Categories: "International Issues" or "Terrorism"

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: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7532034279766935521] This morning (Iraq time) Saddam Hussein was executed for crimes against humanity. Wh… 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 http://www.pnas.org/cgi/reprint/0603903104v1.pdf In his hig… more »

The UN is not credible as a corruption fighter

re "Escaping corruption's global grip" (Christian Science Monitor, 12/26/06) http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1226/p08s01-comv.html To the Editor: While any global movement opposing corruption would be most welcome, current trends are probably less t… 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 ap… 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 rul… more »

Foreign Aid: Feeding the Monster

re "World Bank Reports Poverty Programs Ineffective" (Washington Post, 12/7/06) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/07/AR2006120700427.html To the Editor: While self-criticism by the World Bank is a good start toward refor… 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… 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) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061130/ap_on_go_ot/us_iraq The Iraq Study Group, with lead members James Baker and Lee Hamilton, announced last night that they had reached a "consensu… more »

Is it in their nature?

I imagine you all have heard the story of the frog and the scorpion, but just in case, here's a short version: A scorpion wants to get across a river and finds a frog sitting by the river's edge. He asks the frog to give him a ride over on the frog's… more »