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Colbert on Romney’s Retroactive Retirement, Sports Accomplishments, Vocal Stylings

classic Colbert segment - mab
Posted by , Tuesday, July 17, 2012

NYT (2): Foreign Affairs

Holding to promise, Yemeni opposition goes after military; Outrageous plan to relocate 4,000 puts Brazilian Olympic plans on hold.
Posted by , Monday, March 5, 2012

NYT Op-Eds (3)

"The victories of so many Republican women in the primaries is a victory for feminism" (Douthat); "Expand the Hatch Act and ban White House staff from participating in all partisan activity" (Guest Op-Ed); "After all these years, the Brits still don't get us" (Egan)
Posted by , Monday, June 14, 2010

NYT (4): International Affairs

IF IRAN DOES GET THE BOMB, CAN IT BE CONTAINED?; What if the winner in Iraq has no clear mandate?; Is there a "campaign" against the Pope?; and Russia fears "humiliation" at home in 2014.
Posted by , Sunday, March 14, 2010

NYT (4): International Affairs

Lacking campaign finance rules, Iraqi candidates use every possible means to secure votes; Iranian gov't shuts last two opposition publications; Chile finally realizes it needs outside aid; and in wake of lousy Russian showing at Olympics, Medvedev wants trainers' heads.
Posted by , Tuesday, March 2, 2010

NYT Op-Eds (4)

"No financial reform is better than a weak reform that would only create a false sense of security then fail in the clinch" (Krugman); "The government doctors and psychologists who participated in and authorized the torture of detainees should be investigated" (Guest Op-Ed); "Mitch Daniels, Republican of Indiana, has become America’s best governor. Is that enough to drive a presidential campaign in 2012?" (Douthat); "The best way to end waste, promote stability and return the focus to the athletes would be to base all Olympic activities in traditionally neutral Switzerland" (Guest Op-Ed)
Posted by , Monday, March 1, 2010

NYT (4): International Affairs

Over 2 million displaced in Chilean quake, with numbers expected to rise; Is Yemen headed toward civil war?; War of words continues in Iran, as Moussavi calls leaders a "cult"; and for some U.S. Olympic winners, there is increasingly no "team" in "I."
Posted by , Sunday, February 28, 2010

NYT (4): International Affairs

Obama meets with Dalai Lama, and China expectedly protests; U.N. climate chief quits; Czech court bans far-right party; and what happened to Russian dominance of the Winter Olympics?
Posted by , Friday, February 19, 2010

NYT (8): International Affairs

COALITION TROOPS ON THE MOVE AS AFGHAN WAR HEATS UP; Tymoshenko refuses to concede Ukrainian election; Idealism gives way to realism as Chavez gives oil contracts to Western companies; Profile of a moderate French imam; In rebuke to U.S., Europe nixes sharing of bank data; Greece's economic crisis causes others to reconsider switch to euro; Death of luger casts pall on Olympics; and the strange case of rewarding blatant plagiarism.
Posted by , Saturday, February 13, 2010

NYT (9): National News

As Democrats fret over MA race, a look at the man who maintained Kennedy's legacy in the interim; Does the G.O.P. only see health care as a political tool?; Dobson to get national radio show; Electric cars finally become a reality; WA braces for Vancouver Olympics; a review of "Game Change"; and new books on the failure of corporate boards, and the power of our unconscious minds.
Posted by , Sunday, January 17, 2010

Touring Empire’s Ruins: From Detroit to the Amazon

Posted by , Thursday, June 25, 2009

NYT (4): International News

Russia begins partial embargo of fuel to Europe; Venezuela halts heating aid to U.S. (for economic, not political, reasons); Chinese pre-Olympic crackdown was much larger than expected; and is Bush's sudden aid to Darfur simply "legacy shopping?"
Posted by , Tuesday, January 6, 2009

NYT (3): International News

A day after Morales dismisses the U.S. ambassador to Bolivia, Chavez does the same in Venezuela; China fails to live up to its promise of open protests during the Olympics; and Jenin (West Bank) as a template for peace and a two-state solution.
Posted by , Friday, September 12, 2008

NYT (2): International News

Protests in Thailand continue to heat up; and despite China's promises of allowing protests during the Olympics, "thousands of relentless protestors [are] in jail or under close surveillance."
Posted by , Saturday, August 30, 2008

NYT Op-Eds (4)

In observing China's build-up to the Olympics, Thomas Friedman gets it right that we need to focus on rebuilding America's infrastructure ("As snapshots go, the one China presented through the Olympics was enormously powerful — and it’s one that Americans need to reflect upon this election season"); a former aid to Joe Biden offers an apologia on his behalf ("Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s efforts to protect Judge Robert Bork’s and Judge Clarence Thomas’s privacy demonstrate that, although he was present at the creation of the post-Bork era, he did not cause it"); Maureen Dowd suggests that all is not cozily unified in Denver ("I’ve never actually seen a convention where the energy was so absorbed by people who had lost the nomination, rather than the one who had won"); and a guest op-ed explains why India is going the wrong route re Kashmir ("A new generation of politicized Kashmiris has now risen; the world is again likely to ignore them — until some of them turn into terrorists with Qaeda links).
Posted by , Wednesday, August 27, 2008

China returns American activists to NYC

Posted by , Tuesday, August 26, 2008

NYT Op-Eds (7)

Frank Rich joins NYT columnists Bob Herbert and Charles Blow in warning Obama that he must re-think his campaign ("As the presidential race finally gains the country’s full attention, the strategy Barack Obama used to vanquish Hillary Clinton must be rebooted to take out John McCain"); Thomas Friedman and Nicholas Kristof both offer quasi-apologias re China ("China and America can look at their Olympic successes as reaffirmations of their distinctly different political systems. But they could also learn from each other"; "For all the continuing repression, Chinese live far freer lives now than they did in the 1980s and ’90s. The openness even continues to expand on the Internet"); Maureen Dowd tells McCain to "check out of the Hanoi Hilton" ("John McCain’s campaign is cheapening his greatest strength by flashing the P.O.W. card to rebut any criticism, no matter how unrelated"); two guest op-eds on the Russian situation ("The real mastermind behind Russia’s invasion of Georgia is Stalin"; "The conflict in Georgia showed that Washington had better start treating Russia like the great power it still is"); and a third guest op-ed looks back at the Prague Spring ("Why do Czechs and Slovaks discount the Prague Spring, a period of political liberalization in 1968?").
Posted by , Sunday, August 24, 2008

NYT Op-Eds (4)

"Senator Barack Obama needs a first-rate, crackling-with-excitement populist message, which means a laser-like focus on the economy and jobs" (Herbert); "Earth to Barack: to Main Street America, nuance equals confusion. You don’t have to dumb it down, but you do have to sum it up" (Blow); "Officials should right a wrong that grows larger with each passing Olympics and reconcile with Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the athletes who made the supposed black-power salute in the 1968 Olympics" (Guest Op-Ed); "There is nothing we enjoy more than sealing our own doom in the most creative ways possible" (Collins; must-read for perfect combination of humor and concern)
Posted by , Saturday, August 23, 2008

NYT (2): International News

Russia expands its "sphere of influence"; and 6 American protestors are given rare 10-day detentions in China, while four protestors remain missing.
Posted by , Saturday, August 23, 2008

3 Americans 1 German Tibetan sentenced to 10 days in jail in China

Posted by , Saturday, August 23, 2008

NYT (2): International News

Follow-up on the issue of two elderly women in China sentenced to one year of labor for simply requesting to protest; and the bizarre (and dangerous?) two-headed monster in Russia.
Posted by , Thursday, August 21, 2008

NYT (4): International News

China arrests five Americans for protesting, and sentences two elderly women to a year of "re-education through labor" for simply WANTING to protest; a resurgent Taliban ups the ante; and the Pakistani situation worsens.
Posted by , Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Album reaches #4 on Billboard in first week

Over 40 Olympic athletes in Beijing download Tibet solidarity album 'Songs for Tibet'
Posted by , Wednesday, August 20, 2008

NYT (2): International News

The Kurds take Kirkuk, creating a "powder keg" in Iraq; and despite promises to the IOC, China continues to simply arrest potential demonstrators despite the creation of "protest zones."
Posted by , Tuesday, August 19, 2008

American demonstrator tells of 9 hour interrogation

Tibet activist detained, ousted from Beijing By Matt Collette, Boston Globe Correspondent
Posted by , Monday, August 18, 2008