Feb 27, 2014

The Ukrainian revolution and Russian reaction

From Ukrainians' point of view, the priority is not to throw away the revolution as they did 10 years ago. From everybody else's point of view, the priority is to avoid an irreparable breach with Russia. One Cold War was enough.

Dec 24, 2013

Nelson Mandela: peace at last

The Catholic Church consecrates saints with less pomp than was lavished on former South African leader Nelson Mandela during a week-long media orgy. Mandela was no saint; he was just the right man at the right time.

Dec 20, 2013

Behind the Pyongyang purge

So far, only two aides of Jang Song Thaek, the late No. 2 of North Korea, have been killed, but hundreds or thousands of other people thought to be linked to him may also be executed.

Dec 6, 2013

Right renews its war on democracy in Thailand

In most democracies, government spending on free health care and anti-poverty programs would be seen as part of the normal political process, but in Thailand, it is regarded by many rich opponents of the current "Thaksin" administration as a form of bribery.

Dec 1, 2013

Iran and the U.S. are neither blind nor stupid

Israel's leaders are dismayed that they can no longer keep their allies and friends pinned in the extreme position of viewing the Iranian regime as composed of evil terrorist fanatics who should never be allowed to have refined uranium.

Nov 29, 2013

Playing chicken in East Asia

Just how does China intend to enforce its new "Air Defense Identification Zone" in the East China Sea? National pride and the personal reputation of new President Xi Jinping are both committed to this game now.