Category Archives: Shameless Cronyism

Embedded with the Jihadis

My crazy friend Nir Rosen goes on embed with the Taliban, and finds out just why the U.S. can’t win in Afghanistan Continue reading

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Sound Advice for the Next President

To grasp the challenge facing U.S. foreign policy, read Helena Cobban’s new book Engage! Continue reading

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Is Israel-Iran Enmity Irreversible?

No, it isn’t. Two of my favorite commentators, Daniel Levy and Trita Parsi, explain why Continue reading

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Buy This Book!

Former New York Times staffer Sarah Boxer has done a wonderful service in her new book Ultimate Blogs: Masterworks from the Wild Web, showcasing some truly fine writing from the much-hyped blogosphere. Continue reading

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Iran, the Inflatable Bogey

I’m delighted and honored to welcome Dr. Trita Parsi as a guest columnist at Rootless Cosmopolitan. Following the escalating tension between Iran and the West over the past two years, I’ve found Trita to be a singular voice of sanity … Continue reading

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West Africa/East Africa

Downtown in Arusha, Marcello’s new home Cronies seem to be showing up all over the Mother Continent. It was when she went off to see the Teranga Lions thrash the hapless national team of Tanzania in an African Cup of … Continue reading

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Telephone Call for Mr. Horrible

Not just any American in Paris, but a vicious, potty-mouthed, epically angry American in Paris… I’m please to share with you Mr. Horrible’s Ugliness Glob, the new blogging effort by my friend Bruce Crumley, who busts out of the constraints … Continue reading

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Dosunmu’s African Game

My friend Andrew Dosunmu has done an extraordinary book of photographs of African football, capturing the almost subversive joy and exuberance it brings to the global game, and its place in the urban African social fabric. “For me, it was … Continue reading

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Avian Flu is Bad for You…

Five reasons you should buy Karl Taro Greenfeld’s new book , “The China Syndrome” — besides the fact that it’s a gripping chronicle of China’s handling of the SARS outbreak in 2003 is a timely and frightening read as the … Continue reading

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Captain of the ‘Contradiction’

Max Ozinsky is one of my dearest friends and favorite people on the planet. We worked together in our young activist days, but made some different choices along the line. These days he’s chief whip of the ANC delegation in … Continue reading

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