Feb 27, 2015

Greece loses, European Union wins

In the first round of the battle for the euro, everybody technically just kicked the can down the road four months by extending the existing bailout arrangements for Greece. But Greece can't win.

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