Commentary / World Jul 6, 2009

Price of centralized power

by Masha Lipman

MOSCOW — The emergence of a Kremlin leader, President Dmitry Medvedev, without a KGB background, combined with the economic crisis, has inspired talk that when Barack Obama visits Moscow this week, America's president will be seeing a country on the verge of a new ...

Commentary / World Jun 14, 2009

Neither charity nor bulldozers prevent slums

by Caroline Boin

LONDON — After treading the red carpet at the Oscars in Los Angeles in February, the child stars of "Slumdog Millionaire" are on the streets. Mumbai authorities have demolished their flimsy shelters only three months after promising them real houses. Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail and Rubina ...

Commentary May 15, 2009

Nonoption in Afghanistan

by Ramesh Thakur

KABUL — A five-day visit to Afghanistan left me profoundly pessimistic about the accomplishments to date to stem the drain on international blood and treasure, yet convinced of the importance of not losing Afghanistan to the other side. Kabul defined the pessimism: After more than ...