Ending Syrians’ suffering

David Miliband is president and chief executive of International Rescue Committee. He was Britain’s foreign secretary from 2007 to 2010. It is a rare peace conference that brings immediate peace. But few have sparked such little optimism as the one planned for Wednesday in...

China has not been able to hide Liu Xiaobo’s ideas

Dana Nemcova, Jiri Gruntorad and Jan Ruml are former Czech dissidents who signed the Charter 77 Manifesto, which sought to “enable all citizens of Czechoslovakia to work and live as free human beings.” PRAGUE In this Internet age, all of us are everywhere, whether in person, via...

Marcus: The fallout of congressional dysfunction

In any complex system, from the human body to the automobile, one malfunctioning part can strain the entire mechanism. The same is true of our out-of-alignment government. A dysfunctional Congress corrodes the rest of the constitutional architecture. It imposes a burden on other...

Will: Government should not force people into unions

The Democratic Party is the party of government because it embraces a proposition it has done much to refute — that government is a nimble, skillful social engineer — and because government employees are a significant component of the party’s base and of its financial...

Ignatius: Senate intelligence report takes GOP tirades about Benghazi head-on

The Senate intelligence committee made headlines this week by reporting that the 2012 attack in Benghazi was preventable. But frankly, we knew that. The deeper message of the bipartisan report was that Republicans in Congress wasted a year arguing about what turned out to be...

Parker: Let’s give pot smokers a little leeway

Everybody’s doing it — confessing their youthful, pot-smoking ways — so here goes. I don’t remember. Kidding, kidding. Anyone over 30 recognizes the old adage: If you remember the ’60s, you weren’t there. Nyuk-nyuk-nyuk. It is true that marijuana smoking...

King: Targeting the media won’t help Vincent Gray’s reelection hopes

Vice President Spiro Agnew referred to the Nixon administration’s press critics as “nattering nabobs of negativism” and “a tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one.” Sarah Palin popularized the expression “lamestream media.” Those zingers were a lot...

Editorial: Syria peace conference faces long odds

SECRETARY OF State John F. Kerry did not seem to be persuading even himself Thursday when he delivered a statement beseeching the Western-backed Syrian Opposition Coalition to participate in a peace conference in Switzerland beginning Wednesday. Rejecting any “revisionism” about...

A mixed forecast

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No place for low-level flying

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