Jul 28, 2011

U.S. dances on debt cliff edge

It was fascinating to watch U.S. President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner make their appeals to the nation in television addresses over their deadlock about whether and how to raise the $14.3 trillion ceiling on U.S. debts before the country runs out ...

Jul 19, 2011

Murdoch's malign empire

The resignation of two key lieutenants of media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his own full-page signed apology in British newspapers — “We are sorry for the widespread wrongdoing that occurred” — is clearly a desperate attempt to save his News Corporation group from being ...

Jul 15, 2011

Kissinger blighted millions as U.S. jockeyed for position

Henry Kissinger has distilled many words of wisdom from four millennia of Chinese civilization, and several centuries of Western diplomacy, including almost half a century of personal experience at the sharp end of power politics. He has captured headlines and captivated some of the ...

Jul 6, 2011

Lagarde in the IMF inferno

Christine Lagarde has leaped into a hot job, an inferno, as the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund less than a week after after having been chosen. She has already made several comments, one sensible, another nonsense, and a third that smacks ...

Jun 27, 2011

Japan is losing IMF game, and it isn't keeping score

Yoshihiko Noda, Japan’s finance minister, is increasingly tipped as the frontrunner to take over from Naoto Kan when the prime minister finally bites the bullet and resigns. No one seems to know what Noda stands for, if anything — an impression that was cultivated ...

Jun 24, 2011

Fat, dumb profile-gazers

In his 2011 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama said the United States needed to “out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world” to remain competitive and “win the future.” In his short history, though, Obama has not proved very adept ...

Jun 22, 2011

Pakistan's risky China card

U.S. President Barack Obama’s bold move in ordering the raid on Osama bin Laden’s secret mansion close to the Pakistan military establishment is in danger of backfiring. Islamic terrorist groups have stepped up their murderous atrocities principally against Pakistanis. Influential vocal critics are raging ...

A dentist need not be a masked demon

Jun 15, 2011

A dentist need not be a masked demon

<< CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “Dentists should take longer to check teeth carefully before drilling and filling of cavities,” says Hayashi. “Teeth have self-healing and remineralizing properties, which should be encouraged first. Then, if you decide you must drill, go lightly. I tell my ...

Jun 15, 2011

Economy hits political faults

Naoto Kan’s departure as Japan’s prime minister looks to be as messy and wretched as his uncomfortable time in the job. Don’t weep for him and his querulous colleagues who are too self-centered and incompetent to understand the damage they are doing, but instead ...

Jun 8, 2011

Thailand Inc. versus Thaksin

Thailand is preparing to go to the polls on July 3 in an election that is supposed to mark the restoration of full democracy to the country, one of the liveliest, best-endowed and most promising countries in Asia. But the way the campaign is ...