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Can we count the cost of drone warfare?

With increased focus on the American use of drones, Joshua Foust discusses the opaqueness of the drone campaign and the difficulty in assessing possible collateral damage from drone use.

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Obama, Romney send in answers to ‘Science Debate’

President Obama has assembled the most scientifically accomplished administration since the time of the founding fathers.

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Afghanistan still violent, candidates still silent

Without the vigorous debate the Afghanistan strategy demands, this war risks sliding into autopilot— a continuing saga of half-formed plans with an ill-defined end in sight.

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The rise of Afghan fratricide

As the U.S. prepares for the transition to full Afghan control of Afghanistan, a level of unrest is pitting soldier against soldier. How can the U.S. quell the rising problem of fraternal killings? Joshua Foust explains the necessary remedies.

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The counterproductive spectacle of Pussy Riot

Why have human rights in Russia largely been ignored until now? Contributor Joshua Foust weighs in on the Pussy Riot media frenzy.

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Consent and conception

Dr. Susan Greenfield looks at comments made by Representative Todd Akin and analyzes the historical precedent of these ideas.

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Combating diabetes in the American Indian community

Nearly one in four U.S. teens has diabetes or pre-diabetes. Read what the American Indian community is doing to combat this growing problem.

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Regional visions for Afghanistan’s future

Afghanistan cannot escape its geography, its region, or relations with its neighbors. In turn, the real question becomes: How can the U.S. can help or hinder Afghanistan’s transition to full sovereignty?

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The state of Syria

The civil war in Syria grows more violent by the day and stories from Syria have become more disjointed. Read contributor Joshua Foust’s “state of the state” for answers on what comes next.

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Bigger hurdles, than dismal job growth for unemployed

One study that sampled online job posts found more than 150 “unemployed-need-not-apply” job ads across a wide range of industries, in what may be only the tip of the iceberg.

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Five lessons we should have learned in Afghanistan

As the war in Afghanistan reaches its 2014 transition, when the major combat mission ends and U.S. troops take on a more sedate training role, we should take the chance to look back on what lessons we’ve learned there. With the war shifting from outright combat to maintaining the Afghan government and security forces; can [...]

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The growing importance of Africa to U.S. policy

Last week, the Mali government requested an International Criminal Court probe into atrocities in the uncontrolled northern part of the country. The northern armed groups are accused of committing rape, mass killings and using child soldiers. It’s easy to think of Mali as another example of how messed up Africa can be at times. But Mali [...]

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A stimulus for the middle class

Working Americans need a policymaker like Ben Bernanke working on their behalf. But, unlike the Fed chairman, one who actually has authority over tax and spending policies as well as a mandate to act unilaterally to pursue actions that create jobs and promote shared prosperity, writes contributor Jim Carr.

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Wells Fargo settlement: An important victory for minority homeowners, communities

Wells Fargo’s decision to settle its mortgage discrimination lawsuit with the city of Memphis represents an important victory for minority homeowners and communities, writes law professor Raymond Brescia.

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Turkey, Syria escalate their war of words

Turkey should exercise caution, writes Joshua Foust. Dragging NATO into a conflict with Syria might not safeguard Turkish interests, and a Turkish-Syrian war could have resounding regional implications.