The Daily Beast

Why Norway Could Happen Here

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
July 24, 2011 |

How would the American right have responded had Anders Behring Breivik been a Muslim? Luckily, we don't have to guess. In the immediate aftermath of Friday's terrorist attack in Norway, conservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin did us the favor of simply assuming that he was a Muslim. She then used the attack to denounce lawmakers who in the name of deficit reduction favor "huge cuts in defense" and to lambast President Obama for suggesting "that we can wrap up things in Afghanistan."

The GOP Has Double Amnesia

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
July 18, 2011 |

If the debt-ceiling negotiations reveal anything about America in 2011, it is this: we live in an age of political amnesia. From the day the Twin Towers fell until the day Barack Obama was elected president, Washington Republicans did virtually everything in their power to increase the deficit.

U.S. Red Tape Could Doom Somalia

  • By
  • Eliza Griswold,
  • New America Foundation
July 18, 2011 |

Last week Secretary Hillary Clinton’s office at the State Department announced that the U.S. was willing to send humanitarian aid to Somalia despite the fact that much of the country is under the control of Al Shabab, a ragtag bunch of grifters and militants, some of whom have ties to Al Qaeda. Somalia is bearing the brunt of the worst famine and drought in 60 years—the worst since Africa’s colonial period. Ten million people who live on the knobby spit off the East African coast called the Horn are suffering the famine’s effects: starvation and death.

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The GOP’s False Fiscal Narrative

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
July 11, 2011 |

Reading about the debt-reduction talks is painful. It's painful because in analyzing them, the media frequently fall back on storylines that just aren't true.

No Apologies Over DSK

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
July 5, 2011 |

All of a sudden, we're supposed to beat our Yankee breasts over the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case. We're supposed to apologize for our litigious, prudish ways. First, we embarrassed ourselves before the French on Iraq. Now we've embarrassed ourselves on DSK.

I don't buy it. To the contrary, whether or not DSK goes free, his case reflects well on American justice. We can hold our heads high.

Sudan Drought Breeds Violence

  • By
  • Eliza Griswold,
  • New America Foundation
July 3, 2011 |

To talk about war in Africa—in Sudan and Somalia, to name two countries now battling a horrendous drought—means talking about the weather.

Last week, the United Nations declared that the drought striking much of Africa's Horn, the knobby spit of land off the continent's east coast, is the worst on record for the past 60 years. The seasonal rains have failed for at least the third year in a row, and there's no chance that things will get better until at least 2012.

Kabul Bombing’s Political Fallout

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
June 30, 2011 |

"If they give the security responsibilities to the current government at 10:00 a.m., the government will collapse around 12 noon. They cannot live without foreigners." Those are the words of Nazir Amini, a car dealer caught in Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel when it was besieged this week by Taliban fighters. We need to take them to heart.

Romney's Right to Skip Iowa

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
June 27, 2011 |

I'm warming to Mitt Romney. First, he refused to join the Muslim-bashing at the recent Republican debate, forthrightly declaring that he would have no religious litmus test for appointments to his Cabinet. Second, he's skipping the Iowa straw poll this August, an absurd affair in which candidates bus their supporters to the event, pay their entrance fee, stuff them full of food, and then claim (if they do well) that this wanton bribery says something about the public will. To really win my heart, he need do only one more thing: Skip the Iowa caucuses altogether.

Somalia’s Mother Teresa Fights Famine

  • By
  • Eliza Griswold,
  • New America Foundation
June 25, 2011 |

The 100,000 people who are squatting on Dr. Hawa Abdi's farm in Somalia, which she has turned into one of the world's most innovative camps for displaced people, are today under assault by both weather and war.

At the camp, the nearby river has dwindled to a trickle. This year, the rains hardly arrived before they're ending.

"People are starting to eat grass," Hawa said. "All the animals are dead, now it is the humans."

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Ducking Afghanistan in the Afghan Speech

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
June 23, 2011 |

President Obama's Afghanistan speeches are never really about Afghanistan. George W. Bush wanted his presidency to be about Iraq. From the beginning, President Obama has wanted his presidency not to be about Afghanistan, and so whenever he brings up the subject, he ends up talking about the other things for which he'd rather be remembered.

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