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Adam Garfinkle
The Middle East & Beyond
Behind the Headlines
Another Middle Eastern Game of Chutes and Ladders

What’s really going on—if anything—with the Hamas-Israel deal reported to be in the offing?

Obama & the Iran Deal
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The Big Sell

A look at the truths, falsehoods, and ambiguous statements proffered by the Obama Administration in selling the Iran deal to the American public.

Iran and the Deal
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Madness and Skill

Many people assume Iran’s Supreme Leader does not know what he is doing. It’s a mistake to do so.

The War on Spam
Blocking the Robocallers

How to stop “Bridget with card holder services” from ruining your day.

The Iran Deal
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The Real Debate

The Iran deal is seriously compromised in several places, and deserves a “no” vote. But anyone who believes the deal deserves the thumbs down in Congress is obligated to specify an alternative policy.

Middle East Mess
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The Real Deal

Torrents of commentary are coming our way on the Iran deal. Take care of whom you trust.

Iran and the Bomb
The Waiting Game

Another “deadline” in the Iranian nuclear negotiations has come and gone. Why the delays? What are the Mullahs thinking? For that matter, what is the President thinking?

The Real Drug War
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A Conversation with Mindy Miralia

The Hero in Heroin: A Mother and Son’s Journey on Both Sides of the Veilby Mindy MiraliaBalboa Press, 286 pp., $35.95 TAI: With me now is Mindy Miralia, author of a new book called The Hero in Heroin: A Mother and Son’s Journey on Both Sides of the Veil. Thanks for talking with us at […]

Armed and Dangerous
Cops and the Fourth Amendment

President Obama’s announcement today that local police forces in the United States will no longer be able to access certain kinds of military surplus equipment is the best news we’ve heard from the White House in a long time.

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Syrian Lies, and an Iranian Surmise

What does the revelation about Syria cheating on its chemical weapons commitments tell us about the Iran negotiations? Plenty—and it isn’t pretty.

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The Endgame in Syria

Russian troops are on the ground, and more may be coming.


You wouldn’t know from most of the commentary on Trump’s campaign of “white resentment” that, if he dropped out of the race today, 38 percent of his supporters would flock to either black or Hispanic candidates.

China's Rise

At its grand Victory Day parade, China claimed to seek peace, but analysts aren’t buying it.

the migrant crisis

Five major policy challenges stand between the urge to “do something” about the migrant crisis and actually solving the problems driving it.

Uber Alles

A jury will decide once and for all whether 160,000 Uber drivers in California are independent contractors, as the company contends, or traditional employees, as the plaintiff in the class action suit argues.

Crude Economics

Russia and Venezuela are both reeling from bargain-priced oil, but there’s little the two countries can do about it bilaterally.

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