obama told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews last Tuesday that the populist Democratic senator from Massachusetts is in error in opposing a free-trade agreement his administration negotiated with 11 other Pacific nations. Warren is right: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an abomination …

Failed Policy: Obama Appeases, Iran Rises

Monday, April 27, 2015

Washington In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a “very successful regional power.” His wish — a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states — is becoming a reality. Consider: ∎  Gulf of Aden: Iran sends a flotilla of warships and weapons-carrying freighters …