Commentary Topics

Mar 31, 2015

Singapore's iron patriarch

by Kevin Rafferty

Lee Kuan Yew cut his teeth on politics, but his ruthlessness in ensuring the dominance of his People's Action Party removed political contenders who might one day take over. It's the age-old problem when a great philosopher-king departs.

Mar 31, 2015

Are we sure co-pilot was the killer?

by Leonid Bershidsky

News reports on accusations that Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot, purposely brought down Flight 9525 over the French Alps have rushed to convict him. “Andreas Lubitz (27), the Amok Pilot,” ran a banner headline in Bild, Germany’s most popular tabloid. “Killer in the Cockpit,” ...

EU’s easy-money endgame

Mar 31, 2015

EU’s easy-money endgame

by Hans-werner Sinn

The euro has brought a balance-of-payments crisis to Europe, just as the gold standard did in the 1920s. Only one difference exists between the two episodes: In today’s crisis, huge international rescue packages have been available. These rescue packages have relieved the eurozone’s financial ...

Mar 30, 2015

Tuberculosis showing a resurgence in China

by Cesar Chelala

China now has the second-largest tuberculosis epidemic — second only to India — with more than 1.3 million new cases of tuberculosis every year. What makes the situation particularly serious, says the Chinese Center for Disease Control, is that China has the largest number ...

Mar 29, 2015

Call Cameron's 'gaffe' anything but guileless

by Marc Champion

There's been much debate over whether British Prime Minister David Cameron's shock announcement about his political future was just an unguarded slip — as he tried to look like a normal family man rather than a power-crazed politician on a soft-feature TV show — ...