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New York Times Editorial Board: Foreign policy, defense policy; Ferris professor of journalism at Princeton University, Fall 2013

How the Pentagon Wasted $36 Million — No government department gets what it wants more than the Pentagon. After 9/11, it had a virtual blank check to fight the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Even now, the top civilian and military leaders are lobbying Congress for a bigger budget in 2016 and many lawmakers are all too eager to indulge them.

Boko Haram’s Calculated Campaign of Sexual Violence — We have been hearing for some time about Boko Haram's brutal treatment of women and girls in northeast Nigeria, where the Islamist group is waging war against the central government. Nothing demonstrated the extremists' depravity more clearly than the 2014 abduction from the village of Chibok of nearly 300 schoolgirls, most of whom are still missing.

The Fate of the Iran Deal in Congress — The best thing that can be said about the 98-1 Senate vote approving Iran-related legislation on Thursday was that it did not make a flawed bill any worse. Republicans who are determined to sabotage the emerging nuclear agreement between Iran and the major powers wanted to pile on a number of problematic amendments but debate on them was precluded because of party infighting.

Nuclear War? No, Twitter War — Whatever the benefits of social media, it does have a way of bringing out the worst in some people, propelling them to engage in snarky and highly personal attacks as a way of gaining attention. The latest person to fall into this trap is Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, who this week picked a fight on Twitter with Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif.

War, Repentance and Japan — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan carries a huge burden as his country marks the 70th anniversary of its defeat in World War II this year. He is clearly enthusiastic about charting a future that expands Japan'salliance with America in economic and security affairs.

With an Activist’s Death, Pakistan’s Violence Continues — In Pakistan and elsewhere around the globe, many people are asking who killed Sabeen Mahmud, the Pakistani activist, and what authorities will do about it. If the past holds, the answer is little or nothing. Her death appears to be further evidence that the country is descending further into an abyss in which dissent and moderation are in peril.

Political Thunder Over the Iran Deal — With a preliminary deal limiting Iran's nuclear program apparently in the endgame, opponents are using political thunder to substitute for real information about what's going on inside the closed-door negotiations. On Tuesday, the commander of Iran's Basij militia, a volunteer paramilitary force that operates under the Revolutionary Guard Corps, declared that "erasing Israel off the map" is "nonnegotiable."

What John Bolton Gets Wrong About Iran — John Bolton's best quality may be that he says what he thinks. Diplomats are trained to set aside personal beliefs as they fulfill their professional duties but even when Mr. Bolton was a senior official in the administration of President George W. Bush, and supposed to be exercising discretion, he was brash and outspoken.

In Rural India, Hoping for Jobs and Education in a Growing Economy — BHESDA KHURD, India - To begin to understand the hurdles Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces in building India into an economic powerhouse and reducing extreme poverty, the rural village of Bhesda Khurd, about 45 minutes from the western city of Udaipur, is a good place to start.

Republicans’ Latest Threat To an Iran Deal — By now it should be obvious that a vocal segment of Congress is determined to do whatever it can to undermine President Obama's attempts to negotiate an agreement that would restrict Iran's nuclear program.
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May 22, 2015

RT @NTI_WMD: Tour #China's missile that now holds multiple #nuclear warheads. A move @NYTopinion called "unsettling" @giacomonyt

May 22, 2015

NYT editorial: The Escalation of Unauthorized Wars @londonoe @

May 21, 2015

RT @nytimes: .@POTUS joined Twitter. Racist, hate-filled tweets and replies soon followed

May 21, 2015

Boko Haram’s Calculated Campaign of Sexual Violence

May 21, 2015

First Batch of Hillary Clinton Emails Captures Concerns Over Libya

May 21, 2015

U.S. and Cuba Nearing Deal to Fully Restore Diplomatic Ties

May 20, 2015

ISIS Fighters Seize Control of Syrian City of Palmyra, and Ancient Ruins

May 20, 2015

@AdamNossiter's revealing account of how he covered Mass Rape in Nigeria: Reporter’s Notebook

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