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  On the 50th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs, lessons in presidential humility

In the current political climate, President Obama might draw inspiration from John F. Kennedy’s Bay of Pigs defeat 50 years ago, says Jon Meacham.

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Al Qaeda returns to Afghanistan

After years of apparent banishment, Al Qaeda has again been detected in Afghanistan. Joshua Foust asks: Why can’t the U.S. keep terrorists out?

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  Jon Meacham: Obama didn’t follow the law with Libya campaign

President Obama has placed himself above democracy in launching a military campaign in Libya without congressional approval, says Jon Meacham.

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  Wounded in war, seven years later

On April 24, 2004, the Renaud brothers were embedded with the U.S. Army in Iraq. Their cameras were rolling as a rocket attack struck an American military base in Baghdad. This story brings three of the surviving soldiers together to tell the story of how those few seconds in Iraq changed their lives forever.

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VII Magazine: Girls of the Lord’s Resistance Army

In the second in a series from VII photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale, a young Ugandan woman recounts being recruited as a child soldier at the age of 11, then forced into motherhood. Hear her story and see the photos at VII Magazine, a special Need to Know partnership.

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  Libya’s uprising, in photos

Violent clashes in Libya have sent thousands fleeing the country. VII photographer Franco Pagetti documents the situation in the port of Benghazi, where makeshift camps have been set up.

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  Bernard Haykel: What happens next in the Middle East?

Bernard Haykel, professor of near eastern studies at Princeton University, says the world must promote political dignity and good governance in the Middle East.

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Human Rights Watch in Libya

The organization’s special crisis adviser discusses the situation inside the country and prospects for the future.

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Burying the lede

Joshua Foust: Rolling Stone’s Michael Hastings had a story about how the military influences public opinion, but he buried it.