Like any coming-of-age event, the Olympics not only acknowledge transformation, they can be part of that transformation.
World Beat Newsletter
Compared to oil, water, land, and carbon emissions, population is the only positive "peak" that we are approaching. The number of human beings will level off in this century and the sooner we get there the better.
The war that broke out last week between Russia and Georgia is a terrifying reminder that the disintegration of the Soviet Union is far from over.
Forty years after the historic 1968 Olympics, the eyes of the world are focused on Beijing.
Will George W. Bush, prodded by his pitchfork-wielding vice president, bomb Iran before the end of his term?
But what is dubious as a hangover cure is even more so as a solution to the current climate crisis.
Here's a tip on how to sound smart on foreign policy. When your friends are talking about the Iraq War, shake your head and look very somber. "The real problem," you inform them, "is Iran."
The vehemence of the hard-line opposition to the Bush administration's North Korea policy suggests that, after seven years of blunders and miscues and outright war crimes, Washington has finally done the right thing on a foreign policy issue.
When, one by one, civil movements dislodged the communist governments in the region and ecstatic East Berliners tore down the Berlin Wall, we rejoiced too.
What happened to the global food crisis? It was in the news and out again as quickly as a bad Hollywood movie.