Commentary / World Aug 1, 2008

Hit jihadists where it hurts

LUXEMBOURG — In just a few years, irresponsible acts by self-styled Islamic jihadists have reversed the good will developed over centuries between the world's major religions. With bombs going off from Istanbul and around India, it appears that the acts of a few have ...

Commentary / World Dec 3, 2007

Setting the record straight on Indonesia

BALI, Indonesia — Japan and India stand as beacons for democracy that surely inspire many of their Asian neighbors. For its part, Indonesia has been struggling with its own experiment with democracy that has enormous implications for the region and the rest of the ...

Commentary / World Nov 22, 2007

Thanksgiving Day's economic lessons

BALI, Indonesia — One aspect of globalization is that some holidays have become internationalized. That is certainly the case with Thanksgiving Day, a distinctly American feast day now celebrated throughout the world on the fourth Thursday of each November. Many people consider Thanksgiving to be ...

Commentary / World Aug 27, 2007

Intolerance mars climate change debate

NEW DELHI — What's up with journalists in the mainstream media? In most cases, they tend to be unconditional supporters of free expression and strive to report on controversial views. However, reporting on issues relating to global warming has become strikingly one-sided. With no need ...

Commentary / World Aug 6, 2007

Don't play politics with lifesaving DDT

NEW DELHI — The specter of malaria, dengue fever and many other mosquito-borne diseases stalk the world. Despite its deserved reputation as being one of cleanest, pest-free countries in Asia, even Singapore is battling to cope with a rash of dengue cases. The problem is ...

Commentary / World Nov 3, 2006

Affront to Korean identity

BANGKOK -- By distorting the historical record between Korea and China, Beijing has created a crisis that has united the ruling party in Seoul and its sometimes disloyal opposition. A firestorm erupted after a new series of books and articles known as the "Northeastern Project" ...

Commentary / World Oct 26, 2006

Lower corporate taxes can fuel recovery

BANGKOK -- It is a hopeful sign that professor Masaaki Honma of Osaka University has been set to be appointed chairman of the tax panel that briefs the prime minister. This would be a happy departure from the position of the current chairman of ...

Commentary / World Sep 4, 2006

India may finally embrace capitalism

ATLANTA -- For most of India's postcolonial era, the views guiding economic policy and those expressed by opinion makers reflected a deep-seated contempt for markets. Despite the failings of socialist economic policies at home and the successes of market reform elsewhere, India has been ...

Commentary / World Jun 19, 2006

China's monetary surge dooms its boom

ATLANTA -- Chinese monetary authorities raised their one-year benchmark rate by 27 basis points while allowing the deposit rate to remain unchanged at 2.25 percent. This move was mostly greeted with praise, but the change is trivial and will have little discernible impact on ...

Commentary / World Feb 9, 2006

Indian 'New Deal' invokes bad, old idea

UBUD, Indonesia -- Recently Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made a startling revelation: He pointed out that the urban-rural gap has widened over the past 50 years. By itself, this was neither a remarkable nor surprising conclusion. After all, with the poverty rate for ...