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David Aikman
by | Nov 10, 2012

The Terrorist Next Door: How the Government is Deceiving You About the Islamist Threat By Erick Stakelbeck (Regnery Publishing, 256 pages, $27.95) THERE PROBABLY have been few more bafflingly stupid exchanges between a government official and a congressional committee than…

by | Jun 22, 2011

Foreign correspondents in Beijing were alerted to something strange going on with China’s Christian community on April 10, 2011. Hundreds of members of the prominent Beijing Shouwang house church (whose name means “Keeping Watch”) were preparing to gather in a…

by | Dec 23, 2010

If it wasn’t the philosophical equivalent of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, the distinguished journalists who waited in eager anticipation around the square-shaped table at the offices of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life on Washington’s M…

by | Jun 4, 2009

June 4, 1989. I had grabbed a few hours’ sleep after reporting the ominous buildup of PLA infantry units around the back of the Great Hall of the People all the previous day. It had been obvious to me since…

by | Apr 5, 2009

About a decade ago I was working in Washington with some colleagues on a TV documentary— subsequently aired worldwide by the BBC— about the Israeli-Palestinian agreement known as the “Oslo Accords.” One of our interviews was with the prominent Palestinian…

by | Feb 1, 2009

Indians as well as foreign observers of all kinds were quick to call the November 26-29 massacres in Mumbai “India’s 9/11.” Mercifully for India, the 10 terrorists who took part in the attacks on 10 targets in Mumbai, including two…

by | Mar 8, 2006

Mao: The Untold Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday (Knopf, 832 pages, $35) Countries, it is sometimes said, get the leaders they deserve. But that cynical dictum is surely refuted by the case of China. By what stretch of…

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