Oct 5, 2011

Ex-East Bloc states reflect on the Arab Spring

A seamless political thread running through the current U.N. General Assembly debate has been that of the Arab Spring, the movement that has shifted the political sands throughout the Middle East. Yet, among the often self-congratulatory messages praising the Arab Spring, some former East ...

Sep 21, 2011

U.N. General Assembly opens on shifting sands

Amid the arrival of presidents, prime ministers and kings, the 66th annual session of the U.N. General Assembly debate opens in New York on Wednesday, but the session hardly starts in a celebratory mood as a series of geopolitical, financial and natural jolts have ...

Jul 6, 2011

China rocks South China Sea boat

A rhetorical conflict has roiled the waves of the South China Sea, the strategic resource-rich region bordered, and in part claimed in various parts, by six Southeast Asian states. But while Beijing is shoving its political agenda into the disputed waters, the United States ...

Apr 18, 2011

Portugal has a lesson if the U.S. is watching

Portugal is far along the primrose path to economic bankruptcy, following in the steps of Greece and Ireland. While the Portuguese debt crisis is not nearly as acute as that of Greece and Ireland, it nonetheless serves as a warning to other European Union ...

Mar 18, 2011

Disaster clobbers a helper

NEW YORK, UNITED NATIONS — The massive earthquake and tsunami that rocked and ravaged large parts of northern Japan have caused near apocalyptic devastation to the land and the environment. The 9.0-magnitude shock, the largest ever recorded in the earthquake-prone country, was brutally magnified ...

Dec 3, 2010

North Korea evokes pity and condemnation

UNITED NATIONS — Amid severe food shortages affecting up to a quarter of the population, horrific human rights abuses, and an expanding and costly nuclear weapons program, the United Nations has tried to respond to North Korea with a combination of carrots and sticks. ...

Nov 26, 2010

For a fairer, more unwieldy Security Council

UNITED NATIONS — Reform and redesign of the U.N. Security Council has long been on the diplomatic drawing boards. Few countries will argue against the necessity for that, but most balk at the specific details. So when U.S. President Barack Obama descended upon New ...