Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi wave flags in Tahrir Square in Cairo on Wednesday. Shortly afterward, the military staged a coup, ousting Morsi and suspending the constitution.
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Libyan protesters stage a demonstration in the capital, Tripoli, in May. Libya's General National Congress, under pressure from armed militias, voted through a controversial law to exclude former members of Moammar Gadhafi's regime from government posts.
Two years ago, the Arab Spring was a fountain of hope. Autocratic leaders whose rule was measured in decades were suddenly ousted, raising the possibility of political, economic and social change in a region that was lagging.
But with a coup in Egypt on Wednesday and Syria's civil war raging, the widespread optimism in the spring of 2011 has turned into fears of chaos during the summer of 2013.
The Obama administration's decision late Tuesday to postpone the requirement for employers with 50 or more workers to offer health coverage or risk fines has satisfied some key members of the coalition that supported the law.
But the one-year reprieve also raises new questions about the administration's ability to get the huge health law up and running in an orderly fashion. The deadline for the new health exchanges to begin enrolling individuals is Oct. 1.
How did the food taste? These faces say it all. Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, Meade in Virginia, August-November 1863.
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<strong>On The Set Of <em>Gone With the Wind:</em></strong> If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill, as God as my witness, I'll never eat ramrod rolls again!
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Hardtack was made to last — not to taste good. Here's a re-created ration at Bushey Farm in Gettysburg, Pa.
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<strong>At Least They Had Real Coffee: </strong>Union soldiers eat and drink in front of tents.
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<strong>Dig In:</strong> This nonregulation Civil War mess kit features a fork, knife, spoon, corkscrew, salt and pepper shaker, and cup enclosed in a mahogany carrying case. The typical kit was much less fancy and <a href="http://www.nwaonline.com/photos/2011/mar/06/90030/">looked more like this</a>.
War is hell, Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman is famously said to have uttered.* And the food, he might as well have added, was pretty lousy, too.
As the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg — a turning point in the Civil War — it's worth remembering that the men who fought on that Pennsylvania field did so while surviving on food that would make most of us surrender in dismay.