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Barry M. Lando, a graduate of Harvard and Columbia University, spent 25 years as an award-winning investigative producer with 60 Minutes. The author...

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France’s Terrorist Threat Isn’t in Afghanistan


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There’s a certain bitter irony in this week’s headlines in France about an Islamic terrorist network being rounded up in Strasbourg, Paris, Nice and Cannes, at the same time as the TV news shows French forces beginning their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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Declassified Files Link U.S. to Palestinian Massacre


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The outburst of anti-Americanism sweeping much of the Arab world was ignited by an off-the-wall film insulting Muhammad, but the underlying outrage is fed by decades of resentment against the U.S. and its ally, Israel.

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Libya: The Questions We Should Be Asking


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Apart from Mitt Romney’s ridiculous slur against President Obama after the slaying of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Americans should focus on the state of affairs suggested by the following questions: When was the last time a Chinese diplomat was killed or even roughed up by an angry mob? When did you last hear about a Chinese embassy being burned down or pillaged?

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My Quarter Century With Mike Wallace


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Mike was part reporter, part actor playing reporter. He had a flair for the dramatic, the ability to achieve almost instant rapport with interviewees no matter their wealth, achievement or background.

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President Sarkozy Maneuvers to Benefit From Toulouse Violence


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No one gained more from the crisis in Toulouse than President Nicolas Sarkozy, for whom law and order has always been a calling card.

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Toulouse Aftermath: Is It Really?


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Mohammed Merah, a teenage loser and a petty thief who achieved instant worldwide notoriety as the latest symbol of Islamic jihad, leaves a string of unanswered questions and paradoxes in his wake.

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The Nightmare Won’t End in Toulouse


AP / Remy de la Mauviniere

The horrific chain of seven slayings in Toulouse, France, that has stunned that country could have been lifted directly from a television thriller. In fact, this whole terrible affair has been a nightmare scenario that for decades has haunted authorities in France, Europe and the United States.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE

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Barry Lando
Barry Lando

Barry M. Lando, a graduate of Harvard and Columbia University, spent 25 years as an award-winning investigative producer with 60 Minutes. The author of numerous articles about Iraq, he produced a documentary about Saddam Hussein that has been shown around the world. He has also written a book on Iraq, “Web of Deceit: The History of Western Complicity in Iraq, from Churchill to Kennedy to George W. Bush.” Barry M. Lando has published a novel, “The Watchman’s File” about America and Israel’s most closely-guarded secret (It’s not the bomb) and is currently completing a sequel, “Unknown Unknowns” about a TV correspondent’s determination to investigate his own erroneous report about war crimes in Iraq.

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