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.

Nov 19, 2013

View Typhoon Haiyan as an early warning system

“We’ve been telling the rest of the world we don’t want what’s happening to us to happen to everyone else,” said Lucille L. Sering, the vice chair of the Philippines’ Climate Commission,, as the country struggled to cope with the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. ...

Nov 1, 2013

Downfall of a rogue spy agency

The 4.9 million Americans with access to classified information include 480,000 civilian contractors with the same "top secret" security clearance as whistle-blower and exile Edward Snowden.

Oct 28, 2013

Win-win except for Syrians

As chemical weapons inspectors go about their work in Syria, Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Bashar Assad come out ahead. In fact everybody wins except the Syrians.