From The Nation, a special issue on Afghanistan: Obama's Fateful Choice. From Rolling Stone, Robert Dreyfus on The Generals' Revolt: Obama faces two insurgencies: the Taliban and the Pentagon. From Commentary, Max Boot on how we can win in Afghanistan. Remembering Afghanistan’s Golden Age: From the 1930s to the 1970s, Afghanistan had a semblance of a national government and Kabul was known as “the Paris of Central Asia”. Jason Zengerle on Rory Stewart, the T. E. Lawrence of Afghanistan. From Red Pepper, Alastair Crooke on Red Shi’ism, Iran and the Islamist revolution (and two responses). The new hostage crisis: Why Iran's rulers imprison people they know are innocent. Larry Franklin on his secret plan to overthrow the mullahs. From New Internationalist, a special issue on Islam in power. From LRB, a review of Murder
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