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Michael Gerson / Politics

Making the AIDS Crisis Worse

WASHINGTON -- Some of America's closest friends in Africa have turned with a vengeance on gay people. In Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan recently approved a law making homosexual acts punishable by a 14-year jail sentence and outlawing gay ...

A Trumpet That Always Sounds Retreat

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party is undergoing its most significant foreign policy debate since President Richard Nixon dismissed then-Gov. Ronald Reagan as "shallow" and of "limited mental capability" and Reagan criticized the policy of detente...

The Consequences of a Retreating America

WASHINGTON -- With the facts on the ground now established in Crimea -- several thousand facts in the form of Russian troops -- the question now becomes: Will sustained economic, political and military isolation of Russia work? Will it reverse ...

The Tea Party Hangover

WASHINGTON -- The evidence accumulates that the Republican Party is sobering up -- cotton-mouthed and slightly disoriented -- from its recent ideological bender.

The tone of some rhetoric on the far right -- no mercy to enemies, no enemies to the...

The Return of the Unseen

WASHINGTON -- Each of the GPS satellites that allow me to navigate to a new restaurant carries an atomic clock that needs to be accurate in order to triangulate the speed and position of my moving car. But there are a couple of problems. Einstein'...

Syria's uncontainable threat

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan -- In a section of the camp designated for newcomers, I'm surrounded by about 20 men from the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, elbowing each other for position. The situation quickly degenerates into a geopolitical ...