Featured Articles — November 3, 2007

Interesting Takes from Home and Abroad:

No Time to Give up on Democracy — Liz Cheney
Arab youth yearn to be heard.

Dissident — Matthew Kaminski
Natan Sharansky’s passion for democracy isn’t always welcome in the West.

Road-building turns a corner — Christopher Caldwell
“For 30 years, we’ve built a lot of roads and a lot of highways,” Jean-Louis Borloo, the French environment minister, said at the end of a two-day summit last week. “That’s over. Our road capacity is not going to increase further.” A draft document released by Mr Borloo before the summit expressed the hope that cars and planes would become “solutions of last resort” in coming decades It has been a long time since politicians spoke this way.

Does Australia look like it needs a change? — Simon Heffer
In the literature of English writing about Australia one note recurs during the 219 years since the First Fleet sailed in: condescension.

Judge Mukasey has my vote — Dianne Feinstein
The attorney general nominee’s answers on torture are clear, and he will rise to the challenges of the job.

What about sanctuary for us, from them? — Mark Steyn
At the funeral of Iofemi Hightower, her classmate Mecca Ali wore a T-shirt with the slogan: “Tell Me Why They Had To Die.”

The Republicans Have a Chance — Fred Barnes
If they clear four hurdles.

New York pushes its way back into politics — Elizabeth Wilner
New York has finally returned to American presidential politics, and with characteristic pushiness.

Care That’s Fair — Daniel K. Akaka
When we consider reforming veterans’ health care, we should be careful to ensure that the changes benefit everyone.

When We Were Young — Colbert I. King
The year 1954 held anxious moments for parents of children entering high school, at least in my D.C. community. That year, the Supreme Court declared legal segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional.

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