John Hughes
John Hughes teaches journalism at Brigham Young University. He is a former editor and chief operating officer of the Deseret News, and a former editor of the Christian Science Monitor, which syndicates this column. His most recent book is "Islamic Extremism and the War of Ideas: Lessons from Indonesia," released by Stanford University's Hoover Institution Press.

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This is a pretty dismal time for President Obama.
What would be the mother-of-all-nightmares for Barack Obama before next year's presidential election? A nuclear-armed Iran.
Is America now the world's No. 2 in the superpower lineup?
The demise of Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid in Britain should be a wake-up call for journalism.
President Barack Obama's decision on a troop pullout from Afghanistan must be viewed against a changing background of circumstances related to U.S. security.
Voters are feeling a little better about President Obama after his neutralization of Osama bin Laden. But if the unemployment figures are not significantly less by this time next year, Republicans think they ha...
When Fidel Castro first seized power more than 50 years ago, he got rid of Cuba's golf courses. Now tip-toeing toward some modest reforms, the government is giving preliminary approval for four luxury golf reso...
What should the U.S. do about the strategically important nation of Pakistan?
Years ago, Britain's King George VI — now immortalized in an award-winning movie for mastering his nervous stammer — was on a royal visit to South Africa with his family. The royal railway carriage,...
The Trump-for-president campaigners are obsessed with whether President Obama was actually born in the United States.