May 9, 2014

Waiting for a coup that'll install 'good people'

All the street demonstrations and legal obstructionism by Thailand's opposition are ultimately intended to create political paralysis that will provide the pretext for a coup. One problem with that is that a whole generation of Thais has now grown up expecting to have a ...

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.