Issues / Democracy & Governance
The Bush administration and its supporters in Congress are lying about an Iranian "threat."
Poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa won't come through a quick fix.
How about kicking UN peacekeeping up a notch? A rapid response unit is needed now more than ever.
The Pentagon claims to have built a better landmine that targets soldiers and spares civilians. These two leaders of the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines say: Back to the drawing board.
The glass of UN reform is more than half full, despite the best efforts of the United States and John Bolton.
Question: How much is an Iraqi life worth? Answer: A lot less than an American or British life, according to the amount of compensation paid to the relatives of victims.
The debate on UN reform has missed a crucial element--direct accountability of UN agencies to ostensible beneficiaries of their programs and services.
The coming years will undoubtedly witness intensive negotiations on global warming as concerns mount and the quantitative approach under the Kyoto Protocol makes little difference. As policy makers search for more effective and efficient ways to slow the trends, they should consider the fact that harmonized environmental taxes on carbon are powerful tools for coordinating policies and slowing climate change.
It is customary early in the New Year to recommend good books to read. And the "Tao Te Ching" should be at the top of President Bush's list. Careening from crisis to crisis with approval ratings drooping, the president should consider the opening lines of chapter 80. "If a country is governed wisely, its inhabitants will be content."
Iran is not the only major challenge to the NPT regime.