Nov 21, 2011

Whose atomic energy agency is it, anyway?

The new report from the International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program, published Nov. 8, is both preposterous and dispiriting. Preposterous, because the IAEA has reinterpreted “old” facts instead of presenting new evidence. Dispiriting, because the reinterpretation may feed the growing ...

Oct 28, 2011

Global crises of democracy

In 2000, at the first U.N. millennium meeting in Tokyo, Gallup presented interesting results of a global public opinion survey. Most people, even in the mature Western democracies, believed their government was failing to represent them — refusing to heed their voices, looking after ...

Oct 8, 2011

Love and loathing of racial preferments Down Under

In 2009, in two articles published in the Herald Sun and the Herald and Weekly Times, columnist Andrew Bolt wrote that many light-skinned — that is, those who did not look Aboriginal — Australians had chosen to identify themselves as indigenous in order to ...

Sep 28, 2011

Libyan effect on protection

The invocation of the responsibility to protect (R2P) in Libya has drawn surprisingly intense criticism. The United Nations was neither designed nor expected to be a pacifist organization. Its origins lie in the anti-Nazi wartime military alliance among Britain, the United States and the ...

Sep 22, 2011

Threats to the realization of India's potential

For all of India’s many and weighty advantages and its present trajectory, a fatal stall cannot be ruled out. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, has India gone from the inherent virtue of socialism as the equal sharing of miseries to the inherent vice of capitalism ...

Aug 23, 2011

India scores a wrong-sided goal — again

Presented with a golden opportunity to rise and shine, India has an unmatched capacity to look prosperity firmly in the face, turn around, and walk off resolutely in the opposite direction. The latest manifestation of this favorite national pastime comes in relation to deeply ...

Jul 18, 2011

Mumbai attack a new cause to take offense

Three serial blasts in 12 minutes tore through India’s commercial capital Mumbai last Wednesday evening, leaving 21 dead and over 140 injured. Few — if any — other major metropolitan city can match Mumbai’s record as terrorists’ target of choice: in 1993, 2002, 2003, ...

Jun 8, 2011

Dial Mladic for mass murder

The old saying about the importance of justice appearing to be done as well as being done is perhaps even more relevant to international than national politics. This is so because we operate in a world order in which the institutions of international criminal ...