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 ...

Jun 6, 2011

Feud over U.S. debt ceiling risks driving off investors

U.S. politicians are in the thick of a debate that is fascinating, urgent, passionate, stubborn and potentially highly dangerous both for the American economy and for the country’s political reputation and standing in the world. It is a tragic measure of the purblind failure ...

May 26, 2011

Japan: the silent IMF partner

Which of the following often used words is wrong — “Japan’s the world’s third biggest economic power”? Clearly it is the use of the word “power.” In the last week, there has been a major change at the International Monetary Fund with the enforced ...

May 19, 2011

Top vacancy looms in IMF

The International Monetary Fund will be looking for a new managing director sooner than anyone imagined, and in the most bizarrely depressing circumstances. It is imperative that the shareholders of the IMF — its 187 member governments—act as responsibly as any good company to ...

May 16, 2011

Bin Laden bled U.S. of a cool trillion

Osama bin Laden must be laughing from his watery grave. In announcing a new policy of “bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy,” he mockingly declared in a 2004 video that “It is easy for us to provoke and bait. … All that we ...

May 12, 2011

Bin Laden's bizarre death

Osama bin Laden is dead, but the troubling questions continue. It’s far too early to declare an end of the war against terror. Bin Laden was only the ugly face of a hydra-headed terror monster that has been spreading tentacles in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, ...