Where Congress Won’t Tread in Benghazi Hearings

Reading Time: 4 minutes The noisy fight over Secretary of State John Kerry’s testimony about the Benghazi attack tells us the one thing we know about the 2012 attack that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stephens and three others: we’re no closer to the truth. And that’s not likely to change, even with a fifth Congressional probe on the way.

Jailbreak: The U.S. Paid $11 Million for an Afghan Prison with Cracked Walls

Reading Time: 5 minutes The U.S. watchdog in charge of overseeing the billions of dollars the U.S. is spending to rebuild Afghanistan finds an $11 million prison with broken walls, no fence and a trail of graft. WhoWhatWhy takes a look at what that tells us about our $103 billion investment in Afghanistan.

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Dancing in Jaffa

Reading Time: 1 minute Who wouldn’t like, for once, to hear a story of Israelis and Palestinians getting along? Here’s a moving program to help children in this troubled land to bridge the perennial hostility gap—literally, by touching. Put the cynicism aside for a moment and revel in this beautiful documentary trailer.

The Post-Election Project: The Establishment Pillories Susan Rice

Reading Time: 6 minutes A campaign to make sure Susan Rice does not become the next Secretary of State tells us a lot about how things really work—in foreign policy, in the establishment, and in the media. ### NEWS FLASH ###, December 13: Susan Rice withdraws name from consideration—this article provides relevant background.