Aug 16, 2012

Civilians sweep up in Egypt

Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi’s spokesman did not mince words. He said that the “retirement” of all the senior military commanders in the country represented the completion of the Egyptian revolution. And guess what? The rest of the officer corps accepted Morsi’s decision. Even as ...

Aug 6, 2012

Fat chance of war over the Arctic's resources

Russian television contacted me the other night asking me to go on a program about the race for Arctic resources. The ice is melting fast, and it was all the usual stuff about how there will be big strategic conflicts over the seabed resources ...

Jul 31, 2012

Smell of untaxed trillions

One of the best tax-avoidance tactics in the late Roman Empire was to sell yourself into slavery. You didn’t really have to work as somebody’s slave, of course — it was more like rock star Hotblack Desiato being “dead for a year for tax ...

Jul 26, 2012

Syria's minority prospects

In war, moral power is to physical as three parts out of four, said Napoleon, and the past few days have seen a sudden and drastic shift in the balance of moral power in Syria. The bomb that killed the three most senior members ...

Jul 21, 2012

A telling tale of two Koreas

What has been happening in North Korea recently is straight out of the “Hereditary Dictatorship for Dummies” handbook. Kim Jong Un, the pudgy young heir to the leadership of one of the world’s last communist states, is removing powerful people who were loyal to ...

Jun 30, 2012

Mexicans ready for a change

There’s no point in talking about who’s going to win the Mexican presidential election on July 1. Enrique Pena Nieto is going to win it. What’s more interesting is why he’s going to win it. Pena Nieto, the candidate of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party ...

Jun 20, 2012

The real reason why Russia and China back Assad

The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Syria has suspended its peace mission. “The observers will not be conducting patrols and will stay in their locations until further notice,” said the commander of the 300-strong multinational observer force, Norwegian Gen. Robert Mood. This decision by ...

Jun 16, 2012

Greek election decided in Spain

It’s probably the first time that events in Spain have decided the outcome of a Greek election. Last weekend the European Union agreed to loan Spain’s nearly insolvent banks €100 billion on relatively easy terms. Syriza, the hard-left protest party that came from nowhere ...

May 30, 2012

How the Afghan war ends

The recent NATO summit in Chicago was mostly about how to get NATO troops out of Afghanistan without causing too much embarrassment to the Western governments that sent them, and a little bit about how to ensure that the Taliban don’t take over again ...