Oct 24, 2008

A Republican general's warning to America

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — It was a revealing moment in American politics. In endorsing Barack Obama for president of the United States over fellow Republican John McCain, Colin Powell was not simply giving his blessing to this candidate. That was the easy part. The ...

Oct 21, 2008

Obama swings and misses on trade issues

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — “Americans are angry,” said John McCain, while debating his opponent Barack Obama last Wednesday night in their final face-to-face televised debate, “and they have every reason to be angry.” The Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency certainly got that right. ...

Oct 17, 2008

A way for North Korea's leaders to revamp

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Sometimes Americans give North Korean officials far more credit than they deserve for allegedly outsmarting us. Just how smart, really, are they? Headlines can deceive. Sure, in the latest twist in the six-party talks, the Bush administration notably downsized its ...

Oct 12, 2008

More here than meets the Dow

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Should we even be listening to religious leaders when they opine on the financial crisis? Ted Sorensen, in his marvelous new book “Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History,” is absolutely right to assert that in the United States, ...

Sep 29, 2008

Learning from BOJ's choice to do nothing

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Ben S. Bernanke, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, may be dead wrong about the urgent need for the proposed $700 billion that the former professor and his buddy, U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, have been peddling to ...

Sep 25, 2008

Bright side of the U.S. financial meltdown

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Rather than curse the current financial darkness, let us try to light candles. Without blowing our credibility entirely, let us see if we can illuminate the brighter side of this global meltdown. Here is a trio of pluses to try ...

Sep 17, 2008

A tale of two women candidates

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — This is a tale of two high-profile political candidates who don’t simply happen to be women. They are political women up for very big jobs. This is also a story of two very different political cultures. Let’s start with Japan, ...

Sep 8, 2008

Why Japan's leaders matter to Americans

CALIF. — These days, when a Japanese prime minister resigns, the temptation is to say just two things. One is “ho,” and the other is “hum.” Since the early 1990s, more Japanese politicians have crawled up to the heights of — and then been ...

Sep 2, 2008

Unconventional American and Asian women

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — There are nonreductionist ways of looking at modern women. One is to view them as Warrior Queens. These women do not deny their biology or ignore its potentials but equip themselves to play ball with the big boys on a ...

Aug 25, 2008

Chinese 'oldies' who raised the bar for caring

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — In the obsessive media heat of these youth-oriented Beijing Olympics, a once-famous Chinese political figure has died at the ripe young age of 87, and goes to the grave almost internationally unnoticed. He was Hua Guofeng. Upon the death of ...