Categories: "International Issues" or "Terrorism"

A truly sad story of another unsung American hero more »

Saddam executed...but so what?

[Update: It is not for children or the squeamish, but a video of Saddam's execution can be found here:] This morning (Iraq time) Saddam Hussein was executed for crimes against humanity.… more »

Does Iran actually need nuclear power?

see "The Iranian petroleum crisis and United States national security" Roger Stern, Johns Hopkins University Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, December 2006 In his… more »

The UN is not credible as a corruption fighter

re "Escaping corruption's global grip" (Christian Science Monitor, 12/26/06) To the Editor: While any global movement opposing corruption would be most welcome, current trends are probably less than… more »

Iraq court rules Saddam must be executed within 30 days

Iraq's High Court today upheld the death sentence imposed on Saddam Hussein and said that it must be implemented within 30 days. The chief judge said that the sentence could be carried out any day beginning tomorrow (Wednesday), and that no further… more »

Yes, the Bushmen have property rights

In a ruling that brought a smile to my face, Botswana's high court has ruled that the government's expulsion of about 1,000 San Bushmen from their traditional home areas in the Kalahari desert was illegal and unconstitutional. The BBC story on the… more »

Foreign Aid: Feeding the Monster

re "World Bank Reports Poverty Programs Ineffective" (Washington Post, 12/7/06) To the Editor: While self-criticism by the World Bank is a good start toward… more »

The Iraq Study Group report and the media

The Iraq Study Group (ISG) has released its report on the situation in Iraq, along with 79 policy recommendations. The full report can be found HERE, and excerpts on the Washington Post site HERE. I will write more in coming days about the details of… more »

Be proud of wealth inequality

On Tuesday, the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER) released a study called “The World Distribution of Household Wealth”. The study’s headline, from their press release, begins “the richest… more »

Iraq Study Group to present "consensus" Dec 6

see "Panel reaches deal on U.S. Iraq policy" (AP via Yahoo, 11/29/06) The Iraq Study Group, with lead members James Baker and Lee Hamilton, announced last night that they had reached a… more »