China's rule by law, not of it

Nov 2, 2014

China's rule by law, not of it

China is embarked on a major reform dedicated, leaders claim, to improving the rule of law, but subject to the will of the ruling Communist Party. This is really rule by law, not the rule of law.

Poor politics led to Scot vote

Sep 16, 2014

Poor politics led to Scot vote

The very fact that a referendum is being held at all on Scottish independence is an indictment of the quality of British politicians going back particularly to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who triggered Scots' simmering resentment against Westminster with her infamous poll tax.

Aug 7, 2014

Pope rises to Asia challenge

When Pope Francis touches down in Asia next week, a region of the world his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI never visited, he will land in an unexpected place.

Jul 28, 2014

No letup in the inhumanity

Where are the peacemakers hiding? In China, Japan, South Korea, Ukraine, Russia and the Middle East, leaders have dug in and are picking at old sores and animosities, even trying to celebrate them.

Jul 4, 2014

The age of intelligent robots

When a chatbot can convince judges at Britain's Royal Society that it is a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy with limited English skills, it may be time to worry about a computer taking your job.