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Putting the War on Terror under the law

In early February, a Department of Justice Office of Legal Council White Paper that summarized the White House’s legal reasoning for the war on terrorism leaked to the public. While the White Paper limited its discussion to why the White House can order lethal strikes against American citizens, it also contains some worrying hints about how [...]

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Dim prospects for drone accountability

Last week, John O. Brennan, President Obama’s nominee for director of the CIA, faced some tough questions from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Arguably one of the most interesting was posed by Committee Chairwoman Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), who suggested during her opening comments that it might be time for the drones program to [...]

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Inside Obama’s presidency

Watch Inside Obama’s Presidency on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE. Related content: View more on drone strikes under the Obama administration. Drone strikes in Pakistan Reporting from Pakistan, Need to Know investigates the impact U.S. drone attacks are having on citizens in targeted areas. Interview with Pir Zubair Shah Anchor Scott Simon interviews Pir Zubair [...]

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A hollow victory: The slow unraveling of Libya

There’s been a months-long string of horrifying stories coming out of Libya that seems to merit mostly shrugs. Joshua Foust asks: What is going on?

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The psychology of why we’re so gung ho about war with Iran

Two polls published Tuesday show that a majority of Americans support a pre-emptive strike on Iran. Why? According to a new paper, the way we talk about Iran might have something to do with it.

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How do Israelis and Americans feel about the drumbeat toward war with Iran?

The smell of gunpowder is in the air. Polls show war-weary Americans have a surprisingly large appetite for war with Iran. Israelis, however, feel much differently.

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A revolution unfinished: One year after Mubarak’s ouster, Egypt’s fate remains uncertain

Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations says of Egypt, “The uprising certainly overthrew a leader, but it didn’t overthrow a political order.”

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War with Iran? Sanctions, oil embargo and threat to close trade route add to tension

Economic sanctions have driven the Iranian currency to record lows, and a new oil embargo could drive the Iranian regime to desperation. Is war on the horizon?

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Anthony Shadid on the status of Christians in the Middle East

Ray Suarez interviews New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid, who offers his perspective on the status of Christians throughout the Middle East.

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