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World Citizen: A Year of Wisdom, Wiliness -- and Craven Stupidity

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008

With 2008 drawing to a close, I decided to look back at the year's columns and update some stories where important developments have occurred. The stark, if obvious, realization arising from this review is that world politics is shaped by people -- people of all kinds: smart, stupid, brave, crafty, or cowardly. But behind every movement, trend and event stand individuals, whose actions shape the course of history. We can easily lose sight of that fact when we focus on the larger picture of global events.

In places such as Yemen, Iraq, Israel, and beyond, history-makers do not stand still. Every article I've written has an epilogue, and every epilogue is nothing but a prologue to the world's continuing history. ...

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