Jan 31, 2012

To prepare for nuclear war is to seek the peace of death

The world faces two existential threats: climate change, and nuclear Armageddon. Action on both is required urgently. Tackling the first will impose significant economic costs and lifestyle adjustments, while tackling the second will bring economic benefits without any lifestyle implications. Those who reject the ...

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 ...