After years of brutal austerity, collapsing economies, widespread unemployment, and shredding of the social safety net, Italians said "basta!" Enough!
Make no mistake: the Obama administration's "pivot to Asia" is all about containing China.
As pope, an African could provoke a subtle but important change in global attitudes toward Africa and focus more attention on a rising continent rich with promise and challenges alike.
Why is the Obama administration pressing Europeans to increase military spending? And what should it matter to Washington if Britain remains in the EU?
Western intervention--ostensibly on humanitarian grounds--is largely responsible for the Malian crisis in the first place.
One longs for the heyday of ancient Timbuktu, when African scholars pored studiously over learned manuscripts in quiet libraries.
As outrage over the abuse of women rocks India, women's rights advocates mark a historic victory in the Philippines.
The Pacific is no one's "lake," but an ocean vast enough for all.
China portrays Africa as a partner in common prosperity, rather than a "doomed continent" requiring aid.
A real commitment to security must place human life and public safety above all else--no matter which side of the border you're on.