Stephen Kinzer

New media and mobile entertainment are revolutionizing the way people learn about the world.Stephen Kinzer

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Land ownership in Guatemala is more unequal than anywhere else in Latin America. Roughly 90 percent of Guatemalan farms are too small to support a family. A tiny group of Guatemalans owns a third of the country's arable land; more than 300,000 landless peasants must scrounge a living as best they can.Stephen Kinzer

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Turks have long admired the sultan, Mehmet II, for his military triumphs, especially his capture of Constantinople, now known as Istanbul, in 1453.Stephen Kinzer

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Rebels in Darfur have learned the value of mobilizing western human rights groups to prolong wars, and this lesson is working gloriously for them.Stephen Kinzer

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The idea that Arabia is best run by Arabs is no more palatable to Western leaders today than it was to Napoleon or Churchill.Stephen Kinzer

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The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers created the 'Fertile Crescent' where some of the first civilizations emerged. Today they are immensely important resources, politically as well as geographically.Stephen Kinzer

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Alliances and partnerships produce stability when they reflect realities and interests.Stephen Kinzer

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Because Iranians have had to fight so long and painfully for political freedom, they have a deep appreciation for its value - perhaps deeper than many in the West who take their electoral rights for granted.Stephen Kinzer

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At the end of the day, there is still one function of journalism that cannot be computerized, and that is reporters. You're always going to need reporters.Stephen Kinzer

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During the 19th century, Britain fought two wars in unsuccessful attempts to subjugate the Afghans. When Britain finally drew a border between India and Afghanistan in 1893, Pashtun tribes in southern Afghanistan were cut off from related tribes across the border in what was then India and is now Pakistan.Stephen Kinzer

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No authoritarian leader cedes power easily or turns it over to bodies he cannot control.Stephen Kinzer

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Guerrilla leaders win wars by being paranoid and ruthless. Once they take power, they are expected to abandon those qualities and embrace opposite ones: tolerance, compromise and humility. Almost none manages to do so.Stephen Kinzer

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Rwanda has emerged from the devastation of genocide and become more secure and prosperous than anyone had a right to expect.Stephen Kinzer

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After World War II, the winds of nationalism and anti-colonialism blew through the developing world.Stephen Kinzer

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One October day in 1976, a Cuban airliner exploded over the Caribbean and crashed, killing all 73 people aboard. There should have been 74. I had a ticket on that flight, but changed my reservation at the last moment and flew to Havana on an earlier plane.Stephen Kinzer

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Canada, Australia and New Zealand have apologised for their treatment of native peoples.Stephen Kinzer

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As British and French imperialism ebbed following the end of the Second World War, America became the main outside player in Arab affairs.Stephen Kinzer

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Countries that control water are likely to be the big winners of the future.Stephen Kinzer

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There is very little hope that the United States or anyone else can do much to stabilize Iraq, Libya, Syria or Egypt. Stabilizing Iran, and bringing it back into the family of nations, is much more possible. That would be a 'win' for both sides.Stephen Kinzer

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'Operation Ajax' presents history in an entirely new way. It takes a true story and uses cutting-edge technology, never before used in this way, to bring it to spectacular life.Stephen Kinzer

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When Prime Minister Erdogan came to Washington in 2009, he sounded almost like the ambassador from Iran.Stephen Kinzer

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Washington sees the various local and national conflicts in the Middle East as part of a battle for regional hegemony between the U.S. and Iran.Stephen Kinzer

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The United States has dealt with the Middle East and surrounding regions for many decades in the context of the Cold War.Stephen Kinzer

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The long-term strategic goals of Iran and the long-term strategic goals of Turkey are close to the long-term strategic goals of the United States.Stephen Kinzer

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As long as Iran believes that its security will be increased by having a nuclear program, it's going to pursue its program.Stephen Kinzer

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Turkey can be a bridge to regimes and actions the United States can't reach. Turkey can talk to people the United States can't talk to.Stephen Kinzer

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Allowing a friend to careen toward self destruction is not friendship. That is a habit the United States needs to break as it pursues a richer and more deeply supportive relationship with Israel.Stephen Kinzer

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Israel deserves special treatment from the United States, both for historical reasons and because there can be no regional peace without a secure Israel.Stephen Kinzer

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The long conflict between Israel and Palestine has, for better or worse, become the world's conflict. It permanently destabilizes the Middle East, blocks the settlement of urgent crises, and intensifies looming threats to the West.Stephen Kinzer

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As the United States shapes and carries out its policies toward Muslim countries, it should do so with Turkey at its side.Stephen Kinzer

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