Charles Lane

05/21/2015 - 3:42pm

    In Greek mythology, Sisyphus paid for his sins by being compelled to push a boulder up a steep hill, only to have it roll back down, over and over again.

    If the gods had really wanted to frustrate him, though, they would have assigned Sisyphus...

12/24/2014 - 4:00pm

    The U.S. embargo on Cuba - or what's left of it after President Obama's dramatic Cuba policy announcement - may be a futile gesture. But it is, or was, not an empty gesture.

    It put the...

12/18/2014 - 4:27am

    The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's sickening report about the torture of terrorism suspects by CIA officers and contractors, with its revelations about "rectal feeding" and prolonged sleep deprivation, should trouble the conscience...

12/11/2014 - 4:01pm

    Will plummeting oil prices succeed in reining in Vladimir Putin's aggressive foreign policy where Western diplomacy and economic sanctions have so far failed? Might the shock to Russia's oil- exporting economy be so great as to destabilize Putin...

12/04/2014 - 3:35pm

    Never one to shun the spotlight, New York Sen. Charles Schumer made himself the center of attention this week by delivering a scathing critique of recent Democratic Party political strategy, including his blunt view that it was disastrous to push for health...

11/27/2014 - 7:04pm

    Building the Keystone XL pipeline, to speed the flow of crude from Canada's oil sands to refineries in Texas, would be "game over for the climate," says NASA-scientist-turned-climate-activist James Hansen. Heeding Hansen's words,...

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