Nigeria: an election under fire

Feb 6, 2015

Nigeria: an election under fire

Nigeria's president, Goodluck Jonathan, and his rival, Muhammadu Buhari, in the Feb. 14 presidential election have had good luck in cheating death in assassination attempts. But the combined effects of the presidencies of both over the past three decades have not been so lucky ...

With allies like these, who needs a caliphate?

Jan 29, 2015

With allies like these, who needs a caliphate?

Given the lack of commitment to the total destruction of Islamic State on the part of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran, expect the terrorist group to survive for some years, despite the horrors it inflicts on the innocent people under its control.

Dec 12, 2014

CIA torture: time to move on?

Even Sen. John McCain, who knows more about the subject of "torture" than any other American politician since he was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, confines himself to saying that torture is not a useful instrument for yielding credible information. He avoids ...

Nov 6, 2014

Merkel's counter-strike to bind Britain to EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's strategy now for keeping Britain in the EU is to force British Prime Minister David Cameron into an openly anti-EU stance, split the right-wing vote in Britain then open the way for Labour to win the election

Containing exponential Ebola

Oct 10, 2014

Containing exponential Ebola

Even without a vaccine, the governments of developed countries are confident that their health services can find and isolate any infected people quickly and prevent Ebola from becoming an epidemic in their countries. They are probably right, but they might be wrong.

An imperfect Afghanistan

Sep 30, 2014

An imperfect Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a strikingly imperfect society in almost every respect: politics, economy, security and human rights. Nor does the two-headed potential monster of a government now being created in Kabul make it an entirely lost cause.