Mar 5, 2013

In Lew of loopy corrections

New U.S. Treasurey Secretary Jacob Lew's, whose mastery of the nitty-gritty details makes him a tough negotiator and a difficult opponent, has won a reputation as unflappable.

Mar 4, 2013

Exiting a wounded church

Roman Catholics pray that the Holy Spirit will cut through all the politicking by cardinals and light upon a pope who can rescue a wounded church.

Feb 15, 2013

Rampant airport insecurity

Under the U.S. notion of airport security, authorities would do better dressing passengers in hospital gowns and putting them to sleep for the flight.

Feb 4, 2013

Cameron lost in channel fog

In his speech demanding a new deal for Britain in the EU, British Prime Minister David Cameron sought a popular political fix to quiet his rightwing rebels.

Jan 22, 2013

'Abenomics' out of the gate

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would do well to consult professor Noriko Hama of Doshisha University. Asked by The Japan Times what the country needs, she replied in feisty fashion: “The three things Japan should do in 2013 are raise wages, raise interest rates — ...

Jan 9, 2013

Globalization and its enemies

A new year needs a new word that reflects the special trends and tendencies, the hopes and dreams and challenges ahead. Sadly, a strong candidate for the word of the New Year 2013 has to be “omnishambles,” meaning a mess everywhere. Wherever you look, ...

Jan 7, 2013

Christianity vs. secularism

Pope Benedict XVI had a busy holiday season, as you might expect, since it is a sacred time for Catholics and other Christians. He set himself the difficult-to- impossible task of trying to put Christ back into Christmas. In his Christmas homily the pope ...