- Blogging will return
- Blowing Bubbles
- When did the US stop thinking big? Look at EDUCATION!
- War — what is it good for?
- Why we mess up
- Is Terror back?
- Tragedy in Boston
- In Surprise, Recovery in China Loses Steam
- Confused about North Korea? — Think Syria
- Told you so
- From Russia, with thought
- Relentless optimism?
- A Haircut in Cyprus
- Wealth and Social Justice
- Fantasies, Budgets, and Democracy
Monthly Archives: February 2012
The G20 sent Europe a message this weekend — you’re on your own. Europe was asked to provide for its own future by financing its own stability mechanism; the IMF is not going to use US or Chinese money to … Continue reading
France and Britain came out strongly today to press Syria for a cease-fire, following the deaths of journalists Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik, and severe injuries to three other western journalists due to shelling in the city of Homs. European … Continue reading
The Greek tragedy drags on, with subplots and anguish worthy of Euripides. Having taken extreme measures to reign in government spending and raise revenues, the Greek government expects to be rewarded with 130 billion Euros in aid. Yet now the … Continue reading
America’s chief military officer, head of the chiefs of staff, repeated a familiar refrain on Sunday. It is not yet time to arm the Syrian opposition, he said. That opposition is too divided, and can not yet be trusted to … Continue reading
Hama. Srebrenica. Rwanda. Darfur. Homs? Will the world again watch and wring its hands while a dictator massacres innocent civilians? Bashar al-Assad seems determined to repeat his father’s actions and put down opposition with terrorizing levels of violence. Will he … Continue reading
Here in Europe (I’m in the Netherlands this weekend), it feels like the “Little Ice Age” — a period of sustained freezing temperatures and heavy snowfalls in the 17th century — has returned. Large parts of Europe that don’t usually … Continue reading
These are dispiriting days in Europe. I am in the Hague today, meeting with the foreign ministry. There is a sense of distress, and sadness. The latest economic figures from Greece show a massive decline in output, jobs, and tax … Continue reading
The vetoes by Russia and China at the U.N. Security Council, cast to forestall possible action against Bashar al-Assad in Syria, were a major disappointment. But is Russia simply going to prop up Assad? I do not think so. The … Continue reading