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Every nation, like every individual, would like to believe it owes 'no apology' to anyone. Adults realise, however, that few among us are purely innocent or utterly blameless.

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Stephen Kinzer

   Apology
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In his tub-thumping speech at the 2008 Republican National Convention, Romney sounded like the hedge-fund tycoon he is.

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Stephen Kinzer

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Romney is a classic case of re-invention. As governor of Massachusetts, he supported government-sponsored healthcare, was sympathetic to gay rights, and opposed harsh restrictions on abortion. After measuring the difference between the Massachusetts electorate and the national one to which he must now appeal, he has reversed those positions.

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During the Cold War, the non-aligned movement tried to become a 'third force' in world politics, but failed because it was too large and unwieldy.

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   War
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The key to Turkey's success has been its ability to reinvent itself as times change.

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   Success
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Turkey and Brazil, though half a world apart geographically, have much in common. Both are large countries that spent long years under military dominance, but have broken with that history and made decisive steps towards full democracy.

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   History
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Revolutionaries who come to power by force of arms usually have great crimes in their background. Leaders who survive campaigns by great powers to destroy them do not survive because they observe the niceties of law. Subversives who shape world events by covert action and violence work in shadows and detest the light of day.

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   Work
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For decades, Turkey was widely viewed as a reliable NATO ally: prickly at times, but safely in America's corner.

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Castro has lived almost his entire life as a clandestine revolutionary. To such figures, truth is always malleable, always subservient to political goals.

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Was Castro sincere when, during his guerrilla war, he swore that he was not a Communist? If so, when did he change, and why? Looking back, does he believe he might have chosen a better course?

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   Change
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Weapons systems the U.S. sold to the Shah of Iran wound up in the hands of Islamic militants who seized power there in 1979; a comparable scenario in Saudi Arabia is hardly impossible.

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Stephen Kinzer

   Power
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Few living figures could contribute as much as Castro to our understanding of the second half of the 20th century.

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   Living
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Successive American presidents have turned a blind eye to piles of evidence that Saudi money is being used to foment holy war against America.

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   War
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Saudi Arabia supplies much oil to the U.S. And it is the world's largest consumer of American weaponry.

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Human Rights Watch wants Rwandans to be able to speak freely about their ethnic hatreds, and to allow political parties connected with the defeated genocide army to campaign freely for power.

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Stephen Kinzer

   Power
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Want to depose the government of a poor country with resources? Want to bash Muslims? Want to build support for American military interventions around the world? Want to undermine governments that are raising their people up from poverty because they don't conform to the tastes of Upper West Side intellectuals? Use human rights as your excuse!

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For many years as a foreign correspondent, I not only worked alongside human rights advocates, but considered myself one of them. To defend the rights of those who have none was the reason I became a journalist in the first place. Now, I see the human rights movement as opposing human rights.

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One of the immutable patterns of history is the rise and fall of great powers. Those that survive are the ones that adapt as the world changes.

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Stephen Kinzer

   History
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Adroit geo-strategists take new realities into account as they try to imagine how global politics will unfold. In the foreign policy business, however, inertia is a powerful force and 'adroit' a little-known concept.

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Stephen Kinzer

   Business
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The dramatic rise of Turkey in the councils of world power was one of the main geopolitical developments of 2010.

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Stephen Kinzer

   Power