International

08/21/2014 - 6:11pm

    A century has passed since the start of World War I, which many people at the time declared was "the war to end all wars." Unfortunately, wars just kept happening. And with the headlines from Ukraine getting scarier by the day, this seems like a good time to ask why.

    Once upon a time wars...

07/31/2014 - 8:47pm

    The civilian death toll in Gaza from Israel's latest incursion is appalling. The right to self-defense is inalienable, but it is not free from moral constraints.

    As of this writing, nearly 750 Palestinians have been killed since the Israeli assault began,...

07/31/2014 - 8:40pm

    Travel season is here, when so many Americans decamp to Cape Cod or the Jersey Shore. All of which is wonderful, and someday I plan to do a 10-part series on the world's best beaches.

    But travel can also be an education, a step toward empathy and international...

07/31/2014 - 8:40pm

    With the world going crazy, I tried running away from the news. It didn't work.

    I've been doing an eco-survey of Madagascar, the island nation off the east coast of Africa that contains the highest percentage of plant and animal species found nowhere else on...

07/31/2014 - 8:18pm

    Before my first visit to France, around 45 years ago, I was told that you couldn't find bad food there if you tried. I was of limited experience, so even a hot dog jammed into a baguette bore witness to that "fact."

    Nevertheless, a few visits later, it...

07/31/2014 - 8:16pm

    The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to non-state actors. I hope the hawks who wanted President Obama to ship anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian rebels are paying attention.

    By...

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