Alexander R. Konrad

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Danger Zone Europe

Apparently, when the name “Osama Bin Laden” enters airwaves, it’s time to stick our heads in the sand and wait until the safety of February travel.


Mubarak’s Fancy Footwork

It’s been called “the joke of journalism.” Osama Saraya, the man ultimately responsible for its publication, fancies it “expressive.


Castro’s Chance to Change

Castro has seemingly reinvented himself as an old, ailing man with new, healthy opinions

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POSTCARD: Do the Damascus Limbo

Ultimately, the only people who suffer are the individual tourists denied at its airport and borders—and we heard there were many others.

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POSTCARD: A Crossroad from Cairo

The protection of Egypt’s antiquities at Saqqara may be improving on the macro level, but no one has bothered to tell the guards.


Parties and Protests

It is unlikely that the tea partiers will ever look for inspiration from a party seeking to introduce a Marxist administration in its home government. The Maoists, however, know how to convey their intentions to the utmost effect.


Deus Ex Vulcan

This past week, the earth has reminded us of our own limits through a volcano that has spelled even with its name: Eyjafjallajokull.


They Never Go Home

The “War on Terror” marches on—and so do American soldiers. The United States has currently transported only a small amount of the 30,000 troops reassigned to Afghanistan from duty in Iraq.


Illusions in the Motherland

As the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Russia will find it difficult to close the door on the glimpse Vancouver has provided of a fake superpower with an ego problem.


Haitian Aid, Don’t Fade Away

Rebuilding from any destruction is difficult—especially in the case of Haiti, a country already in a dire position before the earthquake struck—and naturally such efforts will take longer than outsiders would hope or even expect.


Into Thin Air

As world leaders continue to arrive and make their presence felt (or lack thereof), this final week of the summit has witnessed bizarre contradictions of rhetoric and procedural protocol.


Chavez Can’t Shun the Spotlight

Chavez’s thirst to feel famous should stay out of foreign affairs, especially when this fame comes from the threat of armed conflict.


Cutthroat Sports Culture

This playoff season, we must remember the ways we are not so different—not the sports-cap shibboleths that divide us.

Swining and Dining

Today, as I stood battling for my place in the always chaotic Quincy House lunch line, I ignored the “excuse

Eyeing Israeli Intervention

On the open sea, a helicopter approaches a cargo ship of Eastern European origin. Quietly, the chopper disgorges a team