Jul 11, 2014

Cost of 'making' democracy

by William Pfaff

For most of the American electorate, the U.S. perseveres as the messenger of democracy to a world that usually hasn't earned it and probably doesn't deserve it. But consider what this proud effort in the Mideast, Afghanistan, Ukraine and elsewhere has done to ...

Jul 11, 2014

Beijing hits back at Macau democracy vote

Beijing has slammed an unofficial referendum on electoral reform to be held in the gambling mecca of Macau, local media said Thursday, after almost 800,000 turned out for a similar poll in Hong Kong. The former Portuguese colony returned to Chinese rule in 1999 ...

Jan 20, 2014

Italian boot camp aims to restore order to restive Libya

Libyan recruits are being put through their paces starting this month at a boot camp in Italy, as part of an international programme to restore stability and unrest after the fall of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Some of them are former rebels who fought to ...

Dec 31, 2013

2013, a year of angry elites

by Jackson Diehl

The crowds who called for revolution in Cairo, Istanbul, Bangkok and Kiev in 2013 were not the impoverished losers of globalization. They were mostly the economic winners: middle-class, educated, English-speaking. So why were they rebelling?