National Commentary

National Commentary

Letter from an Azerbaijani prison

Khadija Ismayilova is an investigative journalist and contributor to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Azerbaijani service who has reported extensively on the...


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Obama's failures necessitate Netanyahu speech

Think back to how Americans felt in the days after 9/11. We all had a fresh sense of vulnerability. This is how the six million Jewish citizens of Israel feel...


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Summit on extremism is useless chatter

My father used to have on his bookshelf a volume titled “To Fulfill These Rights,” the report of the 1966 White House conference on race in America...


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Get ready for $10 oil

At about $50 a barrel, crude oil prices are down by more than half from their June 2014 peak of $107. They may fall more, perhaps even as low as $10 to $20....


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China's fear of the Web

The digital revolution is still unfolding, disrupting, intruding — and being suffocated. Around the globe, societies are being transformed by the fastest and...




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Walker surge benefits Bush for 2016

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker “is the runaway frontrunner” for the 2016 Republican nomination, Glenn Beck wrote. It's true, everywhere you go there's a...


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Awaiting another Washington

“Boy, here's something we could use more of today: unity among the American people. Americans are so divided.” “Maybe so, but we've been divided...


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Germany key to deterring Russia

On February 12, a Ukraine ceasefire was announced after all-night negotiation. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in partnership with President François...


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'Daily Show' became part of what it sought to satirize

According to the Boston Globe, Jon Stewart shaped the cultural attitudes of a generation. Many others seem to agree. For me, that’s harsh. I see no call to...


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Free speech and ivory towers

Last fall, Marquette University professor John McAdams criticized a graduate student who was teaching a philosophy class at the school on his blog. During the class...


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